We’re happy to announce that The GIST is moving to a twice-weekly newsletter on Monday and Thursday mornings! YASSS! Why you might ask?! Well, there are SO MANY fun things going on in the wonderful world of sports that one newsletter just isn’t cutting it anymore. And, our GISTers (ya you, you’re a GISTer) asked for it! Over 80% of the GISTers we surveyed said they wanted The GIST twice weekly. Your wish is our command! Because we’re hittin’ you up twice a week, you can expect The GIST to be a wee bit shorter, but a whole lot more fun (if that’s even possible, right?). Anyway, thanks for all of your support - it truly means so much to us. Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.
The GIST: Last night, the new-look Toronto Raptors opened their season in #the6ix and we gotta say, they’re looking fiiinnnneeee AF beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-104. It’s the sixth straight year the Raps have won their home opener.
Remind me why it’s a “new look”: In the off-season, the Raps made some serious moves. Most notably, they ditched five-year head coach Dwane Casey and promoted assistant coach Nick Nurse to head coach. Next, the Raps traded the face of the franchise, DeMar DeRozan, to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for superstar Kawhi (pronounced Kah-why) Leonard. At first, Canada was absolutely gutted to lose DeMar, but gang, we gotta welcome Kawhi with open arms. This dude is the REAL DEAL. He won an NBA Championship back in 2014, was named the MVP for that championship series, AND he’s won two NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards. If that doesn’t prove the man was made to ball, get this: Kawhi’s hands are 9.75 inches long and 11.25 wide - that’s 52% larger than an average man’s hands. Damn!
Back to last night: So, the Raps have a new look but so do the Cavaliers. The Cavs have won four-straight Eastern Conference Championships and in 2015/16 they won it all (a.k.a. the NBA Finals). However, much of their success was due to the amazingLeBron James. In the offseason, LeBron signed with the LA Lakers, leaving a pretty “meh” Cavs team behind. Last night the Raps took advantage of a LeBron-less Cavs team. Kawhi scored 24 points and claimed 13 rebounds securing a double-double, and Kyle Lowry (who def has the best booty in the game) had a team-high 27 points. If you’re somehow still not stoked for this Raps season, in which we’re all but guaranteed a trip to the playoffs, watch this promo video. Butter us up.
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The GIST: Get yourself together. That’s what we’re saying to USA Gymnastics too. After just five days on the job, the interim USA Gymnastics (USAG) President, Mary Bono, has resigned.
OMG Why?: Bono’s resignation comes after some serious backlash from both the public and high-profile Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles and Aly Raisman. The criticism started when Bono’s anti-Nike tweet was discovered. She had posted it after Nike’s “Believe in Something” campaign where Nike endorsed unsigned NFL quarterback and creator of the #TakeAKnee movement, Colin Kaepernick (pronounced cap-er-nick). SMDH. Second, it came out that Bono had previously worked at the law firm Faegre Baker Daniels. This law firm represented USAG during the initial sexual assault accusations against the disgraced former Olympic pedophiledoctor, Larry Nassar. There are a lot of nuances to this story and this article does a good job of breaking it down. Honestly, how the heck Bono was hired in the first place is beyond us. USA Gymnastics (kinda like the country it represents) is in absolute shambles.
Hockey, Because Canada
The GIST: We’ve been getting some feedback that y’all want MORE hockey! It’s a good thing that we love you and are people pleasers. So, here are two quick stories for this week:
- You may or may not have noticed that a sassy blonde has been missing from the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup this season. Leafs’ 22-year-old Swedish forward, William Nylander, has yet to play a game this year. This situation is quite complicated, but to give you #thegistofit, Nylander is a restricted free agent and is holding out for a morefavourable contract. It’s speculated Nylander wants over $8M; whereas the Leafs want to pay him closer to $6.5M. The deadline for Nylander and the Leafs to sort their sh!t out is December 1st. And apparently this week, Leafs General Manager, Kyle Dubas, flew overseas to Switzerland (neutral ground you know) to meet face-to-face with Nylander to get business done. Talk about playing hard to get.
- In a scary moment last weekend, Vancouver rookie Elias Pettersson was legitslammed to the ice and subsequently concussed following a hit by Florida Panthers defenceman, Mike Matheson. Following the hit, there was heated debate on whether Matheson should be suspended. On Monday, the NHL ended that debate and handed Matheson a two-game suspension. In response, Matheson has said it“wasn’t his intent” to injure Pettersson. Well, it wasn’t our intent to eat a full pint of ice cream in one night but here we are accepting the consequences of our actions.
GIST some Other sh!t you Should Know
- Oh, “high” there Canada. We hope you safely enjoyed your first day of legallyconsuming cannabis. As Canada is only the second country in the world to legalize cannabis, sports teams and leagues are still trying to figure out how they’re going to deal with the legalization. If you’re interested in learning more, TSN is doing a cool docu-series on cannabis in sports that you can check out here.
- Last night, our Canadian Women’s National Soccer team lost 2-0 to the U.S. in the CONCACAF Championship. Welp. The U.S. is the reigning World Cup Champion and has a stellar team, so we’d be lying if we said we were surprised by this result. The good news is that Canada held their own AND, because they placed second in the tournament, they qualify for the FIFA World Cup in France next summer.
- Time for your playoff baseball update. The LA Dodgers are up three games to two over the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS. Over in the ALCS, the Boston Red Sox are up three games to one over the Houston Astros. If the Dodgers or Red Sox win their next game, they’re off to the World Series! But apparently, over in the American League, there’s been some shady sh!t going on. And if you’re like us, you live for the sketch. Learn more here.
- We’re not crying, you’re crying. Shout out to Tim Hortons for giving Kenya’s only hockey team the opportunity of a lifetime. ALL THE #FEELS.
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Today by 7 p.m.: Two things: remember to get your GIST NFL Football Pool picks in and remember to get your GIST referrals in for a chance to win two free tickets (for you and a friend) to Perky Athletics’ “thrilling” Hallowe’en Workout event. So fun!
Friday: We’ve got something you’re gonna look forward to reading every day. Check out Pressed, a daily email newsletter that gives you the news you need to know to start your day, all from a Canadian perspective. They make important current events super easy to follow - like, anyone else still v confused about the rules around cannabis legalization? Same. Subscribe to their newsletter here.
Saturday - Win free tickets to the Montreal Alouettes vs. Toronto Argos game:Yep, you read that right, people! We’ve partnered with our friends at the CFL to give two lucky GISTers TWO FREE TICKETS (as in we have four tix up for grabs) to the game on Saturday. It’s the last home game for the Argos this season so you can bet it’s gonna be a good one. What do you have to do to win? Answer these four easy peasy questions by end of day today. If you get 'em correct, you’ll be entered to win the tickets. Good luck!