July 16th:

#thegistofit is...
Congratulations to France, the Champions of The World!  • It was a Winning Weekend at Wimbledon.  • NFL Players are Peeved. • See why we Love Marcus Stroman. • RIP Ray Emery. • It’s All-Star Week in the MLB  • Share The GIST for a Chance to win a TFC Jersey!
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Vive La France

The GIST: After beating Croatia 4-2 yesterday, France is the FIFA World Cup Champion for the first time since 1998!!! Here’s #thegist of what you need to know:
 
Best Goal: We can’t stop thinking about Kylian Mbappé’s (pronounced kee-lee-AN EM-bap-ay) absolutely stunning goal. *Cue Hanson’s banger of a song MMMBop*. With this goal, Mbappé became the second teenager in history to score in the World Cup Final. He’s only 19 years old. Anyone else feeling particularly unaccomplished this morning or is that just us?!
 
Biggest F*** Up: It didn’t end up being that big of a deal, but this embarrassing blunder by the French goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, was as big of a mistake as when you got side bangs before starting grade nine.
 
Bey & Jay: Not to be outdone by the World Cup, Beyoncé & Jay-Z had a World Cup Viewing Party prior to their concert in France. Like, just imagine how freakin’ fired up you would be. You get to watch your country win The World Cup AND THEN you get to watch Beyonce DO.HER.THING. We’re ‘bout it... Apparently, so was Michelle Obama, who attended the concert with Beyoncé’s mom! Talk about the ideal crew.
 
Well. It was one helluva World Cup. Prolly one of the most exciting ever. Even though the men’s World Cup isn’t for another four years, there are only 327 days until the women’s World Cup. And guess what? This time, Canada will actually have a team to cheer for. #whoruntheworld?

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I Swear I Could be Serena When she Playing With Her Left 

The GIST: Introducing your new Wimbledon Champions, Angelique Kerber and Novak Djokovic (pronounced JOKE-oh-VITCH).
 
Nope, Not Serena: Kerber, the 11th seeded German, stole Serena Williams’ fairytale comeback and completely dominated the court, winning the match in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. As much as we all wanted to see Serena win her 8th Wimbledon title, Kerber really deserved this one, earning her first ever Wimbledon championship.
 
But Still...: We truly cannot help ourselves. We have to give a major shout out to the GOAT, Serena. After giving birth just 10 months ago (!!!) and taking a break from tennis for 14 months, she almost completed the best sports comeback ever AND she quite literally made us cry while doing it. Seriously though. Watch this clip of Serena’s post-game interview and tell us that you don’t tear up.
 
Not Jokin’: It was Djokovic’s fourth Wimbledon win, and he won it convincingly in straight sets 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 over South African Kevin Anderson. But. We feel pretty bad for The Joker because, LBH, everyone was too consumed with the World Cup and checking out the celebs at Wimbledon.

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Locker Room Shmocker Room

The GIST: Last week, the NFL Players Association filed a grievance with the League challenging the NFL’s *cough* bogus *cough* locker room policy.
 
Quick Reminder: Alright. Back in May, the NFL passed a resolution that requires all athletes and team personnel to either stand during the national anthem or to remain in their locker rooms. If they kneel, they will be fined. This rule was enacted in response to the #TakeAKnee movement. Need to or wanna know more about the protest? We thought so. Read our very own GIST’s Deep Dive on #TakeAKnee here.
 
Now What?: The players union is saying that this new policy is complete and utter BS. Okay. That’s not actually a direct quote... but we took the liberty to read between the lines. The players are claiming that the league imposed this new rule without first consulting the NFLPA, that the rule is inconsistent with their collective bargaining agreement and that it infringes on players’ rights. The grievance will be heard by an independent arbitrator in hopes that the rule will be sorted out prior to the season’s start in September.

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GIST some Other sh!t you Should Know

- Welp. The Toronto Blue Jays number one stunna, Kevin Pillar, is gonna be OOO for at least a month with an SC joint sprain. Dunno WTF an SC joint sprain is? Same. You can learn more about it here if you give a heck.

- Okay. We have to talk about the BJ’s again because the impossible has happened. We somehow love pitcher Marcus Stroman EVEN more, after he posted this Instagram referencing Ariana Grande’s new single God is a Woman. *drools*

- LMFAO you have to watch Boston Celtics’ basketball star, Gordon Hayward’s, reaction to finding out that he is gonna have another baby girl. So jokes.

- Finally, with incredibly heavy hearts, we report that yesterday morning, former NHL goalie, Ray Emery, passed away. He drowned in Lake Ontario after swimming off a boat with his friends in Hamilton. Emery played in the NHL for 11 seasons, including leading the Ottawa Senators to a Stanley Cup final in 2011 and winning a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013. RIP.

Get it in the Cal.

Summer is for socializing, not for working overtime. Get social with your pals this week by getting these things in the cal:

Monday: The MLB All-Star week is well underway and the home run derby starts today at 8pm EST. If you’re into watching men participate in a pissing contest try to hit a baseball as hard as they can out of a park, be sure to tune in.

Tuesday: Hey now, you’re an All-Star. After the home run derby, it’s the All-Star game. The best players of the American League square off against the best of the National League. FYI, for the first time ever, the winning All-Star team won’t be awarded home-field advantage in the World Series, they’ll just be rewarded cold, hard cash.

Wednesday: It’s the semifinals of the Canadian Soccer Championships! Yes. That does actually exist. On Wednesday, TFC is facing off against the Ottawa Flurries in our nation’s capital, so if you happen to be in the area, be sure to check it out.

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