Thursday, January 14, 2010

Kerrzy's Notebook: Haunted Hilton?

The New York Knicks won’t be sitting around the campfire telling ghost stories anytime soon.

Now, I’ve heard (and used) all kinds of excuses in my twenty-some years on this planet, but this is just silly – some members of the Knicks are placing the blame for Monday's 106-88 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on a "haunted" hotel.

The New York Daily News says a bunch of players had trouble sleeping for the two nights that the team was staying at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel in downtown OKC.

Legend has it that back in the 1930s, a woman jumped to her death from the 10th floor while holding her baby in her hands. Creepy? Yes. True? Maybe.

Steve Lackmeyer of Oklahoma’s NewsOK, along with a fellow by the name of Jack Money, wrote a book on the haunted hotel last year. He says the legend of a housekeeper named Effie who had hotelier W.B. Skirvin’s child and jumped out of a window is hard to confirm – her name doesn’t show up in any news accounts or hotel documents from that time period.

Lackmeyer does say though that guests of the hotel have told hotel employees in the past that “Effie” is a friendly ghost that has “appeared to male guests as they’re going to bed or taking a shower.” No wonder these guys were scared!

Back to the Knicks – Eddy Curry says he only slept for two hours on Sunday night because he couldn’t stop thinking about the ghosts.

"They said it happened on the 10th floor and I'm the only one staying on the 10th floor," Curry told the Daily News. "That's why I spent most of my time in (teammate Nate Robinson’s) room. I definitely believe there are ghosts in that hotel."

Curry didn’t even play on Monday though; was he too scared?

So the Knicks have ghosts, the Wizards have guns…what do you suppose the New Jersey Nets are blaming for their shortfalls?

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