The point of no return when approaching a black hole is the "event horizon." Nothing that comes any closer can escape, even light. Well, maybe Hawking Radiation, but nothing else. When 2012 started, little did the casual fan realize that the Phillies were actually red matter that would form into a black hole and eat the Earth.
If you prefer Phillies Physics that does not come from the Star Trek universe, consider simply the Laws of Thermodynamics:
- You must play the game
- You can't win
- You can't break even
- You can't quit the game