Womhoops Guru

Mel Greenberg covered college and professional women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 40 plus years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather," as well as induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Guru on the Move -- No Matter What

By Mel Greenberg

PHILADELPHIA _ First of all: Nice job to Mr. Jonathan in the blog/game-story preceding this report as he handled Delaware at Penn while the Guru spent another night of sensitivity training covering the Drexel men a few blocks away. The Dragons beat Toledo in the last minute.

You can find that print edition coverage at Philly.com if you want to do see how the Guru deals with the other gender.

Our night actually began a few hours earlier Wednesday attending a book signing/reception involving Drexel athletic director Eric Zillmer.

It was also Jonathan's day off from his Philly.com duties meaning he missed on quite a catering feed from the Guru, whose turn it was to make the weekly Dunkin' Donut purchase for the central operations desk in the newsroom. That's where all the sections are designed for the Inquirer's print edition.

It was while he was in that vicinity that the Guru learned the paper, labor situation permitting, will soon be running a special advertising salute to the Guru's recent headline making event.

On Thursday night, the Guru will be on the receiving end of a fine meal, having been invited to to dine Italian with Erin's family at her home in Storrs prior to the Connecticut-Purdue game. I believe it has something to do also with the Guru's recent headline making event.

While the Guru is up North, the clock will strike midnight leading into Friday and at that moment we'll know if we're still up and running, or sidelined from the Inquirer's print edition.

For all of you who deal with the Guru in many ways from readership, etc., here's what you have to know if the paper does not publish.

First, this blog will continue since it is not housed inside the Inquirer system but linked, as it is from some of your sites.

Those who deal with the Guru on a professional communication nature should use some of the alternative email addresses and phone numbers in the event certain services are suspended. If we actually face the reality of a paper suspension, the word will go out to those who need those numbers.

The guild plans to publish its own electronic edition and members of the sports dept. will be asked to continue doing what they do, at their option, but obviously without travel expenses, which does not affect the Guru much since his travels are in the region.

Poll records, etc., will be maintained since electronic copies exist in the Guru's laptop, which is his own.

Without regard to either situation, the Guru plans to be at Rider, Saturday, for La Salle's game. Later Saturday night, the Guru will be speaking in the area here at the dinner for the Seven Sisters Tournament on the Main Line involving Bryn Mawr, Haverford, Smith, and four others.

On Sunday, we'll be at Villanova-Penn at The Palestra since Big Five takes precedence.

If there is a paper, the Guru must be on the desk Monday night to handle stories not involving the NFL Eagles' game with the Carolina Panthers.

Thus, in that scenario we could use a volunteer for the Rutgers-Duke women's game, which can be emailed to the Guru, edited and placed on the blog. There is no specific deadline as long as the story can be posted by sunrise.

If there is no paper, the Guru is not a prisoner of the desk and may be on the scene, although other events may still hold him here, so the volunteer request from Piscataway remains in effect. The assumption is that there still will be a Piscataway or New Brunswick in existence if the football team beats West Virginia in Morgantown on Saturday.

Tuesday, we'll be at the La Salle-Delaware showdown. We'll update beyond that furthur as the situation becomes clear. A week from Sunday Maryland will be visiting Temple.

Hopefully, this report takes care of all the curiousity since it is better to hear from the Guru himself what his plans are.

That's it for now. We'll be back in 24 hours with whatever whatever brings.

-- Mel

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