The Harlem Globetrotters perform at Notre Dame


Lyn Jarrell

Globie, the mascot for the Harlem Globe Trotters, dances for the crowd at the Notre Dame Joyce Center on Thursday, Jan. 27.

Lyn Jarrell, Staff Writer

The Harlem Globetrotters are a national group from the U.S. that combines both sports and entertainment into one show. Performing stunts while playing a game of basketball, on Jan. 27, the Harlem Globetrotters performed their annual game at The University of Notre Dame.

Although they are most known for their entertainment aspects, they consider their performances as a type of “game” against another opponent since they keep score and at the end, there is always a winner.

During halftime, Robins School of Dance from Elkhart performed. After their performance, they also had the opportunity to take photos with the players and visit with them.

“I love how they take a regular basketball game and add entertainment to it. They make it to where anyone can enjoy it,” said Karli Reveal.

While the Harlem Globetrotters shows are pre-planned performances, fans still sit back in anticipation watching the action of the game unfold. They have a staged opposing team that ultimately always loses to the Globetrotters. The opposing team is called The Washington Generals, and they were bought by the owners of The Harlem Globetrotters.

During the performance at Notre Dame, each team scored a large number of points, keeping the ‘competition’ interesting while also keeping the fans on the edge of their seat.

Cager, The Washington Generals’ biggest threat, is their most valued player. Standing at 6’8 tall, he is portrayed as the villainous player who seeks to crush the Globetrotters and their fans. Nevertheless, the Globetrotters always end up victorious.

During the Jan. 27 performance, the Globetrotter’s funniest player, Cheese, decided to take it upon himself to be the main entertainment of the night. He walked through the crowds, picked up random children and chased people all throughout the court.

However, no one seemed to wow the crowd more than their beloved mascot, Globie.

By the end of the game, the Globetrotters ended up with a win, and the Washington Generals ended up with a notorious loss. Ending the night with flashing lights and smoke machines, The Harlem Globetrotters were once again an unbeatable team.