Friday, February 19, 2010

Harlem Globetrotters a slam dunk for CC

Basketball took center court on Monday, as CC and I trekked to the Inland Empire to watch the Harlem Globetrotters in action at Ontario's Citizens Business Bank Arena.

In addition to the game, we also got a backstage invitation to meet players Prince (above left) and Dizzy. Talk about feeling small. CC and I could have been mistaken for members of the Lollipop Guild.

It was a fun day overall, full of colorful hijinks and a humorous take on the sport. CC's never been to an NBA game, so she might be expecting various pranks and silliness when she finally goes.

"Mommy, why aren't the Lakers throwing water on the audience like the Globetrotters?" I imagine she'll ask one day. "And why aren't the Lakers pulling down the other team's shorts?"

The Globetrotters were playing against longtime foe the Washington Generals, the coach of which came out booing the players and the audience -- something that definitely did not endear him to the crowd.

But it was the Globetrotters' Big Easy Lofton and Flight Time Lang -- who also teamed on a season of "The Amazing Race" -- who offered the biggest fun.

From athletic loop-dee-loops and a passing game that could have been a gymnastics act at the Olympics, the players were truly entertaining. That's including the taunts to and from the other team.

"I want to play basketball," CC said at one point. She actually wanted to get on the court right then.

But aside from the players, CC laughed the most at the performance of the Globetrotters' mascot, Globie. He showed off some smooth moves, impersonating the likes of Prince, Elvis and Kanye West (with a nod to the latter's Taylor Swift faux pas). Every time he left the court, CC asked, "Where's Globie? Where's Globie?"

It was great introducing her to something that made a few of my childhood birthdays that much more special.

The Globetrotters aren't planning a return to SoCal in the near future, but click here for their upcoming schedule that includes Northern California.

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