Monday, July 24, 2006


Streetball Since Foreva, sons!

I enjoy watching the likes of Phillip Champion, Grayson Boucher, and Shane Woney (aka Hot Sauce, The Professor, and The Dribbling Machine) play basketball as much as the next guy. It is an exhibition of high-flying antics and dribbling machanics (see how it's influenced me?). However, the release of the video game got us here at High and Inside to thinking. Could the stars of the AND 1 "Mixtape" beat these guys?

I mean, we know they can beat these guys:

But what about the "original" traveling wilburys of the hardcourt? What about Goerge "Meadowlark" Lemon, Fred "Curly" Neal, "The Stilt," "The Hawk," and the rest of the Globetrotters? I remember seeing the Globetrotters a handful of times when I was younger. While today's "street" tough version of exhibition basketball calls for more screaming, tap dancing, and "oooooooooooohhhhhh baaaaabyyyyy"'s, the concept is still the same. They travel around and perform these stunts for anyone willing to watch fundamental free basketball. When the 'Trotters came to town I remember my father pointing out that the Washington Generals do not play defense. Great, I couldn't figure that out based on the way their feet seemed glued to the ground once the Globtrotters went into their "dribbling is for pussies" routine. Then he would tell me not to pay attention to the "Half court heave" that Meadowlark made so famously his. Nor should I ever throw a bucket of confetti on a referee, or bite out of another man's hotdog. Such valuable lessons learned as young buck.

Today's street version, known as the AND 1 Tour, brings much of the same. Look at it this way; have you ever seen Spyda do this on the Mixtape?
Wait, I think this is Spyda....

Which just brings me to the question of who would win in a one game exhibition, The Harlem Globetrotters or AND 1? The AND 1 guys are certainly much quicker and more athletic. They compete against actual ballplayers who are trying to beat them (what a concept!). The Globetrotters are just trying to entertain and make sure that they keep their 1265 game winning streak going. Don't get me wrong, the Globetrotters are fantastic basketball players, and they are probably light years ahead of the Hot Sauce and the boys when it comes to fundamentals, but I think we have to give the nod to the AND 1 guys.

So, now that I've made up my mind, I have decided to make a bid to become part of the AND 1 tour. Seriously! I have given it much thought and I think that I would like to join your fine basketball developmental league. I even thought of a name: White House!

Really! Can you hear it..." oooooohhhh baaaaabbbyyyyyyyy! White House takes it to the... house! Out of his way are else you will get..... vetoed, fella!"

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