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    Your Favorite Johnny Story

    I'm feelling the nostalgia today ... already getting pumped. What's your favorite story about Johnny?

    One warm summer afternoon probably 18 years ago, my wife, young son and I were walking on mainstreet in Ames. We see Johnny approaching us. I just smile and say hi. He stops and says "Hi coach! Does your little guy play basketball yet?" To my son: "My name's Johnny, what's yours?" (Of course -- with his enthusiastic demeanor.)

    Still makes me smile.



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    Re: Your Favorite Johnny Story

    Quote Originally Posted by Max57 View Post
    I'm feelling the nostalgia today ... already getting pumped. What's your favorite story about Johnny?

    One warm summer afternoon probably 18 years ago, my wife, young son and I were walking on mainstreet in Ames. We see Johnny approaching us. I just smile and say hi. He stops and says "Hi coach! Does your little guy play basketball yet?" To my son: "My name's Johnny, what's yours?" (Of course -- with his enthusiastic demeanor.)

    Still makes me smile.
    I used to love to see Johnny stand under the basket at practice repeatedly yelling "God damn it, Elmer!"

    My favorite quote? You can probably guess.


    Hint: See below.


    "There are five real good recruits in the state. We got three of them. One couldn’t get into school, and the other went to (the University of) Iowa...which is about the same thing." - Coach Johnny Orr

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    Re: Your Favorite Johnny Story

    I was six. I was there with my father, who worked the games. This was the same season Jeff Hornacek would steal my popcorn from me during shoot arounds. Indiana came to Hilton to play. Before the game, Johnny and Bob Knight both came out to watch shootarounds. This was before the doors even opened to the public, so they were both just in sweatpants and what not. They saw each other and trotted to about mid court right by the scorers table where I was sitting and just started chatting with each other. I learned how to swear that day, and neither of them were angry or excited, just how they talked when there weren't cameras on them.



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    Re: Your Favorite Johnny Story

    Orr telling Vital off by far.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SfWN1AleyI"]YouTube - Orr tells Vitale off[/ame]



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    Re: Your Favorite Johnny Story

    Quote Originally Posted by Max57 View Post
    I'm feelling the nostalgia today ... already getting pumped. What's your favorite story about Johnny?

    One warm summer afternoon probably 18 years ago, my wife, young son and I were walking on mainstreet in Ames. We see Johnny approaching us. I just smile and say hi. He stops and says "Hi coach! Does your little guy play basketball yet?" To my son: "My name's Johnny, what's yours?" (Of course -- with his enthusiastic demeanor.)

    Still makes me smile.
    I love how he calls everybody coach.



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    Re: Your Favorite Johnny Story

    Quote Originally Posted by VeloClone View Post
    I used to love to see Johnny stand under the basket at practice repeatedly yelling "God damn it, Elmer!"

    My favorite quote? You can probably guess.


    Hint: See below.
    Damnit, Elmer is one of my all time favorites as well.

    Also, even though this thread is about Orr, it was an Orr team, but not Orr himself that created my all time coach-in-hilton moment.

    Good ol' Norm was there with Mizzery, and Lefty Moore was just killing his guards. After one particularly bad bit of defense, Norm came off the bench just a hootin' and fit to be tied, and yelled at his team across the court "They call him Lefty for a G**D*** Reason!"



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    Re: Your Favorite Johnny Story

    I'm young. I had no sports influence so I don't have any coole memories, wish I did.

    The only thing I have is that clip we always see (posted above) of Johnny telling Vitale how it was. That's classic.


    I'm on Twitter too: Tre4ISU

    Or so I have read.

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    Re: Your Favorite Johnny Story

    dont know what the setting was... but coach orr was asked if he ever thought of taking lafester rhoades out during the Iowa game in which he went off in... his response.. " That kid aint coming out until hes dead." My fav. quote anyways



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    Re: Your Favorite Johnny Story

    First one that came to mind was the fiery side of Johnny after playing Iowa on one occaision. The teams and coaches were doing the 'congratulatory line' after the game and one of Iowa's assistants (Pearl, I believe?) must have said something disrespectful to Johnny who went into a rage and grabbed Pearl by the lapels of his jacket.


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    Re: Your Favorite Johnny Story

    Quote Originally Posted by davidrcr24 View Post
    dont know what the setting was... but coach orr was asked if he ever thought of taking lafester rhoades out during the Iowa game in which he went off in... his response.. " That kid aint coming out until hes dead." My fav. quote anyways
    That was Jim Hallihan, long time assistant to Johnny.



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    Re: Your Favorite Johnny Story

    Johnny used to visit a golf course I worked at. One time he told the story of how he was hired (he was a National Coach of the Year at Michigan)... Iowa State was looking to hire a new coach and someone from our athletic department called Orr to get his input on names to contact.

    Johnny asked how much they planned to pay. However much they were planning to pay was actually more than he was making at Michigan. He said his response was, "shoot, for that much money, you can have me."



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    Re: Your Favorite Johnny Story

    If you ever have the chance to watch Lafester Rhodes drop 54 on #7 Iowa in 1987, Johnny goes after an Iowa assistant coach during the post-game handshake. He has to be restrained by his assistants. The game is one of the Cyclone Classic DVDs you can order (christmas present last year).

    It was an awesome example of his fire!



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    Re: Your Favorite Johnny Story

    Quote Originally Posted by im4cyclones View Post
    If you ever have the chance to watch Lafester Rhodes drop 54 on #7 Iowa in 1987, Johnny goes after an Iowa assistant coach during the post-game handshake. He has to be restrained by his assistants. The game is one of the Cyclone Classic DVDs you can order (christmas present last year).

    It was an awesome example of his fire!
    Same game the previous poster got his quote from

    A few left in the game, Hallihan told Johnny "coach, we have to take Lafester out, he needs a rest!" And Johnny replied "take him out? He's the only guy scoring, he can rest when he's dead"



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    Re: Your Favorite Johnny Story

    Here are a couple of favorites of Coach Orr.

    I received two of the "Walden and Orr" posters for a high school graduation present (back in the late 80s) from some family friends - they had gotten then at a Cyclone outing and only Walden was in attendance and he signed them. A few years back there was a Cylcone gathering at Champs at Jordan Creek and Coach Orr was to be in attendance. The husband and I showed up with posters and an Hilton Hanky in hand hoping Coach would sign them. I was too nervous to ask Coach to sign so made the husband do it. Not only did he sign everything he could not stop talking about that hanky - couldn't believe someone still hand one of them or about him and Walden posing for those posters. It was vintage Coach Orr. All three are now framed and displayed at our home.

    During winter break while in college I would get basketball tickets for my family to go to a game or two --we were quite surprised at our seats -- first row, on the end line, right by the ISU bench -- we did not need to read Coach Orr's lips to know what he was saying to Victor Alexander we heard it and it was quite colorful.

    He is part of a great generation and no matter his win/loss record what he created -- HILTON MAJIC-- is legendary and should not ever be forgotten. Love ya Coach!!!



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    Re: Your Favorite Johnny Story

    I went to his first basketball camp at Beyer Hall and Andrew Parker was a camp helper. Well, in our drills I missed a shot and he told me to go tell coach Orr I'd missed a shot. I was kinda hesitent but went over and told Coach Orr than "Mr. Parker" wanted me to tell you I missed a shot. Well, Johnny looked over at Parker who was laughing his head off. Johnny told me to go tell him that he wanted to see him. So back I went, and told Parker that coach Orr wanted to see him and when he doubted me there was Johnny giving the "come here" with his finger. Andrew stopped laughing and hung his head as he went over. Don't know what was said but he did come back and say he was sorry.



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