Oh, snap! Football's getting crazy fast

Captain Kirk, Sensors Detect Ripples in Space-Time: In March, astronomers claimed to have discovered no less than "gravitational waves from the Big Bang." This claim met a rapturous reception from the MSM. Among many examples, from a Page 1 article in The New York Times: "Reaching back across 13.8 billion years to the first sliver of cosmic time with telescopes at the South Pole, a team of astronomers led by John Kovac of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics detected ripples in the fabric of space-time."

What are "ripples in the fabric of space-time"? Not even Mr. Spock could say, since the phrase is mumbo-jumbo. The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics might as well have announced it had discovered a quantum polarity loop in the flux converter, or any sci-fi script jargon chosen at random. Most science reporters swallowed the "ripples in the fabric of space-time" nonsense without skepticism. Megan Garber of The Atlantic was on her toes, pointing out how curious it was that astronomers made the splashy claim before data could be peer-reviewed. She characterized that MSM reaction as "This is big you guys! Einstein big!" then noted that, ahem, the claims might not be true.

They weren't. Two months later the whole business went poof: intergalactic dust was blamed. You don't need a degree in media studies to guess that the newspapers that ran the initial "Einstein big!" assertion on the front page buried the retraction. Remember cold fusion? The cheap catalyst to make hydrogen from seawater? They too got "this is big you guys!" coverage then failed to withstand scrutiny, and the collapses of the stories were buried.

Offseason Football-Like Substance: Orlando 70, New Orleans 64 in Arena League action featuring 19 touchdowns, a PAT attempt returned for a score, 591 passing yards and 61 rushing yards. The Predators appeared in four games in which both teams scored at least 60 points. Against Pittsburgh, Orlando scored 61 points and still lost.

The Nuggets Got Exactly What They Wanted: Item from last summer's TMQ offseason review: "Nuggets coach George Karl won NBA Coach of the Year, then was let go. Denver management was mad because the team performed well during the regular season but exited the playoffs in the first round. This problem will be corrected next season if the Nuggets don't make the playoffs." And yea, verily, it came to pass.

After this season, the Warriors fired Mark Jackson -- he posted a 54-35 record, followed by a first-round exit. This problem will be corrected next season if the Warriors don't make the playoffs.

Add Another Century to the Curse: A Chicago Cubs player took the field wearing the wrong jersey.

Attention Monty Python: Two Spanish historians claimed to have found the Holy Grail.

Clang! Clang! Clang! In men's basketball, Wichita State and Syracuse combined to open 60-0, then close 3-7.

And 1,300 Miles from Manhattan, Kansas: Manhattan College, which put itself into the news by reaching the men's March Madness tournament, is "only 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan." If everything about Manhattan College were exactly the same except it was named Bronx College, its status would decline.

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