Carrying on a longstanding tradition, the Harlem Globetrotters will bring their on-court hoops antics and pyrotechnics to the Fiserv Forum on New Year’s Eve.
The nearly century-old basketball troupe will bring its "Pushing the Limits" World Tour to the Fiserv Forum on Tuesday, Dec. 31, for performances at 1 and 6 p.m.
The Globetrotters – who already hold 21 world records – will take a stab at setting a new world record live during each game on the tour this year. So, you could be witness to b-ball history if you’re there. And if they don’t set a new record? You’ll still have a blast to help usher in 2020.
At 94 years old – the team, that is, not any of the players – the Globetrotters are on target to play nearly 300 games over the course of the year.
The current team includes b-ball thrillers like Big Easy Lofton, Hi-Lite Bruton, Hammer Harrison, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm. The team, awesomely enough, also includes women hoopsters like TNT Lister and Torch George, making the ‘Trotters more progressive than the pro leagues.
"The Globetrotters have always been entertainers and innovators, and this season will be no exception," said Head Coach and Globetrotter legend Lou Dunbar. "Our fans have come to expect more than just a great show, and this season promises to deliver more entertainment and excitement than ever before. We can’t wait to get the season started and create memories that last a lifetime!"
This year’s performances will include a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the 30-foot (or more) four-point shot. They will introduce a new "Fifth Quarter" free post-game autograph session, and will bring back the "Magic Pass" pre-game, allowing fans onto the court for photos and autographs.
Surely, the world's best dancing mascot will also be there:
Today is the FINAL day to vote Globie into the next round of the 2020 @MascotHall ballot! Go to https://t.co/WNcVPeuVE2 to vote for the most traveled mascot in the world! #TheVote #HarlemGlobetrotters pic.twitter.com/7pFEPBatV6 — Harlem Globetrotters (@Globies) October 12, 2019
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in an episode of TV's "Party of Five," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.