The New York Knicks traveled west to
be beaten by the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday, January 11 by a score of
106 to 88. Blamed for the loss: Effie the Ghost.
Effie, for those not up on their “ghostology” is the
apparition haunting the Skirvin Hotel, where the Knicks stayed for two
Effie is not new news. After all, Perle Mesta
once referred to Effie as the “Ghostess with the mostest”. Mrs. Mesta
should know as she was the daughter the oil baron/hotel baron, W.B.
Skirvin, himself. Ever since jumping to her death in 1931 from the 10th
Floor, Effie has been haunting the upper floors of the Skirvin Hotel.
Like we said, Effie is not news. The news is a pair
of Knicks players claiming Effie disturbed their sleep the night before
the game. One of the players making this claim is Eddy Curry,
who, at 6’ 11”and 300 lbs, is one of the larger human
beings on this planet. Effie the Ghost was (is?) a mere 4’ 10”
and barely 100 lbs in human clothing. (soaking wet?).
Ghostbusters, the movie, showed us ghosts can be
funny. But what’s funny about all this is picturing Eddy Curry,
the giant center, running down from his tenth floor room to seek cover
in little Nate Robinson’s room. Robinson, at 5’ 9”, is one of the
smallest players in the NBA.
“Nate? Nate? Open up. GHOSTS!! Nate, can
I stay with you?”
“Eddy? You’re kidding, right?”
“Nate…I’m NOT kidding. Just open up the
(curseword, curseword) door!”
“Okay, Eddy, I see you brought your blankie with
We have to ask: Why did Eddy Curry run to Nate
Robinson’s room? Of all the Knick players, Nate Robinson is least
known for defense. Maybe it was because none of the other players would
have had any spare bed space to share with Eddy. Maybe it was
because little Nate, with all his muscles, could scare Effie away if
she came a-haunting. Maybe if she showed up, Nate could confront
her eye to eye (rather than eye-to-belt). If there is
anything more feared by an NBA player, it has to be a
We’re not big on buying the ghost-card as a handy
game losing excuse. Especially when the two guys whimpering the most,
Eddie Curry and Jerad Jefferies, rode so much pine they had to get
However, strange and eerie possibilities cannot be
ruled out at the Skirvin. Many scary stories have been told. Some
guests have seen “a woman standing in the window she jumped out
of.” Others have reported seeing a maid’s cart moving
mysteriously down the hall… no one visible pushing
it. Male guests have told of “being propositioned by
a female voice” while alone in their rooms.
And now, a burly basketball player in his
jammies –– running from floor to floor to escape the Ghost
of Effie. Whooo…… woooo…..