This Week:

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The US Open is bringing the dah-rama in more ways than one.  • The NFL season starts Thursday! • Our Canadian women’s baseball team won bronze at the World Cup. • PUPPIES IN TENNIS!!! • Saying goodbye to Toronto Blue Jays third baseman, Josh Donaldson. • Buy your tix to The GIST’s hockey pool before it’s too late. • And, share The GIST to get fit for free!
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We’ve got some BIG news GISTers!!! We’ve partnered with BOLO, one of our fave fitness clubs in downtown Toronto, to hook you up! When you get five friends to sign up for The GIST using your unique referral link (you can find it at the bottom of the newsletter), you’ll get to work out at BOLO for TWO WEEKS (Sept 17-30) for FREE!!! AND, as a welcome to The GIST community, we’re tossing in some free classes for the friends you refer to The GIST too. You have until September 14th to get your referrals in. Happy sharing (and working out), GISTers!
 

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Billie Jean is Not My Lover

The GIST: The final grand slam tournament of the tennis season, the US Open, is well underway, and to say it’s been entertaining would be an understatement.
 
What you Gotta Know: The GOATSerena Williams, is not disappointing. In her first US Open since having her adorable daughter in early September 2017, Williams is rocking her tutu and dancing into the quarter-finals. The road to the quarter-finals wasn’t easy for Williams - it even included an emotional win against her sister, Venus. Still, the remaining competition is fierce with boss babes like defending champ, Sloane Stephens, still #inthemix. Meanwhile on the men’s side of the house, in a startling change of events, world No. 2, Roger Federer, has been sent packing. Late last night (no seriously, the match ended at 12:53am EST), world No. 55, John Millman, pulled off one of the greatest upsets in tennis history beating R-Fed 3-6, 7-5, 7-6, 7-6. Simply SHOCKING!!! With this upset, world No. 1, Rafael Nadal, is the undisputed favourite to win the US Open. Unfortunately, no Canadians remain in the tournament. Welp.
 
The Dah-rama: Okay. In case you don’t follow us on Instagram or Twitter (yes that’s a plug - go follow us!), last week, French tennis player, Alize Cornet, was charged with an “unsportsmanlike” code violation for changing her shirt while on the court. Following a heat break, Cornet came back onto the tennis court with her shirt on backward. When she noticed, she fixed it, and while doing so, exposed her sports bra for maybe ten seconds. Oh my gosh, the indecency!!! *rolls eyes*. Male players frequently change their shirts between games with no problems. Of course, a social media sh!t storm ensued with many calling the rule sexist. The good news? The US Open dropped the code violation and are now looking to change the policy.

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Are You Ready For Some Football?!

The GIST: Ah September, a magical time of year complete with pumpkin spice lattes, back-to-school shopping, and FOOTBALL! It’s time to get fired up people - The NFL starts this Thursday, September 6th.
 
What you Need to Know: Here’s #thegist of the key things you gotta know heading into the 2018/19 NFL season:
- The reigning Super Bowl Champions are the Philadelphia Eagles who beat the New England Patriots 41-33 in February.
- On the other hand, the Cleveland Browns are the duff of the NFL, going a winless 0-16 in last season. Womp.
-There have been some record-setting contracts signed this offseason. Most notably, Green Bay Packers star quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, is now the highest-paid player in the NFL after signing a $134M USD four-year contract extension. Chill, chill, chillll. This last name may sound familiar to you because Jordan Rodgers, who won JoJo Fletcher’s season of The Bachelorette, is Aaron’s brother. But, the hot gossip is that the brothers aren’t on good terms.
- Check out our Guide to Football and our Guide to Fantasy Football if you want to brush up on your football knowledge before the season kicks off. We’ve got you.

  An Update on #TakeAKnee Drama:   ICYMI , for the last two years, the NFL has been ripe with drama thanks to the highly politicized  #TakeAKnee  movement - a silent and peaceful act by NFL players to protest racial inequality and police brutality against people of colour. If you’re not familiar with #TakeAKnee or  Colin Kaepernick  (who, BTW, is the face for Nike's  30th anniversary of its "Just Do It" campaign ), read our Deep Dive  here . Most recently, the NFL tried to pass a resolution in May requiring players to either stand during the national anthem or to remain in their locker room. However, due to the copious amounts of  backlash  the league received, the anthem rule remains at a standstill. It's going to be v interesting to see what’s in store with #TakeAKnee this season.    You’re Invited!:  Finally, you’re invited to The GIST’s inaugural football pool! Yes, YOU! Whether you’re an NFL guru or know nothing at all, The GIST’s free football pool is for you. Learn more about the pool  here  and look forward to getting our email tomorrowafternoon with more deets. You’re gonna want to be part of this.

An Update on #TakeAKnee Drama: ICYMI, for the last two years, the NFL has been ripe with drama thanks to the highly politicized #TakeAKnee movement - a silent and peaceful act by NFL players to protest racial inequality and police brutality against people of colour. If you’re not familiar with #TakeAKnee or Colin Kaepernick (who, BTW, is the face for Nike's 30th anniversary of its "Just Do It" campaign), read our Deep Dive here. Most recently, the NFL tried to pass a resolution in May requiring players to either stand during the national anthem or to remain in their locker room. However, due to the copious amounts of backlash the league received, the anthem rule remains at a standstill. It's going to be v interesting to see what’s in store with #TakeAKnee this season.
 
You’re Invited!: Finally, you’re invited to The GIST’s inaugural football pool! Yes, YOU! Whether you’re an NFL guru or know nothing at all, The GIST’s free football pool is for you. Learn more about the pool here and look forward to getting our email tomorrowafternoon with more deets. You’re gonna want to be part of this.

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True Patriot Love, in All of Us Command

The GIST: Our Canadian hunnies did us so proud last week, coming in third at the Women’s Baseball World Cup hosted in Florida. O Canada, indeed!
 
Hey Batter Batter, Hey Batter Batter Swing: Those girls just did their thing. In last Friday’s bronze medal match, Canada won in a dramatic fashion beating the USA 8-5 in the tenth inning. Yep, this was a doozy of a game that went into extras (pppssttt: a baseball game has nine innings). Canada’s baseball team is ranked No. 2 in the world, and has medalled in six of the eight Word Cup tournaments. Our team is packed with young, up-and-coming talent, so if this tournament has showed us anything, it’s that Canada will continue to be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

GIST some Other sh!t you Should Know

- Puppies, puppies, PUPPIES!!! For the second year in a row, six shelter doggos have replaced the standard ball girls and boys at the Brazilian Open tennis tournament. Have a look at the cutest and goodest puppers here.
 
- The Toronto Blue Jays were not chillin’ this long weekend! Most notably, the Jays traded their 2015 American League MVP, third baseman Josh Donaldson, to the Cleveland Indians (SMDH at Cleveland’s team name). The 32-year-old, also known as the “Bringer of Rain”, has basically been OOO since May due to a nagging calf injury. We think this is a good trade for the Jays, but we’re gonna miss the dude. Learn more about the trade here.
 
- “To put it really simple: If you don’t respect women’s basketball, you’re a joke.” A to the freakin’ men! Do yourself a favour and read this Players’ Tribune piece on women’s basketball by superstar NBA point guard, Isaiah Thomas.

Get it in the Cal.

Right Now: The GIST is hosting our first annual hockey pool on September 18th at the beautiful One King West Hotel! Whether you’re a huge NHL fan, or know absolutely nothing about it, you’re welcome to join in on the fun. Your $40 ticket gets you an open bar (a GIST classic), bougee AF food, GIST commentary and resources, and a chance to win up to $200! We have v limited tickets, so be sure to get them here before it’s too late.

Today: It’s a busy one for some boss @$$ female athletes. On the hardcourt, Serena Williams faces Karolina Pliskova in the quarter-finals of the US Open. Meanwhile, on the hardwood, the WNBA’s semi-final game fives are taking place at 8pm and 10pmEST tonight. Get the schedule here.

Thursday: The NFL FOOTBALL SEASON STARTS - HYFR! The NFL generally plays one game on Thursday, 14 on Sunday (they call it football Sunday for a reason) and one game on Monday. On Thursday at 8:20pm EST, it’s the reigning Super Bowl champs, the Philadelphia Eagles hosting the Atlanta Falcons. Battle of the birds.

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