This weekend, I took my nephew to see the Harlem Globetrotters. I hadn't been planning on taking him but both his parents had to work, they had free tickets and I offered to take him at 11 pm the night before (half asleep,) so I couldn't have backed out. I'm glad I didn't. We had a great time!
I'm sure most of you have heard of them but for those who have not, the Harlem Globetrotters are called an "exhibition" basketball team, they are not part of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and they are really quite athletic and talented basketball players.
Gotta love a good dunk!
They put on more of a show, rather than play a serious game, (they always play the Washington Generals and the Globetrotters always win,) which is very much family oriented and along with ultra flashy moves they play a lot of pranks on each other as well as the Generals and the audience.For instance, here they had stopped in the middle of the game to play baseball instead of basketball.
And here the entire team was dancing (or actually doing that head twitch thing to that song What Is Love,) with Big Globie, the mascot.
It was the first time Little J. had ever been to any type of sporting event or large stadium and wasn't sure what to expect. He was in awe of all the stairs and seats and was thrilled with the scoreboard...
Every time a basket was made he had to tell me "Auntie J! Now they're at 58," or whatever the score happened to go up to. Hooting as loud as he could when the announcer prompted the crowd to "Make some noise!" and imitating a vendor shouting "cotton candy!" It was complete sensory overload for a 5 year old!
I hadn't expected that he would want to stay the entire game, but at half time, he was still really excited, so we decided to get a souvenir ball...
He soon discovered the dribbling was going to take some practice...
As was getting it to spin on his finger. (A classic Globetrotter stunt.)
He even shocked me by wanting to stay and get autographs!
Seeing him so excited and having a good time and being silly and being a kid took me back to the days...I remember seeing the Globetrotters with my dad at the local fieldhouse in my hometown. I'm glad I got a chance to remember the past and make new memories!