Thursday, February 7, 2008

Sweet Georgia Brown

The other night, I put the kids to bed and then sat back, ready to watch a movie. Before the movie started, I noticed that the Globetrotters were on. I saw them @ Cobo when I was 14 & ever since then I've thought they were absolutely ridiculous. My friend's parents took us down there, we had dinner in Greek Town & then I had to suffer through their entire schtick. I hated it. The other night though, I had some sort of weird nostalgia for a time I never really knew to begin w/... the days of Meadowlark Lemon & Curly Neal. All I really know of them is from their guest appearances on Scooby Doo. Well, I decided to give it a watch for a while. It was just before half time when I turned it on, & the Globetrotters were losing to the Washington Generals. I had a suspition that the fix was in though & that if I kept watching they might just come back, so I called the kids downstairs to check it out w/ me. The loved the idea that they were getting to stay up late, & then they loved the idea of these goofballs doing basketball tricks. we watched the entire 2nd half & they never stopped laughing. We had a great time, & I think that we'll definitely try to catch them again sometime. Speaking of weird sports tricks, I found these 2 videos today: sort of the Globetrotters of soccer.

9 comments:

jason said...

I saw them at Joe Louis when I was like 8. I loved it. I know you won't believe it, but those games aren't fixed. The other teams really try to win and once in awhile they do. When I was older, I found out that you could write NBA teams and get free stuff, and the Orlando Magic sent me an autographed picture of Curly Neal that had contact information on it to hire Curly for birthday parties and special occasions. I was appalled that #1 They sent me that. I wanted real NBA players and merchandise! #2 How could Curly be pimping himself out like that? Birthday parties? Maybe he had some fallout with the Globetrotters, but I would think he could've still been playing for them instead of renting himself out like clown.

Andre said...

He's in the coaching staff now. He was at the game I just watched. I don't know his exact job, but he seemed pretty important.

According to the wikipedia entry, it sure seems fixed. Not to mention the fact that they haven't lost in like 20 years... except in charity games against real teams.

jason said...

The Globetrotters have lost 345 games over the course of 81 years. However, with over 22,500 wins, the Globetrotters do own the best winning percentage in the history of professional sports.

From 1953 until 1995, the Washington Generals played exhibitions against the Globetrotters, winning only six games and losing more than 13,000.

And here's a sweet Bob Denver fan page:
http://www.bobdenver.com/index.html

Elizabeth said...

Didn't you go to the globetrotters with Marcus? Just so you know, you sound like Dad in that post. Who else calls people in like that to watch something weird on TV? It's beyond your control.
You and Jason sure know a lot about the globetrotters.

Elizabeth said...

Those soccer clips are crazy. I like the fact that in the second one, people just push them down, because they don't know what to do. The first one is totally the globetrotters of soccer.

Andre said...

I knew they'd love it. It's not like dad calling people in to watch things they won't be interested in. Actually, I went w/ Jason Bryant who lived around the corner. They were from Traverse City and soon after that night, they moved back to Traverse City.

Thanks for the Bob Denver post... that was apropos of absolutely nothing.

stephanie said...

I have to agree, it IS beyond your control, Gar. :)

jason said...

The Globetrotters were on Gilligan's Island starring Bob Denver. That's the connection.

Dawny said...

I watched that same Globetrotters game that night! HA! (part of it anyway)