Saturday, June 17, 2017

when Georgia met Arizona

When I lived in the Twin Cities, I was fortunate to see the Harlem Globetrotters play a game at one of the arenas in Minneapolis. The best player on the team was a guy named Meadowlark Lemon, In fact, according to basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain, Meadowlark was the best player of all time. During his 22 years with the Globetrotters, he played in more than 16,000 games, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003.

born-again Christian, Lemon became an ordained minister in 1986 and received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Vision International University in Ramona, California, in 1988. He was also featured as a gospel singer within several Gaither Homecoming videos. In his last years, he took up residence in Scottsdale, Arizona, where his Meadowlark Lemon Ministries, Inc. is located.

The Harlem Globetrotters are still active today. Originally founded on the South Side of Chicago in 1926 (remember Leroy Brown?), they moved to Harlem the following year, and have been there ever since.

Early on, they adopted a little tune called “Sweet Georgia Brown”, which you can listed to at the link below:

Incredibly, both the Stanley Cup playoffs and the NBA playoffs just ended. The Stanley Cup concluded on June 11, and the Pittsburg Penguins were victorious again. The NBA playoffs ended a day later, and the Golden State Warriors got the trophy. Unfortunately, our society has become too wrapped up in politics, and the Warriors unanimously decided to not travel to the White House to meet with Donald Trump.

The Harlem Globetrotters, and Meadlowlark Lemon, made us all laugh, and we need a lot more fun in our lives today. As Billy Joel sang a lot of years ago, it’s time to forget about life for a while, and to sing that tune one more time.

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