Tricksters in the Madhouse: Lakers vs. Globetrotters, 1948

Tricksters in the Madhouse: Lakers vs. Globetrotters, 1948

Tricksters in the Madhouse: Lakers vs. Globetrotters, 1948

Tricksters in the Madhouse: Lakers vs. Globetrotters, 1948


The haunting gothic tale started in Archon continues-a mesmerizing work of the paranormal in which a young woman discovers that she is caught in a labyrinth of intrigue where angels, demons, and all the creatures between Heaven and Hell will stop at nothing to possess her.

A year ago, Angela Mathers, a talented artist with a tortured soul, enrolled at the Westwood Academy and encountered the angels who haunted her dreams. Then she discovered the dark truth … she is the Archon, a being of supreme power who will determine the fate of the universe. But with such power comes great danger, and for every force seeking to aid Angela there is another burning to stop her. After a scheming demon kidnaps the Book of Raziel, Angela must find her way through a nightmarish game and enter the Door to Hell to rescue her only friend before it is too late.

The perilous fate of both Heaven and Hell rests on her success.


The floodlights over the floor of Chicago Stadium hang like tulip bells from long cords, and a blue fog of cigarette smoke swirls beneath the lights. From the third tier of seats, above the smoke and lights, the players gathered for the center jump appear as colorful as images drawn in crayon. the Minneapolis team wears the colors of the Swedish flag—royal blue piping on their shorts and the word “Lakers” in golden yellow across their jerseys. Their opponents wear shorts with broad red stripes. Their jerseys are deep blue, with gold stars sprinkled around the name “Harlem Globe Trotters.”

The Lakers’ center is George Mikan, a towering hulk who hardly seems to fit in a jump circle that from those high seats looks like a tiny bull’s-eye on the court. There is little room left for the Globetrotters’ Reece “Goose” Tatum, who is half a foot shorter than Mikan and standing beanpole stiff, his freakishly long arms pinned to his body as if he is being squeezed with Mikan in a phone booth. Goose’s bizarre pose suggests he is about to launch into one of the jump ball antics for which he is famous. Perhaps he’ll snatch the ball from the startled official, then go off at a flatfoot sprint for an easy basket. Perhaps he’ll hold Mikan’s pants so that he jumps out of them when the official throws up the ball. Perhaps he’ll rearrange the Lakers on the court in a comic tableau guaranteed to lead to an easy basket for the Globetrotters.

But not tonight. Even though the Globetrotters have done their usual “Magic Circle” routine, with six players choreographing their passing and ball-juggling tricks to the whistled music of “Sweet Georgia Brown,” tonight is serious basketball, and Goose crouches suddenly. He lifts one foot, plants it behind himself, then looks . . .

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