The GIST of It

The GIST

The GIST of It is a twice-weekly podcast on what’s going on in the sports world. Hosts Ellen Hyslop and Stephanie Rotz discuss current sports topics and how they intersect with pop culture and social issues, covering everything from major league season previews to calling out the sexist BS we see in sports daily. Expect a hilarious yet informative conversation with a refreshing female perspective on the world of sports.

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Ellen and Steph have a major update to the story of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai. In an unprecedented move, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced yesterday that they would suspend all tournaments in China. El and Steph cover the timeline of events, why this move from the WTA is such a big deal and how it could impact other global sporting events. Thanks for listening! Today’s episode is brought to you by FanDuel. Tired of never being invited to play fantasy football? We were too. That’s why we created our own contest, open to everyone (and especially women!). It’s easy to play and there are cash prizes up for grabs each week. Visit (and return to) fanduel.com/gist to play now.   Show notes:  WTA Statement on decision to suspend tournaments in China Finnish men’s soccer captain, Tim Sparv, on the Qatar World Cup   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

Dec 2

24 min 4 sec

In today's episode, the gals (Ellen and Steph) break down the looming work stoppage in the MLB, the history of lockouts and labor disputes in sports and what it all means for women’s sports too. Thanks for tuning in! Today’s episode is brought to you by Scotiabank. Scotiabank is on a mission to make sure hockey is accessible, inclusive and diverse with their Hockey for All Initiative. Through sponsorships, partnerships and support programs, they’re working hard to change the way we see the game. Learn more about how Scotiabank is changing the face of hockey at scotiabank.com/hockeyforall.    Show notes:  MLB and MLB Players Association negotiations NWSL and NWSL Players Association negotiations   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

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Nov 30

29 min 2 sec

Gobble gobble!   On today’s special Thanksgiving episode of The GIST of It, co-hosts Ellen and Steph and today have a feast of dramatic sports news from you. From their wild holiday food hot takes to the NFL coach that could be fired before the day is out to the spicy feud hitting the golf course, today’s episode has it all. Grab a plate and let’s dig in!   Today’s episode is brought to you by FanDuel. There’s nothing quite like the tradition of American Thanksgiving NFL football, and you could add winning big to your holiday festivities, thanks to our GIST-exclusive weekly NFL fantasy contest.   It takes less than five minutes to make your picks and there’s over $250 in cash prizes on the line each week. Visit fanduel.com/gist to start playing now and submit your picks before Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Good luck!   Show notes:    History of the feud between Brook Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau Brooks Koepka’s infamous eye roll   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa

Nov 25

24 min 32 sec

Ellen and Steph are diving into just what happened between the Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. From Isaiah Stewart and LeBron James and the “Malice at the Palace” — El and Steph have you covered. They’ll recap these basketball tussles and share their thoughts on how the media has historically reacted with some problematic (read: racist) language. Not okay. Today’s episode is brought to you by Canadian Tire and Dispatch Coffee.  Our friends over at Canadian Tire have truly been leveling the playing field, thanks to their Jumpstart Charities. Their online coaching program, “Keeping Girls in Sport,” is committed to helping girls stay in sport. A safe, supportive environment for girls to play? We love to see it. Head to jumpstart.canadiantire.ca to learn more.  Dispatch Coffee is a woman-owned and operated Montreal coffee roaster, committed to quality and sustainability. We love a good East Coast brew, and now you can have beans shipped right to your door! Check out dispatchcoffee.ca today and use code GIST15 for 15% off your first order.  Show notes:  ESPN Article (with video; warning - blood). Athletic story on Isaiah Stewart. More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa

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Nov 23

26 min 16 sec

Co-hosts Courtney Stith and Steph Rotz are back with another great episode, and today they’re breaking down the latest happenings in soccer. From World Cup qualifiers to the NCAA women’s College Cup to the MLS and NWSL playoffs, Courtney and Steph have everything you need to know about this whirlwind week of fútbol. Tune in for the on-field updates and stick around for the bigger picture conversation about the cultural reckoning in the NWSL this year. Soccer fan or not, this one’s a must-listen. Today’s episode is brought to you by FanDuel. We were tired of never being invited to play fantasy football so we created our own contest, open to everyone. It’s super fun, it’s easy to play and there's over $250 (!!!) in cash prizes up for grabs each week. Visit fanduel.com/gist to get started and submit your picks before Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET deadline. And today’s podcast is also sponsored by Ford. The GIST is all about breaking barriers, and Ford is doing the same with their brand new Ford Maverick truck. We love the Ford Maverick because it’s affordable and it gets an EPA-estimated 42 miles per gallon in the city. Talk about a win-win. Head to ford.com/trucks/maverick to learn more.   Show notes:  NCAA women’s soccer College Cup bracket MLS playoff bracket Timeline of 2021 NWSL season Jenna Hellstrom article   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

Nov 18

19 min 38 sec

We're diving deep into why the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) is taking a stand on behalf of women’s tennis star Peng Shuai. The story involves issues of censorship in China as well as allegations of sexual assault, so please take care while listening.  After discussing the news in the tennis world, we touch briefly on our thoughts regarding sports and the environment. The UN’s summit on climate change, COP26, has just come to an end, and we’re interested in the role sports plays in this changing world.  Today’s episode is brought to you by Campaign Monitor, a company we’re huge fans of over here at The GIST. Campaign Monitor is a game-changing email marketing software company that helps newsletters like ours create incredible campaigns without a single line of code. (Here for it.) Head over to campaignmonitor.com to learn more about it!   Show notes:  Academic study on the environmental impacts of the Olympics   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

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Nov 16

31 min 46 sec

Co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz have everything you need to know about the trouble brewing in Paris St. Germain. We have you covered on this deeply concerning story involving PSG’s Aminata Diallo and Kheira Hamraoui.  After discussing the drama, El and Steph share their thoughts on Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook and ESPN analyst Adam Schefter. The worst.  Today’s episode is brought to you by FanDuel. Tired of never being invited to play fantasy football? Same. That’s why we created our own weekly contest in partnership with FanDuel — and everyone’s invited.  It takes less than five minutes to pick your team, it’s super fun and GISTers have a chance to win over $250 in cash prizes each week. Visit fanduel.com/gist to join in on the fun and remember to submit your picks before Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. And today’s podcast is also brought to you by Dispatch Coffee. Dispatch is committed to making sure your cuppa is environmentally sustainable, supporting small-scale farms across the globe and partnering with women-driven businesses. (Yes, please.)  Lucky for us, Dispatch is offering 15% off all coffees including the first month of a subscription, using the code GIST15. Head over to dispatchcoffee.ca today for the perfect brew.   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa

Nov 11

30 min 55 sec

On today’s episode, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz have everything you need to know about the 2021-22 college basketball season before the action tips off later today. From the season schedule to the top teams and the key players to watch, we’re here to get’cha head in the game. Come for the season preview and stick around to hear which teams El and Steph think will win it all this year. The anticipation. Today’s episode is brought to you by Wine Rack. Wine Rack has a wide range of wines, perfect for sipping while watching a big game. Visit WineRack.com to find your closest Wine Rack location, or to order from their full selection online, and they’ll deliver it right to you. Again, that’s WineRack.com. And today’s podcast is also brought to you by Scotiabank. Hockey is for everyone...yes, even you! That’s why Scotiabank is on a mission to make the game more accessible for all Canadians with their Hockey for All initiative. From their partnerships with the PWHPA and the Hockey Diversity Alliance, to their support of You Can Play and Project North, they’re ensuring that all Canadians can enjoy our national game. Learn more at scotiabank.com.   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

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Nov 9

28 min 19 sec

After Green Bay Packers quarterback (QB) Aaron Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday after misleading the public about his vaccine status, El and Steph are discussing lingering vaccine hesitancy amongst athletes and how it’s impacting sports. Tune in for this critical discussion, then stick around for a preview of the upcoming NWSL playoffs, which kick off on Sunday. Happy listening! Today’s episode is brought to you by FanDuel. We were tired of never being invited to play fantasy football, so we created our own contest, open to everyone! It’s fun, it’s easy to play and there are cash prizes up for grabs each week. Visit fanduel.com/gist to enter. And today’s podcast is also brought to you by Wine Rack. Wine Rack is our favorite place to stock up on wines. They’re knowledgeable and have so many options, head to your local Wine Rack today or visit winerack.com to see what they have to offer.   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

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Nov 4

25 min 54 sec

Inspired by Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley taking a step back from football to focus on his mental health, El and Steph chat about the history of other athletes speaking out about their struggles and how the conversation has shifted since Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open back in May. Tune in for this important conversation, and stick around for a primer about an exciting tennis event this week: the Billie Jean King Cup. Thanks for listening! Today’s episode is brought to you by Canadian Tire in support of Jumpstart Charities. Through their Keeping Girls in Sport program, Jumpstart is committed to ensuring kids have an equal chance to be their best. Visit jumpstart.canadiantire.ca to learn more and to see how you can get involved or donate.   Show notes:  Everyone Is Going Through Something by Kevin Love To Anybody Going Through It by Kevin Love Billie Jean King Cup schedule   Mental Health Resources: https://www.ccmhs-ccsms.ca/mental-health-resources-1 https://www.mentalhealth.gov/ https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19 https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en/   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa

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Nov 2

27 min 13 sec

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.*   Today’s episode is brought to you by FanDuel. We were tired of never being invited to play fantasy football, so we partnered with FanDuel to create our own GIST-exclusive fantasy contest. It’s fun, it’s easy to play and cash prizes are up for grabs each week. Visit fanduel.com/gist to start playing today! Show notes:  Independent firm’s report on Chicago More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

Oct 28

24 min 56 sec

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.  Today’s episode is brought to you by our friends at Campaign Monitor. You don’t need to be a newsletter business to use Campaign Monitor as your email marketing software — any organization using email to connect with their audience should consider it. Check it out for free at campaignmonitor.com.   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

Oct 26

24 min 2 sec

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.  Today’s episode is brought to you by our pals at FanDuel. Channel your competitive energy into our GIST-exclusive FanDuel fantasy football contest. It’s super easy to play, and there’s over $250 in cash prizes each week. Get in on the action by visiting fanduel.com/gist now. Happy playing! Show notes:  Episode 116 Boston Globe Article   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

Oct 21

22 min 58 sec

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? Today’s episode is brought to you by our pals at The Vitamin Shoppe. Whether you’re looking for more protein or need to take a specific supplement, The Vitamin Shoppe can help with a wide variety of brands like Natural Factors and Ancient Nutrition. Start shopping for your specific needs at VitaminShoppe.com.   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

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Oct 19

35 min 37 sec

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. Today’s episode is brought to you by TWO amazing sponsors.  Wine Rack, your neighborhood wine spot, is THE place to find the best Ontario wines. Visit them at winerack.com for all your wine needs, and enjoy responsibly! FanDuel is back at it with another GIST-exclusive fantasy football contest. Sign up and take on other GISTers — including The GIST of It hosts Ellen and Steph! — at fanduel.com/gist. Game on!   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

Oct 14

24 min 23 sec

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? Today’s episode is brought to you by The Vitamin Shoppe, who helps make prioritizing your health and wellness easy. Check out their huge selection of products at VitaminShoppe.com.  Show notes:  Ep #116 - Jack Eichel Ep #14 - Real women don’t run, they said   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa   

Oct 12

28 min 12 sec

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. Today’s episode is brought to you by FanDuel. Our GIST-exclusive weekly fantasy football contest is open to everyone, is super easy to play, and only costs $2. For cash prizes and bragging rights, visit fanduel.com/gist to make your picks.    Show notes:  Robin Lehner’s exclusive essay with The Athletic from 2018 Robin Lehner’s October 5th press conference (YouTube)   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

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Oct 7

27 min 21 sec

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.   Today’s episode is brought to you by The Vitamin Shoppe. They make shopping for wellness products like supplements, superfoods and proteins easy and exciting, so head over to VitaminShoppe.com to begin exploring their extensive product offerings.   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

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Oct 5

32 min 39 sec

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. Today’s episode is brought to you by FanDuel. Our GIST-exclusive weekly fantasy football contest is open to everyone, is super easy to play, and only costs $2. For cash prizes and bragging rights, visit fanduel.com/gist to make your picks.   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   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

Sep 30

27 min 29 sec

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. Today’s episode is brought to you by The Vitamin Shoppe. With its massive number of products from brands like Nature’s Way and Natural Factors, you’re sure to find something for your specific health needs. Find a supplement that works best for you at VitaminShoppe.com.   Show notes: Michele Kang’s open letter to ownership group and fans   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa

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Sep 28

25 min 29 sec

On today’s episode of The GIST of It, Steph is joined by guest host Courtney to talk about all things WNBA postseason. From the setup to the favorites to who’s out for revenge, they have everything you need to know before the first round begins. Today’s episode is brought to you by FanDuel. The GIST has partnered with FanDuel for a GIST-exclusive weekly NFL fantasy football contest, open to everyone. For just a $2 entry fee, GISTers can choose their dream fantasy team with players from the Sunday slate of NFL games and have a chance to win cash prizes each week. Sign up now at fanduel.com/gist.   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa

Sep 23

20 min 46 sec

On today’s episode of The GIST of It, hosts Ellen and Steph are searching for the fountain of youth. After 39-year-old soccer star Carli Lloyd scored five goals in one game last week and 44-year-old quarterback Tom Brady threw five touchdown passes on Sunday, we’re highlighting seasoned athletes who are still thriving even as young stars are emerging. Today’s episode is brought to you by our friends at The Peak. The Peak Daily is a business podcast that covers the three most important biz stories from Canada and from around the world each day in a fun and engaging manner. It’s like The GIST of It for business news! Subscribe to The Peak Daily from Apple Podcasts for the most relevant business news in just 10 minutes.    Show notes: Anna Funk’s article on Olympic athletes and age   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

Sep 21

28 min 44 sec

Hey!   It’s another heavy episode of The GIST of It. After American superstar gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, hosts Steph and Ellen are diving into why they did it, what they said, and what it could mean for the future of amateur sport.   Today’s episode is brought to you by FanDuel. The GIST has partnered with FanDuel to create a judgement-free fantasy contest, open to all sports fans. Get in on the action by heading to fanduel.com/gist to play. Good luck!   Show notes:   McKayla Maroney’s opening statement (text)   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

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Sep 16

22 min 51 sec

Show us the money!   On today’s episode of The GIST of It, hosts Ellen and Steph are talking about cold hard cash...and why the U.S. women’s national soccer team is still fighting to make more of it.    With the U.S. Soccer Federation recently making headlines, we’re diving into what they’re now asking of the USWNT and USMNT, their fraught relationship with both teams, and the ongoing lawsuit against them.   Today’s episode is brought to you by our friends at Scotiabank. Alongside the Hockey Canada Foundation, ​​they’ve formed The Assist Fund, where $1 million dollars of funding will be available to eligible families to reduce registration and equipment fees. For more on this great cause, visit assistfund.hockeycanadafoundation.ca.   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa

Sep 14

27 min 11 sec

No, it’s not Friday: we’ve officially moved The GIST of It to Tuesdays and Thursdays! And today is a very special Thursday indeed: it's the Opening Kickoff of the NFL. Today, Ellen and Steph are getting into all things football with a quick season preview, a look at some of the can’t-miss storylines and they’ll even give their very professional opinions on who will win the Super Bowl.  Thanks to our friends at FanDuel for sponsoring today’s podcast. For just $2, GISTers can play in a special GIST-exclusive FanDuel fantasy contest with the chance to win hundreds in cash prizes, and the winner of our season-long contest will take home $2,000. Even if you’ve never played fantasy sports before, FanDuel makes it super easy to play, and Ellen and Steph have a few insider tips in today’s episode. Head to fanduel.com/gist to enter. Good luck!   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa

Sep 9

26 min 44 sec

After Naomi Osaka’s exit from the US Open in which she said, "I honestly don't know when I'm going to play my next tennis match, I think I'm going to take a break from playing for a while," co-hosts Ellen and Steph discuss athlete burnout and the Osaka’s unique situation. Add that to a doozy of a WTF moment coming out of the women’s soccer world and you have yourself a podcast. Join us, won’t you?   Thanks to our pals at The Peak Daily for sponsoring today’s podcast. Subscribe to their daily business podcast today.    And hey — one last announcement. The GIST of It is changing our air dates. More info in the episode, but moving forward, look for us in your feed every Tuesday & Thursday.    More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

Sep 7

24 min 27 sec

After the Ontario Hockey League suspended Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick Logan Mailloux indefinitely for violating the league’s expectation for appropriate conduct by a player, co-hosts Ellen and Steph dive deep into the issues with hockey culture, and broader men’s sports culture. Yes, we’ve been here before and we’ll be here again. Get fired up with us, won’t you? This podcast was made possible by our friend at The Peak Daily. Subscribe to their daily business podcast today.    Show notes: Episode 17: Why is the NHL so sexist — Leipsic  Globe & Mail update on Logan Mailloux   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

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Sep 3

24 min 19 sec

Today, Ellen and Steph chat about Naomi Osaka’s continued push for mental health as her US Open run begins, as well as the disparity in media coverage in one of the most gender equal sports. Then, we’re bringing back our WTF moment to give you an update on the Trevor Bauer situation in baseball.  Warning before you listen: the WTF moment at the end of the episode deals with sexual abuse, so if you can’t listen, we’ll see you back here on Friday. Take care of yourself. Today’s episode is sponsored by our friends at Scotiabank. While we’ll be tuning into the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship tonight, we’re going to miss watching all the competition. But, lucky for us, we can keep supporting the growth of women’s hockey with Scotiabank. Scotiabank is committed to opening the game to all players and promoting inclusion initiatives throughout the year. Check out their website scotiabankhockeyclub.com to see exciting ways to support women’s hockey long after the final whistle tonight.   Show notes: Naomi Osaka’s post via @thegistusa   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

Aug 31

20 min 7 sec

The Paralympics have begun, so Steph and guest host Vanessa are getting into what makes the Games so important, what’s on the schedule for this weekend, and whether a merge with the Olympics would ever happen. Then they dive into the new college football season and try to explain the most complicated league in sports. Happy listening! Today’s episode is sponsored by our friends at TELUS. TELUS has long championed hockey throughout Canada and is working hard to improve access to the sport for women and girls. To learn more, check out their website at telus.com/raisethegame to read about how they’re sponsoring Canada’s national women’s hockey team and working to raise the game throughout communities. More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa

Aug 27

21 min 34 sec

Ellen and Steph were joined by another inspiring athlete on the podcast this week. This time, they sat down with Team USA's Hilary Knight to chat about all things ice hockey including the Women's World Hockey Championships (WWHC), women in hockey media, the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) and the future of women's hockey. Spoiler alert: it’s looking bright! It’s another can’t miss episode. Tune in, won’t you? Today’s episode is sponsored by our friends at Kobo: with a catalog of over six million audiobook titles, they have everything you need to tackle your summer reading list. Plus, when you subscribe, you receive a 30-day trial and a free audiobook. So head over to kobo.com/TheGISTaudio to explore.   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa  

Aug 24

30 min 57 sec

On today’s episode, Ellen and Steph chat with a very (very) special guest — CanWNT captain, NWSL superstar and Olympic gold medalist — Christine Sinclair. Fresh off the win in Tokyo, Christine shares what the Games were like, how she celebrated and who she received a congratulatory text from before diving into an important discussion about the future of women’s soccer in Canada and what’s next for her. We’re still buzzing from this convo and we know you’ll love it too. Today’s podcast is brought to you by our pals at TELUS. We’re excited to celebrate the 2021 IIHF Women’s World Championship and TELUS’ ongoing commitment to all levels of women’s hockey across Canada. To learn how you can get involved in raising the game for women’s hockey across Canada, visit telus.com/raisethegame.       More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

Aug 20

31 min 52 sec

Another week, another deeply disturbing assault case gripping the sports world. As LA Dodger Trevor Bauer faces his accusers in court, Steph and Ellen are back to give "the gist" on the case as it stands, and discuss the star privilege that too many athletes are afforded in cases like Bauer’s.  Warning before you listen: this episode deals with sexual abuse, so if you can’t listen, we’ll see you back here on Friday, when we welcome a very special guest. Take care of yourself.   Washington Post article on the June 2021 California restraining order Washington Post article on the June 2020 Ohio restraining order   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

Aug 17

25 min 15 sec

On today’s episode, Steph and guest host Courtney are looking at two cases of massive abuses of power by coaches in the NWSL and the NHL. It’s a pretty heavy episode, and there are mentions of emotional and sexual abuse, so we totally understand if you can’t listen today. Just have a lovely weekend and we’ll talk to you on Tuesday. Otherwise, on with the show...   Show notes: Washington Post article from Molly Hensley-Clancy The Athletic article by Meg Linehan, Pablo Maurer & Steph Yang  Meghan Klingenberg’s tweet    The Athletic: Chicago NHL team to release findings of sexual-assault investigation   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

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Aug 13

17 min 32 sec

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming...The Olympics are over and it’s time to return to regular sports (until the next Olympics in February, of course). So to get us back on track, Steph and guest host Courtney are giving us a state of the union on all our favorite leagues: WNBA, NWSL, and the like. Hit that play button! Today’s podcast is brought to you by our friends at Olive & June. Their five-step manicure system is a game-changer for at-home nails. GISTers can get salon-perfect nails for 20% off with code TheGIST at oliveandjune.com. Treat yourself!   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

Aug 10

19 min 49 sec

No shockers here: CanWNT are gold medalists, and you know we have to get into it. After two weeks of Olympics action, Ellen and Steph are looking at some of the amazing moments that women have given us over the past two weeks of Olympics action, and of course, we’re starting with the big one: today’s gold medal soccer match.   Thanks to Kobo for sponsoring today's episode. For just $9.99 USD a month, you can select whatever audiobook to listen to from their massive catalog. Plus, when you subscribe, you receive a 30-day trial and a free audiobook. So head over to kobo.com/TheGISTaudio to explore.    More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa

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Aug 6

20 min 11 sec

With the women’s soccer final being pushed to nighttime to avoid the sun (seriously), Ellen and guest host Vanessa are chatting about the weather (we promise, it’s way more fun than it sounds), before looking at the team event finals — including Team USA basketball — coming up in the last three days of the Olympics. Tune in.  More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa

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Aug 5

19 min 36 sec

It’s out with the old, in with the new at this year’s Olympic Games...or is it? With Andre De Grasse’s gold medal win in the 200m, Ellen and guest host Courtney are looking at how De Grasse can fill the GOAT-shaped void left by Usain Bolt, and if other rising stars like gymnast Sunisa Lee and swimmer Caeleb Dressel can do the same.  Add that to a preview of the upcoming women’s soccer medal matches as CanWNT plays for gold and USWNT for bronze. Tune in, won’t you?   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa

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Aug 4

21 min 50 sec

After Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya was forced to seek asylum at the Polish embassy in Tokyo last weekend, Ellen and guest host Vanessa are looking at why some athletes defect during the Olympics. But first, they discuss which Olympic sport they could definitely (not) medal in if they had four years to train. Join us, won’t you? More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

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Aug 3

16 min 37 sec

Did the Canadian women’s national soccer team win today’s Olympic semifinal...or did the USWNT lose it? In this special Olympic edition of the pod, Ellen and Steph look at what went wrong and what went right in this match-up for the ages, before chatting about Canadian soccer star Quinn and Kiwi weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, the first trans athletes trailblazing their ways through the Olympics. Give it a listen, won’t you?   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa

Aug 2

16 min 2 sec

After one full week of the Olympics, co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Steph Rotz recap the first week of the Games and preview the biggest rivalry of the Olympics yet: USWNT vs. CanWNT semifinal on Monday at 4 a.m. ET.  Today’s podcast is brought to you by our pals at Kobo. Start a free 30-day trial today at kobo.com/TheGISTaudio. More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa

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Jul 30

18 min 18 sec

Inspired by golfer Rory McIlroy saying “I am not a very patriotic guy” and “I want to represent the game of golf more than anything else,” Ellen Hyslop and guest host Vanessa Sanchez ask the question: what are athletes actually representing at the Olympics? Is it their country, or their sport, or their families, or themselves? And as fans, what or who are we really cheering for?  Thanks to Olive and June for sponsoring today's episode. Head over to oliveandjune.com and use code TheGIST for 20% off today. Show notes:  Article: Rory McIlory isn’t hiding his Olympics reluctance More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa

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Jul 29

20 min 20 sec

With at least 170 publicly out LGBT2Q+ athletes competing in Tokyo, these Olympics are the most “out” Games yet. In today’s episode, Ellen and Courtney are celebrating these Olympians while also looking at some of the issues they continue to face at these Games, including the media misgendering non-binary athletes and trans athlete facing abuse online.  Show notes:  Britni de la Cretaz VICE article More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa

Jul 28

16 min 50 sec

After Simone Biles’ withdrawal from the women’s gymnastics team final this morning, guest hosts Vanessa and Courtney take a look at how she prioritized her mental health while dealing with the weight of the nation on her shoulders, and what comes next for the GOAT. Add that to a few more highlights from the Games and what to watch tonight, and you have yourself another Olympics Edition pod. Take a listen, won’t you?   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa   

Jul 27

16 min 49 sec

We’re back! And as of this week, we’re here to bring you a daily update on all things Olympics, every weekday evening. You’re welcome. On our first Olympics Edition episode, guest hosts Vanessa and Courtney chat about their favorite Olympic moments so far, what they’re looking forward to watching tonight and how in awe they are of the young Olympians — like skateboarder Momiji Nishiya, swimmer Summer McIntosh and table tennis player Hend Zaza — who are running these Olympic Games. Tune in, won't you?

Jul 26

16 min 4 sec

We’re popping into your feed today with a very special pop-up episode of The GIST of It.  Today, Ellen is joined by our very own regional contributor (and big Gymnastics fan) Annie Chan to chat with a very special guest, Canadian artistic gymnast Ellie Black. Ellie is participating in her third (!!!) Olympic Games and was kind enough to answer all of our burning questions about her training routine during lockdown, competing against Simone Biles and the vibe of her highly anticipated floor routine. If you’re not already excited about the Games yet, this is sure to get you pumped. Tune in, won’t you? More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

Jul 24

35 min 42 sec

The Olympics have begun and so has our expanded coverage on The GIST of It.  Today, Steph and guest host Vanessa dive into a few Olympics updates — including dismissals, resignations, heat waves, social media bans and, of course, COVID-19 — before we welcome the biggest star our podcast has ever seen (and heard): USWNT and two-time Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach. Happy listening!   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

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Jul 23

25 min 54 sec

Happy official/unofficial start of the Olympics...just in time for today’s episode! Today, Ellen and Steph have an update on the Tokyo Games hours before they begin, including a look at who’s not going to be there, before getting into a big announcement from the world of hockey.  Today’s episode is sponsored by our friends at Kobo: with a catalog of over six million audiobook titles, they have everything you need to tackle your summer reading list. Sign up for a free 30-day trial today at kobo.com. Happy listening!   Show notes: Czech beach volleyball player Ondřej Perušič   More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa

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Jul 20

22 min 31 sec

T-minus seven days until the Olympics, and t-minus zero for today’s episode of The GIST of It.  Today, Ellen and guest host Courtney Stith have updates on Olympic health and safety measures (even the ones that don’t totally make sense, like banning sex), WNBA star Nneka Ogwumbike’s petition to join the Nigerian women’s basketball team, and a follow up to Tuesday’s episode about the English men’s national soccer team and the online abuse that came after their loss. Tune in, won’t you? Show notes:  Courtney's podcast: Diaspora United  More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa  

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Jul 16

25 min 27 sec

Today, Ellen and Steph are giving you the scoop on everything that followed Sunday’s European Championship final. The game may have been bad for England, but the post-game aftermath was even worse. Then they’ll pop back stateside to explore ESPN host Stephen A. Smith’s shocking comments on MLB All-Star Shohei Ohtani. It’s a biggie. Today’s episode is sponsored by our friends at Olive & June. Their five-step manicure system is a game-changer for at-home nails. GISTers can get salon-perfect nails for 20% off with code TheGIST at oliveandjune.com. Treat yourself! More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa

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Jul 13

28 min 33 sec

Today, Ellen and Steph are bringing you the scoop on some big sporting events going on in jolly old England this weekend. Join us for a quick trip across the pond before returning to North America for our WTF, as we try to figure out if LA Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani is part superhero. Today’s episode is sponsored by our friends at Kobo: with a catalog of over six million audiobook titles, they have everything you need to tackle your summer reading list. Sign up for a free 30-day trial today at kobo.com. Happy listening! More on The GIST:  Subscribe: thegistsports.com/subscribepod Twitter: @thegistpod Email: pod@thegistsports.com  IG: @thegistca @thegistusa 

Jul 9

25 min 39 sec