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.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

March Madness: On Second Thought . . .

By Mel Greenberg

RALEIGH, N.C. _ The preceding dateline means one thing in relation to the previous post -- We made it !!!!

So we needed to hear 96 tracks of our 146 Disco play list on the Ipod. Whatever works.

But the GPS predicted the Guru would arrive here at the Marriott's doorstep at 5 a.m. and we did.

Meanwhile, as the Guru started out, he checked on how the fortunes of his Rutgers media colleagues Aditi Kinhabwala of the Bergen Record and Bridget Wentworth of the Newark Star Ledger had fared trying to get to Michigan. -- Not too good.

As for us, driving south out of Philadelphia was quite the adventure, but when we got below Wilmington, the Delaware authorities have discovered something they have yet to learn in Pennsylvania -- how to treat a highway suffering from the effects of an ice storm.

The I-95 road surface was at pavement level, and when we got near the Susquehanna River, the conditions had turned to rain.

Once we got within range of Washington, everything was dry and normal.

The GPS readout said we drove 403 miles in 7 hours, 35 minutes, of which 42 minutes involved stopping to refuel the gas tank and shop for munchies.

Meanwhile, our colleague Donna Tommelleo of the Associated Press bureau in Hartford, which is also hosting two sets of sub-regionals, emailed some notes describing how UMBC's bus broke down on the New Jersey Turnpike and that defending NCAA champion Maryland was unable to get a flight up to Hartford.

We also discovered Temple is next door to us in another hotel.

Meanwhile, what has two doors and lots of space and requires a roadmap to navigate.

That's right, Guru fans.Yours truly landed the last available room in the Marriott, which happens to be a hospitality suite on the top floor.

So you party types in Raleigh see me later today at the RBC Center and we'll organize.

But now that the sun is coming up, it's time for some shut-eye.

All begins well that ends well as for Friday's chapter.

Saturday's will unfold in a few hours.

-- Mel

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