Thursday, May 06, 2010

05/06 Quickie: Los Suns, Zito, Hayward

Was the "Los Suns" effort an unprecedented moment of politics in the history of team sports?

I think it was -- particularly impressive given that fans hate to see politics and sports mix.

In today's SN column lead, I analyze the factors that made "Los Suns" successful -- but it is the same factors that make it unlikely to be replicated.

It would be great if "Los Suns" turned out to be the catalyst for change, but this is not the signal of an increasing prominence of politics within sports.

Oh, we will still have individual athletes or coaches speaking out on issues -- I expect we'll see even more of that, given the proliferation of channels for them to express themselves.

But at an institutional level -- a team-wide (and, as unique, corporate-sanctioned) effort -- it feels entirely unique.

That's what made it such an amazing moment. It's also why we won't see it again in other contexts.

More you'll find in today's column:

*In praise of Barry Zito!
*Philly Tazer Watch
*Good for Gordon Hayward.
*Biggest. Contract. Ever. (for an interior lineman)
*Did you need SI to confirm Ben is a douchebag?

Complete column here. More later.

-- D.S.

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