The Harlem Globetrotters were at Van Andel Arena on Sunday, January 27.

Globetrotters games aren't so much about the score as they are about entertainment and fun.  There was a lot of both at Van Andel Arena...just ask my 4-year-old boy.

Of course, some people would disagree with me on the importance of the score at a Harlem Globetrotters game.  The Michigan State Men's Basketball team comes to mind.

On November 13, 2000, MSU basketball ended the Harlem Globetrotters 1,270 game winning streak by a score of 72-68.  MSU Coach Tom Izzo was "totally disappointed" in the Spartans lack of effort.

But Tom Izzo isn't the only one interested in the score.  On Sunday, my 4-year-old was too.  He would occasionally grow tired of the Globetrotters mid-game shenanigans and ask, "When are they going to play basketball again?"

I can understand how the humor of the classic purse-stealing routine can be lost on a young boy, but there was plenty of entertainment for all.

We sat mid-court on the second level, perfect spot for a Globetrotters game, a safe distance from both water throwing and purse stealing.  My 4-year-old explains some memorable moments:

  • "I like when they spin the ball on their finger and head."
  • "I like when they tackled each other."
  • "They do silly things and everybody laughs."
  • "It was crazy when they kicked the ball to each other!"
  • "It's cool when they bounce the ball between their legs."
  • He summed up the whole day very well: "Those are some funny basketball players!"

Other notable moments for kids and adults include:

  • Secretly replacing the basketball with a look-a-like ball...which turns out to be a balloon/beach ball filled with helium.
  • The special quarter rules.  Each quarter featured a special rule voted on by fans.  1st quarter = four special 4-point-shot circles located 12 feet behind the NBA 3-point line.  2nd quarter = all baskets worth double points.  3rd + 4th quarter = play with two balls for first two minutes of quarter.
  • The most rousing rendition of "YMCA" I've seen in a long time.
  • A big day for politeness.  I've never heard a bigger ovation for an official during pregame introductions.  The Globetrotters weren't so polite, later suggesting that the official should go back to FootLocker.
  • Altogether, a whole lot of fun!

The Globetrotters trailed by 22 with three minutes left in the first half, but it all turned out OK.  The Globetrotters won, 106-98.  It matters to some people.