October 1st:

#thegistofit is...

Apparently, girls ruin everything. • Team Europe is “Ryding” dirty. • NFL week four, we know you want more. • Read The GIST’s fall primer for all your sports need-to-know this October!• We love love. • The new Philadelphia Flyers mascot is creepy AF. • The CFL is bringing on the drama. • And, see what you gotta get in your cal.

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"Just Blame The Girls"

The GIST: Last week was a literal sh!t storm thanks to all the Brett Kavanaugh news.Most of the time, sports can somewhat provide a much-needed escape from the gong-show that is the patriarchy America. However, last week, sexism unfortunatelycrept its way into high school sports.   
 
Spill the deets: Last Wednesday, Jared Hensley, the Athletic Director and Assistant Principal at Soddy-Daisy High School in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, announced a rule (over video) that banned students from wearing athletic shorts at school. When explaining why the new rule was being put into effect, Hensley said, “If you want to blame someone, blame the girls, because they pretty much ruin everything.” Hensley then went on to say “it’ll [girls ruining everything] be like that for the rest of your life; get used to it, keep your mouth shut, suck it up, and follow the rules.”
 
You’ve got to be kidding: We SO wish we were. The implications of what Hensley said are immense. The fact someone in a position of authority thought that it was okay to say that “girls ruin everything” is mind-boggling. It also highlights the harsh reality that the policing of girls and women (remember when you couldn’t wear spaghetti straps, or your skirt had to touch your knees at school?) is seen as “necessary” to provide a comfortable learning environment for boys and men.

Take responsibility: Since the release of the video, the county Superintendent condemned Hensley’s comments and the Athletic Director was put on leave. At the end of the day, did the girls at this school make this athletic short rule? No. Did Hensley, along with other school staff, decide to make it? Yes. The blaming of women needs to stop. Men need to be held accountable for their own actions (recognizing that some already do).

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Rydin' Dirty

The GIST: Congratulations to Team Europe, your 2018 Ryder Cup Champions after smacking the U.S. 17.5 to 10.5!
 
Hold up - WTF is the Ryder Cup?: The Ryder Cup is a men’s golf tournament hosted every other year between the U.S. and Europe. Normally, golf is an individual sport. HOW-EV-ER, the Ryder Cup is anything but normal. The Ryder Cup is a team tournament where 12 players from the U.S. square off against 12 players from Europe. It’s also a match-play tournament, which means a player, or a team of players, earn one point for each round they win against their opponent. For example, if the U.S. player bogies and the European player makes par, then the European player wins that hole. The player with the most holes won at the end of the round wins the match, and in turn, earns their team a point. Both teams receive a half point for a tie. For Friday and Saturday, the players are put into teams of two so it’s two vs. two, but on Sunday it’s one vs. one. Get it? Got it? Good.
 
Ryde together, die together: This year’s Ryder Cup was hosted at Le Golf National in France. And, as you can tell from the score, Europe crushed it. A large part of Europe's success came at the hands of reigning British Open champion, Francesco Molinari, who became just the fifth player in Ryder Cup history to ever win five points and give up none. But, what we love the most about the Ryder Cup is that it’s not your grandpa’s golf tournament. It’s rowdy AF. At the end of the tournament, the crowd was so hyped singing “OLAYYY, OLAY, OLAY, OLAYYY” and at one point, the European players started crowd surfing with the fans. It was epic.
 
Tribute: What was also really nice to see was that each player wore a yellow ribbon on their jersey throughout the tournament in honour of slain golfer, Celia Barquin Arozamena. RIP.

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So Baby Hold Me Closer

The GIST: It’s week four in the NFL season! This week was chock-full of close and exciting games, but here’s a quick lil’ review on what you actually gotta know:
 
- In the battle of arguably two of the worst teams in the league, the Oakland Raiders defeated the Cleveland Browns 45-42 in overtime. In our unprofessional opinion, the game was played so poorly it was actually good for the audience. All of the turnovers, including a pick-six off quarterback Baker Mayfield in his first NFL start, made for an awesome viewing experience.
 
- Ryan Fitzpatrick’s time is up. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup QB, akaFitzmagic, had a very poor performance in the first half vs. the Chicago Bears. Fitzpatrick was benched in favour of Jameis Winston. This was Winston’s first game this season after serving a three-game suspension for allegedly groping an Uber driver in 2016.
 
- In the final few seconds of the game, the Seattle Seahawks’ 40-year-old kicker, Sebastian Janikowski, nailed a 52-yard field goal to win 20-17 over the Arizona Cardinals. Talk about nerve-wracking! The Cards remain winless this season. Sad.
 
- Dallas Cowboys’ running back, Ezekiel Elliott, went off for 200 yards to secure the Cowboys’ win over the Lions 26-24. Watch all of his dazzling running plays here.

GIST some Other sh!t you Should Know

- Oh, October, we LYSM. October is special because it’s truly THE BEST time of the year for sports. We couldn’t contain our excitement for October, so we decided to write you a fall primer on the key things you gotta know heading into this glorious month. We talk hockey, basketball, playoff baseball, and football. Check it out here. You’re welcome.
 
- Just when we thought nothing could trump the epic rivalry that is Canada vs. the USA in women’s hockey, love does. Last week, American Meghan Duggan and Canadian Gillian Apps tied the knot. Congrats to the newlyweds!
 
- Okay. ICYMI, last week, the Philadelphia Flyers released their new mascot Gritty to the world. Gritty, who kinda looks like if Cookie Monster and Ed Sheeran had a baby, is terrifying, but also hilarious. Have a look at all of the best Gritty moments from the past week here.
 
- You’ve gotta watch this must-see moment. It’s common for fans to throw back an opposing team’s home run baseball onto the field. But, in this highlight, the Boston Red Sox fan hucks the ball back into the playing field so hard that it legit hit New York Yankee Giancarlo Stanton as he’s running the bases. LOL, what an arm, we love it!
 
- We got some CFL DAH-RAMA! Things got testy on Saturday between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the BC Lions after the Lions danced on Hamilton’s logo during their practice. That’s disrespect! Watch the drama unfold here. IP.

Get it in the Cal.

Tuesday & Wednesday: It’s PLAYOFF BASEBALL TIME!!! These playoffs start with the Wild Card games. Not sure what “wild card” means? No problem. Click here to learn more.

Wednesday: NHL HOCKEY STARTS WEDNESDAY AND IF YOU CAN’T TELL BY THE ALL CAPS WE ARE V EXCITED!!! Check out the schedule here. A must-watch game? Montreal Canadiens at the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7:00 p.m., EST. 

 Get Your Tix!: Ever been to a CFL game before? Now’s your chance! On Friday,October 12th, the Chromosome XX Project and MLSE are hosting “Her Huddle,” an event dedicated to inspiring women to step up their game, connect with each other and watch the Toronto Argos CFL game. The pre-game event includes networking with hundreds of other women, appys, vino AND a speaker panel where our very own Jacie deHoop will be speaking! You can get your $40 tix (talk about value!), which includes entry to the game and the event, here.

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