January 7th

Canada has a new rising tennis star. Serena Williams found her perfect match. Get #thegist on the NFL’s wild card weekend...The Colts are good. Da Bears are just plain unlucky. DeMar DeRozan showed the Raps what they gave up. A four-year winning streak is over. Canada forgot how to be polite. The Canada vs. USA rivalry gets another chapter in women’s hockey. And, see what’s up this week.

The GIST Quote of The Week

That one right there made me the greatest player of all time, that’s what I felt” - Basketball legend LeBron James calling himself the #GOAT in an episode of ESPN’s ‘More Than An Athlete’ after helping his prior team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, win the 2016 Championship over the Golden State Warriors. We’re LeBron fans but... this just seems a little arrogant, no?

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Walking on Sunshine  

The GIST: It’s Monday and we can relate. So we’re starting off your newsletter with the feel good stuff to kick off your week on a high note.
 
Teenage Dream: At just 18 years old, Canada’s Bianca Andreescu took the tennis world by storm this week at the ASB Classic in New Zealand. After stunning world-ranked No. 3 Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets in the round of 16, Andreescu casually defeated Venus Williams (Serena’s sister, world-ranked No. 6) and then won her semifinal to land in her first-ever World Tennis Association (WTA) Tour final.

These wins were a BFD because Andreescu was unseeded this tournament as it was only her fourth WTA main-draw appearance. Unfortunately, Andreescu’s first title win will have to wait, as she lost  2-6, 7-5, 6-1 against Julia Goerges in the final yesterday. Despite the loss, this tournament run was hella impressive... especially considering the most impressive thing we did at 18 was learn how to do laundry by ourselves.
 
Swipe Right for Women’s RightsOur fave Serena Williams keeps finding new ways to slay. This week, she announced a marketing deal with dating and networking app Bumble to spread the message of women’s empowerment. She wants to “flip the story” on the expectation that women can’t be the first to speak up in the dating world and also to encourage women to make the first move in all aspects of their lives. YAS KWEEN! We are 100% swiping right on this partnership.
 
Do you Even Slalom?: In the world of women’s alpine skiing, American Mikaela Shiffrin is the top dog. No seriously. She kicked off this year with her seventh straight slalom win, matching her personal best win streak. Shiffrin is racing again on Tuesday and if she wins, she’ll tie the all-time record for most consecutive victories. Mikaela ‘How Are You So Good’ Shiffrin already holds the women's World Cup record (36 slalom victories) and is closing in on the all-time mark (for both men and women) of 40. Casual.

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Hey I Heard You Were a Wild One

The GIST: The NFL’s wild-card weekend did not disappoint—two underdogs scraped their way to victory and one game had a wilder finish than #YouOnNetflix.
 
Shantay You Stay: The Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Chargers and Dallas Cowboys are all headed to the next round of the playoffs. The biggest Saturday story was the Colts (led by quarterback Andrew Luck) clobbering the favoured Houston Texans 21-7. This game was also complete with some dah-rama. *squints eyes, sips tea, keeps reading* A week prior to this game, Houston’s cornerback, Jonathan Joseph, called Colts’ wide-receiver, T.Y. Hilton, a “clown.” In response, Hilton showed up to the game wearing this creepy AF clown mask (warning if you’re scared of clowns do not click on the link). Weird flex, but okay.
 
Sashay Away: That means that the Texans, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears are all headed home. Da Bears’ game had us more stressed than Arie and Becca’s After the Final Rose episode. After Philly scored a late fourth-quarter touchdown, Chicago stormed down the field to get into field goal (and game-winning) range. Easy to score a field goal, right? Wrong. Unfortunately Bears kicker Cody Parkey HIT THE UPRIGHT (the tall yellow posts), THEN THE CROSSBAR and the ball bounced out. Watch the insanely unlucky ‘double doink’ here. Game over for Chicago as Philly took it 16-15. Just wow. P.S. watch this video for proof that Parkey is possiblyundoubtedly the unluckiest player in the league.
 
Be Still, My Heart: Texans’ DeAndre Hopkins may have lost his playoff game, but he won our hearts this week. On Friday, he pledged to donate his playoff game check (around $29k) to the family of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Houston last Sunday. Hopkins said he wanted to give back to the Houston community and hopes the money will help with funeral costs and to bring the shooter to justice. Amazing.

GIST Some Other Sh!t You Should Know

- Things didn’t exactly go as planned on Thursday for the Toronto Raptors and Kawhi Leonard in his first game against his old team, the San Antonio Spurs. Toronto was blown out 125-107, and DeMar DeRozan (aka the guy the Raps ruthlessly traded away for Kawhi) played one of the best games of his career. There’s karma, and then there’s just taking matters into your own hands.
 
But don’t worry Raps fans, the boys bounced back in epic fashion on Saturday, finally beating the Milwaukee Bucks—a team that had already dealt them two losses this season—123-115. It was a complete team effort; from superstar Kawhi scoring 30 points to Pascal Siakam (pronounced SEE-AK-UM and nicknamed Spicy P) also putting up 30, a career high for the 24-year-old rookie.
 
- One of the most impressive winning streaks in sports came to an end last week. The UConn Huskies women’s basketball team (NCAA college team based out of the U.S.) had won 126 regular season games in a row (dating all the way back to 2014) UNTIL they lost 68-57 to the Baylor University Lady Bears on Thursday. This was also the Huskies’ first away-game loss since 2011. And who do you think they lost to back in 2011? You guessed it—Baylor University. We are all about that irony (and the rivalry).
 
- This one really makes our blood boil. As if Canada suffering a heartbreaking world juniors loss at the hands of Finland on Thursday wasn’t enough, some fans took things way too far by cyberbullying Canadian captain Maxime Comtois post-game for his missed penalty shot in overtime. SMDH - the kid is just 19 years old and this bullying is completely intolerable! So much for being polite Canadians… And, to make the rudeness even worse, we later learned that Comtois played the tournament with a separated shoulder. We are not worthy.
 
Finland ended up winning the world juniors, defeating the U.S. 3-2 on Saturday. So, at least our Canadian boys can go on knowing they lost to literally the best team in the tournament?
 
- Unfortunately, there’s no women’s version of the world juniors (ugh), but if you’re craving younger, talented hockey players to watch, let us suggest the under-18 women’s world championship that started Sunday in Japan. Canada kicked things off with a win over Sweden, and face our arch-rival, the U.S., tonight. The Canadians won bronze last year and the Americans are the defending champs. BRING. IT. ON.

What’s Up This Week

Monday: Tonight you can watch the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Nashville Predators. Puck drops at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Leafs have 27 wins; whereas the Preds have 25, so you better believe this game is gonna be a tight one.

All Week: The excitement of the women’s side of the ASB Classic may be over, but there’s still plenty of tennis left to be played. The men’s tournament continues until Saturday and our dude Denis Shapovalov is the only Canadian hitting the court. Let’s go, Shapo!

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