By Jamie Kohn
Hey everyone, Jamie here. I hope you all had a great Christmas! Everyone on the team had a great break and worked to stay in shape, so that we could start the winter session where we left off at the end of first semester. Unfortunately, we have encountered a few setbacks in the form of an ankle sprain by Mike Garrow and a recent ankle injury to Hamilton Levy, but both are working hard to get back into the swing of things asap.
Above: The Santa Monica Pier, located five blocks from the team's hotel
With the exception of the injuries, the team looks good and we had only a quick two days of practice after Christmas before hopping on a plane to LA, which is where I am writing from! Unfortunately, the trip took a bit - OK, a lot - longer than we had hoped, as our second flight, from Baltimore, was delayed by almost 2 hours. It then stopped in Kansas City before heading toward LA, so we were on that second plane for a total of at least 7 hours before landing at LAX, which wasn't too much fun or comfortable. We got through it though, and as we soon found out, Cali is well worth the long trip!
We are staying at the Sheraton Delfina hotel in Santa Monica. It's a very nice area with beaches, including the Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach, right nearby. It's been nice and in the 50s mostly, which is great for us, coming from the blizzard back in Connecticut, but it's very cold for the people here of course. We have had two great practices the last two days, both at the Cal Tech facility, which is our first opponent.
On the way to Cal Tech, we drive right through the street that hosts the Rose Bowl parade, and we can see Hollywood as well as the Staples Center! Speaking of the Staples Center, our coaches got us tickets to the Clippers-Jazz game, which was of course an awesome experience! We got to watch Blake Griffin drop 30 points and throw down some crazy dunks, but Al Jefferson and the Jazz were just too good and won by about ten.
Well, I'm just about ready to hit the bed and get ready for Day 4 of our trip. Tomorrow, we will practice and then maybe go somewhere as a team, possibly Venice Beach. Bill will get back to you later in the week with more updates on the trip and our weekend games.
Happy New Year and see you soon!
P.S. Oh, I promised a shoutout to my roommate Joey Ives - I would say he's the best roommate ever, but he has to control his snoring a little bit first (jk)...