It’s a Game of Inches
The GIST: So much happened on the football field this weekend we literally can’t even.
And Then There Were Two: In the CFL’s east division final on Sunday, the Ottawa Redblacks legit trampled the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 46-27 and booked a ticket to their second championship game in three years. Their quarterback (QB) Trevor Harris even set a new CFL record, throwing for six touchdowns, the most ever in a playoff game. Show-off.
Over in the west, the league-leading Calgary Stampeders lived up to their hype and knocked out the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 22-11 to book their third-straight trip to the final. So, next Sunday in Edmonton, Ottawa and Calgary will be squaring off for the Grey Cup - a rematch of 2016 when the Redblacks came out on top.
Quarterback Snap (Literally Though): This one is painful to watch. On Sunday, Washington Redskins’ QB Alex Smith got sacked by not one, but TWO Houston Texans players and broke his leg. Seriously, his leg looks like freaking Jell-O in this replay. That sh!t just ain’t right. Needless to say, Smith will be missing the rest of the season. It’s a huge loss for Washington as they're currently leading their division.
To Cleveland, with Love: For a few hours this weekend, the internet was ALIVE with a pretty crazy rumour: the Cleveland Browns (who are last in the AFC North division) reportedly had plans to interview former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for their head coaching position. She would have been the first woman EVER to interview for a head coaching position in the NFL.
However, it turns out this rumour was, well, just a rumour. Although Rice is a huge, lifelong Browns fan and impressive politician, she released a statement saying she’s not quite ready to coach, but would gladly call a play or two next season. TBH, we’d love to see that - or at least see them interview another woman for the head-coaching spot!
Hate it or Love It, The Underdog's On Top
The GIST: Alexander Zverev (pronounced SV-AIR-EV) stunned the tennis world this week by upsetting two of the best tennis players in the world to win the ATP Finals.
Remind me… WTF is the ATP Finals?: It’s a round-robin tournament taking place annually in November at the end of every tennis season and features only the top eight men’s singles and doubles teams in the game.
Dah-rama in the Semis: Young gun Zverev shocked fans by dominating tennis icon Roger Federer, beating him 7-5, 7-6 in straight sets on Saturday. But there was more to the story than just the score.
In the second set, with Federer up 4-3, Zverev stopped mid-rally when a ball boydropped a ball into his line of vision. Stopping play is totally within the rules BTW. Then, when the point was replayed, Zverev served an ace. It was a major turning pointin the game and Zverev was able to cruise to the victory from there.
R-Fed’s (not to be confused with Brittney’s ex K-Fed) loyal fans were POed at Zverev stopping the rally, so at the end of the match, they literally booed Zverev off the court. Thankfully, Federer was ever-gracious in defeat and came to Zverev’s support. We LY, Roger!
Age is Just a Number: Fast forward to yesterday's ATP Final and Zverev (No. 3 seed) defeated Novak Djokovic (No. 1 seed) in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. And just like that, ze young German became the youngest World Tour Finals winner in ten years.
Blades of Glory
The GIST: Canadian hockey teams are keepin’ things hot on ice while one American team is a few losses away from reaching for the panic button.
Alberta, Eh?: The ‘Battle of Alberta’ is a doozy of an NHL rivalry between the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers. On Saturday, fans were treated to another chapter in this intense saga. After the Oilers went up early by two, the Flames scored four unanswered goals to seal the deal. Mix in a few good old-fashioned hockey fights, including this tilt, and this game truly had everything a hockey fan could want… unless, of course, you’re an Oilers fan.
California Dreamin’: The Toronto Maple Leafs are on fire. The Leafs sit near the top of the NHL standings and are coming off a west coast sweep of the LA Kings, San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks. This is special because the last time the Leafs won all three games on a single road trip through California was way back in 1995. To give you some perspective, Toy Story came out in '95. How old does that make you feel?!
The Leafs are making us *swoon* off the ice too. Like, how cute is this YMCA carpool karaoke featuring star forwards Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews riding with Patrick Marleau and his kids?!
Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Pittsburgh Penguins have got to find a way to turn their season around, and fast. After losing seven of their last eight games, the Pens are at the bottom of their division. This is a BFD because they haven’t missed the playoffs since the ‘05-‘06 season and have won three Stanley Cups over that stretch. A big reason why they might be stinking up the house as of late? Because star forward Sidney Crosby is sidelined with a mysterious upper-body injury. Time to figure your sh!t out, boys.
GIST Some Other Sh!t you Should Know
- This Formula Three (F3) racing video made us literally gasp in the worst way. This weekend, 17-year-old German Sophia Floersch’s car literally went airborne and FLEW OVER, YES OVER, her competitors’ cars, crashing into the fence. Despite a broken spine, she is okay and tweeted out her thanks for the support. Thank f***ing goodness.
- Oy vey. You gotta watch this video where WNBA star Nneka Ogwumike (pronounced NEK-AH OG-WOO-MIK-AY) was asked by a man if WNBA rims should be lowered to allow for more dunking and to make the game ‘more entertaining.’ SMDH. Her response is priceless. You tell ‘em, girl.
- Despite dropping a few tough losses this week to the New Orleans Pelicans, ex-coach Dwane Casey’s Detroit Pistons and the v good Boston Celtics, the Toronto Raptors remain number one in the NBA (and number one in our hearts). The boys finally came back to their winning ways on Saturday, beating the flailing Chicago Bulls 122-83. Now, THAT’S what we’re talkin’ about, baby!
What’s Up This Week
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Tonight: We’ve got A BIG Monday Night Football game ahead of us - probably the best football game of the season. The Kansas City Chiefs are taking on the L.A. Rams at 8:15 p.m. ET. Both of the teams are sitting pretty at 9-1 and have unreal offences so we think it will be a v fun, high scoring game. But wait, it gets better. You can watch this game real-time with The GIST through Facebook Messenger. Get our sassy commentary and play a game within the game by clicking here.
Getcha Tickets for Saturday: Our friends at SeeWhatSheCanDo are hosting a GNO with the CWHL’s Markham Thunder to celebrate all that is wonderful in women’s hockey! Your ticket to the event includes mixing and mingling with some Olympians and pro players (!!!), watching the game, eating some food, and connecting with other female hockey fans. Get your tickets before they sell out here.