Good Timey Radio Hour

'LeShost' isn't getting big ratings numbers in Iowa


Welcome to the Good Timey Radio Hour. This will be a stream-of-consciousness run from the Hawk Talk with Kirk Ferentz show, hosted by Iowa play-by-play voice Gary Dolphin. The show is broadcast from Applebee’s in Iowa City.

Dolph says several thousand tickets are available for Saturday’s homecoming game against Northwestern. For the first time in years, KF was asked a homecoming question during this week’s new conference.


The show just ran an old clip of a Randy Duncan highlight. RIP Randy Duncan. He was a No. 1 pick, but, according to Ed Podolak, who jumped on with Dolph tonight, ended up playing in the Canadian Football League, taking a $14,000 bonus. Ed told a couple of good stories. He compared that $14,000 to the salaries QBs get now. He said Duncan would’ve been a $20 million QB today.

Duncan led Iowa to the “mythical” 1958 national title. “Mythical” is the key word. Iowa finished 8-1-1 and won the Rose Bowl that year and was awarded the “Grantland Rice Trophy by Look Magazine.” Iowa low-key recognizes this. It doesn’t trumpet it, because LSU was the national champion that year, finishing 11-0.

— Tim from Larchwood called. I think it was Brandon Snyder’s dad. He gave an update on Parker, a recent Kid Captain. Please, keep Parker in your thoughts and prayers.

Tim also talked about calling Iowa assistant LeVar Woods about Iowa WR Matt VandeBerg when seeing him play at Brandon Valley (S.D.) High School. He said VandeBerg was all of 150 pounds. He made Brandon Snyder better, Tim said, and Iowa’s DBs made MVB better.

Cool call.

— KF is in the house.

Talks about all of the alternatives we’ve talked about for WR.

KF said Devonte Young had a good practice Wednesday. But he also reiterated what he usually says about playing true freshmen. It’s an investment that might not pay off that first year. And he’s right.


On Ronald Nash, a juco transfer from I think he said Iowa Western: Good size, needs to build confidence.

— I haven’t spaced out yet.

You’re a mythical national champion. I’m a mythical national champion. We’re all mythical national champions.

— Kyle from Iowa City is in the ether. He sounds kind of like the radio announcer voice guy from The Simpsons.

He saw Marvin McNutt in CR today. Suggested KF sneak him into the game. It’s an oldie and not particularly a goodie.

Kyle asked about the relationships KF has built over the years and how he keeps in contact with everyone. KF talked about all of the people he saw at Rutgers last week. Iowa, as you know, has a pile of players from NJ. He talked about the first captain he had at Maine and bumping into him and his son outside of the lockerroom last week.

RU coach Chris Ash wants to zip up NJ. Good luck.

— Wally from CR. Shudder. (I kid, I kid, Wally called last week. We’re good.)

Telling stories. Randy Duncan played in CR during his Canadian days against Ken Ploen. I had no idea on that.

Passing game stuff now. Running game stuff now.

KF on Duncan. “He’s a guy who would send a note when you really needed one.” I detected a little catch in the voice on that one.

Dolph said there will be a segment on Randy Duncan on the TV show Sunday. It sounded like an interview conducted by Bob Brooks. Sigh.

— Anthony in Des Moines. Two questions before the break, he says. Anthony is a pro.


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Asked about fixes for the defense and the run defense. Question on Dolph’s blood pressure from last week. Dolph is in tremendous shape. Like a triathlete or something.

KF on run D: Working on it. Not thrilled about the runs that got away last week. Got to be better.

Nothing specific. And that’s kind of what it always is.

KF is still pained by the lost LeShun Daniels’ runs from the last two weeks.

Oceanic Flight No. 29 carrying one passenger — a passenger full of air and oblong-shaped and made of leather — deviated from its original course and disappeared under a yellow flag. Twice.

This is the central moment in the series “LeShost,” which is on permanent rerun in North Dakota, but totally deleted off the DVR in Jersey.

Flight 29’s breakup and crash was due to referee Desmond Hume failing to enter a code into the Swan station computer, causing a large burst of electromagnetic energy. Or holding. It probably was holding.

The true cause of the plane’s off-course deviation and arrival to the Island’s airspace was Jacob, the supernatural entity who protected the Island. Jacob brought the plane because many of the flight’s passengers were candidates to replace him as protector of the Island.

And Jacob called a clip on OT Ike Boettger and that rule is jumbled up and KF is all Charles Widmore about it and, of course, this makes me Hurley.

— We’re in Moville with Rhino. (This is real. It’s not the Ativan.)

A long talk about Iowa’s scheduling.

OK, now I need an Ativan. And a scotch. And a scotch. And a scotch.

KF blows this one off big time. Locked into the nine B1G conference games. Doesn’t regret NDSU game. Does regret not beating NDSU. KF, correctly in my opinion, says if Iowa wants to be in the CFP, it has to win all of its games. That is correct.

And a scotch.

— Dave from Bettendorf. Sounds like Winnie the Pooh. Dead serious.

Good stories on seeing Randy Duncan play. A Loras Academy reference. That’s where I would’ve gone if I were born in the 1950s. That or Horicon Correctional Academy of the Damned.

Wants help for TE George Kittle on the receiving end of tight end.

How much do you meet with coordinators? When do you start to implement game plans?

Spacing out hard.

Coaches meet every day.


Coaches meet somewhere around Barstow every day on the edge of the desert. They remember saying something like “I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive …” And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around the coaches and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car every day, which was going about a hundred miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas.


— KF has had a pretty terrible coughing fit. Someone get that man a cup of water. That’s not water!!!

— And a scotch.

— Wrapping it up tonight.

Barb from I can’t remember where but I’m sure it’s substantial. Wait, Vancouver, Wash.!!! She comes back every fall for the last 10 years. Every time Barbara comes back the Hawkeyes win.

KF is currently running credit card to fly Barbara around the Big Ten for the rest of the season.

Dolph pitch for Applebee’s. Pitches a dinner bought by engineer Kevin Dolan. (Not happening, Barbara.)

There was no real news tonight. Probably going to have to cut these off. And keep it to the Twitter. Good night.

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