During timeouts and halftime at NBA games, there are a lot of shenanigans involving fans, mascots, cheerleaders, and the like. It’s all part of the in-arena experience, most of which you don’t really get to see on television. Thank goodness for League Pass, which inexplicably and mostly at random decides to show us some of these asinine games.
Whoever is in charge of the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ entertainment was in rare form on Sunday afternoon at the Q with this one. About midway through the second quarter, with the Cavs leading the Hornets 46-44, they took a few moments during a timeout to play a game of human “Hungry Hungry Hippos” (or rather “Money Hungry Hippos”) hosted by Huntington Bank. Four sets of contestants, each dressed in colorful hippo costumes and situated on roller boards, tried to collect as many balls as they could in 30 seconds (just like the kids’ game you remember) for a $100 gift card to the Cavs’ team shop.
It isn’t particularly entertaining to watch, but it sure is nostalgic for those of us who grew up playing the game. Some stuff happened during the actual game as well, in case you were wondering, including this botched dunk attempt from Spencer Hawes that will certainly end up on Shaqtin-A-Fool next week.