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Ep #211: The rumor mill strikes again: Ime Udoka’s suspension and the Spanish women’s soccer standoff

Ep #211: The rumor mill strikes again: Ime Udoka’s suspension and the Spanish women’s soccer standoff

September 27, 2022

On today’s episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz deep dive into two important stories where the initial reporting missed the mark. Starting with the NBA, El and Steph discuss the Boston Celtics’ season-long suspension of head coach Ime Udoka, specifically the media’s mishandling of this complicated situation.

Then the gals go international to discuss the Spanish women’s national soccer team’s ongoing standoff with their federation. While the federation tries to shift blame, the players are setting the record straight and pushing for a safe, fair training environment. As they should.    

 

Show notes:

Ep #208: Brett Fraud: An NFL icon’s checkered history

 

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Ep #210: Bad news/good news: Sarver’s statement, a WTF NHL contract and women’s world championships begin

Ep #210: Bad news/good news: Sarver’s statement, a WTF NHL contract and women’s world championships begin

September 22, 2022

It’s fall, y’all! To celebrate, cozy up with another episode of The GIST of It. On today’s quick hits edition, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz start things off with a welcome update to the controversy surrounding Phoenix Mercury and Suns owner Robert Sarver, which they discussed on Tuesday’s episode. The embattled owner announced yesterday that he’s begun the process to sell both teams.

Then it’s time for yet another WTF moment, this one from the NHL. The Edmonton Oilers signed former Vancouver Canucks winger Jake Virtanen to a tryout contract on Monday, just two months after he was found “not guilty” in a criminal sexual assault trial. It’s sadly the same ol’, same ol’ in the hockey world.*

But there is some good news to celebrate in women’s sports, of course. El and Steph close out the pod with a preview of the currently underway FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup and upcoming FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship. Can ya dig it?

 

*Today’s episode contains mention of sexual violence. Please take care while listening. 

Show notes:

Robert Sarver statement

Ep #209, detailing the Robert Sarver saga

ESPN coverage of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup

 

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Ep #209: WTF roundup: Sarver’s paltry punishment and racism on the MLS pitch

Ep #209: WTF roundup: Sarver’s paltry punishment and racism on the MLS pitch

September 20, 2022

Today, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz are diving into another WTF episode of The GIST of It. Last week’s suspension of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and WNBA’s Mercury owner Robert Sarver due to his history of racist and sexist behavior has become this week’s outcry in the basketball community, from players to brands.

After that, the gals get into allegations of racism on the soccer field, digging into what went down at this weekend’s D.C. United match that launched an MLS investigation.

El and Steph also break down the latest from the investigation into last year’s attack on Paris Saint Germain midfielder Kheira Hamraoui.

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Show notes:

Hamraoui's injuries and statement on Twitter

Alphonso Davies surprising young players in his hometown - BMO

 

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Ep #208: Brett Fraud: An NFL icon’s checkered history

Ep #208: Brett Fraud: An NFL icon’s checkered history

September 15, 2022

Co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz are back with a doozy of an episode for today’s edition of The GIST of It. Texts were released Tuesday implicating NFL legend Brett Favre in a scheme to defraud Mississippi's welfare system in order to *checks notes* build a new volleyball facility at his daughter’s college. 

El and Steph break down everything you need to know about this WTF story before discussing the Hall of Fame quarterback’s already complicated legacy. Thanks for tuning in.

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Show notes:

Mississippi Today investigative article with Favre texts

Jenn Sterger Twitter statement

 

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Ep #207: Breaking down the blockchain: NFTs and Top Shot

Ep #207: Breaking down the blockchain: NFTs and Top Shot

September 13, 2022

On today’s extra special episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz sit down with Top Shot social media lead (and GISTer) Carrie Oehm to dig into everything about the sports NFT space.

The gals ask all your burning blockchain questions including what digital collectibles are, how you can connect with other sports fans in the digital community and how Top Shot is leveling the NFT playing field in the WNBA and NBA.

Thank you to Top Shot for sponsoring this episode and sitting down with us to break it all down.

 

Show notes:

Breaking down NFTs with Top Shot

Getting started with NFTs with Top Shot

Celebrating the WNBA with NFTs and Top Shot

 

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Ep #206: WNBA: The final countdown

Ep #206: WNBA: The final countdown

September 8, 2022

With the No. 1 Las Vegas Aces eliminating the No. 4 Seattle Storm in four games, the WNBA finals are nearly set. But first, the No. 2 Chicago Sky and No. 3 Connecticut Sun will duke it out in tonight’s winner-take-all Game 5 to decide the final spot.

So on today’s episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz have everything you need to know ahead of tip off. 

Then the gals turn to their crystal balls for a look at how both the Sky and Sun would fare against the Aces in preparation for the Finals tipping off on Sunday. Let’s ball. 

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Ep #205: 2022 NFL season preview: Everything to know before kickoff

Ep #205: 2022 NFL season preview: Everything to know before kickoff

September 1, 2022

Today’s episode of The GIST of It digs into everything you need to know before the NFL season kicks off next week. On today’s pod, host Ellen Hyslop and guest host Dee Lab break down how it all works, the teams to keep tabs on and the players already making us sit up and take notice.

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Show notes:

NFL divisional breakdown

Episode #204 detailing allegations against Matt Araiza

 

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Ep #204: WTF Tuesday: NCAA volleyball racism & more NFL bullsh!t

Ep #204: WTF Tuesday: NCAA volleyball racism & more NFL bullsh!t

August 30, 2022

Back by popular demand, it’s time for another WTF episode of The GIST of It. On today’s pod, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz detail an infuriating story out of the NCAA. On Friday, Duke volleyball sophomore Rachel Richardson was subject to racial slurs during a game against BYU. El and Steph discuss the institution’s inaction and history of problematic behavior. 

Then after the break, El and Steph dig into a(nother) WTF from, you guessed it, football. Over the weekend, the Buffalo Bills released punter Matt Araiza two days after a lawsuit was filed alleging he gang-raped a 17-year-old girl last year, but there are multiple layers of prior inaction we need to discuss.*  

Thank you to TELUS for sponsoring today’s episode! With the Women’s World Hockey Championship off and running, we’ve teamed up with TELUS to give one lucky GISTer the ultimate Women’s Worlds viewing package, complete with a signed 2022 Team Canada jersey, a TV and a soundbar. Visit our Instagram @thegistca to enter. Good luck!  

 

*Content warning: Today’s episode contains mention of sexual violence. Please take care while listening. 

Ep #203: Tennis controversy and a jam-packed weekend primer

Ep #203: Tennis controversy and a jam-packed weekend primer

August 25, 2022

Happy Thursday!

 

On today’s episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz kick things off with a head-scratching move from the USTA. Belarusian player Victoria Azarenka was surprisingly dropped from last night’s “Tennis Plays for Peace” exhibition match, despite publicly condemning Russia’s war with Ukraine. El and Steph deep dive with a nuanced conversation on this complicated topic. 

 

Then after the break, the gals preview a jam-packed sporting weekend ahead. From the women’s world hockey championships to college football to F1, they have you covered for the biggest storylines surrounding these major events.

 

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Show notes:

 

Ep #169: What’s up with Wimbledon?: The sports world’s continued response to the War in Ukraine

 

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Ep #202: Utah protects trans kids while the Atlanta Braves strike out

Ep #202: Utah protects trans kids while the Atlanta Braves strike out

August 23, 2022

On today’s episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz have one up and one down from the sports world. Starting with the good news, El and Steph discuss a rare win for trans kids in sports after a Utah judge reversed the state’s law banning trans girls from participating.

Then it’s time for the down, and this one’s coming from the baseball diamond. Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna was arrested on DUI charges on Friday…then started in Sunday’s game. Wish we were kidding. El and Steph dive into this latest example of ignoring off-field issues in favor of on-field success. 

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