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It was the mid 60's and the tempature in the 90's and the humidy had reached an unbearable degree. Greg Lashutka (Ohio State End) tells the story of an incident with Woody that left many of the players "scratching their heads".!
" In the middle of practice, Lashutka remembers, Woody blew his whistle and gathered his team around him." He started to tell his players how on such a very similiar hot day up at Michigan State, Coach Duffy Daugherty would gather his team around him and hand out ice-cold bottles of Coka-Colas. Woody went on to tell how this was a bad thing to do, and how it spoiled the players, and was probably a real bad thing for their health. Woody then dismissed the team back to practice in the intense heat, each player probably dreaming of that ice-cold Coke. !0 minutes later a Coke truck pulled up to the field and the Buckeye players were treated to those "ice-cold" Cokes. Lashutka said"the man had a sense of humor" Indeed he did! Lashutka went on to say that "Woody, was a coach's coach, a man's man and a teacher's teacher!"
Source: Book "I Remember Woody"
This post was edited by Bigjimmie 23 months ago
I have told this story before on Bucknuts(about Woody) but will tell it again becasue it kind of fits in wiht my original post. Years ago when Woody was given a new office over in St John's arena, my Dad who at that time was a Painting Supervisor, for OSU, and a special painitng job's expert, was sent over to paint Woody's office door and name sign. When Dad got there Woody was in his office. As dad finished his assignment, Woody got up from his desk and came around to the door and put his finger out as to "test the wet paint". My Dad said he told Woody..."touch that paint Woody and I will slap you up along side of the head!"....Woody and my dad both had a good laugh over that. dad said......my Dad , a very quiet and gentle man)did not tell me that story untill he was in his early 90's......I always wondered after he died, what other stories he had that he did not tell me about experiences like that......Gosh I still miss that man after all these years......
Woody was a great man. We need a statue of Woody outside the Horseshoe just like Bama has of Bear. We should make this happen seeing as the 'New 10 year war' has just begun. The first shots were fired by Kalis and that scumbag Brady Hoke. Time to return fire!
"Cause I couldn't go for 3"
Thanks for these stories Bigjimmie. I'm only in my mid twenties and, unfortunately/regrettably didn't really start following OSU football until the late Tressel era. Getting a chance to hear about the history of this wonderful program makes my day. Plus a million if I could!
The moment I shook Coach Hayes' hand at 16 and he had that sly smile on his face, is a memory that will never leave me. Could barely get out a 'Hello Sir' I was so in awe. He was a great man and is missed.
Hey Bigjimmie, you obviously remember the Woody Hayes Show on channel 10 on Sunday mornings. Wonder if tape of those shows can be had from Ch10??? He was always toying with guys on that show. And they looked like 12 year olds when he messed with them about their play on Saturdays. Too funny.
In the same book ."I Remember Woody," the story is told by Bo Schemblecler, of him and Woody getting into a screaming match over blocktechniques, and the exchange got louder and louder, until Woody threw a chair at Bo, and Bo picked it up and threw it at Woody..Woody pointed at Bo and exclaimed.."Bo, you are fired!"
Bo went to the shower room, and was preparing to take a shower, when Woody stuck his head around the corner and said, well," Bo, see you tommorow"!
Ahhh, the good ole days...today, a lawsuit.
Yea Tyriffic1, those TV shows were something Woody would hand pick the players he wanted to be on, then he would ask them a loaded question, that he would answer it for them! It was a hoot!
His "battles" wiht Little Jimmy Crum from Channel 4 were something too. Crum would not back down, and you know Woody wanted to just stomp him into the dirt but couldn't. Those were the days!
Good stuff BJ. I remember those shows. On those shows you knew exactly what the player was going to say before they opened there mouth. That was funny.
The RANT is a Romper Room for Degenerates - jwe
As a high school student in '84, I was invited to an academic award banquet at OSU-Mansfield. Probably less than 2 dozen students were there. Woody was our speaker and as luck would have it, Woody sat at my table and next to me for dinner. Aside from my children being born, the most memorable 2 hours of my life. We talked solely about goals and academics ... not a word about football. Not a word. Needless to say, I left with an overwhelming respect for Woody the educator, the man. Very inspirational opportunity I had.
I have a good Woody story...
This was his last football season that he was around...'86-'87.
Every year Ohio State would have a party of the "bigwigs"... donors, politicians, officials at Ohio State to kick-off the football season. The party was at Rick Bays home...really nice home. I was in my 2nd year in The OSUMB and got the opportunity to play the pep band for that party.
Pep bands are NORMALLY a great thing. The good ones (like this one) are reserved for the 4th and 5th year members...but I got lucky somehow. Free food, free booze, you play for 30 minutes and party the other 4 hours....great gigs.
So just before we played a set they wheeled Woody to the back yard in his wheelchair. He still was such an awesome presence, even sitting in a wheelchair.
After we got done there was a line of people waiting to shake Woody's hand and maybe share a few words with him... this was a BIZARRE line... students like me, standing next to former Gov. James Rhodes standing next to Bob Evans.... Presidents to paupers.
So me and 2 buddies were in the middle of the line. As soon as we got to the front of the line Woody calls over his "assistant/nurse" and said something to her. She then walked behind us and told everyone that Woody needed to leave soon and he couldn't receive any more visitors...EXCEPT US.
So his assistant wheels him around the corner (this is in Rick Bays backyard) and calls us over.
Woody said "I was sick of talking to all those goddamn suits"! He spoke to us for about 30 minutes. He asked about what classes we were taking and things that were going on around campus. He talked about how much he loved The OSUMB and would much rather talk to students than the "suits".
What a great experience that was...something I will never forget.
Want my soul to feel brand new like a fresh coat of paint, we can make it anything but blue anything but blue
Agree! A statue of Woody outside the 'Shoe would add another "touch of class" to "The House that Harley Built"!
..pay forward ........................................he made them pay...............................he'll make them pay again and again
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