We'd Appreciate it If You Would Shut Up And Play!

Keith BrantleyCorrespondent IMay 6, 2010

PHOENIX - MAY 05:  Phoenix Suns fan Isiah Quinonz poses with a 'Los Suns' sign before Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at US Airways Center on May 5, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The team is wearing 'Los Suns' jerseys on Cinco de Mayo in response to an anti-immigration law recently passed in Arizona.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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It is my opinion that we should never mix sports and politics, similar to mixing religion and politics.

Why do most of us actually watch sports?  This question can and would be answered ten different ways by ten different people.  It is a safe bet that common answers would continually show up such as; entertainment, the vicarious “thrill” of being on the winning side, keeping up with a local team or player, and we should not leave out the sports people working the event for a pay check.

An episode of CSI actually had a great explanation too.  Sports are instant justice. Everyone knows the same rules, everyone plays by them, and when the rules are violated, punishments are given out swiftly and surely and (usually) fairly. 

Regardless of the sport, it in some way incorporates everything about people into it.  Sports combine physical activity, mathematical precision, strategy, cunning and teamwork.

Now cue up the Phoenix Suns and owner Robert Sarver.  He has decided to insert his team into the political arena tonight with a protest, but only a half protest.  He has his team, with the leagues permission wearing jerseys that say “Los Suns”.

Sun translated from English to Spanish is Sol.  Why only half heartedly change the jerseys?  Why not put Los Sols on them?  Your guess is as good as mine.

Even Charles Barkley got it.  Sports figures are not heroes, they are sports figures.  We as citizens and parents are responsible for teaching our kids right from wrong.

You may not like the law (SB 1070), but one thing is certain.  We should teach our children right from wrong.  We have a responsibility to teach this to our children.

I am sure most of you know who Jim Rome is.  Extending back nearly fifteen years he used a phrase repeatedly.  This phrase was to “have a take, and don’t suck”.

Essentially he was saying to be short, sweet, to the point, and TRUTHFUL. 

The “Sols” are complaining about a state law that MIRRORS the existing federal statutes.  Where have all of these whiners been for years under the EXACT same federal law?

When a family struggles to spend hard earned money on an NBA playoff game, shouldn’t they get the entertainment they paid for without the owner’s OPINIONS?  

I know some of you are going to be mad at me, so be it.  To quote Jim Rome, “Have a take, and don’t suck!”

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