Every now and again, there happens one day per year when no sports fan should go wanting, and many have taken to calling it the “Sports Equinox.”
It is a perfect confluence of schedules where every major North American, and many European, sports compete. According to fivethirtyeight.com, there have been 15 of them since 1971, and Nov. 1, 2015, was the first one since 2010.
Additionally, it appears that the 2015 edition was unusually action packed:
- It was an ordinary early regular season day for the NFL, NHL, NBA, and the major European Soccer Leagues, including the EPL, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, and Serie A.
- The Canadian Football League had one of the final days of its regular season before their playoffs, which have also just begun for Major League Soccer.
- Baseball crowned its newest champions, after the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets 7-2 to win the World Series in 5 games.
- NASCAR great Jeff Gordon won at Martinsville Speedway, securing a spot in the final round of their playoffs. Nico Rosberg won the Mexican Grand Prix in F1.
- Kenya’s Stanley Biwott and Mary Keitany swept the titles at the New York City Marathon.
- U.S. gymnast Simone Biles secured her place as the athlete to beat at the Rio 2016 Olympics after earning her record 10th gold medal at the world gymnastics championships.
- There were also major tennis, golf and cycling events.
While it is certain that some sports that competed Sunday have been left out, it is hard to imagine a sports fanatic anywhere who was left wanting on November 1.