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It’s showtime in prime time

November 16, 2020
SOURCE: USA TODAY
SOURCE: USA TODAY

The GIST: Buckle up. It’s almost time for some Bears Monday Night Football.

🏈Where da Bears stand: The Bears enter tonight’s game against the Minnesota Vikings on a three-game losing streak, during which QB Nick Foles has taken 12 sacks, thrown three interceptions, and averaged only six and a half yards per pass attempt. Not good.

  • Defensively, the Bears have continued to impress, earning five sacks and limiting opponents’ fourth-quarter scoring to a total of 17 points over the last three games. But, as the saying goes, you’re only as strong as your weakest link, and that weak link is the offense.
  • In an attempt to improve on the other side of the ball, head coach Matt Nagy is finally handing off play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. Fans are having… a lot of feelings.

The matchup: The Vikings are coming off back-to-back wins — a success they attribute to a decrease in turnovers, also a focus for them facing Chicago. If the Bears’ defense can force pressure on Kirk Cousins and the Vikings’ offense, they might be able to create more opportunities for Foles and his squad.

  • Since 2018, the Bears are 4-0 against the Vikings and will be looking to make it 5-0 when they kickoff tonight at 8:15 p.m. ET/7:15 p.m. CT.

🏈⚾️🏀The Chicagoland rundown: While we count down the hours until kickoff, here’s a few highlights for our other Windy City teams:

  • With Saturday’s win over Purdue under their belts, Northwestern’s next game against the Wisconsin Badgers is absolutely crucial — the winner will take the Big 10 West championship and have a shot at the conference championship.
     
  • Last week, White Sox first baseman José Abreu won American League MVP, and his teammates went wild celebrating him. S’cute.
     
  • The Chicago Bulls enter the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday with the No. 4 pick overall, and we’re hoping they’ll snag a baller as fresh as these new city jerseys.

🥊One last thing: We’ve partnered with our friends at BoxUnion to bring our regional GISTers a complimentary LIVE fitness class on Saturday, November 21st at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT. Register here for the class, plus the chance to win a three-month subscription to BoxUnion Digital and exclusive GIST swag.

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Shake it like a Polaroid picture

November 16, 2020
SOURCE: HARRY HOW/GETTY IMAGES
SOURCE: HARRY HOW/GETTY IMAGES

The GIST: Our LA football teams are trending in different directions: The Rams shook up the National Football Conference (NFC) West landscape, while the Chargers were shaken up by yet another loss.

🏈Tale of two teams: Rams on top, baby! The Rams are now in a three-way tie for first in the NFC West after grabbing their biggest win of the season yesterday: a 23–16 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams’ defense was elite with cornerback Darious Williams’ two interceptions and linebacker Leonard Floyd’s three sacks, holding Seahawks' QB Russell Wilson to zero TD passes. No cookin’ here!

  • The Chargers didn’t fare as well as the Rams yesterday. Miami Dolphin Tua Tagovailoa (pronounced TWO-AH TUNG-O-VAI-LOA) edged out Charger Justin Herbert in the battle of the rookie QBs, as Herbert’s Chargers took an ugly 29–21 loss against the Dolphins and dropped to 2-7. Sigh.

🏀Trading spaces: In the shortest NBA offseason ever, the Lakers are wasting no time to make some moves. The defending champions are planning to send their first-round draft pick and Danny Green to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Dennis Schröder. With Rajon Rondo potentially leaving in free agency, Schröder could Toosie slide right into his role.

🥊One last thing: We’ve partnered with our friends at BoxUnion to bring our regional GISTers a complimentary LIVE fitness class on Saturday, November 21st at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT. Register here for the class, plus a chance to win a three-month subscription to BoxUnion Digital and exclusive GIST swag.

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Oops, he did it again

November 16, 2020
SOURCE: LEWIS HAMILTON/TWITTER
SOURCE: LEWIS HAMILTON/TWITTER

🏎Formula One: Another weekend, another win for Lewis Hamilton...and this time, it was a biggie. Not only was yesterday’s wet-and-wild Turkish Grand Prix the 94th win of his career and 10th of this F1 season, but it also meant that Hamilton clinched the F1 Drivers’ Championship for a historic seventh time, tying him with Michael Schumacher for the all-time record. #GOAT.

  • With just three races left in the season, Hamilton still hasn’t signed a contract with his long-time team Mercedes for next year. Rumor has it that Lewis might retire from F1 to focus on activism and his new Extreme E team. That said, after yesterday’s win, Lewis stated, “I feel like I’m only just getting started,” so your guess is as good as ours.

🏀NBA: It’s beginning to look a lot like...basketball season! Yesterday the NBA announced a tentative schedule, giving us — and the players, of course — just about five weeks to get into game shape. The regular season is set to tip off December 22nd and run until May 16th, with the postseason (which includes the fan-favorite play-in tournament!) running May 17th to mid-July.

  • Other changes include playing a 72-game season (instead of the regular 82) and no All-Star Game. The super-soon start date also means the trading window will start today at noon ET, so follow our Twitter and Instagram for all the big-name signings.
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Just touched down in London town

November 16, 2020
SOURCE: BARCLAY’S FA WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE/TWITTER
SOURCE: BARCLAY’S FA WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE/TWITTER

The GIST: Whether you prefer high tea or TDs (or both!), we’re spoiling you with FA Women’s Super League and NFL Week 10 highlights.

⚽️Teamwork makes the dream work: Arsenal striker and WSL top all-time scorer Vivianne Miedema set up her teammate Beth Mead with a beautiful assist. Arsenal’s London derby matchup versus Chelsea ended 1–1.

Bend it like Tobin: Manchester United midfielder (and newly drafted member of the NWSL’s Racing Louisville FC) Tobin Heath defied physics with this rocket of a goal in the Manchester derby, which finished in a 2–2 draw.

🏈Fancy footwork: Perhaps inspired by Heath’s rocket, Seattle Seahawks kicker Jason Myers set a franchise record when he delivered this incredible 61-yard field goal. Myers’ kick just cleared the goal posts, but it wasn’t enough to lift the Seahawks, who lost 23–16 to the LA Rams.

Livin’ on a prayer: Arizona Cardinals quarterback (QB) Kyler Murray threw a jaw-dropping Hail Mary TD pass to wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who made the catch through not one, not two, but three (!!!) defenders. The miraculous catch sealed the Cardinals’ 32–30 victory over the Buffalo Bills.

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Watching, waiting, commiserating

November 16, 2020
SOURCE: WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM/TWITTER
SOURCE: WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM/TWITTER

The GIST: Despite their valiant second-half efforts yesterday, the Washington Football Team (WFT) lost 30–27 to the Detroit Lions with a last-second field goal. Say it ain’t so.

🏈Dashed hopes: QB Alex Smith’s record day wasn’t enough to secure a WFT win. In his first start in two years (cue tears), Smith threw a career-high 390 passing yards to help erase a 21-point deficit and tie the game. Unfortunately, rookie defensive end Chase Young was called for a penalty in the game’s waning seconds, which led to the Lions’ game-winning field goal. What a heartbreaker.

🏀Gee Wiz: In the basketball world, it’s draft time! With the No. 9 pick (again) in Wednesday’s 2020 NBA Draft, the Wizards will probably select a player like USC’s Onyeka Okongwu (pronounced OWN-YEA-CUH OH-KONG-WOO) to provide much-needed rim protection. The Wiz just missed the playoffs last season, and we think this pick combined with the return of John Wall will put them back on track.

🥊One last thing: We’ve partnered with our friends at BoxUnion to bring our regional GISTers a complimentary LIVE fitness class on Saturday, November 21st at 11 a.m. ET. Register here for the class, plus a chance to win a three-month subscription to BoxUnion Digital and exclusive GIST swag.