The GIST’s Quote of the Week
“I want to thank the Toronto Raptors fans. I don’t have social media so I’m not able to put out a paragraph or whatever. Thank you to all of Toronto, the city, the country. It was an amazing season. Best parade ever.”
—Former Toronto Raptor and NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard starting his speech at the LA Clippers press conference with a shout-out to Canada. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
In news that will make your skin crawl...
The GIST: Like Katy Perry circa 2008, the NFL is building a “Hot N Cold” reputation for its inconsistency in disciplining players for off-field code of conduct violations (think domestic violence, sexual assault, drug offences, etc.).
Ugh. Like what? Most recently, despite allegations of child abuse and threats toward his ex-fiancée that were literally caught on audio, Kansas City Chiefs star wide receiver Tyreek Hill will not be suspended by the NFL. SMDH.
This week, the league also suspended (and rightly so) Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Jarran Reed for six games, following a 2017 incident in which he was investigated (but not charged or arrested) for assaulting a woman.
Look, we understand that handling these off-field conduct violation cases can be difficult. However, it’s beyond frustrating to see the NFL continue to foster an environment that allows violent and unacceptable behaviour, in part due to their inconsistent and non-transparent rules. The NFL needs to figure it out, and figure it out fast.
Anything else going on in football?:Yes, but the other type of football. Earlier this week, it was confirmed thatJuventusand Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo will not face rape charges.
In September 2018, Kathryn Mayorga accused Ronaldo of brutally raping her in Las Vegas in 2009. In 2010, she had settled with Ronaldo’s lawyer and PR team for $375k to never speak about the incident again, but, encouraged by the #MeToo movement last fall, Mayorga had the bravery to come forward.
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow
The GIST: Yesterday officially marked one year until the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo while tomorrow marks the start of the Hunger Pan American Games (better known as the Pan Am Games).
Where and when?: This year’s games are taking place in Lima, Peru, and continue until Sunday, August 11th. The Parapan Am Games are set for August 23rd to September 1st.
Quick. Remind me how the Pan Am Games work: We’d love to. Similar to the Olympics, the Pan Ams take place every four years. However, only the 41 countries in the “Pan Americas” (North, Central and South America) participate.
Canada will have the chance to qualify for the Olympics in 13 of the 39 sports at the Pan Ams. The remaining sports either aren’t in the Olympics or use the Pan Ams as a dress rehearsal of sorts — an opportunity for up-and-coming talent (aka the B-team) to compete on a large stage.
Oddly enough, the Pan Am Games are only for summer sports. Apparently, there was always an issue with having cold enough weather to adequately host a winter games, so the topic, just like getting a perm, hasn’t been brought up since the early 1990s.
How’s Canada expected to do?: At the 2015 Pan Am Games hosted in Toronto, Canada took home 219 medals, second to only to the USA’s 265 (ugh, typical). However, with many Canadians already qualified for the Olympics and big names like trampolinist Rosie MacLennan (friend of The GIST!), track superstar Andre De Grasse and WNBA All-Star Kia Nurse sitting this one out, it’s unlikely Canada will do as well this year.
Under the sea
The GIST: Canada’s female swimmers have been setting records and making her-story at the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, this week.
On Monday, Maggie MacNeil stunned reigning Olympic and world champion Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden, winning gold in the 100m butterfly and setting a Canadian record in the process. It was a huge glow up for the relatively unknown swimmer.
One day later, Kylie Masse became the first Canadian swimmer, male or female, to defend a world title by winning the 100m backstroke. Who run the (underwater) world? Girls.
Unfortunately, Rio Olympics breakout Penny Oleksiak has been held off the podium in her individual races.
The tea spilleth over: On Monday, we told you about some drama between China’s Sun Yang, who is the subject of a doping investigation, and Australia’s Mack Horton, who silently protested Sun winning the 400m freestyle against him.
Well, things got spicier on Tuesday, when the third-place finisher of the 200m freestyle, Great Britain’s Duncan Scott, joined the protest and refused to shake Sun’s hand after his win. In retaliation, Sun was caught on camera, confronting Scott and yelling, “I win, I win, you lose.” No chill.
New kid on the block: Despite being retired, American Michael Phelps and swimming have been synonymous for years, thanks to Phelps’ Olympic record 28 medals.
Enter 19-year-old Hungarian Kristof Milak, who smashed Phelps’ world record in the 200-metre butterfly by nearly a full second on Wednesday.
Phelps had held that record since 2001 (though he broke it numerous times over the years), when Milak was just one year old. The next swimming sensation might be here.
You ask. We answer.
“Has Kawhi moved to LA yet? How’s he doing? I miss him.” — Leah, Toronto, ON
Same, Leah, same. But NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard seems to be doing pretty well in LA. Just watch this video of Clippers owner Steve Ballmer welcoming Kawhi to the team. He’s so incredibly fired up for the season, that although we’re all sad that Kawhi is gone, this video will certainly put a smile on your face.
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What's Up This Week
Friday: Kick off your weekend in style by watching your 2-3 Ottawa Redblacks host the 3-2 Calgary Stampeders at 7 p.m. ET.
Saturday: It’s time for the WNBA All-Star game, featuring our Canadian superstar Kia Nurse! The action starts at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sportsnet, TSN and NBA TV Canada.
Sunday: A Tour de France winner will be crowned and earn the coveted yellow jersey after a 128-km battle (though, the whole race is a gruelling 3,500km) ending on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Get full results here.
Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe still leads after stage 17 of 21.
All weekend: The Toronto Blue Jays are hosting the Tampa Bay Rays. Get the game times here.
It’s almost time! The LPGA is making its way to Canada for the CP Women’s Open from August 19th to 25th. This year’s tournament is being held at the Magna Golf Club in Aurora, Ontario. Part of what makes this tournament special is its focus on giving back. SickKids Foundation is the CP Women’s Open primary charity partner, and when you attend, you can be part of supporting SickKids through the tournament’s Birdies For Heart fundraising program. Learn more and donate here.
How does that work? Well, you can pledge a donation amount for each birdie a player gets on the 17th hole. That means, whenever a player sinks a birdie, your chosen dollar amount is donated. And to sweeten the pot, all donations made through Birdies For Heart will be matched by CP!
So, let’s make change happen. Purchase your CP Women’s Open tickets here, using code GIST19 for 15% off* any grounds tickets! You’re welcome.
Want to learn more about the tournament? We thought you might. The GIST’s Guide to the CP Women’s Open is at your service.
P.S. The CP Women’s Open is one of The GIST’s partners. *Restrictions apply