Harlem Globetrotters Drop Washington Generals as Primary Opponent

Hi-Lite Bruton of the Harlem Globetrotters dribbles the ball during a game against the Washinton Generals at the Verizon Center in Washington on March 5, 2011. (PHOTO CREDIT: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
Hi-Lite Bruton of the Harlem Globetrotters dribbles the ball during a game against the Washinton Generals at the Verizon Center in Washington on March 5, 2011. (PHOTO CREDIT: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

The most prodigious losers in sports history are no more — and no, that does not mean Indiana has dropped its football program.

After more than six decades, the Harlem Globetrotters have dropped the Washington Generals as their primary opponent. The Generals’ first — and only — win in the rivalry came in a 1971 game.

“I got a call about a month ago, and they just told me that that was it,” Generals GM John Ferrari told ESPN’s Darren Rovell. “I turned to my wife and just said to her, in disbelief, ‘It’s over.’”

Ferrari said he was given no explanation; though it seems possible the Globetrotters have grown bored with their 44-year winning streak. Or, more likely, an ever-dwindling fanbase has. There was a time when the Globies were bigger than any NBA team, but you won’t find them hanging out with Scooby-Doo on Saturday mornings these days.

“I wasn’t angry, and I’m not angry now,” Ferrari told NBC Sports’ Joe Posnanski. “I want to make that clear. I was definitely surprised and I’m certainly sad. But it’s been a wonderful relationship with the Globetrotters. Red absolutely loved the Globetrotters. I’ve loved the Globetrotters. My wife, Jody, has loved the Globetrotters. There’s no anger. It ended sooner than we thought. But we cherish the memories.”

Red was Generals founder Red Klotz, who died last year at age 93. Klotz was approached by Globetrotters owner Abe Saperstein back in 1953 to found a team that would give Harlem a regular opponent as it barnstormed across the world — and so they did for the next 60-odd years.

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SOURCE: Rumors and Rants, From Yardbarker

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