All the way back in 1710, philosopher George Berkeley raised a thought that continues to perplex and divide thinkers—and bore non-thinkers—today: "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"
Berkeley himself did not ask the question, or any similar question, in A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge, but he used the tree analogy that was later revamped in its modern form.
"But, say you, surely there is nothing easier than for me to imagine trees," he wrote, "for instance, in a park … and nobody by to perceive them. … The objects of sense exist only when they are perceived; the trees therefore are in the garden … no longer than while there is somebody by to perceive them."
Thankfully, the Phoenix Suns answered the question on Wednesday night, but they too revamped the expression: "If an Eric Bledsoe hits an insane, off-balance, buzzer-beating, game-winning three-pointer and everyone is too busy watching a historic World Series matchup between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, does the game really count?"
Luckily for the Suns, it definitely does.
It's just too bad no one really got to witness Phoenix's first win of the season after kicking it off with four straight losses. Bledsoe's shot fell while the Cubs were wrapping up their victory in the bottom of the 10th.
@NBATV cubs just won the world series no one cares.
— Dimeji Babalola (@dimejibabalola) November 3, 2016
Bledsoe didn't shoot well—7-of-20 for 20 points—but his final heave was enough to trounce the Portland Trail Blazers 118-115 in overtime.