I’m not into watching sports as much as I used to be. Like, hardly at all. But I saw two interesting things about sports today.
First, check out the card for UFC 100–the biggest event in the history of the UFC.
- 265: Brock Lesnar (c) (265) vs. Frank Mir (c) (245)
UFC Heavyweight Championship Unification
- 170: Georges St-Pierre (c) (170) vs. Thiago Alves (170)
UFC Welterweight Championship
- 185: Dan Henderson (185) vs. Michael Bisping (186)
- 185: Yoshihiro Akiyama (185) vs. Alan Belcher (186)
- 170: Jon Fitch (170) vs. Paulo Thiago (170)
- 205: Mark Coleman (205) vs. Stephan Bonnar (205)
- 155: Mac Danzig (154) vs. Jim Miller (155)
- 205: Jon Jones (206) vs. Jake O’Brien (206)
- 170: Dong Hyun Kim (171) vs. T.J. Grant (170)
- 185: C.B. Dollaway (186) vs. Tom Lawlor (184)
- 155: Matt Grice (155) vs. Shannon Gugerty (156)
What would you have said 3 or 4 years ago if I told you that the light heavyweight fight at the UFC’s biggest event ever would get 6th billing and would feature Stephan Bonnar as its top name?
The UFC is all about the welterweights right now, huh?
The second cool thing I saw today was in a tweet from @alyssa_milano on 11 things that have happened only once in MLB. I was shocked at how many of these are from the recent past and how many of them I actually remember. But this was my favorite:
During the September 4th, 1908, game between the Tigers and Cleveland Indians, Schaefer was on first and a teammate was on third. The Tigers wanted to do a double steal — Schaefer would break for second, and, when the Indians tried to throw him out, his teammate would steal home. But when Schaefer broke for second, the Indians’ catcher didn’t make the throw, so Schaefer stole the base without the run scoring.
That wasn’t the plan so, on the next pitch, he broke back for first… and successfully stole it without a throw. Then, on the next pitch, he broke for second AGAIN, to try to make the double steal work… but again, the Indians didn’t throw.
That makes him the only player in MLB history to steal the same base twice in one inning. (And one of only two players to ever steal first base from second.)