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.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Embracing the Chill: The Guru Gets the Plunge After Saying a Few Things First

By Mel Greenberg

Ok here it is. And since the video sound isnt superb here's the script to follow:)

The Guru Accepts The Challenge

When in the course of guru events it becomes necessary to give it up for the common good.

That is the way they wanted to write it a few miles from here down at independence hall.

Hello america. Welcome to philadelphia. Welcome back to temple this week my alma mater and a second episode of chilling for charity.

This is your Guru, mel greenberg, wbhof class of 2007 and big five hall of fame and a few more.

It is not true the only reason i am here is bill cosby was unavailable.

Now before you get the visual for which you came because of a chilling for charity challenge made by my soon to be former friends -- the temple women's basketball coaches, particularly assistant way veney who made the specific callout you will have to endure.

Id like to thank calamity -- what a name to start this, right? -- and niya at arizona for starting all this and as a side benefit bringing record numbers to womhoops guru this week on the internet.

Special thanks to sue donohue at the kay yow fund. As many of you oldtimers know kay and i were great friends and it was kay in the early years who jumped all over me for not keeping a history of what i was doing.

So you sids who always want notes about your teams in the ap poll give it up for kay yow.

Now for the business at hand and we'll do this in segments here are the callouts.

First because they are already challenged -- some guest callouts.

To celebrate imaculata going in as a team going into the naismith hall of fame in springfield in august and because they made me their honorary brother last fall representative callouts to marianne stanley with the wnba washington mystics and to theresa grentz and cathy rush.

Since im told the laws of texas preclude acceptance a revenge challenge to longhorns associate ad chris plonsky.

Now for the active challenges -- by now you know the rules -- either take the bath, pay the bucks, or do community service. You know where you fit.

First within my own womhoops guru group, a guy who also represents sids on ny list -- he is at coppin state in baltimore but equally important he has become a major writing force here in women's basketball -- rob knox.

And two of the blogerettes - our correspondent on the scene in tampa this winter -- kayla goldman.

And the rookie in washington who played here senior year last winter on an acl -- megan nipe.

Now we get into a strong philly flavor.

At northwestern -- coach joe mckeown and at tenn chattanooga jim foster.

In town here a former rutgers womens bb writer who is now doing the weather oh channel 10s telemondo sister -- violeta yaz who predicts a brief shower is about to strike here on broad street.

At espn, a guy i used to lead by the hand at the inquirer when he came from ny -- the illustrious stephn a. Smith.

And a guy i once did a wbb radio show here when he was a student -- kevin neghandi.

At the wnba home office -- miss credential -- samantha tagger.

And now to mark the memory of two dear people we lost in the past 12 months who would be right in the middle of all this

In the name of referee bonita spence i call out denis demayo

And in the name of richmond associate head coach ginny doyle i challenge her brother joe because we know her family would not get off scott free and here in the suburbs arcadia coach rose katz.

With that said if these become my former words i quote the advice yesterday of my good friend and former temple ad bill bradshaw.

Take it like a hall of famer, take it like an owl.

-- bring it.







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