The GIST - David vs. Goliath

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From The GIST Team

Anything good happening this weekend?

Just kidding — whether it’s on the hardwood, the ice, or the court, there’s non-stop championship chasing this weekend. Trophy season, loading — including one already dished out to the dynastic Oklahoma softball team. Step right up…

Quote of The Day
Quote Yeah, you learn and grow from your experiences, from being a 25-year-old to being a 27-year-old is a big difference.
Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics wears a shirt honoring former NBA player Bill Walton

— Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown, reflecting on the squad’s 2022 NBA Finals loss ahead of last night’s dominant Game 1 win over the Dallas Mavericks. His brain was simply still developing.

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NBA Finals

🏀 Domination station

Kristaps Porzingis of the Boston Celtics dunks the ball against Dereck Lively II of the Dallas Mavericks during the first quarter in Game One of the 2024 NBA Finals.
Source: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The GIST: With a glass ceiling smashed in the broadcast booth, the on-court action was lop-sidedly historic as the Boston Celtics defended the parquet, taking last night’s Game 1 vs. the Dallas Mavericks.

Celtics dominate from the opening tip: After accumulating the third-largest halftime lead in NBA Finals Game 1 history, the Cs cruised to a 107–89 win. Eastern Conference (EC) Finals MVP Jaylen Brown was a force on both ends of the floor while Kristaps Porziņģis was back like he never left, dropping 18 first-half points in his first game action since late April.

  • And it wasn’t just the Cs superstars making it rain — an NBA Finals-record seven Boston hoopers hit multiple three-pointers. Teamwork always makes the dream work.

Game 2 preview: All went according to plan for the EC–best Celtics, who will look for a repeat performance in Sunday’s 8 p.m. ET Game 2 back at The Garden. A place for improvement? All-NBA First Teamer Jayson Tatum only netted 16 points last night. Perhaps he’s saving his best stuff for later.

  • As for the Mavs, there’s a lot of work to be done. Luka Dončic managed a 30-point double-double, but his partner-in-buckets Kyrie Irving and the rest of the squad were uncharacteristically quiet — a testament to the Cs tough defense, but also the Mavs’ inability to hit their shots. It’s back to the drawing board if they want to even this thing up on Sunday.
Women’s College World Series

🎓🥎 All they do is win

Oklahoma celebrates after their fourth straight national championship victory
Source: NCAA Softball/X

The GIST: No. 2 Oklahoma rewrote the college softball record books once again last night, winning their unprecedented fourth straight national title by beating No. 1 Texas 8–4 in Game 2 of the best-of-three Women’s College World Series (WCWS) championship.

  • To celebrate, here’s a look at their incredible dominance, by the numbers:

0: As in the number of times the Sooners’ senior class was shutout across their four-year careers. Bringing that Boom(er).

4: So nice, we had to write it twice. Oklahoma is now the first program to win four straight national titles, giving them eight overall. Dynasty doesn’t even begin to cover it.

10: The number of seniors on OU’s title-winning squad that will go down as the best class in NCAA softball history. Shining bright like a diamond.

71: Oklahoma’s NCAA-record win streak, which lasted over a full calendar year from February 19th, 2023, to March 3rd, 2024.

1,515: The number of wins head coach Patty Gasso has racked up in her 29-year OU tenure, putting her third on the all-time wins list behind the legendary Mike Candrea (1,674) and Carol Hutchins (1,707). The chase continues.

Together With New Balance

🏆 Putting on greatness

Michelle Cooper smiling and holding a pair of soccer cleats
Source: New Balance

Sugar and spice, grace and grind, fashion and fire — you contain multitudes, and so should your gear. New Balance’s soccer collection takes after you: It works hard, and it looks good doing it.

Take it from Kansas City Current forward and NB athlete Michelle Cooper: The next generation of world-class athletes reps New Balance because it helps them slay a ’fit check and hit the field with the confidence that their cleats are built for elite competition. Grinding leads to greatness, and greatness wears New Balance.

Stanley Cup Final

🏒 Ice, ice baby

Sergei Bobrovsky of the Florida Panthers makes a save against Zach Hyman of the Edmonton Oilers during the game at Rogers Place on December 16.
Source: Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images

The GIST: After nearly two months of electric postseason play, the Stanley Cup Final has arrived with the Eastern Conference champ Florida Panthers battling the Western Conference–winning Edmonton Oilers in pursuit of Lord Stanley.

Florida Panthers: Back in the final for the second straight season, Florida’s finest are hoping to hoist the trophy for the first time in franchise history after coming up short last year. The Cats have it all — an elite goalie in Sergei Bobrovsky, a stout defense, scoring prowess, and, perhaps most importantly, a cat–sized appetite for revenge. Me-ow.

Edmonton Oilers: Oilers superstar Connor McDavid is a man on a mission, amassing a league-leading 31 points this postseason and doing it with serious style. As good as McDavid is (spoiler alert: very), Edmonton also boasts the second and third postseason point scorers in Leon Draisaitl and Evan Bouchard.

The matchup: The Panthers and Oilers met twice this season, with the Cats coming out on top both times, 5–3 in November and 5–1 a month later. Yes, the 10 goals scored should instill confidence for Florida faithful, but Edmonton’s had an, ahem, Oil change since then, highlighted by a new starting tendy in Stuart Skinner. Buckle up, this series has slick written all over it.

French Open

🎾 Let’s go down to the tennis court

Iga Świątek of Poland shakes hands with Coco Gauff
Source: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

The GIST: Roland-Garros championship weekend is on deck, with a David vs. Goliath women’s final showdown, while the final four men standing signal a changing of the guard in the game.

Men’s singles semifinal: First up today at 8:30 a.m. ET, a clash between youngsters No. 2 Jannik Sinner and No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz. These two have already battled eight times in their pro careers, with 2024 Australian Open–winning Sinner and two-time Grand Slam winner Alcaraz each winning four matches. The stakes are higher than ever with a trip to Sunday’s final on the line.

  • On the other side of the draw, No. 4 Alexander Zverev is into his fourth straight French Open semis and will be hoping to finally break through to the championship match, but third time might be the charm for his opponent, 2022 and 2023 Roland-Garros finalist No. 7 Casper Ruud. First serve is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET.

Women’s singles final: After dismantling American No. 3 Coco Gauff in straight sets during yesterday’s semis, the ever-dominant world No. 1 Iga Świątek extended her Roland-Garros win streak to 20 matches and clinched a chance to win her third straight French Open title.

  • Standing in her way? Italy’s No. 12 Jasmine Paolini, who stunned the competition and herself en route to her first career Grand Slam final. See if it’s the favorite or the underdog calling game, set, and match tomorrow.
Together With The GIST

🏀 The GIST’s Book Club: Reviewing The Night Shift

Source: The GIST

The college sports calendar may be winding down, but The Night Shift is keeping our NCAA fantasies alive.

This campus love story is perfect for long-time romance readers who love dissecting tropes. It’s self-aware, conversational, and super easy to read.

  • We give this title a solid 2.8 GPA. Not a perfect score, but a solid pass.

June’s book club pick is Fair Play: How Sports Shape the Gender Debates by Katie Barnes. Read along on Fable, and join our book club list to stay up-to-date.

The GIST's Picks

Here’s what has GIST HQ buzzing:

💲 What to invest in

Women’s sports…and supplemental health insurance. When sick or injured, Aflac pays cash to help close the gaps that health insurance can leave behind. It’s a smart choice — just like female athletes.*

⚽ Who’s making history

The Chicago Red Stars, when they face Bay FC from iconic Wrigley Field tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET for the first-ever NWSL game hosted at an MLB stadium. A true home run.

☀️ Where to find some sunshine

With Positive DONUT. This community always looks for the bright side of life and delivers feel-good stories while finding gratitude in every moment. Yes, please.

*P.S. This is a sponsored post. Quack quack.

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Florida Panthers

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Edmonton Oilers

Before the puck drops on tomorrow’s Stanley Cup Final, who’s your pick to hoist the coveted Lord Stanley?

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Special Edition: Hooping and hollering

Thursday, June 6, 2024

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Read the room

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Climbing the Scoville scale

Monday, June 3, 2024

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Cutting through the noise

Monday, June 3, 2024

Cha cha real smooth ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

Sunday Scroll: The One With the Clay Courts

Monday, June 3, 2024

Oui oui and a win ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

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