If an animal rights protester chained himself to Tom Brady’s leg at halftime, would Bucs fans be more or less likely to give up red meat?

It sounds like an absurd question, but we live in an increasingly bizarre world. Witness it:

At last week’s British Grand Prix, a group of ‘Just Stop Oil’ protesters sat down on the track shortly after the start of the race. An accident slowed the peloton of cars before it reached the protesters, otherwise they could have turned into Formula 1 road accidents.

It would have been unfortunate, but I have to be honest. I wouldn’t have bothered if a car gently crushed the toes of two activists. Something must be shaking some sense in their overheated heads.

Protests at sporting events have long been a way of life, but demonstrations have generally been on the sidelines. Now they are interfering more and more in events.

In recent weeks, NBA games, a Premier League game and the French Open have been interrupted by crazies sticking or attaching themselves to floors, goal posts and nets.

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It’s an offshoot of a wider trend that has seen protesters sticking to artworks in museums. Protesters say public displays bring attention to their causes and pressure world leaders to phase out fossil fuels and replace Big Macs with tofu burgers.

I don’t know about you, but when I see a climate change activist crumble in front of a field of race cars, my reaction isn’t, “I really should switch to LED bulbs.” It’s, “What a bunch of yahoos.”

On the contrary, it makes me want to buy a coal-burning 2009 Dodge Ram 2500 and drive around town with underinflated tires.

Just stop oil?

How about you stop acting so crazy. People might be more sympathetic to your cause….

Stud of the week: Italian cyclist Daniel Oss. He broke his neck when he hit a spectator during the Tour de France. But he got back on his bike and finished the day’s race.

Guy of the Week: Tennis diva Serena Williams. She skipped Wimbledon’s centenary celebration because, after losing her first-round match, the organizers wouldn’t let her continue using the five courtesy cars she was supposed to return.

Five courtesy cars? Williams obviously didn’t use any to attend the “Just Stop Oil” rally at the British Grand Prix.

Dud II: David Moore, wide of the Chicago Bears. It wasn’t until he was arrested for drug and arms trafficking. It’s that he was arrested after falling asleep in a Taco Bell line. It’s hard enough to get a Chalupa Supreme without the drive-thru being obstructed by a zoned NFL receiver…

Portland’s Damian Lillard signed a two-year, $122 million contract extension last week. That equates to around $744,000 per game. This may seem exorbitant, but it does not include the use of Wimbledon courtesy cars….

College football chaos update: Washington and Oregon have threatened to snub Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren if they’re not invited to join this conference….

Just Stop Oil Update: The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports that greenhouse gas emissions would drop by 17% if Skip Bayless contracted laryngitis for a week….

Aaron Rodgers said he would cut his bun if Charles Barkley beat him at the American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament in Lake Tahoe this weekend. Rodgers finished ninth and Sir Charles finished 74th, so Barkley donated $25,000 to a charity chosen by Rodgers. Hopefully Barkley will donate another $25,000 to start a “Just Stop Man Buns” movement….

A Gallup poll released last week found that only 16% of Americans have “a lot/somewhat” confidence in newspapers and 11% have that much confidence in television news. Both are down 5% from a year ago.

I can’t help but feel partially responsible, and I apologize once again for writing that the Jaguars would go 14-3 under new coach Urban Meyer….

Portland Redux: At $744,000 per game, Damian Lillard will earn as much in a game as the average LIV golfer earns playing like Charles Barkley in every tournament….

A moment of silence for James Caan, who died last week at the age of 82. He was a real football benchwarmer at Michigan State, then he brought America to tears as Brian Piccolo in “Brian’s Song.” RIP, Sonny Corleone…

This Just In: After being offered $744.00 per game and unlimited use of college vehicles, Serena Williams signed with Texas A&M….

That’s about all the space we have for this week’s Whitley’s Believe It or Not. If this has further damaged your confidence in the media, don’t sit in front of the next newspaper delivery truck you see coming down the street.

— David Whitley is the sports columnist for the Gainesville Sun. Contact him at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @DavidEWhitley