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Ep #122: The latest WTF updates: Deshaun Watson and the Chicago Blackhawks

Ep #122: The latest WTF updates: Deshaun Watson and the Chicago Blackhawks

October 28, 2021

On today’s episode, Ellen and Steph break down the latest WTF moment from the sports world. Despite having 22 active sexual assault allegations against him, Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is on the NFL trade market, with multiple teams interested in trading for him. Ugh.

Tune in for the backstory on Watson, why a trade could happen and stick around for an update to a different WTF moment, this one from the world of hockey. 

*Content warning: this episode contains mentions of and conversations around sexual assault and harassment, so if you need to take a break from today’s episode and join us Tuesday, please do so and take care.*

 

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Independent firm’s report on Chicago

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Ep #121: The 2021 World Series: The most despised teams ever

Ep #121: The 2021 World Series: The most despised teams ever

October 26, 2021

Baseball fan or not, you’ll want in on this conversation. On today’s show, Ellen and Steph discuss why the 2021 World Series featuring the Houston cheatin’ Astros and the problematic Atlanta Braves might just be the most despised series ever. Tune in for all the details. 

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Ep #120: How the opioid crisis in sports is killing its athletes

Ep #120: How the opioid crisis in sports is killing its athletes

October 21, 2021

On today’s show, Ellen is joined again by special guest host Courtney Stith to talk about the opioid crisis in pro sports. After NHLer Jimmy Hayes’s cause of death was attributed to substance abuse, we’re talking about his life, death, and the noble way his family is honoring him. 

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Episode 116

Boston Globe Article

 

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Ep #119: Diving into the Phoenix Mercury’s media snub and the NBA’s regular season

Ep #119: Diving into the Phoenix Mercury’s media snub and the NBA’s regular season

October 19, 2021

On today’s show, Ellen and special guest host Courtney Stith dive deep into the context as well as their thoughts and feelings on the Phoenix Mercury not showing up for the post-game press conference after losing to the Chicago Sky in the WNBA finals on Sunday afternoon. It’s complicated. And instead of a WTF moment, the pair also give a brief NBA regular season preview. Tune in, won’t you?

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Ep #118: Another coaching scandal: Jon Gruden and WFT explained

Ep #118: Another coaching scandal: Jon Gruden and WFT explained

October 14, 2021

We really hate to do this to you, GISTers, but we have yet another coaching scandal to fill you in on. This time, it’s the NFL, with Jon Gruden’s racist and misogynistic emails. Ugh. We also have a WTF from the WNBA, involving the GOAT herself, Diana Taurasi. Buckle up for this one.

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Ep #117: Everything you need to know about the NHL season

Ep #117: Everything you need to know about the NHL season

October 12, 2021

It's hockey season! Today, co-hosts Ellen and Steph give you "the gist" on what to know about the NHL season. They talk teams to know, players to watch, their picks and, most importantly, the broader storylines to watch this season. Add that to some storytelling about Scott Moir and women in sports, and it’s a great way to spend your Tuesday. Tune in, won’t you?

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Show notes: 

Ep #116 - Jack Eichel

Ep #14 - Real women don’t run, they said

 

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Ep #116: Gossip Girl, but make it hockey

Ep #116: Gossip Girl, but make it hockey

October 7, 2021

Who needs Instagram and Facebook when hockey stars have Twitter to stir the pot? After Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner accused the NHL of medical malpractice in a tweet and threatened to reveal some spicy stories to back up his claims, Ellen and Steph are diving into what caused his sudden Gossip Girl moment. 

Then, they’re sharing a WTF from the NHL that involves — shocker! — San Jose Shark Evander Kane.

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Robin Lehner’s exclusive essay with The Athletic from 2018

Robin Lehner’s October 5th press conference (YouTube)

 

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Ep #115: The NWSL’s institutional betrayal

Ep #115: The NWSL’s institutional betrayal

October 5, 2021

How many wild things can happen in one week in the NWSL? Let us count the ways…

With another head coach out, a commissioner resigned, and three ongoing investigations into the botched handling of some truly terrible abuse allegations, the NWSL has had quite the week, so hosts Steph and Ellen are going through the timeline of events as they happened and then giving their own thoughts on all the awfulness. 

*Content warning: this episode mentions sexual abuse and harassment, so if you can’t listen today, just sit this one out, take a self-care day and we’ll see you back here on Thursday.

 

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Ep #114: The disrespect for the WNBA is too high

Ep #114: The disrespect for the WNBA is too high

September 30, 2021

The WNBA is being disrespected. After the Phoenix Mercury were forced out of their home arena twice, hosts Ellen and Steph are talking about all the ways our favorite W teams are being wronged during this already intense postseason.

Then, we’re following up on Tuesday’s WTF moment with an update from the Ukrainian Hockey League. Spoiler alert: it’s bad.

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Show notes:

 “The WNBA shouldn’t have to fight for respect in 2021” by Kavitha A. Davidson

 

The Athletic WBB tweet showing the GCU court at the Phoenix Mercury game

 

Update on this disciplinary case from the Ukrainian Hockey League

 

Instagram post from Jalen Smereck

 

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Ep #113: Things are about to change in Washington

Ep #113: Things are about to change in Washington

September 28, 2021

On the field, the NWSL’s Washington Spirit is playing for a spot in the postseason. Off the field, it’s a hot mess right now. But as things continue to worsen, team co-owner Y. Michele Kang is ready to take charge. Soccer fan or not, you’ll want to hear what’s going down in D.C.

And in our WTF moment of the week, we’re heading back to the hockey rink to tell you about a deplorable act of racism from the Ukrainian Hockey League. Make it end.

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Michele Kang’s open letter to ownership group and fans

 

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