The Patriots are known for running the occasional trick play, so it was fitting that owner Robert Kraft welcomed the Harlem Globetrotters, the touring hoops team that’s long captured the public’s imagination with on-court alchemy, during their recent visit to Gillette Stadium.
An online video released Tuesday shows two Globetrotters, Zeus McClurkin and Firefly Fisher, greeting Kraft at Gillette and lofting an array of eye-popping trick shots into a basketball hoop carted into the seating area.
A goat even makes an appearance, in homage to Tom Brady, whom fans zealously regard as the G.O.A.T., an acronym for “greatest of all time.”
But Zeus and Firefly didn’t just show up to hang with NFL royalty; they were plugging their own team’s New England tour.
In a statement that went out with the video, the Globetrotters said their 17-game stretch in the region will take them to locales including TD Garden in Boston, the XL Center in Hartford, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Maine, and the Roy L. Patrick Gymnasium in Burlington, Vt.
The tour starts on Dec. 26 with a double-header at TD Garden and finishes April 7 at the Mullins Center in Amherst.
Oh, and the six shots that Zeus and Firefly knocked down at Gillette? They’ve got a special meaning sure to warm the hearts of Patriots Nation after Sunday’s disappointing loss to the Tennessee Titans.
In the clip, “Zeus and Firefly made five unprecedented trick shots to celebrate the Patriots’ five Super Bowl trophies,” the Globetrotters said. “They added a sixth from the top of the Gillette Stadium in anticipation of their next championship.”