Introducing the Seattle Storm - your 2018 WNBA champs! • Get #thegist on week two in the NFL. • Shout out to our Canadian rowing team for winning the World Championships! • The poor Ottawa Senators are in shambles. • You gotta watch the top MLS goal of the week.• The University of North Texas college football team pulled some sneaky sh!t. • Join us LIVE tonight to watch the NFL Monday night game. • And, refer one friend to sign up for TheGIST and get free tickets to the Toronto Wolfpack rugby game!
We Fly High, No Lie, You Know This... Ballin'!
The GIST: Last week, the Seattle Storm swept (won three straight games) the Washington Mystics to win the WNBA Finals!
The Deets: The title was Seattle’s third WNBA Championship and their first since 2010. Seattle was in the driver’s seat for basically this entire series, mostly thanks to their 6’3” MVP, Breanna Stewart. Stewart was UNSTOPPABLE in the series, putting up 30 points in the final game. Stewart was named the WNBA’s MVP this year and was also named the WNBA Finals MVP. She’s only 24-years-old and this is only her second year playing in the league. NBD.
Standing in Solidarity: Normally in American professional sports, the team that wins the league is invited to the White House to celebrate with the Prez. However, with Donald Trump as president, some teams are just not being invited at all, while others are declining the visit because, well, Trump. This year, WNBA legend and Storm leader, Sue Bird, confirmed that her team would NOT be visiting the White House. Why? First, when Barack Obama was in the White House, the WNBA champs were invited every year. However, last year’s champs, the Minnesota Lynx, were not extended an invite by the Donald. The Storm have also yet to receive their invite. Second, the team saw how Trump unfairly attacked their fellow ballas in the NBA, namely stars LeBron James and Steph Curry, on social media, and therefore don’t want anything to do with the celebration. Ugh, we miss you, Obama.
Tossing Around the Ol' Pigskin
The GIST: Week two of the NFL season has so far been a doozy. So, here’s #thegist of what you gotta know:
1) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still rockin’ and rollin’ on that upset train… CHOOO-CHOOO! Yesterday, the Bucs beat the reigning Super Bowl champs, the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-21. The win is in large part thanks to their backupquarterback (QB), Ryan Fitzpatrick, now better known as Fitzmagic, who YET AGAIN threw for four touchdowns, Also, you gotta see what Fitzmagic was wearingafter the game… questionable swag.
2) The Kansas City Chiefs cruised to a solid 2-0 (two wins, no losses) after beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in a high-scoring affair, 42-37. The Chiefs QB, Patrick Mahomes, is having a record-setting start to his season. In the first two games of the season, he’s thrown for ten touchdown passes - the most ever in NFL history.
3) You gotta watch this absolutely RIDICULOUS one-handed grab by the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Keelan Cole. Hands down the best catch of the week. The Jags are proving that they really could be the real deal after beating the New England Patriots 31-20 this week.
4) Check out the results from week two so far here.
5) In Monday night football action, the Seattle Seahawks are taking on the Chicago Bears at 8:15 p.m., and we are GOING LIVE to watch the game with you! Intrigued? We thought so. Click here to join in on the fun. More details are in the “calendar” section below.
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
The GIST: Last Saturday in Bulgaria, our Canadian hunnies, Hillary Janssens and Caileigh Filmer won the women’s pair race at the World Rowing Championships!
The Girls’ Slayed: The pair posted a time of six minutes and 50.67 seconds in their 2,000-metre race. To give you perspective of just how fast this time is, this time beat an existing 12-year-old record held by Canadians at a world event. We are honestly short of breath just thinking about rowing for that fast for that long. What’s even more impressive, is that it’s Janssens and Filmer’s first year racing together - their first year!!! Just imagine what this dynamic duo can accomplish as they get more experience together. We see #bigtings on the horizon. You can watch the v suspenseful race here.
GIST some Other sh!t you Should Know
- ICYMI, last Thursday, Ottawa Senators star defenceman, Erik Karlsson, was traded to the San Jose Sharks. This trade was inevitable, but the cries from the devastated Sens fans were still heard around Canada. Karlsson was debatably the best Sens player in franchise history and without him, the Sens are pretty much left in shambles. The upside? Rumour has it parking around the Canadian Tire Centre is gonna get cheaper. Nice.
- OKAY, OKAY, OKAAAYYYY. If there’s one thing you watch today, its this beyond epic karate-kid inspired goal by LA Galaxy’s star Zlatan Ibrahimovic. What makes this goal even sweeter is that it marked Ibrahimovic’s 500th career goal. This goal happened against the Toronto FC (Toronto still won, don’t worry) and after the game, the Swede, who’s known to be v outspoken and cocky said, “they will be remembered as my 500th victim.” So savage, we love it.
- Speaking of savage, the University of North Texas college football team quite possibly had the play of the year when they successfully completed this fake fair catch play. For some background, a “fair catch” occurs when a player receives a ball from the opposing team on a kickoff or punt, and signals for the play to come to an end. A player normally calls for a fair catch when they don’t want to attempt a return (usually to avoid injury) and will instead start with the ball where they caught it. This time, North Texas “faked it” by never actually signaling for a fair catch. YOUSNEAKKKKY MOM!
- Christine Sinclair, Canadian soccer superstar, is not just a BFD in the homeland, she’s also a prominent soccer figure down south. For the second-straight year, her National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) team, the Portland Thorns FC, are off to the championship. They defeated their rivals, the Seattle Reign FC, 2-1 on Saturday. We don’t normally talk about the NWSL because they don’t have any Canadian teams (sadness), but the championship, which takes place this Saturday, will definitely be worth the watch.
Get it in the Cal.
Tonight: In NFL Monday night football, the Seattle Seahawks are taking on the Chicago Bears at 8:15 p.m. EST, and we are GOING LIVE to watch the game with you! That’s right, through an interactive Facebook Messenger group, The GIST will be providing commentary, answering questions, and giving you the chance to predict what you think is gonna happen next (e.g., who will score next, will the kicker make their field goal, etc.). Pretty exciting stuff, right?! To tune in with us, click here.
Saturday: We’ve got FREE tix for you to the Toronto Wolfpack rugby game this Saturday at Lamport Stadium at 12:30 p.m. EST. These games are a TON of fun - there’s even a beer garden afterward! Want to go to the game with us?! Thought so. Get your free tickets by referring at least one friend to The GIST by replying to this newsletter (firstname.lastname@example.org), and CC’ing your friend who you wanna bring to the game on the email. Do it to it.
Get Your Tix: 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’s panel where our very own Jacie deHoop will be speaking! You can get your $40 tix, which includes entry to the game and the event, here. It’s truly a no-brainer.