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While growing up, I LOVED the Harlem Globetrotters! I can remember sitting on the floor just in front of the television with my brother. We were both glued to every move these guys made. We didn’t want to miss one spin or trick.

With every spin of a ball on the tip of a finger that was sent bouncing through legs and up around over a shoulder to be spun once again on the tip of a finger, we were in awe.

No matter how hard we practiced or how determined we were, we could not get that ball to spin for very long if at all on the tip of our fingers. Did we have fun trying? You bet.

I think the Harlem Globetrotters are a great role model for kids. These guys have a huge talent and have the best time sharing it with others. They are practically unbeatable. If you have ever seen another team try and take a basketball from a Harlem Globetrotter you already know that they are certainly untouchable. They made basketball more than a sport. It became a lesson.

They taught me a lesson about sportmanship and the love of a game. They taught me that you can make anything and everything better if you work hard and if you love it. I decide from then on that I didn’t want to sit in the stands watching the game.

Life is what you make it. It can be a tough competitive sport, dule and boring or a fun game. It is up to you to pick up the ball and decide how you want to play it.

You make the best of it.

If you carry a love of life in your heart, life becomes a whole other sport.

I have memories of joy and laughter filling warm summer days and nights either watching these gifted athletes clowning around or trying to imitate the Harlem Globetrotters with my brother and cousins.

My favorite episodes of Scooby Doo were the ones with the Harlem Globetrotters in them. Imagine a kid who loves Scooby Doo and the Harlem Globetrotters on the day that the two are put in one cartoon. Ohhhh, yes, we are talking about kiddy heaven.

These are some of my greatest childhood memories. Even as an adult, I would love to see them play!

To watch a video of the Harlem Globetrotters in action click here and to read more about the Harlem Globetrotters visit them in the Hall of Fame.

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  • kim March 13, 2006, 2:04 pm

    I love the harlem globetrotters, growing up in chi-town, we would go see the harlem globetrotters for field trips with school! It was so awesome to see them!
    And I agree, when they were on scooby doo, it was a great thing!
    btw, I agree with you about the happy medium, life would be one spectacular place, if we could have a happy medium!

  • peepfrench March 13, 2006, 2:24 pm

    The Harlen Globetrotters were are part of my childhood too, Pumpkin…They are wonderful role models for kids. Unfortunately my bunch do not know them at all :((( They are, however, huge “Scooby doo” fans…just like their Mom!

  • Pumpkin March 13, 2006, 2:30 pm

    My kids watch Scooby Doo here in France, but he is speaking with an accent! :)
    They love Scooby and we watch Scooby as a family. I love cartoons even today. I can remember my Dad watching them with us when we were kids.

    Kim, I think it is hard to find that happy medium, but make sure your Frenchie gives you both sides or doesn’t try to present France as perfect…it isn’t. No country is. My Frenchie would say the Americans drove crazy, were too puritan and this and that…you can see the bad in any country or make it bad. I realize that it is just a cultural thing and that perhaps on most issues no one is right or wrong really. ;) :)

  • Pumpkin March 13, 2006, 2:33 pm

    The Harlem Globetrotters do travel around Europe. You can see on their site if they come to your neck of the woods.

  • M@ March 13, 2006, 5:07 pm

    Just the song alone is enough to put a smile on my face. I know they still travel around, but the name recognition just isn’t there anymore. Most people couldn’t name one of the current players, but most our age could name 5-6 of the players from our childhood. Though at the moment I can only come up with Curley Lemon. :)

  • Pumpkin March 13, 2006, 7:13 pm

    I did know all the names too as a kid but have forgotten most of them as well. But, I still smile like you when I hear the music. I still love to watch them on Scooby Doo when I can with my kids. One day I will find out where they are playing in France and hopefully it will be close enough I can take the kids and we can all watch them together. That would be the best time. :)

  • cj March 13, 2006, 9:01 pm

    I have many fond memories as a kid watching the Harlem Globetrotters. :) Thanks for reminding me of them.

  • Anna March 13, 2006, 9:36 pm

    The Harlem Globetrotters will be in Karlsruhe, Germany on April 2nd! Karlsruhe is not that far away from Strasbourg… :-)

  • Pumpkin Pie March 13, 2006, 9:44 pm

    No, it is not far at all, Anna. :) Thank you. I will have to look into that. I would love to see them in person and share a little piece of my childhood with them.

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