Globetrotters World Tour Delights GTA Fans

The Harlem Globetrotters banner hangs at Ricoh Colosseum in Toronto.Photo by T Nolan.

The Harlem Globetrotters banner hangs at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.
Photo by T Nolan.

(TORONTO, ON) – Last night, the world famous Globetrotters took the floor at the Ricoh Coliseum on the lake shore in downtown Toronto, with their usual shenanigans. They then got down to some semi-serious basketball business, against the Washington Generals, only after the foils taunted the crowd.Not only did the Generals predict they’d beat the crap out of the Trotters, but also that the NBA Toronto Raptors would fall miserably to the Washington Bullets.

Five minutes into regulation it appeared the first half of the Generals’ prophecy would come true as the they raced out to a 10-8 lead. Fortunately, the highly favoured and comical Globetrotters were able to turn the tide to eek ahead of Washington 24-23 by the end of the first quarter.
Albeit, the referees understandably had a very difficult time keeping the seemingly ADHD Trotters on task.
he Harlem Globetrotters took the floor to warm up for their match against the Washington Generals at Ricoh Colosseum in Toronto, on 13 April 2018.Photo by T Nolan.

he Harlem Globetrotters took the floor to warm up for their match against the Washington Generals at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, on 13 April 2018.
Photo by T Nolan.

Midway thru the 2nd quarter, with the Trotters up 34-33, the virtually unthinkable happened. The crowd favorites, in their illustrious Star Spangled red-white-and-blue jerseys, called time-out to accommodate a wedding ceremony.

Err, yes, a wedding ceremony, for their starting guard Dizzy English who had fallen in love with a court side fan; after stealing her purse.

Unfortunately for Izzy, her real life husband protested the nuptials and would not to be out done by the Trotter upstart. So, upon Izzy’s challenge to a dance-off, the proud husband came to mid-court to reclaim his wife by  swooning her back with some pretty fancy hip swinging and break dancing.

Fortunately for the anxious fans in the stands, Izzy returned to the business at hand and helped his colorful team mates to a 54-54 tie with only 30 seconds left in the first half.

The tie breaker was a fantastic alley-oop buzzer beater to the Trotters’ high-flying power forward “Moose” which sent both teams to the locker room for a much needed intermission.

The athletes on both teams, no doubt, needed to get the lactic acid out after such an energetic first half.

The refs needed, also, to unscramble their minds from some of the many rule infractions. And the fans needed to stuff their guts back into their abdomens from laughing for the first 24 minutes of basketball mayhem.

When play resumed in the 3rd, both sides started to land some of the long range shots they narrowly missed in the first half. Anthony Smith, #24 for the green and gold Generals, scored 9 unanswered points to make it 86-78 near the mid point of the frame.

“Moose” dunks a drop pass from Trotter teammates near the end of regulation time against the Washing Generals at Ricoh Stadium, on 13 April 2018.Photo by T Nolan.

“Moose” dunks a drop pass from Trotter teammates near the end of regulation time against the Washing Generals at Ricoh Coliseum, on 13 April 2018.
Photo by T Nolan.

A couple of whacky dunks by the Trotters and a 4-pointer by Smith, with only 2 minutes left to play, made it 96-92 Globetrotters. After a little more court-side hilarity, one regular field goal and a last 4-pointer for the Trotters made it 100-92, with 1:10 left in regulation.

Yet, after some strange handy work by the scorekeeper during a brief time out, which may have involved some fraudulent intervention, suddenly put the Generals up by a remarkable 145-100 score. Accordingly, with the crowd boisterously reacting, the refs held a confab at the scorers’ table and came away with a peace treaty to tie the score 100-100 with 60 ticks left.

Globetrotter point guard “Ant” (12) negotiates a peace treaty with the referee, as the Washington Generals look on, at Ricoh Stadium on 13 April 2018.Photo by T Nolan.

Globetrotter point guard “Ant” (12) negotiates a peace treaty with the referee, as the Washington Generals look on, at Ricoh Coliseum on 13 April 2018.
Photo by T Nolan.

The fix was finally in for the Globetrotters to secure the win, as time seemed to stand still as the action proceeded in slow motion, following a mind-blowing on court rewind segment.

Some how, in the mix up, a Globetrotter was sitting atop the basket at each end of the court to control who scored what. When the refs finally restored relative order, the Trotters managed three sensational dunks, compared to one by dunk by the Generals’ “Cager” to end the game with a 108-102 victory for the Globetrotters.

POST GAME with William “Bull” Bullard

Q. How did you become a Globetrotter?

A. I came in 2nd place in the 2008 NCAA dunk contest [when he played for Texas A&M]. Thereafter, I received an email from the Globetrotters stating they were interested in drafting me into their ranks.

Q. Prior to receiving that email, were you always a fan of the Globetrotters?

A. Although I had heard of the team, of course, the first time I ever saw a game I was actually playing in it.

Q. What is your hometown and have you ever played there?

A. I’m from Detroit, MI. Yes, I have played and performed as a member of the Globetrotters in Detroit.  I love playing in front of my family in friends. I love the fans in general because the entertainment we provide allows people to taking their mind off of the world for 2 hours or so and that is what its all about.

Q. How long do you plan to continue playing with the Globetrotters?

A. Our organization is 92 years old and I want to play with them at least till our 100 year anniversary, and as long as the fans and team will have me.

The Square's Kim Elliott interviews William “Bull” Bullard of the Harlem Globetrotters post game on 13 April 2018.Photo by T Nolan.

The Square’s Kim Elliott interviews William “Bull” Bullard of the Harlem Globetrotters post game on 13 April 2018 at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, ON.
Photo by T Nolan.

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Kim Elliott
Kim's first foray into sports writing was for The Lance student newspaper at the University of Windsor. While broadcasting at CJAM and with OUA.TV, he belonged to an award-winning sports media team which picked up the 2013-14 Lancer A honours. In turn, Kim began broadcasting and writing for the Windsor Express, of the National Basketball League of Canada, for WE-TV, and now at The Square. Kim has obtained a Bachelor of Human Kinetics (Hons) and a degree in Education from the University of Windsor. Email Kim Elliott