jan_can_too (jan_can_too) wrote,

Harlem Globetrotters

Brent and I went to see the Harlem Globetrotters yesterday at the Oakland Coliseum, which has some sponsored name that I’ve forgotten quite happily (I am reading Infinite Jest lately, so I understand that things could be Much Worse; things in my world at least do not happen in the Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment.). I had never seen them before, except as cartoons of themselves, and even then, I had forgotten that the plot of the cartoon show revolved around the guys solving crimes. I knew Meadowlark Lemon’s name and remembered Curly Neal’s when I heard it. Curly was there, in person, yesterday.

It’s not about basketball. Admittedly, the guys can and do dunk the ball. They dribble with fancy touches and pass over, under, and around things. They execute plays that combine basketball strategy with a Keystone Kops aesthetic. There was a fart joke, repeated once, backwards. A pretend infant peed silly string all over several people. A couple of players revealed their boxer shorts. I laughed.

Turns out, according to the history on their very annoying website (Making the data for each year only appear as a pop-up box while the pointer is on the year itself is not cool. I could read very little of the information since I couldn’t move the silly box up into my screen. Hate it when things aren’t user-friendly.), the team began as a publicity stunt in 1926. The clowning around didn’t start until 1939. Also, Wilt Chamberlain was once a Globetrotter.

I didn’t think they were that old. They fit the Black Power feel of my seventies childhood. Tall, strong men with incredible talent who also managed to laugh. Entertainment with a subtext, with Relevance, from back when that was an issue.

It did feel like watching something out of another time. The antics fell somewhere between classic and shopworn. The arena felt too large for the kind of show it was. In a smaller gym, the guys would have been larger than life, like they’re supposed to be.


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