Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Goal #36: Globetrotters!

Anyone else grow up watching the Harlem Globetrotters on TV?  I loved their silly antics and amazing tricks.  Remember when the Globetrotters would show up on Scooby Doo? Those were my favorite episodes!  I also vaguely remember the Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island...

I've always thought it would be fun to see the Globetrotters in person.  When I made my list of 40 Things, one of the first things I added to the list was to see the Globetrotters live. After a bit of research, I learned that they've been coming to Sacramento and Oakland each January for years and would be doing the same this year.  Awesome!

I found some friends who were interested in going and we purchased tickets for Sacramento. I was pleasantly surprised that we were able to get good seats fairly inexpensively.  About 20 minutes before start time, the Globetrotters' mascot (Globie) came out for a pre-show.  Then the Globetrotters and their opponents (the Global Select) took the court to warm up.      



The game started with plenty of action and a lot of laughs.  There were a lot of tricks and antics that I remembered from back in the 70's and 80's, but there were others that I'd never seen before.  My favorite was when one of the Globetrotters pulled up onto the basket and KICKED his opponent's shot before it could go through the net.

 
At half-time, the Globetrotters' mascot Big G came out.  It was the funniest thing I've seen in a long time.  I was laughing so much I was crying.  Steve took video of the routine; he was laughing so hard that the video is shaking like crazy.  If you have nothing better to do, check YouTube for a video of Big G.   
 
Several interesting things to mention about the current Globetrotters roster.  First, there are women on the team now.  T-Time played in the game we watched.  You can easily make her out in the picture above.  She's 5'6".  



Second, the Globetrotters' Tiny holds the world record as the tallest professional basketball player.  He's 7'8".  You can easily make him out in the picture above.  For comparison, Jet is 6'3".  

 
And finally, all you Amazing Race fans will remember Flight Time.  It was especially fun watching him play after watching him do two seasons of the Amazing Race.



We had so much fun watching the Globetrotters!  Thanks to Ken, Sheena and Devin for joining us for Goal #36!

3 comments:

  1. Oh, this sounds really fun! I do remember the Globetrotters as a kid. They come to the coliseum in my town. Now that Cory is almost 4, it might be time to take him. Congrats on another goal accomplished. You're almost there!

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  2. I DO remember them, especially that Scooby Doo episode! LOL!
    They frequently come to Citizens Bank Arena, which is an arena very close to us! We watch a lot of other events there but have never thought to catch one of there shows. I may just have to talk my family into doing so! Glad you had a lot of fun and that you once again accomplished something on your list!

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  3. Sooooooooo jealous!!!! I have always wanted to see them!!! I bet it was AMAZING! I loveeeeeeeee the photos!!!

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