by Harrison Kidd and Ben Krauss
We realize there are many of you who saw the title of this issue’s column title and smiled. Slamball was perhaps America’s greatest crown achievement. Let’s face it, the greatness of the game made the American Revolution seem boring. Nothing could compete with the shock and awe prompted by the sport. At no other time had Americans been more inspired to take action and push their basketball hoops up next to their trampolines.
Some of you out there may be completely lost. “What’s Slamball?” you say. The concept is fairly easy to explain: basketball with trampolines. Everyone has, at one time or another, had an inkling towards the idea. Millions of Americans, well everyone under 6’7”, would daydream of dunking, and think “Why not put a trampoline underneath the hoop?” In 2002 Mr. Mason Gordon had this very idea and decided to do something about it. He called up his homie Mike Tollin, who happened to be a network television producer, and they began building the world’s first ever slamball court in East LA. They placed four trampolines, level with the court, in an oversized key and began recruiting players. The sport was an instant success and quickly amassed six professional teams and national network status. The American public sat on the edge of the seat as amazing men played an amazing game.
This is where the story turns ugly. Some fool in the Spike TV corporate office decided to cut the sport’s air time, just as it was beginning to peak. Sadly, because of its short time on the air, many Americans missed the greatness of the game. Today, the sport receives relatively little air time. As more time passes, former Slamballers have no choice but to engage in other endeavors as a foundation aspect of American culture fades away.
If you are not yet hooked on Slamball, I suggest you search some highlights on YouTube, and we guarantee you will be a fan in a matter of minutes. We insist that Slamball must make a comeback. Recommend it to your friends, alert you parents, and call your local network provider. Do we really want a future world for our children without Slamball in the picture?