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It’s been a rough year. But at least sports fans will have Thursday, right?

For the first time in the hellscape that is 2020, a sports equinox is converging. What’s a sports equinox? Well, it’s when all four major sports — NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL — play on the same day. There have been 20 instances in recorded history, per FiveThirtyEight.

As MLB playoffs trickled deeper into the fall, there have been more equinoxes than ever. There’s been one each of the last six years after occurring just three times from 2001 to 2010.

But Thursday is different. With pandemic postponements and pushbacks, a mega-equinox (if such a thing exists) is before us. The four major sports, the MLS, WNBA, college football, US Open and PGA Tour all have events scheduled.

Starting at 2:15 p.m. EST with 12 MLB games, there’s a slew of playoff and high-stakes tournament games in the nightcap. Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams both have semifinals matches. Lebron James and the Lakers face the Rockets. And the NHL Western Conference finals feature a pivotal third game between the Las Vegas Knights and the Dallas Stars.

Thursday’s main event, well, you know, the NFL is back!

So grab a seat on the couch, you’re probably used to that from the last few months anyway. Get ready for some channel surfing and enjoy what could be one of the only days with a full slate of pro sports.

National TV schedule: 

(all times in EST) 

Detroit Tigers at St. Louis Cardinals, 2:15 p.m, MLB Network

US Open Men’s Doubles Final, 3 p.m., ESPN2

Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals, 6:05 p.m., MLB Network

Kansas City Royals at Cleveland Indians, 6:10 p.m., MLB Network

US Open Women’s Singles Semifinals, 7 p.m., ESPN

Los Angeles Lakers at Houston Rockets, 7 p.m., TNT

New York Liberty at Indiana Fever, 7 p.m., CBSSN

UAB at Miami, 8 p.m., ACC Network

Las Vegas Aces at Minnesota Lynx, 8 p.m., ESPN2

Las Vegas Knights at Dallas Stars, 8 p.m., NBCSN

Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs, 8:20 p.m., NBC

Seattle Sounders at San Jose Earthquakes, 10 p.m., ESPN+

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