It’s been a while since I posted here, mostly due to time constraints and system issues (I spent a month chasing a non-existent cooling problem in my gaming PC – bad sensor on the motherboard it turns out). So, let me talk briefly about why the Universe may end thanks to baseball…
I’m a long time Red Sox fan (albeit not quite as neurotic as my sister). I hated playing for the Yankees in Little League.
However, I’m also a realist. Read up on quantum physics, superstring theory, whatever – one of the fundamental laws of physics is that the Red Sox cannot win a World Series. Even the Law of Averages doesn’t seem to apply.
But, there is an equivalent of that classic physics paradox of the Irresistible Force vs. the Immovable Object on the horizon. The Chicago Cubs are playing for the NL Championship.
Now picture this – the Universe won’t allow either of these teams to win a World Series. What if they both win their respective championships, and thus meet in the 2003 World Series? Someone has to win, right? But it can’t happen. Something has to give, and I figure that rather than either team being allowed to win, the entire fabric of space-time will tear apart, bringing and end to this universe and giving rise to something even stranger (apologies to the late Douglas Adams – read Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy).
It’s the only possible answer, isn’t it?