(11-28-21) If you know Gordy Kasper, you are quite lucky, if you know him well you know he loves coaching basketball and is one of the biggest “Hoosiers” (movie) fans in the galaxy. Gordy can quote every line and also is quite happy to share famous quotes from the movie.

His favorite might be…

Coach Norman Dale:
First of all, let’s be real friendly here, okay? My name is Norm. Secondly, your coaching days are over.

George:
Look, mister, there’s… two kinds of dumb, uh… guy that gets naked and runs out in the snow and barks at the moon, and, uh, guy who does the same thing in my living room. First one don’t matter, the second one you’re kinda forced to deal with.

Coach Norman Dale:
Translate. That some sort of threat?

George:
I don’t know why Cletus drug your tired old bones in here, he musta owed you somethin’ fierce. Fact is, mister, you start screwin’ up this team, I’ll personally hide-strap your ass to a pine rail and send you up the Monon Line!

Coach Norman Dale:
Leave the ball, will you, George?

Gordy is currently in the process of recovering from colon cancer surgery from November 3rd, on that day Aimee shared with Team Kasper, his support team –

Hey There Team Kasper!

After starting two hours late and 6 hours of surgery, Gordy is in recovery and doing well. Everything went according to plan and they feel like they got everything! We are incredibly thankful for all of the texts, prayers, Bible verses, pictures, and more that you sent us (Aimee) today. Your love and support is what got me through a very long day of roller coaster emotions. I hope to see him briefly in about two hours. Tomorrow will start a fairly long recovery, but it is so nice to use that word…recovery!

During the recent Boylan Thanksgiving tournament he had a chance to attend a game…but not coaching (yet)…his wife Aimee shared on Facebook –

Hey Team Kasper!

Happy Thanksgiving! We are so thankful for all of you. Your prayers, positive thoughts, calls, text messages, visits, meals, and one emergency visit for our neighbor who is a nurse have carried us through these last three and a half weeks! He isn’t “dressed” for the game, but he is back in the gym and sitting behind the bench tonight. Our goal is one to two quarters to build up his endurance.

Gordy is an elementary phys ed teacher in the Rockford (Illinois) Public Schools, over the years he has coached at several different levels in basketball, including Jefferson and Boylan. Gordy is a North Boone graduate, not yet inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame 🙂

Fun With Gordy

Gordy also did basketball games doing the color on radio for a short time on WROK…his in depth look at the game and his down to earth approach made him a natural.

How is he doing during this battle? Aimee wrote the following on October 26th –

Gordy has handled all of this like a champ! Cancer picked the wrong guy to mess with.

Team Kasper is always looking for new members to join in support of Gordy during this process, in many different ways. If you know Gordy be sure to let him know you are supporting him and message him on Facebook.

One thing Gordy has in place…is a wonderful wife in Aimee and three great daughters (Molly, Payton and Teagan).

Final ‘Hoosiers’ quote:

Buddy: “You’re breaking my heart. C’mon, Whit. Let’s fly this chicken coop.”
(Buddy walks off, but Whit stays where he is.)
Buddy: “Let’s move, Gizzard.”
Whit: “I ain’t no gizzard.”

Gordy ain’t no gizzard…we are all pulling for you!

3 20 15 Milan’s Bobby Plump, talks about ‘Hoosiers’ and the ‘SHOT’- Gordy was co-hosting on WROK’s Stateline Sports Hour and had the opportunity to interview Plump…