On Feb. 27, the Harlem Globetrotters came to the 17,000-seat Times Union Center and drew more than 10,000 fans into the arena on their world tour.
The 2 p.m. game consisted of an introduction by “Globie,” their mascot, and a game against the Washington Generals. It featured a few famous Globetrotters such as Dizzy, Hazel and Siena College graduate Firefly. The two-hour show was packed with many tricks and laughs, action and lots of fun.
The show began with Globie dressing up like a few famous musicians and dancing to their music. Globie imitated Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Eminem and Vanilla Ice.
Next, the Globetrotters and Generals started the game. The Globetrotters took the lead immediately with many fast breaks, which led to perfect layups and dunks.
Then in the third quarter, the Generals tried to make a serious game of it and tied the game, but the Globetrotters quickly pulled ahead.
Mixed in with all of the excitement of the game were many tricks, including the three-man weave, where the players wove in and out of the defense, passing the ball to each other at a rapid pace. Another surprise was when one of the Globetrotters climbed on the basketball hoop and sat on the rim. He threw the ball back down when the other team shot it up to the hoop. The referee was very upset with him.
The Globetrotters also pulled pranks on the referee, including when he motioned for the ball and one of the Globetrotters started to throw it, but it immediately snapped back into the player’s hand. The referee was not amused by this behavior, but the audience was very entertained.
To make the game more interesting, two new rules were added, the four-point shot by the Globetrotters and the penalty box by the referee. The four-point shot was achieved by shooting the ball from circles located beyond the half court line and was only allowed in the last two minutes of each quarter. In exchange for accepting this rule and to prevent any funny business, the referee added a penalty box. He told the players that interruptions during the game such as screaming, running off the court, picking up opponents or sitting on the basketball hoop would result in a two-minute penalty for each incident.
The game was very exciting, and the audience had a great time. The Globetrotters have been putting smiles on fan faces for 85 years. Every year, they travel the world and put on shows with the Washington Generals. The Trotters are usually the team favored, since the Generals have yet to win a game or even come close. This game continued the winning tradition of the Harlem Globetrotters.