The daily’s editorial carries the sappy headline, Suns galvanize Arizona’s people in tough times, and drips with saccharine sentimentality. Here are the final sentences enthusing in Republicese over the inappropriate mélange of sports and politics that obviously warmed the hearts of the editorialists:
Arizona is not South Africa, and the Phoenix metropolitan area is not Detroit circa 1968. But we are living with wounds inflicted by politics and enflamed by race. And even though the Phoenix Suns dipped their toes into the controversy over Senate Bill 1070 with their Los Suns uniforms and the explicit statements of management opposing the new law, the Suns galvanized their town with their unexpectedly deep playoff run. And – much like Springboks, Tigers and Saints – they have lifted us all above our divisions in the process. From the opening whistle to the final horn, we’re all Suns fans now.
Not so fast. What about those who gave away or tore up their tickets when the hometown team concentrated more on politics than sports? What about those who take exception to their team entering what many believe is the wrong side of the political fray?
There are many basketball enthusiasts who felt the loss was appropriate. We are not “all Suns fans now.”
Read our take on this colossal misstep earlier this month in Phoenix Suns: Play the game, stay out of politics.