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.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Embracing the Big Chill: The Guru Readying His Challenge Acceptance

(Guru note. Opening night in the Philly summer league is directly under this post. And update to numbers you will see referenced in the story -- 8 a.m. and just crossed 2200 page views.)

By Mel Greenberg

By now you know. Despite helping certain people occupy the jobs they now have at the Guru's alma mater, etc., the response from them suddenly turns and instead of past gratitude, the Guru gets called out and told, "We got the shirt, we got the shirts, we got whatever apparel necessary, we got the bucket, and certainly we got the water, so there's no escape, you are going to get it."

One thing the Guru did get was a dispensation extention because of his schedule across the current two days ending tonight.

The time and place for the Guru to make good on the #Chillin4Charity" challenge is 3 p.m. Thursday at Temple's McGonigle Hall, precise location to be announced, so if you want to see this in person, join the crowd.

Whatever happened to going to Bill Cosby for these kind of things?

Temple is not airing this on their live streaming network -- the only live streaming will be the gush of ice cold water on the Guru's head and whatever else gets hit on the way to the ground.

But obviously this group is anxious to create the video that they hope to draw world-wide attention.

It was only yesterday that Veney would have taken the $50 bucks on a night out cracking crabs.

This would never have happened in the Staley era, right Dawn? I know you all down South are waiting to see this one.

Right now the presentation with Lin Dunn and her Indiana Fever group is hard to top but we're thinking.

The Guru, of course, accepts this because one, the Arizona concept has caused all-time page views to the web site for his presentation of what is going on, and that can be found a few posts below this if you haven't read it.

And to honor the long friendship of Kay Yow.

And because when Sue Donohoe, the head of the Kay Yow Foundation, technically it is the Kay Yow Fund, says of her experience, "I took it like a woman. I didn't cry out," how can the Guru say no.

Actually, he can't afford to say no since the bucks need to go into travel at his end to get to Connecticut up and back tonight (Wed.) for the Cbicago game.

Speaking of page views, can some expert send the Guru a note, since it has now gotten out of his grasp, what is going on because it is 7 a.m. in the East, third day of the cycle since the first posting of reporting the whole #Chillin4Charity phenomenon, and after two virtual record setters, 3222 page views, Monday, 3225 on Tuesday.

Right now the standing records are slightly above the current numbers and set last week with Rob Knox's Bria Hartley feature, but that was driven by the Guru fans on the Boneyard.

As of 7 a.m., we just crossed 2000 page views, five hours ahead of previous crossings.

And there are 13 hours still alive in this cycle.

Anyhow, back to preparations. The Guru will do his callouts before the gush of wetness since they could be the last words ever uttered (some would be happy at that) depending on the effect of liquid hitting body.

That's much different than the recent similarity in Knoxville of liquid and body but that was due to the generosity of Delaware prominent volleyball coach Bonnie Kenny at the hotel bar.

The Guru is not going to give away the farm here right now but under consideration for challenges that will be announced are some with Hall of Fame status, revenge on someone prominent in one of the nation's largest states, a special tribute challenge that you all will like -- recipient still being sought, and maybe one or two others.

They will also be of the type to represent many of the venues the Guru has been associated with, so one could have a CoSida background but not necessarily be a WBB SID right now.

And while the suggestion at taking a shot inside the halls of the NCAA sounds cute with some of the names suggested, the Guru is mindful that the Indy folks still call the shot as to who sits on the floor courtside and who sits on the roof when March Madness in April rolls around for the final chapter.

And, hey, based on her actions last time around, Anucha would be too busy shooting selfies from her cell phone oblivious to the gallons being dumped on her -- ok, gallon, since the NCAA has a tight budget.

So hang in for more updates as he get closer and since you all are still here, the Guru offers a few quickie news items.

USA Coming to Delaware?

The Guru's friends up north in reporting that after the Annapolis training in early September, there will be a stop in Bridgeport, Conn., for a game, are also saying that Delaware is another likely stop along the way.

Didn't know Delle Donne had a bye to the team -- just joking -- and speaking of page views, during her formative years, the Guru used to call her his internet cash cow because of the number of page views when she was in a post as oppsoed to playing the post, which she'll do returning to action tonight.

In terms of what is happening right now, a good day in the past mentioning Elena was worth 1100 page views.

Anyhow, back to this item, when the Guru was in the idea factory last season putting together what became the Chicago preseason game at Delaware to a sellout (as predicted) with a lot of corporate sponsors (also as predicted) he did note to USA women's honcho Carol Callan that perhaps something could be done USA-wise on the back end of the WNBA season, but she thought at the time the schedule would be crowded.

But it would be worth looking at for 2015 though this was before Annapolis became the training site a scant hour and change south of the Delaware campus.

Just last week in Knoxville, given that Geno, Cheryl and Dawn are Philly people, it could be fun to do a training in the City of Brotherly love next season.

But things may happen sooner -- an opponent may still have to be found -- Yo NCAA, how about letting our Division I locals put together a psuedo allstar team and play in the Palestra.

Villanova seats 6,000 and of course it is easy to drop back down to Delaware to play or train at Delaware and come up here.The Palestra or Temple are also viable localtions for this one.

So stay tuned to see if it will be a reality quicker.

WBCA Search

The hunt for a new leader of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association to succeed Beth Bass in the home office is making progress and interviews with a ballpark of four or five persons -- names not given -- are probably going to occur this weekend in suburban Atlanta.

When the search committee has their person or several, the suggestions will go to the executive committee, which, under the bylaws, makes the actual call, though one source said, obviously, if the work of the search committee is positive, then that would be a strong influence.

Then the offer will be made and the lawyering will begin resulting eventually in the coaches getting their woman -- or man.

Stay tuned on that too.

So time to run. Lots to do and a train to catch, hopefully, if the travel sugar daddy was on the case last night.

The Guru will return in late morning unless it turns out he will be driving.

-- Mel

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