Girl’s Night Out

Posted by Censor Librorum on Nov 20, 2007 | Categories: Lesbian in a Catholic Sort of Way

When I was in high school I played basketball for my parish. We used to play at the Mercer County CYO Center on South Broad Street in Trenton. Out on the court or sitting on the beach, I used to dream of seeing the NY Knicks play at Madison Square Garden. The 1969-70 season featured one of the greatest Knicks teams ever, with Bradley, Reed, Frazier, DeBusschere and Barnett as the starting five.

The team used to pile in together in McAvenia’s station wagon. We would sing along to WABC-77 AM, or sometimes listen to Knicks’ games driving to and from our own. Car rides to the game were boisterous and rowdy. There was a warm togetherness being packed in together. Nowadays, the emphasis would be on seatbelts and iPods.

Anyway, after several decades away from basketball, I just had the urge to make an old dream come true.

My “girl’s (singular) night out” will be on December 10th when I go to see the Knicks play the Dallas Mavericks. My spouse will be traveling, and since she doesn’t like basketball anyway, I decided to go to a game rather than home to an empty apartment.

Marbury and Thomas aside, I will go to root for the other Knick players, who I sense-hope-can play with heart and grit. That’s all a fan can ask for.

I’ll be there in my new Knicks cap, which kinda reminds me of our old CYO logo. I’ll remember the girls on my team, the nuns who would come along to cheer us on, the good games, the bad games, the car rides, and the sounds our Keds would make running up and down the court.

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