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All 4 Major Sports Are In Action Tonight For The 17th Time Ever

It's the greatest sports day of the year.

Today is the greatest sports day of the year.

That might seem like a hyperbolic statement, as there's nothing that exciting on tonight's slate outside of a Game 5 between the Cubs and the Dodgers.

But consider this: the MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL will all be in action tonight.

How many times has that happened previously?

Just 17, including tonight.

It's only happened seven times this century.

Here's a graphic, from ESPN's FiveThirtyEight:

<p>DATE</p><p>DAY</p><p>MLB</p><p>NFL</p><p>NBA</p><p>NHL</p>

Oct. 17, 1971

Sun

1 (WS Game 7)

12

3

6

Oct. 15, 1972

Sun

1 (WS Game 2)

12

3

6

Oct. 22, 1972

Sun

1 (WS Game 7)

12

3

5

Oct. 14, 1973

Sun

1 (WS Game 2)

12

3

5

Oct. 21, 1973

Sun

1 (WS Game 7)

12

3

5

Oct. 15, 1978

Sun

1 (WS Game 5)

13

5

5

Oct. 14, 1979

Sun

1 (WS Game 5)

13

3

7

Oct. 12, 1980

Sun

1 (NLCS Game 5)

13

4

8

Oct. 19, 1980

Sun

1 (WS Game 5)

13

3

6

Oct. 27, 1985

Sun

1 (WS Game 7)

13

1

5

Nov. 4, 2001

Sun

1 (WS Game 7)

13

7

4

Nov. 1, 2009

Sun

1 (WS Game 4)

12

7

4

Nov. 2, 2009

Mon

1 (WS Game 5)

1

5

3

Nov. 1, 2010

Mon

1 (WS Game 5)

1

3

3

Nov. 1, 2015

Sun

1 (WS Game 5)

12

7

5

Oct. 30, 2016

Sun

1 (WS Game 5)

11

7

8

Oct. 19, 2017

Thu

1 (NLCS Game 5)

1

3

9

Here's what's happening tonight:

MLB

NLCS Game 5, Dodgers at Cubs, 8 p.m. E.T. on TBS

NBA

Raptors vs. Bulls, 7:30 p.m.

Thunder vs. Knicks, 8 p.m. E.T. on TNT

Lakers vs. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. E.T. on TNT

NHL

Rangers vs. Islanders, 7 p.m. E.T.

Lightning vs. Blue Jackets, 7 p.m E.T.

Bruins vs. Canucks, 7 p.m. E.T.

Flyers vs. Predators, 7 p.m. E.T.

Senators vs. Devils, 7:30 p.m. E.T.

Blackhawks vs. Oilers, 8:30 p.m. E.T.

Avalanche vs. Blues, 9 p.m. E.T.

Flames vs. Hurricanes, 9 p.m. E.T.

Coyotes vs. Stars, 9 p.m. E.T.

NFL

Raiders vs. Chiefs, 8:25 p.m. E.T. on NFL Network

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What are you looking forward to watching?