The GIST’s Quote of the Week
“I texted Brooksy…I said, ‘Hey, dude, do you mind if I tag along and play a practice round?' I’ve heard nothing.”
—Tiger Woods, one of the greatest golfers of all time, on being ghosted by current World No. 1 Brooks “Brooksy” Koepka. It’s okay, Tiger, we’ve all been there.
This GIST In: We are so excited to finally announce that The GIST has officially moved to Philadelphia for the next three months as one of 11 startups accepted from around the world to participate in the Comcast NBC Universal Lift Labs powered by Techstarsaccelerator!
We know what you’re thinking. That sounds sick…but why should I care? Well, with the support and guidance from the accelerator, we’re hoping to accomplish some big things now and in the future that will make The GIST a better experience for you. So we have a question…what do you want to see next from The GIST?
This is all to say, thank you SO MUCH for being a GISTer — we wouldn’t be here without your support. We’re so lucky to have you in our growing community.
Luck o' the (Northern) Irish
The GIST: The 148th British Open Championship is officially underway. The British Open, more regularly called “The Open,” is the last of the four major professional men’s golf tournaments of the year. It’s also the oldest golf tournament in the world. Yeah, it’s a big deal.
Where is it being played?: The Open is the only major to take place across the pond. The tournament is hosted at a different course every year, rotating between 10 venues around the United Kingdom (the most notable is the legendary St. Andrew’s). This year’s Open is being played at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland for the first time in 68 years.
Fun fact: just to the east of the course are the ruins of Dunluce Castle, which was used as the Castle Greyjoy in Game of Thrones, and a few miles farther is the often-Instagrammed Giant’s Causeway. Come for the golf, stay for the ’gram.
When is it?:This tournament is for the early birds and night owls. Because of the time difference,tee timesstarted this morning at 1:35 a.m. ET. You can follow the leaderboardhere.
Who’s expected to win?: Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy is the heavy favourite to take home the Open’s trophy, the Claret Jug (almostas weird a name as Wimbledon’s Venus Rosewater Dish). Why? Well, the No. 3 world-ranked McIlroy played his first round at the Royal Portrush Golf Club at the ripe age of 10 (!!!) and set the course record with a 61 (paris 72) when he was only 16. NBD, right?
Who else should I watch?:The usual suspects. Watch out for Americans Brooks Koepka (winner of this year’s US Open), Dustin Johnson (World No. 2 and Wayne’s Gretzky’s son-in-law), and, of course, Tiger Woods. On the international side, keep an eye on Spain’s Jon Rahm, England’s Justin Rose and defending champ Francesco Molinari from Italy.
If you’re looking for an underdog to root for, look no further than Andrew “Beef” Johnston. The Englishman recently returned to golf after a mental health break (read his player blog here) and in last week’s Scottish Open, he shot a final-round 62 (nine under par). His fourth-place finish qualified him for an invite to The Openand his emotional postgame interview qualified him for a place in our hearts. We’re not crying, you’re crying.
Are there any Canadians playing?: Yes, three Canadians are in contention. Adam Hadwin of Moose Jaw, SK, has had five top-10 finishes this PGA season and has a v. good chance at making this his sixth. He’ll be joined by fellow countrymen Corey Conners and Austin Connelly. Go Canada go!
The GIST: We recently broke the news about a bid to bring a WNBA team to Toronto. Earlier this week, it was reported that a member of the founding team (who put forth the bid) has faced some controversy surrounding his previously failed esport venture.
Despite this, the founders insist the bid will move forward and announced they will reveal more during a press conference in the coming weeks. TBH, we’re not sure how this controversy will affect the bid, but we’ll keep you updated.
Either way, the hype around this bid proves that Canadians are thirsty for women’s basketball and there is a market for a WNBA team in the North. The future of women’s basketball definitely looks bright!
And on the men’s side: Basketball Canada announced the invite list for the Senior Men’s National Team training camp prior to the FIBA Basketball World Cup in China from August 31st to September 15th.
The invite went out to: Tristan Thompson (yes, that Tristan Thompson), Duke superstar and now NY Knicks rookie RJ Barrett, Denver Nugget Jamal Murray, Miami Heat’s Kelly Olynyk, Dallas Maverick Dwight Powell and the Scrubb brothers. Hey, Google: play TLC’s “No Scrubs.”
Notably missing is 2014 No. 1 NBA draft pick Andrew Wiggins, of the Minnesota Timberwolves, who told Canadian management that this “wasn’t the right time” for him to play. Uhh, okay. Camp starts August 4th at Toronto’s OVO Athletic Centre.
Poutine with extra gravy, please
Diving for silver: The FINA (International Swimming Federation) World Championships took place earlier this week and Canadian duo Jennifer Abel and Mélissa Citrini-Beaulieu took home their second straight silver in the women’s 3m synchro event.
This win makes Abel the most decorated Canadian diver at Worlds ever, male or female (girl power!), and qualifies the team for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
Another one bites the dust: The Ottawa Senators continue to rebuild. On Tuesday, the Sens traded Zack Smith to the Chicago Blackhawks for Artem Anisimov. Both are 31-year-old forwards with similar playing styles, but where Smith has the leadership experience (having played with the Sens for 11 years), Anisimov has better stats. Let’s hope this is a win for the Sens. We’re in desperate need of something good.
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We’re introducing a new section today all geared toward answering any/all questions you have for us about what’s going on in the sports world. Fun right?!
“What’s the point of the NBA summer league?” —Hope, Toronto, ON
The NBA summer league is hosted in Las Vegas during the off-season and allows teams to test out different lineups and rosters than they use in their regular season (meaning the superstars are not playing). Oftentimes, it’s recent draft picks, rookies, sophomores and G League (NBA’s farm league) affiliate players who take the court. Think of it as part audition, part rehearsal. They generally play pretty hard in hopes of making the regular-season team. This year’s champion was the Memphis Grizzlies.
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What's Up This Week
Monday to Thursday: The Blue Jays are at Fenway Park to take on the Boston Red Sox, because who doesn’t love watching a Toronto/Boston series *insert grimace emoji here*.
Wednesday: Coming off of their 2–0 win against the Montreal Impact, Toronto FC will look to extend their win streak to two against the New York Red Bulls at 8 p.m. ET.
The LPGA is coming to Ontario! The CP Women’s Open is August 19th to 25th in Aurora. One of our favourite aspects of this tournament is its focus on giving back. SickKids Foundation is the primary charity partner for the CP Women’s Open. Their goal is to raise $1.75M that will be put towards upgrading a Cardiac Operating Suite at SickKids. Such a worthy cause! There are various fun ways to donate to the SickKids Foundation while you’re at the tournament and you can also make a donation here.
And things just keep getting better. As a GISTer, you get 15% off your ticket* when you use code GIST19. Be sure to purchase your tickets here.
P.S. The CP Women’s Open is one of The GIST’s partners. *Restrictions Apply.