Spanning The Globe

Since the apex of their popularity in the ’60s and subsequent market saturation in the early ’70s (recall, if you will, the Hanna-Barbera cartoon), the Harlem Globetrotters have not exactly been the hippest thing around. But what becomes lame in turn becomes nostalgic and then awesome again, and following an ill-fated run in the early 2000s of playing “no-nonsense games” against college teams, the Globetrotters have brought back all that glorious nonsense, along with plenty of showboating and the ever-hapless Washington Generals — who, geez, you’d think would be tired of losing at this point.

Along with their usual zany antics, the Globetrotters also bring a brand-new element to the game: the four-point shot — a mid-court shot from about 35 feet from the basket that the team debuted last month. Although Generals president Red Klotz noted in a Globetrotters press release that “long-range marksmanship is a Generals trademark” and the change “will only make us stronger,” there’s little doubt the Globetrotters will maintain their prodigious win record. Then again, as anyone who’s ever seen a Globetrotters game can attest, edge-of-your-seat competition is not really the point.

Today’s game at the Pepsi Center, 1000 Chopper Circle, begins at 1 p.m. Tickets run $26 and up, and you can find them by calling 866-461-6556 or visiting
Sat., Jan. 8, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 9, 1 p.m., 2011