For the first time in history, a Welshman won the Tour De France. • The NBA is pro freakin’ gressive and we love it. • Wayne Gretzky’s future son-in-law won the RBC Canadian Open. • Justify retired from racing. • You gotta watch the highlights from the WNBA All-Star game. • Canadian teenage soccer star, Alfonso Davies scored two stunning goals that you gotta see. • There’s a new home run king in town. • Share The GIST for a chance to win a Google Home Mini!
A coupla weeks ago we launched our GISTfluencer referral program and we want to keep the good times rolling. This week, for every person you get to sign up for The GIST, you’ll be entered into a draw for a chance to win a Google Home Mini! YAS, WE’RE HOOKING YOU UP! Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the newsletter to get your unique link and start sharing. The winner will be announced in next week’s newsletter. Wanna see if you won the TFC tix from sharing last week? Scroll to the bottom.
They Call Me Mellow Yellow
The GIST: The Tour de France wrapped up this weekend with Welshman, Geraint Thomas, winning the race, and the yellow jersey, in style.
Backup, what the heck is this “Tour”: The Tour de France is one of three major professional cycling races in the world. Over the course of three weeks, the world’s best 176 cyclists race across 3,351km of France - that’s an average of about 160km per day!!! To put that in perspective, you’re lucky if you ride 30km in a spin class. LOL, so #nothankyou to 160km. BUT, what makes the Tour the most difficult and famous in the world is its goddamn hills. The two historic climbs are the Alpe d’Huez and Col de Tourmalet, which have an elevation of 1,860m and 2,115m respectively. And here we thought going on an incline on the treadmill was hard.
So, who is this Geraint Thomas?: What’s pretty neat about this homie is that he actually started off as a track-racer before competing in endurance races. Thomas’ resume includes winning three World Championships and two Olympic gold medals on the track. By adding the Tour de France win to his accolades, many are saying Thomas is one of the best well-rounded cyclists ever!! AND. He’s been able to accomplish all of these things by the ripe age of 32. Casual.
Best Moments: You gotta check out the nuttiest moments - we’re talking head-butting, tear gas and fan interference - of the Tour here. Actually insane.
Armstrong making a comeback?: You may remember the Tour de France mostly because of the lying, cheating, yellow bracelet-making, SOB, Lance Armstrong. And now, by some miracle, Armstrong is apparently managing to make a “comeback” in the corporate and public world. Learn more about said come back here. We are zero percent about it.
SNAPS for the NBA!
The GIST: Of all of the men’s professional sports leagues, the NBA far and away has the most progressive approach toward social issues, including gender equity, within the league. This week, several FAB things came out of the NBA and we’re so freakin’ stoked we gotta talk about it.
Do you Want to Play a Game?: Okay sorry if that line freaks you TF out this morning. Anyway. For the first time EVER in the EA Sports NBA ‘19 video game, gamers can create and play with custom female players and play on mixed-gender teams. HECK to the YES!!! Learn more about the game and why this is groundbreaking here.
Mat Leave Don’t Matter: For the first time ever, an assistant coach in the NBA is pregnant! That’s right, the Dallas Mavericks’ new assistant coach, Jenny Boucek, is expecting her first lil’ beb. Earlier this summer, Boucek interviewed with three NBA teams for the assistant coach position while preggers, and all three teams were v supportive, with the Mavs even creating a non-travelling coaching position for her. Snaps for the Mavs. As much as it kills us that this stuff is actually “newsworthy” and should just be happening anyway, we’re thrilled to be writing about these positive changes in the male-dominant sports industry.
No Boys Allowed: Just last week, during the NBA summer league (a league that serves as a sort of training camp for up-and-coming talent during the off-season), 60 or so “power brokers” got together to talk shop. “Power brokers” are those big wigs like executives who facilitate trades, people who manage salary caps, and scouts of the next greatest players. GET THIS THOUGH - ALL 60 IN ATTENDANCE WERE WOMEN!!! The main point of the event, among other things, was to promote the NBA’s goal of getting more women involved in basketball operations. This, to the NBA’s knowledge, was the first time only the boss @$$ women of the NBA got together. Sound like a club you could totally get into? Same.
Come Mr. DJ, Won't you Turn the Music Up?
The GIST: The RBC Canadian Open PGA golf tournament took place this weekend at Oakville’s Glen Abbey golf course with Dustin Johnson, better known as “DJ”, winning it.
Gimme Some Deets: Yesterday’s Canadian Open win marked DJ’s third PGA tour tournament win this season. With a final score of 23 under par, he ended up a comfortable three strokes above the runners-up. With this win, DJ solidified his spot as the world’s current #1 golfer. NBD!! You should know that DJ is mostly known for his big, swinging… golf club. Hands down, he has the longest drive in the game. However, we think he’s better known for being Paulina Gretzky’s fiancée, aka Wayne Gretzky’s future son-in-law. The pair have two toddlers and we truly cannot wait to see what sort of athletes they become. Like, talk about good genes.
GIST some Other sh!t you Should Know
- Triple Crown winner, Justify, has officially quit horsin’ around. The horse retired from racing last week because of fluid in his front left ankle. We guess it’s not only humans who like to retire while on top.
- Without a WNBA team north of the border (#sadness), we rarely talk about this league. However, Saturday was the WNBA All-Star game and you gotta watch the highlights, including a major dunk, here.
- Oh, feck. One of the NY Yankees' star outfielders, Aaron Judge, suffered a chip fracture in his right wrist after being hit by a 93mph pitch on Thursday night. Yep, that would fkn hurt. Judge won’t need surgery, but he will be OOO for at least three weeks to recover. This is a HUGE blow for the Yanks as they try to pass the Boston Red Sox for the AL (American League) East division lead. No more flicka da wrist.
- Seventeen-year-old Canadian soccer phenom, Alfonso Davies, is actually SO LEGIT. Davies currently plays for the Vancouver Whitecaps, but was recently signed by Bayern Munich, a professional team overseas, which is a BFD!!! This weekend, he showed why he was signed for almost $22M (the most in MLS history, btw) when he scored these two B-E-A-UTIFUL goals.
- Last week, LA Angels slugger, Albert Pujols, became the best clean (meaning he hasn’t used steroids), modern-era home run hitter with 631 homers. Both Alex Rodriguez (J-Lo’s bf) and Barry Bonds, who are ahead of Pujols in the home-run count, did so with the help of steroids, so we don’t really count them.
- Think athletes are only good at the sport they play? Think again. Watch these athletes participate in the "In My Feelings challenge” where they do the shiggy here. Truly great content.
Get it in the Cal.
HEYOOO, it’s almost the long weekend!!! Here’s what you need to get in the cal this week:
Thursday: It’s the CFL (Canadian Football League) Thursday nighter with the Toronto Argos hosting the Ottawa Redblacks. Wanna go?! If you refer just one person to The GIST using your unique link below, you can save dat money and get a special GIST discount to the game. A no-brainer.
Friday: The Rogers Cup begins! Not to be confused with the Triwizard Cup, the Rogers Cup is a professional tennis tournament hosted on Canadian soil. Every year, the tournament is hosted in Toronto and Montreal. This year, the women are playing in Montreal and men in the #6ix. There’s some v notable names #inthemix including kween Serena Williams and number one in the world, Rafael Nadal. You can get your tix here.
Saturday: The Toronto FC soccer team look to extend their winning streak to three games when they visit ATL. Kick-off is at 4pm.