The GIST: For the FIRST TIME EVER, the St. Louis Blues are your Stanley Cup champions after beating the Boston Bruins 4–1 last night in Boston!
4–1? That’s a blowout!: It sure is. But the score doesn’t tell the whole story. Boston played well. They had 33 shots while the Blues only had 20. Still, the scrappy Blues found the back of the net, and their rookie goaltender and Richmond Hill native, Jordan Binnington, played one of the best games of his life. Binnington? More like Winnington.
The Conn Smythe Trophy (the MVP of the playoffs) was awarded to Clinton, Ontario, native Ryan O’Reilly who revealed he’d been playing with a cracked rib (!!!) since the second round. Fun fact about O’Reilly? His family brought in 47 foster children over the years. Pretty special people.
Zero to hero: If someone were to have told us in January that the St. Louis Blues would be hoisting the Stanley Cup, we would have laughed in your face. That’s because the Blues were dead last in the entire NHL to start 2019. Now, they’re Stanley Cup championships. You just can’t make this stuff up.
One more win (still)
The GIST: It’s déjà vu for the Toronto Raptors tonight, who are still JUST ONE WIN AWAY from an NBA Championship after losing 106–105 in a drama-filled Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors on Monday.
That was so sad!: Right? The Raptors were up by six with just three minutes left and had a 93.6% chance of winning.
But “Splash Bros” Steph Curry and Klay Thompson came in clutch with a trio of three-pointers to help close out the Warriors’ (aka Dubs) win. One point. One measly point.
To make matters worse, the NBA fessed up to missing a foul call with under two minutes left that would have given Marc Gasol two free throws. Did we mention the Warriors won by just one point...
What’s the drama?: The Warriors were none too impressed really pissed off at Toronto fans cheering when superstar Kevin Durant (aka KD) reinjured his leg (tearing his Achilles tendon) in his first game back since straining his right calf on May 8th.
Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka quickly took control of the situation, and even though that initial hopeful reaction turned to cheers of support, our fan reputation took a big hit. Big enough that a fan actually built a sorrykd.com webpage because “that’s not what Canada is about.” Amazing.
KD has now had successful surgery on his Achilles, but the injury is serious enough to keep him out for some, if not all, of next season. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that superstars are human too, and this is a huge blow for basketball lover KD and for basketball lovers everywhere.
Back up. Why was KD playing in the first place?: That’s the million dollar question. There’s a lot of speculation that his original injury wasn’t healed or was more serious than trainers let on. Either way, Durant was cleared to play in the Warriors’ do-or-die Game 5, so he took the risk to help his team avoid elimination.
Durant is also likely to play the free agency market this offseason (meaning he can sign with any team for next season) and this injury could hugely affect his future contract options.
Either way, while he deservedly earned the respect of his teammates, you better believe the Dubs will be using Durant’s sacrifice as motivation.
6 God: The Raps have played in 105 games this season: 82 regular season and 23 in the playoffs. Game 5 happened to be their 105th playoff game in franchise history.
So, Toronto (the 6ix) has a chance to win it all in Game 6, in their 106th game of the season and 106th postseason game in Raptors history. *throws up praying hand emoji*
Footie footie footie footie rockin’ everywhere
The GIST: Canada started their FIFA Women’s World Cup with a bang, winning 1–0 against Cameroon on Monday, but it was the U.S. team that drew the most attention (and disdain) so far this tournament.
In soccer, goal differentials matter in the standings and running up the score is generally seen as part of the game. However, the way the Americans celebrated was classless, especially since this was Thailand’s first appearance in the tournament. SMDH.
Anything else?: France’s Wendie Renard made a disastrous mistake against Norway on Wednesday, scoring her country’s first-ever own goal at the Women’s World Cup. Not the kind of her-story you want to make.
Fortunately for Renard, her team bailed her out with a late goal on a penalty kick to win 2–1 and keep France undefeated at the World Cup and remaining atop Group A.
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Guess who’s back, back again?
The GIST: The Canadian Football League (CFL) season kicks off tonight with the Saskatchewan Roughriders visiting the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Here’s #thegist on what to expect:
Who won last year?: The Calgary Stampeders won the Grey Cup in 2018 and with MVP quarterback (QB) Bo Levi Mitchell signed for another four seasons, you can expect this team to be a top contender for years to come (despite losing some top talent in the offseason).
So the Ti-Cats will be good. What about the Toronto Argonauts?: New head coach Corey Chamblin will try to lead the Argos out of the basement after a last-place finish last season.
The Argos home opener is against their Southern Ontario rival, the Tiger-Cats, on Saturday, June 22nd at 4 p.m. ET.
How are the Ottawa Redblacks looking?: Although the Redblacks made it all the way to the Grey Cup last year, after losing star QB Trevor Harris in free agency to the Edmonton Eskimos, their season hopes will sit squarely on the shoulders of now promoted QB Dominique Davis (which might be okay!).
Ottawa’s offence was gutted in the offseason (losing five key players and their offensive coordinator), so fans will have to adjust to fresh faces such as running back Mossis Madu and wide receiver Brad Sinopoli leading the charge.
The Redblacks open their season against the Calgary Stampeders in a Grey Cup rematch on Saturday, June 15th at 7 p.m. ET.
What’s Up This Week?
Today: The U.S. Open major golf tournament tees off at Pebble Beach in California this morning, featuring Masters winner Tigers Woods, back-to-back U.S. Open champ Brooks Koepka (pronounced KEP-KA), recent Canadian Open winner Rory McIlroy and golfing legend Phil Mickelson. This is going to be intense.
Saturday: Canada plays its second game of the Women’s World Cup against No. 7 ranked New Zealand at 3 p.m. ET. Go Canada go!
Saturday & Sunday: Canada’s women’s rugby sevens team is in France for the last tournament of the season with a spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (!!!) on the line. The top four teams from the World Rugby Sevens Series automatically qualify; you can check up on the standings here and watch all the games here.