This Week:

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Our Canadian women’s soccer team qualified for their eighth-straight World Cup! • It’s Conference Championship time for the MLB. • NFL week six, who were your picks? • The NBA season kicks off Wednesday and we’ve got a fantasy guide for you. • The stories from the Ironman World Championships are insane. • Usain Bolt scored his first professional soccer goals… yes, soccer. • And see what you’ve gotta put in the cal this week.

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We Stand on Guard for Thee!

The GIST: After pummelling Panama 7-0 in the CONCACAF semifinals last night, our Canadian women’s soccer team has officially qualified for the 2019 FIFA World Cup! GET IT, GIRLS.
 
Amazing… but what are the deets with qualifying?: The CONCACAF women’s championship is an international tournament between the national teams in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Similar to the World Cup, CONCACAF takes place every four years. The top three teams from this tournament qualify for the World Cup, and the fourth-place team squares off against Argentina for an additional chance to qualify. This year’s CONCACAF tournament is taking place in Texas, and the 2019 World Cup is taking place in France. Next June will mark Canada’s eighth-straight appearance in the World Cup. NBD.
 
Back to Canada: Our gals have been dominant this entire tournament going an undefeated 3-0 (won three games, lost none) in the group stage where they scored 17 goals and only gave up one. Although Canada won 7-0 last night, things were looking pretty iffy for the first 45 minutes. In the first half, they only scored one goal (a beautiful header by Captain Christine Sinclair because who else), but in the secondhalf, the floodgates opened. You gotta watch all of the highlights and stunning goalshere. The squad will face off against their arch-rivals, the U.S., on Wednesday night. BRING IT ON!

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

The GIST: In our opinion, there’s nothing better than October baseball. There are only four teams left - the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox in the American League (AL), and the Milwaukee Brewers and the LA Dodgers in the National League(NL).
 
The Deets: Last night in Boston, the Red Sox evened up the best-of-seven series to one game apiece after beating the Astros 7-5. The best play of the game occurred in the bottom of the third inning when Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. smacked a three-run double (each player on base made it home and Bradley made it to second base) into left field. Prior to the play, the Sox were down 4-2, but after the bases-clearing hit, they were up 5-4. You gotta watch all the magic unfold here. Over in the NL, things are also tied up at one game apiece. It’s actually a pretty big feat that the Dodgers have won a game. Prior to Saturday’s loss, the Brewers had won 12 straight games. Insanity.  

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Any Given Sunday

The GIST: We can’t believe it. We’re already through one-third of the NFL season. Here’s a quick overview of what you gotta know from week six:
 
- Oh no. The Buffalo Bills quarterback (QB), Josh Allen, left Sunday’s game againstthe Houston Texans with an apparent elbow injury. This is bad news bears for theBills, who are having another mediocre season. When their backup QB, Nathan Peterman, came into the game, he managed to throw two interceptions including a v costly pick-six (interception taken back for a touchdown) in the final two minutes, which gave the Texans the win. The poor, poor Bills.
 
- Speaking of pick-six, you gotta watch this NY Jets’ circus catch of a pick-six off Indianapolis Colts QB, Andrew Luck. It’s probably the wackiest pick-six you’ll see this entire season. All eyes on me in the center of the ring just like a circus.
 
- Okay. So, yesterday’s Sunday night matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs andthe New England Patriots was amazing and anxiety-inducing all at the same time. After the first half, the Pats were up 24-9. BUT, in the second half, KC came out rockin’ and rollin’. The second half was full of scores, lead changes, and insane entertainment. At the end of the game, the teams were all tied up at 40-40, UNTIL, with three seconds left, the Patriots nailed a field goal to win the game 43-40. Madness. Watch all of the highlights from the game (seriously they’re all unreal) here. With this win, Tom Brady became the first QB to ever win 200 regular season games. All hail the #GOAT!

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It Was All a Dream

The GIST: The NBA season starts Wednesday (talk about a happy hump day) and with the start of the season comes the start of, you guessed it, fantasy basketball!
 
Looney: Now, when we put “fantasy” and “basketball” in the same sentence, we’re not talking about Michael Jordan and a team of Looney Toon characters playing a game of intergalactic basketball against giant aliens (oh, wait). No, we’re talking about that fun, competitive game amongst friends and colleagues whereby you can prove your bball knowledge and earn some major office bragging rights. Never played fantasy before but wanna learn how? Or maybe you just want some tips and tricks for your league? Whatever your reason, be sure to read The GIST’s Guide to Fantasy Basketball here. You’re welcome.

GIST some Other sh!t you Should Know

- Last Saturday, the 2018 Ironman World Championships took place in Kailua, Hawaii. If you’re not familiar, an Ironman is a triathlon that consists of a 3.86 km swim, a 180.25 km bike ride, and a 42.2 km run. Yes, the race ends with running a marathon. LOL, #nothankyou. Anyway, as expected, the triathletes that take part in these races are hella crazy fit. This year’s women’s winner was Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf. Wild story - Ryf was STUNG BY A JELLYFISH at the beginning of the race but somehow managed to push through the pain to win. Amazing. On the men’s side, Germany’s Patrick Lange took home the hardware for the second straight year. Immediately following the race, Lange proposed to his girlfriend. D’awwww.
 
-ICYMI, the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) season started on Saturday. The CWHL consists of six teams (including one in Markham and one in Toronto) and has 27 Olympians playing in the league. Just a remarkable amount of talent. You can learn more about the league and watch games live here.
 
- A few months back, Jamaican sprinting legend and eight-time Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt, moved to Australia to give professional soccer a shot. Because, why not, right? This weekend marked the first time Bolt started for his team (Central Coast Mariners) and the homie did NOT disappoint, scoring his first pro soccer goals in epic fashion. Watch the highlights, including Bolt celebrating with his signature pose, here.
 
- OMG, there’s so much going in sports right now that we’ve barely had the time to talk hockey! What're the most important things to know? First, the Toronto Maple Leafs represent three (Auston Matthews, Morgan Rielly, Mitch Marner) of the top sixpoint-getters (goals and assists) in the NHL. Second, even though the Ottawa Senators lost superstar Erik Karlsson and were expected to be in a “rebuilding” year, they’re actually not off to that bad of a start. The Sens are sitting at a respectable 2-2-1 (won two, lost two, lost one in overtime) and have even beat the Leafs. We know, surprising, but not as surprising as Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson calling off their engagement.

Get it in the Cal.

Tonight: Are you ready for some (more) football?! We thought so. The San Francisco 49ers take on the Green Bay Packers at 8:15 p.m. ET. We’ll be providing real-time informative (and sassy) GIST commentary through Facebook Messenger throughout the game. If you’re interested in tuning in with us, click here.

Tuesday: It’s time for back-to-back playoff baseball games. Watch the Boston Red Sox take on the Houston Astros at 5:09 p.m. ET, followed by the Milwaukee Brewers taking on the LA Dodgers at 9:09 p.m. ET. No better way to spend a night.

Wednesday: The NBA season is back, baby! Watch the Toronto Raptors take on the reigning (though new-look) Eastern Conference Champions the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:30 p.m. EST. You’re going to have to flip channels though so that you can watch our Canadian women take on TEAM CONCACAF finals at 8 p.m. ET. Check out this website to watch the game live. WOW WHAT A WEEK FOR SPORTS, WE LOVE IT!!!

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