The GIST of It is a weekly podcast on what’s going on in the sports world. Hosts Ellen Hyslop and Stephanie Rotz discuss current sports topics like what to expect (and eat) for the Super Bowl, how Coco Gauff broke onto the tennis scene, and why Rafael Nadal picks his wedgie so much. Expect a hilarious yet informative conversation with a refreshing female perspective on the world of sports.
Ep #104: Paralympics update and College Football primer
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!
Ep #103: Team USA’s Hilary Knight on the WWHC and the future of women’s hockey
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?
Ep #102: Christine Sinclair on winning gold at the Olympics, what’s next for her and the future of women’s soccer in Canada
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.
Ep #101: The deeply troubling case of Trevor Bauer
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.
Ep #100: The NWSL and NHL have a coaching problem
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.
Ep #99: Post-Olympics reset
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!
Ep #98: Olympics Edition: Christine Sinclair's and Tokyo 2020's impact on soccer
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.
Ep #97: Olympics Edition: Team USA basketball going for gold and global warming
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.
Ep #96: Olympics Edition: Out with the old, in with the new
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.
Ep #95: Olympics Edition: Athletes and asylum seeking
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? .
Ep #94: Olympics Edition: The USWNT can't win 'em all
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?
Ep #93: Olympics Edition: Week 1 recap and USWNT vs CanWNT preview
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.
Ep #92: Olympics Edition: Are athletes *actually* competing *for* their countries?
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?
Ep #91: Olympics Edition: Non-binary athletes are already being misgendered
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.
Ep #90: Olympics Edition: Simone Biles and mental health at the Games
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?
Ep #89: Olympics Edition: The kids are alright
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?
Ep #88: Ellie Black on the Tokyo Games, Simone Biles and preparing for her 3rd Olympics
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?
Ep #87: Olympics updates and a chat with two-time Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach
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!
Ep #86: Update on the Tokyo Games and good news from the NHL
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.
Ep #85: Good luck banning sex at the Olympics
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?
Ep #84: Stephen A. Smith needs to Stephen A. Stop
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.
Ep #83: A COVID-safe sports buffet
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.
Ep #82: What to know about the explosive fallout at ESPN
In today’s episode, Ellen and Steph discuss some deeply problematic Olympic news before diving deep into the explosive fallout at ESPN after longtime reporter Rachel Nichols was caught on video making racist and disparaging comments against her colleague, Maria Taylor.
Ep #81: Abuse and inaction in the NBA and the NHL
In today’s episode, Ellen and Steph are breaking down two upsetting developments in the sports world: first, the hiring of NBA coaches with histories of abuse, and second, the lack of action taken by the Chicago NHL team against a former coach accused of sexual abuse. The topics discussed today are disturbing and upsetting, but given the prevalence and frequency of these events, it’s an incredibly important conversation.*
*This episode contains mentions of sexual abuse, sexual assault and domestic abuse that may be triggering for some.
Ep #80: Carl Nassib and coming out in the sports world
In today’s episode, Steph is joined by special guest co-host Courtney to dive back into NFLer Carl Nassib’s coming out, the impact it’s already had on the sports world, and what’s to come. They also share a heavy WTF moment from the hockey world. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #79: An Olympic update: COVID-19, the first openly trans athlete, Caster Semenya status
In today’s episode, co-hosts Ellen and Steph give you an Olympic state of the zone, updating you on COVID-19’s impact on the Games, introducing you to the Games first-ever openly trans athlete and giving the low down on two-time Olympic gold medalist, Caster Semenya’s status. Add that to a racist WTF moment from the NWSL and you have yourself a podcast.
Ep #78: Everything you need to know about the WNBA Commissioner's Cup
In today’s episode, co-hosts Ellen and Steph have the scoop on the WNBA’s new lucrative in-season tournament: the Commissioner's Cup. Mix in some WNBA Twitter drama and a conversation around play and pay disparity between the NBA and the W and you have yourself a podcast.
Ep #77: How much is too much coverage? Catastrophic moments in sports
In today’s episode, co-hosts Ellen and Steph talk about how TV broadcasters deal with medical emergencies in live sporting events, after watching Danish soccer star Christian Eriksen suffer a cardiac arrest during the Euros on Saturday. And then Ellen gives us a personal WTF moment after her sports fandom was questioned. It’s a can’t-miss.
Ep #76: Aaron Rodgers and the Packers saga explained
In today’s episode, co-hosts Ellen and Steph break down the drama between quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers announced he wanted to leave Green Bay earlier this year, but management has other plans. Add that to a WTF moment from the NCAA’s handling of the Women’s College World Series and this episode is packed with more drama than an episode of Big Little Lies.
Ep #75: Racism and homophobia in the world's most global game
Following some unsavory fan behavior in England and the U.S., co-hosts Ellen Hyslop and Stephanie Rotz talk about racism and homophobia in men’s soccer — important topics ahead of this week’s Euros and next month’s Olympics. This episode is a must-listen.
Ep #74: The NFL's "race norming" explained
In today’s episode, co-hosts Ellen and Steph talk through the bombshell that the NFL dropped this week: their decades long, deeply racist practice of “race norming” that, TBH, the majority of the sports world didn’t know was happening. This is one you don’t want to miss.
Ep #73: Media boycotts and mental health
And with our first Tuesday episode, we’re diving into explosive news from Paris: Naomi Osaka’s media boycott and withdrawal from the French Open. There’s more than one side to this story, and co-hosts Ellen and Steph will cover them all. Tune in to get the full scoop, and to hear a GISTer-submitted WTF moment from the MLB.
Ep #72: Body shaming in sports
Following Connecticut Suns Head Coach Curt Miller’s offensive and inappropriate comments about three-time WNBA star Liz Cambage’s weight, this week, co-hosts Ellen and Steph dive deep into this situation discussing the power dynamic of protected abuse, body shaming in sports and the intersectionality throughout it all. Add that to a WTF moment from the NFL and this is truly a heated podcast. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #71: Pregnancy is not an injury - the Mandy Bujold case
This week, co-hosts Ellen and Steph discuss how motherhood and maternity leave are unfairly leaving a world-class boxer, Mandy Bujold, out of the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games. Mandy also joins the pod to chat through what’s next for her, how she’s physically and mentally managing the situation and what you can do to help her. An important convo. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #70: WNBA and NWSL and NHL Playoffs, oh my!
Ahead of the WNBA and NWSL season starts and the beginning of the NHL playoffs, Ellen and Steph give you “the gist” of everything you need to know in each. Bonus? This week, they’re joined by co-host of the Diaspora podcast, Courtney Stith to talk about all things NWSL.
Ep # 69: Caitlyn Jenner needs to take a step back
This might be the most important episode of The GIST of It yet.
After Olympic gold medalist and transwoman, Caitlyn Jenner said that she supports recent state legislation banning transgender kids from playing on sports teams that match their gender identities, Ellen and Steph paint the full picture on America’s latest anti-trans bills.
From the background of the bills and the arguments for them, to why the bills are dangerous and harmful and how corporations and people can help, Steph and Ellen cover it all. Tune in, won’t you?
*Adult/explicit language is used
Ep #68: The Simone Biles effect and the Women’s World Hockey Championship aftermath
This week, co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” of (and their opinions on):
- The Women’s World Hockey Championships abrupt cancellations
- Simone Biles leaving Nike to sign with Athleta
- A rapid-fire NFL draft preview
We’re talking about the good, the bad, and the ugly. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #67: How the European Super League totally forgot about women’s soccer
Following Sunday’s bombshell news about the creation of the European Super League (ESL), this week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” on all of the drama including:
- What the ESL is, why it started and why it will likely never get off the ground
- How the ESL differs from the current UEFA Champions League (UCL)
- Reactions from around the world
- Why the ESL will be/would have been detrimental to the women’s game
We don’t talk about European soccer that much, but this one’s a doozy. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #66: The NCAA finally gets it right, Megan Rapinoe puts Draymond Green in his place, the gist of the WNBA draft
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” on everything you need to know about tomorrow’s WNBA draft, the Megan Rapinoe and Draymond Green saga, and how the NCAA is supporting trans athletes. We stan. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #65: The Masters: the good, the bad and the ugly — 2021 Edition
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” on everything you need to know about the Masters. From the good — like what makes the tournament so special and who’s favored to win — to the bad — like the current voting controversy in Georgia and the Masters’ ugly sexist and racist past — Ellen and Steph, in addition to transphobia in the NWHL, cover it all. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #64: The gist of the 2021 MLB Season
Play ball! This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” of the upcoming MLB season covering everything from the basics, to women breaking barriers, to the drama. Add that to some March Madness chats and a mind-boggling WTF moment and you have yourself a podcast. Tune in, won’t you?
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Ep #63: Gender disparity in the NCAA: a deep dive
After Oregon Duck Sedona Prince called out the very obvious differences between the men’s and women’s NCAA March Madness tournaments, co-hosts Ellen and Steph dive deeper into what’s gone on behind-the-scenes to allow this gender disparity to happen. Add that to a WTF moment brought to you by Houston Texans quarterback DeShaun Watson and this podcast will have your blood boiling. Tune in, won’t you?
Today’s podcast was made possible thanks to our friends at Pepperdine University. Learn more about Pepperdine’s top-25-ranked online MBA program here.
Ep #62: Everything you need to know about March Madness
After two years of waiting, it’s finally time for March Madness! This week, co-hosts Ellen and Steph give you “the gist” of the tournament. From how it’s organized, to COVID-19 protocols and teams and players to watch on both the men’s and women’s side, this podcast is your one-stop listen for all things college ball. Jump in, will ya?
This week's podcast was made possible thanks to Pepperdine University’s top-25-ranked online MBA program. Learn more about Pepperdine’s online MBA here.
Ep #61: Racism, sexism, the Royal family and sports
Following Oprah’s bombshell interview with Harry and Meghan, and Serena Williams’ response, Ellen and Steph talk about the intersections between racism, sexism, classism, the Royal family, and elitist sports. Add that to yet another college coach being accused of sexual misconduct and we’re diving deep into some important topics this week. Tune in won’t you?
Today’s podcast was made possible thanks to Pepperdine University’s top-25-ranked online MBA program. Learn more about Pepperdine’s online MBA here.
Ep#60: Changing hockey culture with former NHLer Akim Aliu
This week our very own Steph Rotz interviewed former NHLer and founding member of the Hockey Diversity Alliance (HDA), Akim Aliu. They discuss the need to change hockey culture, how change should start at the grassroots level, and more. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #59: What the heck is going on in Barcelona?
This week, co-hosts Ellen and Steph give an explainer on FC Barcelona’s off-field drama. From the social media smear campaign, they allegedly created to target former and current players and the resulting arrests of top staff members, to say this one is a mess would be an understatement. All that and more in today’s podcast. Tune in, won’t you?
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Ep #58: Tiger Woods: The car accident & his impact on sports
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph talk about Tiger Woods’ shocking car accident, while also taking a step back to discuss the ups and downs of his career and, ultimately, the lasting impact that Tiger Woods has had on the world of golf, and sports.
Ep #57: NBA drama, Aussie Open action, skier Mikaela Shiffrin besting the men
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph break down all of the NBA drama including Golden State Warrior Draymond Green calling out the league for their unfair double-standard on how they treat teams and players when it comes to trades. Juicy. Add that to a woman worth watching moment of the week featuring alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin, and this podcast has everything you need. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #56: “The gist” of the Australian Open
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph break down everything you need to know about the first tennis Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open. Ellen and Steph cover the tournament format, the key players to watch, and the off-court drama including why the arena named after Margaret Court needs to be changed. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #55: Everything you need to know about Super Bowl LV
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph break down everything you need to know about Super Bowl LV. From how the two teams match up, to key players to watch and storylines to know about, Ellen and Steph have you covered. And, of course, it wouldn’t be a Super Bowl podcast without covering the halftime show, the commercials, and the food. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep#54: The NWHL’s messy relationship with Barstool Sports, explained
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph break down the off-ice situation between the NWHL, Barstool Sports and Barstool’s CEO Erika Nardini. If you saw this on your Twitter feed and wondered “what the heck is happening?” we have you covered. Add this to an NFL-inspired WTF moment and you have yourself a podcast. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #53: Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers' off-field drama and NY Mets GM firing, explained
GISTers had questions and we have answers: ahead of the NFL’s Conference Championships on Sunday, co-hosts Ellen and Steph explain the frayed relationship between Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and his famous Bachelorette alum brother, Jordan. Meanwhile, this week’s WTF moment is all about the firing of NY Mets General Manager Jared Porter. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #52: Everything you need to know about the 2021 NHL season
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” of the 2021 NHL season. From its new format, to teams to watch, to players to watch, and to how hockey culture needs to improve, they cover it all. It’s the best game you can name. So tune into it, won’t you?
Ep #51: Everything you need to know about the NFL Playoffs
In today’s special pop-up podcast, co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” on the NFL Playoffs. From teams and players to watch, to how to play fantasy, to their Super Bowl predictions, Ellen and Steph give you the need-to-know info in less than 20 minutes. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #50: How COVID-19 is impacting sport in 2021
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” of how COVID-19 is expected to impact sports in 2021. From the major leagues, to tennis grand slams, to March Madness, and to Tokyo 2020 (that’s really 2021), they cover it all. Add that to some sexist and ageist comments directed toward Serena Williams and you have yourself a podcast. Start your 2021 on a high note, won’t you?
Ep #49: Get “the gist” of the 2021 World Juniors
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” of everything you need to know for the World Juniors. From the tournament format, to COVID-19 precautions, to players to watch, Ellen and Steph cover it all. Add that to some progress in women’s sports and you have yourself a podcast. End your 2020 on a high note, won’t you?
Ep #48: Everything you need to know about the 2020-21 NBA season
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” of everything you need to know about for the upcoming NBA season. From the changes enforced by COVID-19, to the new play-in playoff structure, to big signings and moves over the offseason, they cover it all. Get ready for Tuesday’s tip-off by tuning in, won’t you?
Ep #47: Sportsperson of the Year drama explained
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” on the controversy behind this year’s Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year awards. From whitewashing to transphobia, this episode will have you shaking your head.
Plus, the NHL has a new start date, world soccer prepares for the UEFA Women’s Champions League and the US Women’s Open golf tournament is just around the corner. Add in our WTF moment of the week and you have yourself a podcast.Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #46: A chat with former No. 1 NHL Draft pick Taylor Hall, USWNT lawsuit updates, COVID-19 in the NFL, and gender inequity in the U.K.
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph sat down with former No. 1 NHL Draft pick, MVP and Buffalo Sabre Taylor Hall to talk about the NHL bubble, how to manage change and why inclusion in sports is so necessary. Add that to some USWNT lawsuit updates, NFL COVID-19 news, and new gender inequity reports for female footballers in the U.K. and you have yourself a podcast. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #45: The Pope, Megan Rapinoe and a turtle walk into a bar
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give you the gist on the quick hits you need (think: The Pope x NBA, COVID-19 in the NFL and MLS playoffs) while diving deep on some key talking points about equality and equal pay in sports. Just in time for your Thanksgiving Zoom debate, er, dinner. Tune in won’t you?
Ep #44: NBA free agency, a conversation with sports journalist Tara Slone, and hockey culture
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph sat down with literal rockstar and sports journalist Tara Slone to talk about hockey culture, women supporting women and the importance of participating in youth sports. Add that to a spicy conversation about the NBA, and you have yourself a podcast. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #43: The Masters: the good, the bad and the ugly
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give “the gist” on everything you need to know about The Masters. From what’s changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, to who’s favored to win, to The Masters’ ugly sexist and racist past, Ellen and Steph cover it all. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #42: How sports meets suffrage
In light of the recent American elections, this week co-hosts Ellen and Steph talk about the major role female athletes played in securing women’s voting rights and how female athletes today are leaders in encouraging civic engagement. Talk about girl power. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #41: Why Antonio Brown playing shows the NFL doesn’t care about women
Trigger warning: This podcast discusses sexual assault and rape. Please care for yourself however you see fit.
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph talk about star wide-receiver Antonio Brown returning to the NFL. From locker room drama to sexual assault and misconduct, Brown’s imminent signing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is gobsmacking. The NFL is yet again demonstrating that the league and it’s teams value winning over the safety and wellbeing of women. Buckle up and tune in.
Ep #40: A convo with world champ and Olympic gold medalist, US hockey’s Meghan Duggan
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph interview legendary US national hockey team captain, Meghan Duggan. The Olympic gold medalist and seven-time world champ discusses her career, her fight for equality and subsequent pay equity (hint: they won), girl's participation in sports, motherhood and her aspirations to become the first female general manager of an NHL team. You don’t want to miss this. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #39: Sexism and COVID-19, on the rocks
Following the LA Lakers NBA Finals win, this week co-hosts Ellen and Steph talk about the double-standards female athletes (like GOAT Sue Bird) face in sports. They also give “the gist” of everything you need to know about how COVID-19 continues to impact the MLB and the NFL, and why the Hockey Diversity Alliance is separating from the NHL. Interesting stuff. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #38: Why aren’t there more Black coaches?
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph dive into the lack of Black, female and Black female coaches in pro sports, specifically looking at leagues with majority Black players. Unfortunately, the results will shock you. What won’t shock you? The Seattle Storm as your 2020 WNBA Champions. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #37: Everything you need to know about the NBA Finals
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist on everything you need to know about the 2020 NBA Finals (think player drama, celebrity involvement and more) and discuss why the NFL needs to act fast on their recent COVID-19 outbreak. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #36: The GIST, but rapid fire
It’s a beautifully busy time in sports, so this week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give their hot take on all the sports news you need to know right now in less than 25 minutes. Get #thegist of what’s going on with the NHL, NBA, WNBA, MLB, French Open, NFL and college sports. It’s breadth, not depth, baby. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #35: Mental health stigma in sports
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph discuss the incredibly insensitive and damaging remarks from reporter Skip Bayless on Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott speaking up about his depression. They also touch on radio host Dan McNeil’s wildly sexist remarks about NFL sideline reporter Maria Taylor. So much for the NFL being better this year, eh? Tune in.
Ep #34: Everything you need to know about the 2020 NFL season
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist on everything you need to know about the upcoming 2020 NFL season (think COVID-19 implications, BLM initiatives and more) and discuss why Serena Williams continues to be unfairly portrayed by sports media. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #33: Colleges are taking advantage of Black athletes
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist on the sports world’s restart of the restart and discuss whether or not it's time for student-athletes, especially Black student-athletes, to unionize. Interesting stuff. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #32: Sexism and homophobia in sports? No way!
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist on the sports world’s reaction to the shooting of unarmed Black man Jacob Blake and discuss the horrible sexist and homophobic remarks coming from NHL and MLB commentators. If only we could be done with this sh!t. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #31: Playoffs, COVID-19 and the USWNT walk into a bar
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give their review on the first round of the NHL and NBA playoffs, talk about the havoc COVID-19 is still wreaking across the sports world and why some U.S. women’s national soccer team players are ditching the NWSL to play overseas. The drama. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #30: Everything you need to know about the NHL & NBA playoffs, baby!
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist of the first round of the NHL playoffs, (including their hot picks), and deep dive into what the NBA’s play-in tournament will look like. It’s the playoffs, baby...you never know what’s going to happen. Tune in, won't you?
Ep #29: Guess which league is an absolute gongshow
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist on how the COVID-19 pandemic is still negatively impacting sports. The MLB season is an absolute mess, college sports are still in danger and players are opting out of their respective seasons like flies. The drama. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #28: Everything you need to know about the return of the NBA and NHL
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist on everything you need to know about the NBA and NHL season restarts and why the 2020 MLB season might be in jeopardy. The drama. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #27: Big names are investing in women’s sports
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist on the NWSL’s expansion to Los Angeles with their new team Angel City. Backed by some massive names including actress Natalie Portman, GOAT tennis player Serena Williams, her Reddit co-founder husband Alexis Ohanian and actress America Ferrera, Ellen and Steph cover how this deal could change the women’s sports ecosystem as we know it. Exciting. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #26: Without college football, are college sports doomed?
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on college sports. With a couple of conferences canceling fall sports, including football, schools have had to cut some varsity sports teams and make changes to athletic scholarships indefinitely. Meanwhile, some football teams, led by well-paid white coaches, are urging the season to go ahead, putting their unpaid, majority Black, players at risk. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #25: Everything you need to know about the return of sports
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph talk about sports returning to play. From leagues that are already underway like the NWSL, to the NBA (that’s still going to Disney World), to the NHL (that finally has a plan), Ellen and Steph cover it all. And bonus: they give you #thegist of what each of the leagues, and players, are doing (or not doing) for the Black Lives Matter movement. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #24: NHL legend Darcy Tucker on the teams he hates, his stance on fighting in hockey and his TikTok debut
This week, NHL and Toronto Maple Leafs legend Darcy Tucker joins co-hosts Ellen and Steph to share his story. From playing in the NHL (where he literally took on an opponent’s entire bench by himself one time), to how he thinks the NHL can be more inclusive to how he’s styling his hair during quarantine, Tucker shares it all. Tune in won’t you?
Ep #23: “You can’t win a championship without gays”
Did you know there are no openly queer athletes in the majors? In honor of Pride Month, co-hosts Ellen and Steph discuss how heteronormative and gender binary ideals and the societal constructs of what’s “masculine” and “feminine” play a huge — and detrimental — part in the LGBT2Q+ community’s involvement in sports. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #22: The sports world is taking notice and making change
Following the murder of George Floyd on May 25th in Minneapolis, Minnesota we’ve seen protests, ongoing police brutality, and dangerous leadership from the White House. In today’s episode co-hosts Ellen and Steph talk about the progress that sports teams, leagues and corporations have made (and not made) to help the sports world change for the better. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #21: Stick to sports? No way. Black Lives Matter.
Following the murder of George Floyd on May 25th in Minneapolis, Minnesota we’ve seen protests, ongoing police brutality, and dangerous leadership coming from the White House. In today’s episode co-hosts Ellen and Steph talk about race, racism, oppression, and also talk about how important sports are as part of this equation with some athletes, some teams and some leagues using their voices to call for justice and reform. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #20: How sports change lives — accessibility in sport matters
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph are joined by Nicole Durand, who was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, Julia Rose, whose four-year-old son has a condition that forces him to rely on tubes to survive for 12 hours a day and Ryan Kinsella whose son Quinn has cystic fibrosis. They share their stories on how sports have changed their and their families’ lives, and why accessibility in sport matters. Talk about gaining perspective. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #19: Hockey legend Cassie Campbell-Pascall on the importance of female role models, her team Canada story and being a woman in the broadcast booth
This week two-time Olympic gold medalist, six-time world champion and hockey broadcaster Cassie Campbell-Pascall joins co-hosts Ellen and Steph to share her story. From growing up figure skating to making the switch to play hockey, to captaining Team Canada to back-to-back to Olympic gold medals, to becoming the first woman in a hockey broadcast booth, Cassie Campbell-Pascall has truly done it all. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #18: Leading the change in women’s hockey with four-time Olympic gold medalist, Jayna Hefford
This week four-time Olympic gold medalist, seven-time world champion and fierce advocate for women in sports Jayna Hefford joins co-hosts Ellen and Steph to share her story. From growing up playing hockey with the boys, to scoring an Olympic gold medal-winning goal, to leading the change in women’s hockey, this Hockey Hall of Famer shares it all. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #17: Why is the NHL so sexist?
After some horrible private messages from Washington Capital Brendan Leipsic and other hockey players were publicly leaked last week, co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist of WTF is wrong with the NHL and its sexist, old school, misogynistic culture. They also chat about some fun things from the soccer world (hint: USWNT star Alex Morgan is a new momma) and skateboarding world (hint: an 11-year-old broke a world record). Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #16: Motherhood and maternity leave in sports with two-time Olympian, Melissa Bishop-Nriagu
This week two-time Olympian, Canadian 800m record-holder and badass momma Melissa Bishop-Nriagu joins co-hosts Ellen and Steph to share her post-pregnancy comeback story. She shares how she prepared physically and mentally to get back on the track, how becoming a mother has enriched her life as an athlete and how motherhood and maternity leave uniquely impacts female athletes. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #15: Keeping girls in sport with SportsCentre's Kate Beirness
This week SportsCentre host, Toronto Raptors reporter, Her Mark Founder and total badass Kate Beirness joins co-hosts Ellen and Steph to share how she broke into the sports industry, how important sport is for young women and girls and how she thinks equal media exposure and pay equity for women is on the horizon. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #14: Real women don’t run, they said
This week, in honor of the Boston Marathon that was supposed to take place on Monday, co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist of the event’s wildly sexist history, highlighting the story of the brave Kathrine Switzer, who became the first woman to officially race in the Boston Marathon in 1967. They also give the lowdown on the 2020 NFL Draft and their two cents on the new Michael Jordan doc, The Last Dance. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #13: We’re playing basketball
This week, co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist of the v. exciting upcoming WNBA draft, the, ahem, issues they had with ESPN’s HORSE, and how NBA games might take place in a bubble once they’re back. They also give you the low down on some interesting league expansions and cancellations, fangirl over superstar gymnast Simone Biles (because who isn’t fangirling?) and cheer for John Krasinski’s (aka Jim Halpert’s) latest good deed. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #12: Why is hockey so racist?
This week co-hosts Ellen and Steph give #thegist of WTF is wrong with hockey and its, shall we say, “old school” culture and a quick update on how the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact sport. They also chat about some fun things from the baseball world (hint: more home runs) and some not so fun things from the soccer world (hint: more corruption). Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #11: Wage gap and reality TV. What else could you want?
This week, in addition to chatting about pay inequity in sports in honor of Equal Pay Day, Ellen and Steph give #thegist of a spicy new quarantine-theme, 3-on-3 co-ed basketball reality TV show and obsess over sports power couple Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird. Have a listen, won’t you?
Ep #10: There ~officially~ goes the Olympics
This week Ellen and Steph give #thegist of how the COVID-19 pandemic caused the Olympics to be postponed and why they’re not impressed with the International Olympic Committee’s handling of the rescheduling. Steph freaks out over power ice-couple Toronto Maple Leaf Morgan Reilly and figure skater Tessa Virtue and Ellen gags over the Curry family. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #9: Harry Styles and Tom Brady walk into a bar
This week Ellen and Steph give #thegist of how COVID-19 is impacting the sports world including how the NBA might look when it comes back as well as some of the concerns around moving forward with the Olympics. Ellen cries over the news of Tom Brady leaving the New England Patriots, and Steph fangirls over Harry Styles rocking a Green Bay Packers jersey. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #8: Truth Hurts
In today’s episode of The GIST of It hosts Ellen and Steph give the COVID-19 sports update you need, talk about why Cristiano Ronaldo and LeBron James need to grow TF up, why USA Gymnastics just can’t put the Larry Nassar scandal behind them and why they’re obsessed with Katy Perry’s dancing cricket bats.
Ep #7: A special IWD episode with The GIST’s founders
For today’s special International Women’s Day Episode, Ellen is joined by her two co-founders, Jacie deHoop and Roslyn McLarty, to talk about all things IWD and what it’s been like running a female-founded business in the male-dominated sports industry. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #6: Keep your stick on the ice, she said
This week Ellen and Steph give #thegist of what’s happening in women’s hockey, including the challenges and drama it’s facing. They also discuss crying over Tom Brady, the epic women's sports record Cricket Australia is hoping to break this weekend, and hot couple news from the NHL and figure skating world. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #5: Sabrina the #GOAT
This week Ellen and Steph give #thegist on college basketball #GOAT and record-breaking queen Sabrina Ionescu. They also discuss Kobe and GiGi Bryant’s Celebration of Life, the winners — and losers — of this year’s (rather sleepy) NHL trade deadline and how the coronavirus might adversely impact (aka cancel) the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #4: Baseball needs to figure its sh!t out
This week The GIST’s very own Ellen and Steph give #thegist on the USMNT public support of the USWNT, what they thought of the NBA All-Star game (and the controversial dunk contest) and go deep on the MLB’s Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal (and how baseball is giving them trust issues). Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #3: What’s a girl gotta do to get paid?
This week The GIST’s very own Jessica Koffie joins Ellen to talk about our favorite topic: gender and pay equity and what’s the latest with the USWNT's fight for equality. We promise you won’t want to miss this. Tune in, won’t you?
Ep #2: Don't call it a comeback
Get #thegist of:
- What hosts Ellen and Steph thought of the Super Bowl
- Their thoughts on who really won the Super Bowl - JLo or Shakira (hint: it’s both)
- What went down in the down under at the Australian Open
- What’s happening in CONCACAF (and WTH that stands for)
- What's making them shake their heads this week (it may or may not include a president's tweet)
Tune in won’t you?
Ep #1: It’s the Super Bowl, baby!
Get #thegist of all things Super Bowl — everything from the things to know about each team, the key players to watch, the halftime show plot twist you didn’t see coming, and the crazy expensive commercials. Tune in, won’t you?