Women's Basketball postcard from Rutgers: Erneisha Bailey
Yesterday (Thursday) was a fun day for our team - we practiced, had lunch and then spent the rest of the day and night in New York City.
We took the bus into the city - and all I saw were about a million people in the streets! I've never seen anything like the streets of Manhattan - that's not what Kansas City is like at ALL! It was really different and something new for all of us. We were told that the city isn't really busy right now, because of the holidays, but you could have fooled all us Texans!
On the trip into New York City, we went by and saw Ground Zero. That is exactly what it is - open ground, a huge hole with signs and tributes to the 911 victims on a big fence which surrounds the area. There were hundreds of people there. It was a powerful moment to see the sight - even from a bus. I really felt for all those people who never knew what was happening to them. To know that some of the world's tallest buildings are gone is really something else.
After we went by Ground Zero, we went to the Times Square area and Avenue of the Americas, to shop and walk around before we saw a Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall. I like to shop, but I am proud to say I only spent $10 - on a chicken on a stick (a kabob) from a street vendor and two pieces ("slices", to be like a New Yorker!) of New York pizza and a drink. I must say the chicken was awesome and the pizza was pretty good!
Then, I was looking forward to going to Radio City Music Hall. It is really famous, with all the shows and the Rockettes who perform there, and I have a big interest in dance. I had 15 years of studying and performing tap and jazz dancing when I was growing up. The show was pretty cool. It was funny to see the dancers do kick lines; I did lots of them myself! I was studying to be a dancer, and if I had not gotten lucky with basketball, I bet I would still be dancing today.
Then, after the show, we ended the day by going to Sparks Steakhouse. It was incredible! It was a New York City-version of the Ruth Chris steakhouse. My table, which was comprised of me, Tiffany (Jackson), Aubry (Cook) and Carla (Cortijo), devoured the desserts as well - ice cream, cheesecakes, berries.
It was a great day for us.
When we got back to the hotel, the coaches collected our cell phones for the night (!!) - a first. So, there was nothing left for us to do but relax, think about the game, and go to sleep. Which is what we all did.
This morning, we had breakfast and went to our shoot-around practice. We don't have any distractions, and now we are all focusing in on our game tonight. This will be a really big defensive challenge, especially at the guard positions. Hopefully, we'll execute better than we have recently, and if we can contain their guards, we'll come back with the win.
Wish us luck! Please listen to our game on the radio or watch us on TV (CSTV) tonight!