Tony Stewart in the Coke Zero 400
First, Saturday night. NASCAR was in Daytona for the Coke Zero 400. Formerly the Pepsi 400. If you grew up listening to the race on the radio, you call it the Firecracker 400.
For most of the 167 laps around Daytona, Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle seemed dominant. So how did Smoke come out on top?
Simple strategy. At one point, he was in 42nd place. He hung out toward the back of the pack for the majority of the race. He trusted himself to know the race and the track well enough to get where he needed to go when he needed to go there. He stayed out of all the wrecks and cautions. By the time they started, he had already moved to the front of the pack. Once he got up front, he never looked back. If he did, he'd have only seen smoke and carnage on his way to the checkers.
Anderson Silva at UFC 148
Later on Saturday night into Sunday morning, Anderson Silva defended the UFC Middleweight Championship for the 10th time. When you look at title reigns across all weight classes and across all of combat sports, 10 consecutive successful title defenses is a feat achieved by very few men since we started keeping records.
He did it again, this time coming out, taking a whooping in the first round, and making the statement he wanted to make in round 2. He TKO'd Chael Sonnen, finally buried that long-standing feud, and added another incredibly entertaining chapter to possibly the most storied career in MMA.
Roger Federer at Wimbledon
Early Sunday afternoon, or nearing prime time in England, Roger Federer sunk the host nation's dreams when he locked up his 7th Wimbledon championship. Seventeen grand slams since his first Wimbledon win 10 years ago. Seven Wimbledon wins in the last 10 tournaments. A career every bit as accomplished and prestigious as Tiger Woods, if not moreso. Possibly the greatest of his era, across all sports. The greatest to ever step on the court anywhere in the world. Except France.