Just over a week ago, Scott and I were quite the entertainment watching busy bees. *I know… shocker.*
After an impromptu trip to Chicago for Christmas, we caught a blizzard on the drive home and arrived to plans unbeknownst to me. My husband is notorious for this. He will tell me that a fun event or outing is coming up, but forget to mention the date or time it will be taking place. Ladies, please tell me I am not the only one who deals with this.
As we started to make (what we thought would be) the 4.5 hour trip back home, he then reminded me of our plans to go see The Original Harlem Globetrotters later that night. As tired as I was, I vaguely remember him mentioning it the week before, and it was very lucky for him that I love the Harlem Globetrotters!
They happened to kick off their 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour right here in Detroit, Michigan. We have seen their show a few times, but this time around we both knew a few familiar faces, and even got to meet the star afterwards!
(I guess Scott will be forgiven for his organized spontaneity this time.)
We arrived to The Palace just as the pre-game show started. We always aim to arrive at shows like this on the early side, since Scott does not like to miss any kind of performance or pre-show. If you have been following my blog for a little while, this should come as no surprise to you!
A group of us walked in together and got comfortable in our seats with plenty of time before the stars of the show appeared. Here is a blurry (sorry!) picture of their world famous intro circle.
This is where the players get introduced, with each one displaying their favorite ball tricks to the signature theme song.
I remember hearing that song more than a few times as a child, and it still makes me giddy when I hear those whistles start. I just want to go up there and pull some tricks out myself!
After the warm ups came off, it was time to start the game and I captured just a few highlights of game play. Each and every game of their tour is played vs. the Global Select (formerly the Washington Generals), who are known for their notorious losing streak.
They put up a good fight, but neither Scott or I have ever been to a game where the Globetrotters haven’t won!
Before long, we caught a glimpse at their mascot, Globie, and as well as a friend of his, Little G.
Once again, the photos are blurry. I guess that is what happens when you try to capture high action movement – or in this case, dance moves – with a standard digital camera.
No worries, though. Just for you, I caught one of my favorite types of mascot dancing (because, yes, there is more than one way to categorize it): Air Mascot Dancing! Get it, Big G!
Oh, that Globie is a funny one! Scott has a special connection to him, since he toured as a Production Assistant with him and the Globetrotters over ten years ago.
Unlike any other professional basketball game, the Harlem Globetrotters are known for putting on a show. There is extra time allotted for tricks, pranks, and even dance breaks, making their show unlike any other sports entertainment production out there.
There are two separate tours that run throughout the year, and if there happens to be one that comes to a city near you, I highly recommend you to take the family and go see it!
After the game, the players stuck around for pictures and autographs, which was a nice surprise.
Scott and I hung around for a bit and waited to see a great friend of ours, Darnell, who is a new addition of the show. He did an awesome job and we are excited to say we were there for his first performance!
Thanks for the tickets, friend! Until next time…