January 17th

Here’s how many #AusOpen Canadians are left. Some young guns finding tennis success. Imagine being good enough to play two professional sports. A Canadian baller is taking college basketball by storm. Trump really likes fast food. This gymnastics routine will make you smile. The Warriors keep breaking records and taking names. Leafs fans - why you gotta be so mean? You’re Invited to The GIST’s Super Bowl Party! We have a (cheap) way for you to get outta the cold. And, see what’s in ~the stars~.

The GIST Quote of The Week

“It’s kind of weird walking back on, by myself this time, but it feels good.” - Superwoman Serena Williams is back at the Australian Open for the first time since she won the tournament in 2017 while pregnant with baby Olympia. Yes, you read that right. She won a Grand Slam while pregnant. Unbelievable.  

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The GIST: The Australian Open, the first Grand Slam event of 2019, is down to the best 32 singles players and a couple of Canadians are slaying it.
 
We Out Here: Last night, all four Canadians were in action. However, not all made it through. Welp.  
 
Who Lost?: Bianca Andreescu lost against No. 13 seed (FYI the top 30 ranked players in Grand Slams are given a seed) Anastasija Sevastova and Genie Bouchard lost against kween and No. 16 seed Serena Williams (sorry Genie, but no surprise there).  
 
Who Won?: Our Canadian men are holding down the fort. No. 16 seed Milos Raonic (pronounced RAU-NITCH) came from behind to beat Stan Wawrinka and No. 25 seed Denis Shapovalov (aka El Shapo) beat Taro Daniel in straight sets.
 
Who Else is Still In?: Click here to check in on your fave players.
 
The Kids Are Alright: Yesterday, two unseeded Americans, 20-year-old Frances Tiafoe and 21-year-old Taylor Fritz, upset their seeded competitors. Get it, fellas! Tiafoe completed a comeback victory over No. 5 seed South African, Kevin Anderson and Fritz took down No. 30 seed Frenchman, Gael Monfils. Tiafoe’s story is truly incredible. He spent much of his childhood living in a tennis centre storage room and is now near the top of his sport. So you really can’t blame him for his LeBron-esque celebration. Them boys up to something.
 
Forever and Ever You’ll Stay in Our Hearts: We mentioned in our last newsletterthat Britain’s Andy Murray, former world No. 1 and unabashed feminist, will be calling it a career sometime this season due to a nagging hip injury. Unfortunately, that time might be sooner than later after Murray lost in five sets to Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round. We guess his hips do lie.  

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Top of Their Class

The GIST: As Asher Roth once said, “man I love college.” And honestly, thanks to college sports, we couldn't agree more.
 
Best of Both Worlds: Remember that kid in high school who just seemed to dominate at Every. Single. Sport? Well, multiply that by 100 and you get University of Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray. Last year, he was drafted ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics (MLB). But instead, he said “thank u, next” to baseball and decided to keep playing college football. 
 
Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose: This season, he won the touted Heisman Trophy (MVP for college football) and decided to declare for the NFL draft too. This guy is good enough to play in TWO professional sports leagues while we can’t even pat our head and rub our tummy at the same time.
 
So What Sport Will He Play?: It’s still TBD on whether Murray will play football or baseball, as many think his NFL announcement is a ploy to get more money from Oakland. Maybe Cardi B is his inspo?  
 
Devilishly Good: Switching gears now, the Duke Blue Devils (14-2 record) have been tearing it up in men’s NCAA basketball. A lot of their success has to do with BFD Canadian freshman R.J. Barrett who’s projected to go top three in the NBA draft next season.
 
But Sometimes an Egg Breaks: Unfortunately, Barrett and the Blue Devils came up short on Monday against the underdog Syracuse Orange. In a crazy overtime (OT) finish, the Orange pulled off a HUGE 95-91 upset. The best play of the game? This mind-blowing shot. Damn.
 
Welcome to Bad Burger: The Clemson University Tigers football team was invited to the White House on Monday after winning the college national championship last Monday. BUT, because of the never-ending U.S. government shut down, no staff were on hand to cater the event. So the Cheeto in Chief President Donald Trump ordered up a fast food spread instead. SMDH. No one wants your stale Big Macs and cold McNuggets, Donald, even if you “generously” paid for the fast food feast out of pocket.

GIST Some Other Sh!t You Should Know

- Our #WomenCrushWednesday this week was UCLA gymnastics superstar Katelyn Ohashi. Over the weekend Ohashi scored a PERFECT 10 with this infectious, smile-inducing floor routine that has now gone viral. We could literally watch this sassy routine on repeat all day. It’s pure magic and a flawless follow-up to her last viral floor routine.
 
- There’s hot, and then there’s the volcanic eruption that was the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. The Dubs went off for a franchise record-setting 51 FREAKIN’ POINTS IN THE FIRST QUARTER, including 10 three-pointers, en route to a 142-111 victory over the Denver Nuggets (who were, uh, leading the Western Conference before the game). Just wild. Meanwhile, this is what the Houston Rockets’ point-scoring robot James Harden has been up to in his last 18 games.
 
- Over in the East, the Toronto Raptors served up a 108-117 dud in Boston against a frustrated Celtics team that had lost three straight. Considering there’s a good chance these two teams will meet up in the playoffs, the Raps need to improve against this conference rival. Still, the dinos remain tops in the NBA with a 22-7 record. No need to worry.
 
- Fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs, against Journey’s advice, seemed to stop ‘beleafin’ this week. On Monday, Toronto took a tough loss (their fifth in seven games) to the Colorado Avalanche and fans directed their frustration at defenceman Jake Gardiner by booing him. Did Gardiner have a great game? No. Did he deserve to be aggressively booed by the home crowd? Absolutely not, and his teammates backed him up. Look, the boys in blue are still second in the Atlantic Division and seem poised for a strong playoff push. So don’t be rude.

What’s Up This Week

Sunday: The final four NFL teams are facing off on Sunday with the winners heading for the Super Bowl. First, the New Orleans Saints are hosting the LA Rams at 3:05 p.m. ET followed by the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the New England Patriots at 6:40 p.m. ET. Both home teams are favoured, but you’d be wise to never count out Tom Brady and the Pats.

Speaking of Sunday... YOU’RE INVITED TO THE GIST’S SUPER BOWL PARTY!: The best night of the year is almost upon us! And, we want to watch the big game with YOU on February 3rd. #thegist of it is that we’re hosting a huge girl’s night in to watch the game together. We’re talking tons of food, tons of drinks, tons of swag and tons of fun. Get the deets on the party and your $35 ticket here before it’s too late.

Speaking of Fun...: Baby, it’s cold AF outside. Looking for a way to escape it? We thought so.
 
We’re Hooking You Up: We have a special deal for our GISTers with the Hard Rock hotels all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and the Dominican Republic! YASSS! And this isn’t just a regular deal… this is a BFD. When you book your Hard Rock trip with The GIST, you’ll receive 40% (!!!) off the price online. This 40% can also be applied to any deals or promos that you find on their website - sales not excluded!
*Note: Flights are not included and blackout periods apply
 
Interested?: Of course you are. The 5-star resorts that you can book with The GIST are: CancunVallartaPunta Cana and Riviera Maya (with this one having the option for an adults-only resort as well).
 
Questions? Want to Learn More? Ready to Book?: Chat with our GIST travel agent here. We’ll answer any questions you may have and help you complete your booking. Enjoy the sunshine!
 
P.S. Hard Rock Hotels is one of The GIST’s affiliate partners. This means when you book your trip through The GIST, we get something in return. TYSM.

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

The GIST: While we wait to see if our last horoscope prediction is going to come true (so far so good for Capricorn Angelique Kerber’s path to #AusOpen victory), we’re going to hit you with anotha one!
 
Horoscope: The Kansas City Chiefs might be the favourites on Sunday, but we predict QB Tom Brady—a scrappy, confident Leo—might have something to say about that. Leos are their own harshest critic, and you can bet Brady will have a chip on his shoulder on Sunday knowing that his team is somehow the underdog.

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