March 11th, 2019
The GIST's Fave Quote of the Week
“We want to be treated equally. We want to be supported equally. We want to feel like we are valued and cared for in the same way that men are, and really just in the way we deserve to be, period.” - U.S. women’s national soccer team star Megan Rapinoe on why the U.S. women’s soccer team is suing U.S. soccer.
What's a Girl Gotta Do to Get Paid?!
The GIST: Members of the 2015 U.S. women’s national soccer team (USWNT) suedthe U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) for gender discrimination on Friday, aka International Women’s Day. Mic freakin’ drop.
Spill The Tea: The team claims the USSF paid them “lip service” about gender equality and that the federation pays the much less successful men’s team way more than the women’s team. For example, in 2014 the USSF paid the men’s national team (USMNT) performance bonuses totaling $5.4M USD for losing in the round of 16. Just one year later, the USSF paid the USWNT only $1.7M for WINNING the entire tournament. SMDH. And, fun fact, that Women’s World Cup final game was the most watched soccer game in American TV history.
But Wait, There’s More: The team is also suing for denial of equal playing, training and traveling conditions; equal promotion of their games and equal support and development of the program. This includes things like having to play on turf fields while the men play on grass (turf fields are notorious for causing injury), travelling coach as opposed to charter or first class (as the men do), and generally less funds being focused on the women’s soccer program.
Why Does This All Sound Familiar?: Because this has been going on for a few years. Back in 2016, five USWNT players filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging wage discrimination by U.S. soccer. And, soccer is not the only sport where the #wagegap has been an issue. In 2017, the U.S. women’s national hockey team almost boycotted the World Championships in protest of compensation and inequitable treatment of women and girls in its program.
How Does This Affect the FIFA World Cup?: It doesn't. The team is still set to play in June and are still ranked No. 1. Hopefully, the only thing that changes this year is the women receiving equal pay. And, if the USSF isn’t going to provide equal pay, it seems the players’ corporate sponsors, like Adidas, might be filling the gap.
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The GIST: Stop bragging. But actually, some BIG milestones were reached in the NHL this weekend that have given some players major bragging rights.
Here’s Johnny!: First up, Toronto Maple Leafs star sniper and alternate captain, John Tavares, scored his 38th goal (!!!) of the season on Saturday, tying his career record for most goals in a single season. And, it was an absolute beauty. There are still four weeks left in the regular season, so you better believe JT (not to be confused with this JT) is gonna net a few more. FYI, the Leafs ended up beating the Edmonton Oilers 3-2.
Fast as Lightning: The Tampa Bay Lightning just keep winning, and their top goal-scorer just keeps scoring. On Saturday, Nikita Kucherov (pronounced COOCH-ER-OV) recorded his 109th and 110th point this season, setting a Lightning franchise record.
Shutting it Down: Literally though. After the Vegas Golden Knights’ 6-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury secured his 438th career win, moving him to eighth all-time in goaltender wins. Although ‘The Flower’ is 34 years-old, he’s showing no signs of slowing down and we wouldn’t be surprised if he’s in the top five by the time he retires.
Another One Bites The Dust
The GIST: The best-of-three game CWHL (Canadian Women’s Hockey League) semifinals took place this weekend with the Calgary Inferno and Les Canadiennes de Montreal moving on to the Clarkson Cup (the Stanley Cup of this league).
Gimme the Deets: Both series, Calgary vs. Toronto and Montreal vs. Markham, were doozies and required the full three games to decide a winner. Get all of the scores here. The Inferno’s Brianna Decker (yes, that Decker from the NHL All-Star game) was a major key in Calgary’s win over Toronto, while Montreal’s Hilary Knight was dominant against Markham.
What’s Next?: The Clarkson Cup is on Sunday, March 24th. Unlike the best-of-three game semifinals, the Clarkson Cup final is only one game. As the great Eminem once put it: “they’ve only got one shot, one opportunity to seize everything they ever wanted.” So, be sure to clear your calendar.
GIST Some Other Sh!t You Should Know
- Brier, brier pants on fire! Shout out to Kevin Koe of Team Alberta for winning the Tim Hortons Brier after beating the Wild Card Team (also from Alberta) 4-3! With this win, Koe became just one of four skips to win four Briers. NBD. Alberta is officially the best men’s curling team in Canada and will be reppin’ the red and white at the World Curling Championships at the end of the month.
- This weekend, Antonio Brown, arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL, was traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders, arguably the worst team in the league. After a disappointing season in Pittsburgh, Brown made it v clear that he wanted a trade, and he got it. He also received MUCH more money for his three-year contract. If he’d stayed in Pittsburgh he would have been paid $39M USD. His new deal with the Raiders? A cool $50M USD. CHA CHING.
- Let’s talk tennis. The ATP Indian Wells Masters (men’s) and the WTA Indian Wells Open (women’s) are well underway in California and our Canadians are killing it. Most notably, young buck 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime defeated No. 9 ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas (pronounced SEE-SEE-PASS) on Saturday in straight sets—his first win against a top ten player. Meanwhile, Milos Raonic (MEE-LOSH RAU-NITCH) and Denis Shapovalov also cruised through the round of 64, and Bianca Andreescu is off to the round of 16. We should also note that fan fave Serena Williams had to retire in the second set of her match on Sunday due to illness. Welp.
- We’re talkin’ about playoffs! On Saturday, the Toronto Raptors clinched their sixth-straight playoff berth after the Charlotte Hornets lost to the Milwaukee Bucks. LFG! With LeBron James out of the eastern conference (and likely out of the playoffs altogether) and Kawhi Leonard dialed in and ready to go, these Raps are looking mighty fine.
What’s Up This Week
Monday: We’ve got a doubleheader. Most importantly, the Ottawa Senators are flying to Philadelphia to play the Flyers at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Sens have unfortunately lost three games in a row so will def be looking to bounce back in the city of brotherly love.
Meanwhile, the Raptors will be looking to keep their road wins streak alive after beating the Miami Heat 125-104 on Sunday, tying a franchise record with 21 three-pointers. Tonight, they’re facing the LeBron-less Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:00 p.m. ET. Too bad Cleveland still has snake Tristan Thompson on their roster.
All Week: The Indian Wells tennis action continues all week long. Let’s hope Canada’s dominance does too.