Riri and Amy are showing their support for #TakeAKnee and we’re totally fangirling over it.• The World Series kicks off tomorrow and we’re giving you #thegistofit. • The NBA was looking more like Fight Club this weekend. • Read up on the sh!t you need to know in the NHL. • Our Canadian women’s rugby team is killin’ it. • Brees is breaking records and breaking hearts. • And… WTF was the Predators coach wearing?!
What Rihanna and Amy Schumer are saying to each other…
The GIST: Did we just become best friends?! Last week, both Rihanna and Amy Schumer demonstrated their support for unsigned NFL quarterback (QB), Colin Kaepernick (pronounced CAP-ER-NICK).
Who’s Kaepernick again?: Kaepernick was the first player to #TakeAKnee during the national anthem in peaceful protest of racial inequality and police brutality against people of colour. Even though Kap is good enough to play in the NFL, he hasn’t played in the league since March 2017. He’s currently embroiled in a legal battle against the NFL and its owners for colluding not to sign him. There’s A LOT to the #TakeAKnee story (with much thanks to Donald Trump’s political BS) so check out The GIST’s deep dive here for more info.
Back to Riri & Schumer: Last week, reports came out that superstar triple-threatRihanna declined to perform in February’s Super Bowl LIII (if you’re like us and dunno Roman numerals well, this stands for 53) halftime show in support of Kaepernick. To that, we say YASSS, Riri! Instead, Maroon 5 will be headlining the show. Comedian Schumer is also supporting Kaepernick. On Friday, Schumerannounced over Instagram that she wouldn’t be doing a Super Bowl commercial this year. In the post, she also said it would be “cool” if Maroon 5 backed out of the Super Bowl too. DAMN GIRL, STIR THAT POT!
Everthing the Light Touches is Our Kingdom
The GIST: The stage is set. The Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox are squaring off in the best-of-seven World Series starting tomorrow night! LET’S GOOOO!
World Series Deets: Last year the Houston Astros defeated the Dodgers in seven games to win the World Series. Yep, the Dodgers are making back-to-back World Series appearances. The Dodgers have won six championships but haven’t won in 30 years (and you thought your dry spell was bad). In the American League (AL) conference finals, the Red Sox beat the Astros in five games. The Red Sox have won eight World Series titles with their most recent being in 2013. They also had THE BEST regular season in the entire MLB winning 108 games and only losing 54. Just insane. And, because of their league-best record, the Red Sox have home-field advantage for the World Series.
Players to Watch: For the Dodgers, keep a close eye on first baseman Cody Bellinger and pitcher Clayton Kershaw. Bellinger was named the MVP in the National League Championship Series (NLCS) and at the ripe age of 23, he is the youngest MVP in NLCS history. Casual. For the Sox, we’re gonna be watching pitcher David Price and outfielder Mookie Betts. You might recognize David Price because he played for our Toronto Blue Jays for a hot second in 2015. Price is notorious for choking in the postseason. No really, it took this guy 12 starts until he FINALLY won a playoff game. Jeez, Louise.
Ballin’ or Brawlin’?
The GIST: The NBA season started last Tuesday and to say it’s been entertaining AF would be an understatement. Here’s #thegistofit so far:
- Our Toronto Raptors are the first team to make it to a perfect 3-0 record. *Cues One Direction’s Perfect*. And, Raptors new superstar Kawhi (pronounced KAH-WHY) Leonard didn’t even play in the third game. This is because for most of last season Kawhi was OOO with a right quad injury, so he’s just taking his comeback slowly. Nothing to worry about.
- The game between the LA Lakers and the Houston Rockets on Saturday looked more like a Jersey Shore episode than a basketball game. In the fourth quarter, a brawl broke out and fists just started FLYIN’. It was nuts. You gotta watch all the madness unfold here. Lakers Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rando, as well as Rockets Chris Paul, have been suspended for their actions. Violence isn’t the answer, boys!
The Good, the Bad and the Heartwearming
The GIST: Although we’re only two and a half weeks into the NHL season, the gap between the best and the worst teams is REALLY starting to be felt. Here’s GIST what you need to know:
- Leafs fans, rejoice! Despite losing their last two games, Toronto still sits atop theEastern Conference with a 6-3 record (FYI: the NHL is divided into Western and Eastern conferences). Somewhat surprisingly, the Montreal Canadiens are just behind them in second. Why is this a surprise? Well, before the season started, many analysts had Montreal pegged to miss the playoffs. There’s a lot of hockey to go, but you gotta love a good underdog story.
- On the flip side, here’s how NOT to be the best. The lowly Detroit Red Wings finallywon their first game of the season on Saturday after beating the Florida Panthers 4-3 in overtime. This win was v welcome as they started their season on a seven-game losing streak. Not good.
- In other NHL news, Jordin Tootoo retired this week (not to be confused with Jacob Two-Two). He was the first Inuk player to play in the NHL and broke down huge barriers for Indigenous hockey players. We’re gonna miss him “TooToo” much.
GIST some Other sh!t you Should Know
- Our Canadian women’s sevens rugby team is SLAYING the game at the HSBC’s World Rugby Sevens Series hosted in Glendale, Colorado. Check out the deets of their undefeated dominance here.
- New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees continues to be unbelievable. Yesterday afternoon, the Saints beat the Baltimore Ravens 24-23 after Ravens kicker, Justin Tucker, missed the post-touchdown extra point to tie the game. It was the first time in Tucker’s seven-year career that he missed a convert. Simply shocking. Anyway, with that win, Brees became the third QB to beat EVERY SINGLE team at least once in their career AND he became the fourth QB to record 500 career passing touchdowns in NFL history. Easy, Brees-y, Beautiful.
- This was weird. Watch Nashville Predators coach, Peter Laviolette, do a post-game interview while wearing a bulls head. Like, dafuq?!
Get it in the Cal.
Tonight: Time for more football! The New York Giants are taking on the Atlanta Falcons 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. If you’re not into football, you can watch the Raps host the Charlotte Hornets at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Wednesday: It’s a busy night for Toronto sports teams. The Leafs are (literally) facing off against the Winnipeg Jets at 7 p.m. ET and the Raps are hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves at 7:30 p.m. ET.
All Week: This year’s fourth annual Invictus Games is being hosted in Sydney, Australia. These games may sound familiar because last year they were hosted in #the6ix. The Invictus Games is an international adaptive multi-sport event started by Prince Harry in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sports. Learn more about the Games, including how to watch them, here.