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    Favorite Johnny Orr story

    Forgive me if this has been brought up before, but what is your favorite Johnny Orr story? Here is mine. I don't know if this really happen, but a friend of mine says he was there and swears it did.

    It happened at a Cyclone outing during the summer when Jim Criner was first hired. When it is his turn to give a speech, Criner stands up and says, "I'm telling you right now, we are going to beat Oklahoma. We are going to beat Nebraska and we are going to beat Iowa." -- the typical rah-rah speech.

    Johnny went up after Criner and said, "Folks, we just hired the dumbest football coach in America."

    I still crack up every time I read or hear that story.

    Again, I don't know if it is true, but I can definitely hear Johnny saying something like that.



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    Re: Favorite Johnny Orr story

    Story Time!!! Yay


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    Re: Favorite Johnny Orr story

    Something along the lines of.

    "there were 4 D1 players in the state this year.

    We got two. One didn't qualify, the other went to iowa - which is about the same thing"



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    Re: Favorite Johnny Orr story

    When I met him in person at an INS outing a couple years ago "F this F that, I tell you what coach, F this F that" Floyd was an "F'ing @$$ hole", I left him all those Plaaaaaayers and drove him around Ames and told him what a great place it was and he said "I don't give a S, I'm only going to be here a couple years"

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    Re: Favorite Johnny Orr story

    Got to hear Murph and Andy re-air of the Johnny interview. Mine favorite part was him calling out Gene Smith.


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    Re: Favorite Johnny Orr story

    Telling Vitale off on National TV



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    Re: Favorite Johnny Orr story

    At work, we had a function and John Walters was telling stories about Johnny. He was talking about some huge victory we had against OU and yelling at his guards on some key player. The guards wern't understanding him and he just screamed, "Guard him up there by that angry Chicken!" (Referring to the Walking Cy logo on the court at that time.)

    I just thought it was cool. He called Cy an Angry Chicken.



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    Re: Favorite Johnny Orr story

    Growing up, I went to ISU Football and Basketball games since I was four. We sat in the first row of the parquet in section 20 or 22, don't remember, but it was just behind the bench.

    We had Johnny's wife and kids two rows behind us. It was great. She new the name of every ref and would stand and yell at them the whole game, calling them out by name. It was hilarious.


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    Re: Favorite Johnny Orr story

    Quote Originally Posted by rworkman83 View Post
    Growing up, I went to ISU Football and Basketball games since I was four. We sat in the first row of the parquet in section 20 or 22, don't remember, but it was just behind the bench.

    We had Johnny's wife and kids two rows behind us. It was great. She new the name of every ref and would stand and yell at them the whole game, calling them out by name. It was hilarious.
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    Re: Favorite Johnny Orr story

    After the double overtime win against Iowa about 1985 or so? I had bought tickets for myself and two brothers as Christmas presents. It was COLD and in January at Hilton. After the win (in which I think BOTH Barry Stevens and HB's dad had fouled out) I was so on a high the next day I actually bought a card at the store reading something like, Thanks (outsided) and "You made my day" on the inside. I crossed out "day" and wrote in "year" and said how nice it was to be living over here in Eastern Iowa the last couple of days. I was never so shocked when about 4 days later a little hand written card came back with a note saying, "Give 'em hell!" and signed "Coach"


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    Re: Favorite Johnny Orr story

    Quote Originally Posted by MeanDean View Post
    After the double overtime win against Iowa about 1985 or so? I had bought tickets for myself and two brothers as Christmas presents. It was COLD and in January at Hilton. After the win (in which I think BOTH Barry Stevens and HB's dad had fouled out) I was so on a high the next day I actually bought a card at the store reading something like, Thanks (outsided) and "You made my day" on the inside. I crossed out "day" and wrote in "year" and said how nice it was to be living over here in Eastern Iowa the last couple of days. I was never so shocked when about 4 days later a little hand written card came back with a note saying, "Give 'em hell!" and signed "Coach"
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    Re: Favorite Johnny Orr story

    A guy asked Orr who the smartest player he ever coached was. he said, "without a doubt, it's Fred Hoiberg."

    Then he was asked who the dumbest player he ever coached was. He said, "It's Laren Meyer, you know most guys who are hit by a train are lucky enough to die. But not laren Meyer."



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    Re: Favorite Johnny Orr story

    Johnny used to own a condo on Lake Panorama many years ago and was out walking golfing with his wife. My parents had lived right off of hole nine and we usually spent time looking for golf balls in the pond. Well anyway, Johnny pulled up there to us and asked if we were Iowa State or Iowa fans. My brother told him he was an Iowa fan so Johnny hopped out of his cart, grabbed his nine iron, and told me he was "gonna set this boy straight." He signed a golf ball for each of us and gave us his golf towel. Then duffed his next shot into the pond and dropped the f-bomb 4 or 5 times



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    Re: Favorite Johnny Orr story

    I met him several times when I used to work at Des Moines Golf and Country Club. Always very nice, polite, and generous. All you had to say was GO STATE and he would light up.



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    Re: Favorite Johnny Orr story

    I believe I read this on a message board somewhere. After particularly poorly officiated game, the sideline announcer asked Johnny what he thought of the officiating. He said something along the lines of "Well, I'm not allowed to comment on that, but wife was at the game today, and she said it was the worst officiating she's ever seen."


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