Growing up in Paris I’d heard about the iconic Harlem Globetrotters but never in my wildest dream did I think I’d ever get to see them live. I figured I’d have to be content with watching their cartoon on Saturday mornings during my summer visits to Texas.
So when US Family Guide invited a few bloggers to their Los Angeles game I was excited to participate
To be honest I really had no idea what to expect from the Globetrotters other than some really awesome ball handling. And their ball handling skills are really amazing! In fact I wanted more. A lot more! I’d heard the Globetrotters usually do the half time show and dazzle the fans with some super fun ball handling skills but we had a few cheerleading squads at half time instead. I would have much preferred the Globetrotters
They had some amazing passes, obviously carefully choreographed and beautifully executed at crazy speed. Whether they were dancing around the opposing team players or dancing across the court on their knees or back dribbling and spinning all the while moving effortlessly around their opponents.
They pulled off quite a few crazy baskets, with wild jumps and basket hangs… and even gave “Tiny” a bit of an unfair advantage...
What I did not know is that these guys are clowns! The whole game is narrated, the players chit chat with one another commenting on passes, complaining about the calls from the referee. They talk to the crowd, argue with the referee, and the entire game is interrupted by a series of gags… And the crowds LOVES it!
In all honesty some of these gags were not really my thing,I am in French after all, but the crowd was going nuts and my girls were laughing their little hearts out. I loved their instant replay. I found it to be super clever and brilliantly executed.
I think the highlight for my girls was running down onto the court to join the Harlem Globetrotters and hundreds of fans for a special rendition of the Village People “YMCA”
All in all this was a fun evening shared with my family doing something completely out of the ordinary for us. My 7 year old wanted to grab a photo op and a few autographs but my hubby had to go to work that evening and the lines were simply too long.
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