Omg as if it's gonna be February this week. 
And as if LeBron James selected frenemy Kyrie Irving to be on his All-Star Team. He gonna be his A-Team.
"I just signed your death warrant"
Last Wednesday, prior USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University Doctor, Larry Nassar, was sentenced to 40-175(!!!) years in prison due to decades of sexual abuse to young female athletes. This sentencing came after a 7-day trial where more than 100 women came forward to provide their victim statements, including several gold medal-winning Olympians. This sentence is in addition to the 60-year sentence Nassar already received for child pornography. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina quickly became the fan fave saying "I wouldn't send my dogs to you, sir" and most notably "I've just signed your death warrant". BOOM. Okay. So. The fact that Nassar was a practicing doctor for 15+ years at two well-established institutions proves this is a systemic issue. So, now what? To start, three senior members of the USA Gymnastics board have stepped down, and they have cut ties with the Karolyi Ranch, which was the training facility where the athletes would practice, and where the majority of the abuse took place. The USA Olympic Committee has also asked that the entire board step down. As for Michigan State (MSU), President, Lou Anna Simon, and Athletic Director, Mark Hollis, announced their resignations. The police have now been tasked with completing a full investigation at MSU, including meeting with all victims. #TimesUp. 

Give me a home among the gum trees, with lots of plum trees
A sheep or two a kangaroo. This weekend marked the end of the Australian Open tournament, the first Grand Slam of the tennis season. Given this tourney is held across the world with games being played at 3:30am EST, it's highly unlikely you were able to watch any matches. That's okay, that's why you've got The GIST. First was the women's championship match where #1 in the tournament, Romanian, Simona Halep, took on #2 in the tournament, Dane, Caroline Wozniacki. This match was a v close battle, taking all three sets to determine a winner. At the end though, Wozniacki took it 7-6, 3-6, 6-4. This marks the Dane's first ever grand slam win and also catapults her to be #1 in the world. There's a new sheriff in town. And, we know that nobody likes an "I told you so", but....itadoso. Next up was the men, where #2 in the world, Swiss, Roger Federer, took on #6, Croatian, Marin Cilic (pronounced CHILL-ITCH). Similar to the women's, this was a close one, with this marathon match needing all 5 sets. Federer sealed the deal with a 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win. With this championship, Federer has now won an all-time record 20 Grand Slam titles (note, the kween, Serena Williams, has 23 under her belt). At the end of his win, Federer gave a speech and got a lil' emotional and it was so cute. Warning, this video might have you tear up a wee bit at your desk this AM. 

Just Tap It In, Just Tap It In 
This weekend marked the first PGA (Professional Golf Association) Tour tournament of the golf season, the Farmers Insurance Open, and everyone and their mom (no literally your mom probably texted you about it) couldn't stop talking about Tiger Woods' return to the links. Get up to speed on why Tiger's a big deal here. Otherwise, what you need to know is that this weekend was Tiger's big return to the tour after 363 days of being OOO due to injury. The former #1 in the world, and 14-time major champion is now ranked a dismal 647th. Tiger ended up finishing the match 7 shots behind the leaders and tied for 23rd. What Tiger fans are loving is that he had a pretty good showing and stayed healthy. But. Enough of the cat. What's crazy about this tournament is that it's still going on. YES. At the end of Sunday's round, there was a 3-way tie for first between Aussie Jason Day, Swede Alex Noren, and American Ryan Palmer. When there's a tie in golf, most of the time it proceeds to become a hole-to-hole playoff. Palmer ended up losing the tie-break; however, Day and Norein couldn't crack the tie before the sunset. The pair is set to continue the playoffs at 11AM this morning. Be sure to find your way to your lunch room TV to watch this epic playoff continue. 

In the shape of an L on her forehead
Get your game on, go play. Yesterday, the NHL (National Hockey League) All-Star and the NFL (National Football League) Pro-Bowl games took place. These games are where the best of the best players, in each division or conference, play on a team together. As much as the All-Star games are fun to watch because the top-talent are playing on the same teams, they're really just a money grab. The Pacific Division won the NHL All-Star game this year 5-2. The prize for winning the game is $1M, that's $125k per player. That's definitely money that players who make millions of dollars annually really need *rolls eyes*. The NFL Pro-Bowl was a little bit more fun to watch, with the final score being 24-23 for the AFC Conference team. Similar to the NHL, NFL players receive a bonus of $64k if they win, and $32k if they lose. Yes, the players still get money for losing. Although nobody rly cares about the games, see the top moments from the NFL All-Star game here, and the NFL here

X Marks the Spot
Just when you're starting to get the hang of the classic NFL (National Football League) football, WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) CEO, Vince McMahon, has decided to create a new football league. Wait, what?! Yes. A new league is gonna be coming to a big screen near you in 2020. This league is called the XFL, standing for Xtreme Football League. This league was actually created back in 2001, but it was an "Xtreme" fail, because of it's low quality of play and general unprofessional brand. The XFL was only around for 1 season. This time around, McMahon is claiming the quality of football will be high, simple to understand, and will be fast-paced. He also said that "the league will have nothing to do with politics, criminals or social issues". To us, it seems as though somebody *cough McMahon cough* might be taking advantage following the drama that Trump created with the NFL this year, seemingly going after that ever-dwindling Trump-supporter market. We think the XFL is gonna be an utter fail again, but if you feel so inclined, feel free to learn more about it here

"Ugh, I need a personal assistant to help organize my life"
Don't be dramatic. The GIST is here to help ya schedule your social life around all things sports. You're welcome. Here's what we'll organize for you this week: 
- As you may or may not know, the Super Bowl is taking place next Sunday with the New England Patriots taking on the Philadelphia Eagles in Minnesota. Dunno what you're doing for it yet? That's alright, we do. We want you to join us at The GIST's Inaugural Viewing Party on Sunday, February 4th at Lululemon Queen St W! We have an open bar, free food and cold-pressed juice, fitness passes, giveaways and MORE. Is there really a better way to spend your Sunday? Hint: the answer is no. Buy your tickets here before they sell out. Srsly, get to it. 
- Dunno anything about this year's Super Bowl? Know that all the homies at work are only gonna be talking about their Super Bowl predictions this weekend? Dunno where to actually learn about it? Never fear, The GIST is here! Do some light, quick and fun reading this morning with our GIST Guide to Super Bowl LII. Enjoy!
- Finally, our special GIST discount with our Toronto Raptors is still up and running. Perfect Valentines Day gift for your SO, your BFF, or even just yourself? Buy your GIST Raptors tickets here
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