Is it Thursday already? You ever had one of those weeks that fly by but it's because you're flooded with work instead of actually having fun? Yeah...that's how this week has been. Which would explain why I'm just now getting to this entry about an event I attended this past Sunday. So technically I guess this could almost be considered a Thursday Throwback, huh? Fugetaboutit...a Thursday Throwback it is...
It's probably once a year that the Harlem Globetrotters make a stop to Des Moines. I know they've been doing it ever since the days that all we had was Vets Auditorium long before The Well was just a twinkle in Wells Fargo's eye. At least as far back as the Curly Neal days. I always wanted to go when I was a kid but never got a chance to. It's good to see that they're still around to entertain further generations.
I wasn't planning on going to this one. I mean they were asking $25+ for tickets. I'm not trying to pay that much money for the Globetrotters and neither Curly Neal nor Meadowlark Lemon were nowhere to be found. But G wanted to go. Lucky for him the Boys and Girls Club had discount tickets available. Not quite free but close enough to it to warrant going so we were in.
It was interesting how Wells closed off the upper deck for the show. Here I was thinking that we had some good seats because they were in the lower level. Well all the seats were in the lower level. And even with that restriction the place still wasn't sold out. I just wish that our seats weren't behind the backboard. It made it a little difficult to see some of the action. I guess you can't complain too much when you're getting a discount.
I tried to see if I would recognize any of the Globetrotters. Sometimes college players who don't make it in the pros will end up traveling with the Globetrotters for a few seasons. I'm sure most of the cats probably did play college ball but none of them looked familiar to me. Maybe some were even on one of those And1 teams but still I couldn't place any of them. I didn't even know who Big Easy is which is their current version of Meadowlark Lemon's role. Regardless, all of them were still pretty entertaining.
It's funny how certain things can just bring a smile to your face as they immediately transport you back to your childhood. That's how it was as soon as they started playing "Sweet Georgia Brown" and the Globetrotters did that world famous Globetrotter circle. Sure I was thinking of watching that on tv when I was a kid, but I also started thinking of my junior high school basketball days. We used to mess around and do that before practices. Every kid wanted to be a Globetrotter.
The one thing that I was disappointed in was they didn't make a single trick-shot. I'm not counting the 4-point shot which was really nothing more than a long-range 3-pointer. I'm talking about things like the patented half-court hook-shot which had always been a Globetrotter staple. Or the half-court behind the back shot. Of course I didn't expect to hit them on the first try (although that would have been AWESOME), but they couldn't get it after a few tries. That was a little disparaging.
The funniest part of the whole show was their oversized Big G mascot. It was one of those huge goofy-looking plastic costumed people. He was only on the court for a couple of minutes but it was HILARIOUS. I was digging him more than their regular Globe-E mascot. They may want to consider switching permanently to Big G.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take my camera to the game to get the high quality shots that I wanted. I took several with the iPhone but none of them came out very good at at all. Even the one that I took with G and BamBam (one of the Globetrotters. Yeah...didn't know him either) didn't look good. This was the best one I could get from the day. I should have just went ahead and smuggled my camera in like other folks apparently did. I'll know better next time. The important thing was that G enjoyed himself and even got a signed free t-shirt in the process. Okay...so it wasn't a Globetrotter shirt (which I still don't understand why that wouldn't be the kind of t-shirts they would throw into the crowd) and so it was only signed by BamBam...he had fun and that's all that mattered.