Editor's note: Okay, the jig's up. No, silly, Steve Nash isn't quitting the Phoenix Suns to go into Canadian politics, as our "Gone" cover story claimed last week. Not just yet, anyhow. Though his tongue was firmly in cheek when he was asked about our article, Nash said: "Obviously, I'll be prime minister one day." As usual with one of our infrequent satirical stories, some readers bought it, others didn't. Some thought the story was funny, some thought it was stupid, some played along, some hated on us. Read a sample of reader comments, mostly from our Web site, below.
Happy for Nash: Great human being. The Suns are going nowhere this year, and I'm happy for Steve.
Canada's gain: Basketball is losing not only one of its greatest players, but also its most eloquent voice. Our loss is Canada's gain. Thanks for all the great years, Steve!
Couldn't blame Nash for leaving AZ: Good for him. After what happened in AZ this week (election of the likes of Governor Jan Brewer and state Senator Russell Pearce), I don't blame him one bit, and Victoria is a gorgeous city!
To the Raptors: This is Nash-ty. He couldn't just ask for a trade to the Raptors? Really?
You'll think of something: As a native of Victoria, I can honestly say I don't know what to think about this.
Don't listen to the Canadian media: TV and radio stations all over Canada are confirming this story is completely true. They're running interviews with the man who sold Nash his new home in Victoria, also the current mayor of Victoria who says he's Nash's biggest fan.
Beat, er, bomb L.A.: Nash will become the Canadian prime minister and then declare war on Los Angeles.
Gotcha: New Times had me for a minute there! These writers didn't do much to capitalize on the resignation this week of, not Victoria, but Vancouver Mayor Gordon Campbell. If one wants to imagine Steve Nash as mayor of Victoria, then Victoria compares to metropolis Vancouver as Long Island compares to metropolis NYC. I'm sure if Canadians wanted a sports star as PM, they'd take Wayne Gretzky. Steve Nash did say he wouldn't play for Canada again, so we should believe him.
Godspeed, eh?: Thank you, Steve, for your passion for the game and for the Suns. Godspeed, eh.
Be nice, Gus: New Times, way to support the local team, dick!
And who should replace us? You?: Whoever wrote this story is a moron, and you need to learn how to verify your information. Everyone connected with publishing this story should be fired immediately. You're making journalists everywhere look like they are all full of shit like you.
See ya, Rog: I've been an avid reader of your magazine for over 15 years, but I will never read it again. I should have been smarter than to think that you would have any integrity about a sports story. I was duped by my own stupidity.
See ya, Marc: Thanks for wasting my time on a pointless hoax article. This will be the last time I read New Times.
See the irony?: So here's how this thing works, everyone. Barry Friedman writes a brilliant article. Everyone believes it. Then everyone finds out Friedman has totally played them — yet again. Upon finding out they are officially fools, they get insanely mad and write nasty letters. Yes, of course, all the reporters and editors will quit because you are angry. Yes, we all know this free paper is just not giving you your money's worth, and furthermore, you just can't trust New Times for reliable information anymore — like you can with what you normally read: Guns & Ammo? Hustler? Calm yourselves, alarmed citizens of Phoenix. Steve Nash totally got this article and laughed about it on TV. See the irony there? The guy the article is about is enjoying it, but all of you are cranky.
You're allowed only one copy: This is why, when I see New Times at a newsstand, I grab every copy and throw it in the garbage where it belongs. Eff off, Barry.
Hilarious: Geez, nobody appreciates good satire. Hilarious article.
Rude: Kevin Garnett says that Barry Friedman writes like a cancer patient. Rude.
No one will forget Nash: Thank you, Steve, for putting up with the bullshit that Robert Sarver fed to you . . . You deserve a ring, and I have hope to see you achieve that glory. Thank you for the years of excitement and the times we will never forget as Suns fans. You truly are the MVP, and no one will forget it.
A loss for AZ: Wow, what a loss for basketball, for Arizona. Congrats, Canada.
From the grave . . .: Satire isn't satire if you can't tell it's satire.
Back at ya, Swift: Satire isn't satire if you're a moron and can't distinguish satire from reality.
Good riddance: Good for him. And once he is there, as mayor, we can send all the illegal border crossers directly to his sanctuary city and he can feed them, support them, and give them free socialized medicine. After all, he was the mouthpiece for Los Suns, speaking out for the freeloading undocumented fans. Attaboy, Los Stefano. Don't let the door hit you in the a$$ on the way out.
We dumb bastards: New Times could never be The Onion. You dumb bastards and your dumb articles!
If only that procedure existed: You really find out how many idiots there are out there when New Times does a satire. Have a sense of humor implanted, Goober!
Victory over what?: How pathetic are you morons over there at New Times? Now you just make stuff up about local sports stars? What's the matter, you didn't have any lies to print about Joe Arpaio or any other local Republican political figure?
Unhappy Yo: Wow, it's time for another stupid fake story by New Times. Predictable as a sunrise. Seriously, New Times, you are as edgy as a marshmallow.
Back at Yo: Marshmallows have edges.
Chris is a believer: Being an Arizona native and a huge Suns fan, I've never once been as affected by such a loss. It's strange since Nash's tenure with the team is not terribly long. But, that's the type of impact he's had. I remember when we had Jason Kidd, and I thought, "Wow, he's going to be hard to replace!" Who knew Steve would be there to more than fill the void. He's amazing on and off the court. And for the record, I saw Steve at a nightclub a couple of years back, and I'll give him 6 feet, maybe. But he played like a smooth giant. He will be missed more than he knows.
Good question: How could one person believe this story? Steve Nash quitting in the middle of a season — and you're first hearing about it in the New Times? LMAO. Yeah, that will be the day.
Huh?: Smells like Yemen Aid. And I'm coming off of an Akima high.
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