Former Basketball Competitor Robert “Showboat” Hall Dies At

Robert Hall

Robert Hall, right, in a publicity photo with short term team mate and The Daily Quarterly editor Brian DiMaio, left. DiMaio parted ways with the team when it was determined that he was unable to keep the minimum of three basketballs in continuous motion for the minimum amount of time.

Detroit—Robert “Showboat” Hall, who played for a mind-blowing 25 seasons with the Harlem Globetrotters professional basketball squad, died on Christmas Eve. His age has not been released publicly, so we’ll just act like CNN and guess that he was 90 or so.

Hall joined the Globetrotters in 1949, and became player-coach in 1968. According to the team (and we double-checked this, since it seems unbelievable), he played more than 5000 games in nearly 90 countries around the world. He retired from the team in 1974.

Alas, even though one of the Scooby-Doo episodes that the Globetrotters appeared in was titled, “The Haunted Showboat,” it doesn’t appear that Showboat Hall himself was in that episode. And he had already retired when the Globetrotters made their way to Gilligan’s Island in 1981.

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Londoners Thrilled, Relieved The NFL Is Scheduling Another Game In London In 2013 Besides The Jaguars/49ers Game

(American Style) Football

What would make a US based American Style Football team want to travel all the way across “The Pond” (Atlantic Ocean) to play some American Style Football on a Soccer field? Perhaps an endorsement from a prominent multinational corporation.

London—Scores of current and would-be NFL fans were able to breathe a sigh of relief when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced last week that there would be a second NFL game played at Wembley Stadium during the 2013 season, and the United Kingdom wouldn’t just be stuck with one real team, in this case the San Francisco 49ers, playing the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Goodell said the Minnesota Vikings will host the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 29th, next year, nearly a month before the 49ers beat the holy hell out of the Jaguars on October 27th.
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