TAMPA, Fla. — Tobin Ryan got the teams wrong, but the younger brother of vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan told a good Oklahoma football story anyway Wednesday, as it related to the Oklahoma City wedding of Paul and Janna Ryan.
Tobin Ryan spoke Wednesday morning to Oklahoma delegates here for the Republican National Convention about the Ryan family, which is from Wisconsin, getting to know Oklahoma after Paul Ryan married Janna Little, who is from the southern Oklahoma town of Madill.
He said the couple's December 2000 wedding date coincided with the Big 12 Championship; he also said it was the Sooners against the Cowboys, which, as many Oklahomans know, wasn't correct, or even possible. It was the Sooners against Kansas State. But, then, Tobin Ryan is a Notre Dame graduate.
At the reception, which was held at the Petroleum Club in downtown Oklahoma City, there was “the normal reception in the wedding hall and then you've got a room that's almost equally as big next to it with a big-screen TV, and you've got toasts going on here and you had to just drag people to come out from the TV (room)” from which loud roars would periodically erupt, Ryan told the delegates.
By now, many have heard that Paul Ryan is an avid outdoorsman and hunts and “noodles” — that is, catches fish with his hands — frequently in Oklahoma and that he has named his dogs Boomer and Sooner.
Tobin Ryan said his brother, who has a loud, piercing voice, has been known to run through his Janesville, Wis., neighborhood chasing his dogs and yelling “Boomer! Sooner!”
Some Oklahoma delegates and their guests didn't make it back to their hotel until 3 a.m. on Wednesday — about four hours after the Tuesday convention program ended — because of problems with the system set up to shuttle delegates back and forth.
Delegates had to catch one bus from the Tampa Bay Times Forum, where the convention is being held, to the nearby football stadium, where they would then catch a bus running to their hotels and others in the immediate area.
One bus arrived at the Oklahomans' hotel about midnight, but others didn't arrive until 1:40 a.m. and 3 a.m.
Oklahoma delegate Linda LePac, who was among those delayed, said the problem stemmed from various security issues, including the need to inspect every bus, sometimes numerous times, during the shuttle process.
On Wednesday afternoon, two Republican officials sent out a memo to delegates apologizing for the “signficant and unacceptable” delays.
“There is no excuse for what occurred,” the memo said and outlined procedures for delegates to find their buses, which wasn't a problem that anyone trapped on the buses even mentioned.