Didn’t get your fill of Butler Basketball last week? You’re in luck. For one night only, three of Butler University‘s finest hoopsters will be playing for the Washington Generals as they take on the Harlem Globetrotters tonight at Conseco Filedhouse in downtown Indianapolis.
Senior members of the Butler Men’s Basketball team Willie Veasley, Avery Jukes and Nick Rodgers have all signed one-game contracts with the lowly Washington Generals to see if they can create yet another magical moment in Indianapolis Basketball history.
It would have been the high moment in Hoopsville, USA if the Butler Bulldogs could have finished their quasi-miracle run to the NCAA National Championship last Monday with a win, but helping the woeful Generals beat the Globetrotters would be just as improbable. See, the Washington Generals have only beaten the Trotters six times since their 1953 inception, the last of which came in 1971.
How many games have the Generals lost in that same time frame you ask? Over 13,000.
“These kids have the winning attitude we need to push us over the hump,” Red Klotz, the Generals’ owner and president, said in a statement. “Playing in Indianapolis with these guys on the floor also gives us the type of home court advantage the Bulldogs enjoyed at the Final Four. I don’t think I’d want to be a Globetrotter on Wednesday night trying to shut these guys down.”
This isn’t just a chance to see some of your favorite Indianapolis sports figures suit up one more time in front of the home crowd. This is a legitimate chance to watch history in the making. Sure that history is often scripted, and more entertainment than competition, but man is it fun.
The game starts at 7 p.m. but the fun can last a lifetime. Tickets are still on sale, including special prices for Indianapolis Children. For more ticket info, check out the Harlem Globetrotters Web site.