The Harlem Globetrotters will try to school students from Harvard University in a half-hour game of basketball on the streets of Harvard Square Monday.
The Globetrotters, who are in town for a doubleheader of games Saturday at TD Garden, have accepted a challenge to play the Harvard Lampoon on a specially constructed court on Bow Street next to the Lampoon Castle at 5 p.m. Monday, according to a press release from the Globetrotters today.
The game will pit the comedy-moves of the famous Globetrotters against humor masterminds at the Harvard Lampoon, which is the world’s oldest continually published humor magazine.
But winning could be a tall task for the Lampoon, since most of their players are a couple of feet shorter than the Globetrotters, said Richard Fegelman, a 20-year-old junior at Harvard.
“I’m not going to divulge any of our strategies,” said Fegelman, who holds the title of Narthex at the Harvard Lampoon.
Fegelman said the Lampoon will shut down Bow Street for the half-hour game, and afterwards will induct the Globetrotters as honorary members.
“They’re all-American stars so we’re very keen to have them over,” Fegelman said.
It’s not the first time the Harvard Lampoon has taken on top athletes. Last fall, when the Lampoon named the Boston Bruins the “Best Sports Team Ever” they challenged several Bruins to a game of dodge ball, but were defeated, Fegelman said.
The Globetrotters are calling Monday’s showdown an historic game that will add to a long history of performing in unique settings around the world from inside a mountain to on an aircraft carrier to the Vatican.
"You never know who will finally beat the Globetrotters, but I like our chances," said Eric Nemeth, a spokesman for the team.