Post written by Jeremy (Dad) This past Thursday, me, Evan and "Poppi" (my dad) attended the yearly Harlem Globetrotters game at the Nutter Center. Evan and I attended last year, so I guess that means it's becoming a bit of a New Year's Eve tradition. Fun was had by all as we witnessed the classic Globetrotter antics such as the bucket of water (then later, confetti) into the crowd, the patented weave offense, and the harrassing of the ref. Evan's favorite trick was when the ball was switched out with a helium balloon that ended up floating to the Nutter Center rafters. He was actually pretty worried about it when it happened until I told him all was cool and it was a joke.
Similar to last year, Evan couldn't concentrate on the game until we made our visit to the merchandise booth. Last year I bought him a mini basketball that had the red, white and blue colors that the 'Trotters play with. Since we have like 17 of those mini basketballs floating around our house, I had prepped him before the game that we were going to get him something different knowing that he'd ask for another ball. I had convinced him that we'd get a globetrotters jersey this time. When we got to the booth, they had two options. One was a $65 game authentic jersey (yes, $65 for a toddler jersey!) and the other was a $25 t-shirt jersey. I quickly chose the t-shirt jersey–I wasn't about to spend $65 on a jersey he would rarely wear and grow out of in a matter of months! Well, when Evan saw my choice, he about lost it. He wanted the "real" jersey. Borrowing words from a good friend of mine, Evan started bawling like I had just kicked a puppy. Finally I was able to calm him down and he was fine with the t-shirt. Crisis averted.
The rest of the game was fun and unlike last year, we made it all the way until the end. I'm happy to say that the Globetrotters pulled out the win (like it was ever in question). Big thanks to Poppi for coming along–it was fun, and I'm sure we'll do it again next New Year's Eve!
Here's a few pics from the game: