La Cucaracha (5/17/10)

Forget politics, it’s sports that makes strange bedfellows. Take my hometown Chicago Bears, for example. There’s no segment of the city that does not cheer for this hard-luck, hard-nosed football team come fall and winter. People who have little in common with one another, and who might be openly hostile toward one another in a different setting, will happily sit together and cheer for the Bears. Sports is the great unifier, which is why I was surprised when the Phoenix Suns donned their “Los Suns” jerseys for a playoff game as an unambiguous statement against Arizona’s recently passed immigration law. I’m sure the team’s fanbase includes people on both sides of the debate. Now, thanks to their mutual love of the Suns, they’ll have something polarizing to discuss during timeouts.

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