Roundball , Round Earth – Shakespeare, Bugs Bunny and the Astrophysical Acumen of Kyrie Irving

The Taming of The Shrew – the lost astrophysical scene

PETRUCHIO
Come on, i’ God’s name; once more toward our father’s.
Good Lord, how bright and goodly shines the moon!
KATHARINA
The moon! the sun: it is not moonlight now.
PETRUCHIO
I say it is the moon that shines so bright.
KATHARINA
I know it is the sun that shines so bright.
KYRIE IRVING
The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat. … It’s right in front of our faces. I’m telling you, it’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us.
COACH K
Kyrie, the Earth is not flat. You went to Duke for goodness sake’s.
KYRIE IRVING
I was a one-and-done remember? Academics was the last thing on my mind.
KATHARINA
Who the hell are you guys?
PETRUCHIO
And get out of our play!

Kyrie Irving’s assertion that the Earth is flat last week made lots of headlines. Consider he stated the following from espn.com (http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18710759/kyrie-irving-cleveland-cavaliers-believes-earth-flat) :

“The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat. … It’s right in front of our faces. I’m telling you, it’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us.”

“You know, I know the science, I know everything possible — not everything possible — but the fact that that actually could be real news, that people are actually asking me that — ‘It’s a social phenomenon. What do you think about it? Are you going to try to protect your image?’ I mean, it really doesn’t matter. It really doesn’t matter. The fact that it’s a conversation? I’m glad that it got people talking like this: ‘Kyrie actually thinks the world is flat.'”

It is true that others have made the same assertion likethe King of Spain when he supposedly told Christopher Columbus that he might sail off the edge of the world.

A lot of people in the Middle Ages thought the world was flat, but they also thought the Earth was the center of the universe.

Even People magazine talked about some almost famous people who think that the Earth is flat like Tia Tequila and B.o.B. (http://people.com/celebrity/flat-earth-celebrities-world-not-round/).

And yes, there is a “Flat Earth Society” that exists.

Even Thomas Friedman had a best-selling book called The World is Flat. Actually he meant it in a metaphorical, figurative way.

world-is-flat

But it is interesting that a man who plays “roundball” for a living and has traveled the earth as a pro basketball player believes that the Earth is flat when science does nothing but scream the contrary.

Sure, he plays in a flat surface and sometimes his shot seems a little flat but I would simply ask Irving to witness a lunar eclipse, think about time zones, trust that the pictures taken from space are not just a hoax, or listen to Neil deGRasse Tyson.

You could ask Kyrie Irving if he actually did go to class at Duke, a prestigious university which offers a Ph.D. in astrophysics with courses in astronomy. Then I would tell you that Kyrie did not go to Duke for the academics.

But at least we have Bugs Bunny. In seven short minutes, he pretty much taught us all that the earth really is round. You can watch it here:http://www.cartoonsonnet.com/bugs-bunny-hare-we-go.html.

And he does it with a baseball. Maybe Kyrie is in the wrong sport.

bugs-bunny

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