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On your marc 5/22: Best in shows

I’m going to revisit my Westminster Dog Show stories just so you’ll know I don’t dislike pets even though I’ve hardly ever owned one. Well, there was that dog, Scamp, my brothers and I had when I was a pre-teen. I believe it was a collie mix, and friends of my parents thought we needed […]

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On your marc 5/15: Traded, without baggage

Try as I might, I can’t feel sorry for former Reds catcher Devon Mesoraco, and not because he had so many injuries and was being paid so far beyond his production he had to be traded. He’s with the Mets now, after about as clean a break a team can make with a player. The […]

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On your marc 5/8: Taking the Browns to the Super Bowl

Cleveland’s less-than-spectacular history with the NFL Draft By Marc Katz This draft thing the NFL held recently. Plenty of beer and popcorn, a comfortable seat at an indoor stadium without a ride through snow and cold to get home. Oh, and nobody loses because it’s only some self-appointed analyst handing out grades, not wins and […]

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On your marc 05/01: To pitch or not to pitch

Double-threat Cory Thompson weighs his options By Marc Katz Babe Ruth entered the major leagues as a pitcher, not a slugging outfielder. Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron were shortstops before they were outfielders. Trevor Hoffman signed as a shortstop and made it to the Hall of Fame as a pitcher. Rick Ankiel made it to […]

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On your marc 04/24: The Earle of Columbus

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A branch falls from the Buckeye Tree My daughter Rachel still treasures the Buckeyes cap given to her by Coach Bruce By Marc Katz What kind of a guy was he? Well, he always asked about my kids, and I’m not sure he knew how many I had. At one pre-season photo day, he noticed […]

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On your marc 4/17: Giving in to smoke

The Astro-logic of Ricky Williams choosing pot over pro football By Marc Katz I once had a roommate who smoked marijuana, and I have a friend who touts me on its medicinal value all the time. That’s about it for my knowledge of MJ, weed, pot, cannabis. Growing up, I didn’t like strange smells and […]

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On your Marc 04/10: Of Course they cheered

NCAA Finals always memorable By Marc Katz When she returned from an American troops visit in Korea during her 1954 Japanese honeymoon with retired baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn Monroe famously told her husband, “It was so wonderful Joe, you’ve never heard such cheering.” DiMaggio immediately replied, “Oh yes I have.” That’s the […]

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On Your marc 04/03: Making it

Spotting the stars early is a game unto itself By Marc Katz Of course I knew Joey Votto was going to make it to the big leagues and become a big star with the Cincinnati Reds. It just took a year to come to that conclusion. His first 60 games with the Dayton Dragons in […]

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On your marc 3/27: Food for thought

Let’s take a gander at what the NCAA feeds the media. By Marc Katz I could tell you what’s wrong with the NCAA and why that institution needs to change its ways to comply more with how its subjects are operating and not the other way around. I think you could find all you want […]

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On your marc 3/20: Awaiting the next call

UD alum Michael Hauschild working for another chance at “the show” By Marc Katz It doesn’t always happen this way, but Patty and Doug Hauschild eavesdropped on the dugout-to-bullpen phone call that preceded their son Michael’s first major league appearance for the Texas Rangers last April. They were attending the game in Arlington, Texas, but […]

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On Your Marc 3/13: Cheers at the ballpark

Year of the Dragons By Marc Katz I know kids with massive baseball card collections and player posters on their bedroom walls. I know adults who can’t finish ordering in a restaurant without checking a cellphone for the latest score. I know sports writers who attend games on their days off (and have been one […]

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On Your Marc 3/6: The Madness of March

NCAA “First Four” returns to University of Dayton Arena By Marc Katz We welcome teams to the First Four as if they’re playing in the Final Four. They get hotel lobbies decorated in their team colors. They get Laura’s Cookies iced to look like basketballs. And they get serenaded by bagpipes. We’re Dayton… Wait a […]

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On Your Marc 2/27: Swan Lake and sports

Athletes take the spotlight By Marc Katz You might say I had three surprises recently when I was at the Schuster Center for some Dayton Arts Alliance event. Yeah, that was the first surprise, that I was there. Obviously, the other person in the house is the big arts fan and, you know, the arts […]

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Football’s biggest threat

Risk of concussions may effect participation By Marc Katz Jeff Graham piled up 542 receptions during an 11-year NFL career, gaining more than 8,000 yards and scoring 30 touchdowns. He also figures he suffered only one concussion in college, at Ohio State, and, “Maybe 5-10 in the NFL, just had my bell rung. You see […]

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On Your Marc: 2/6

The home team The family business of sports legacies By Marc Katz Athletic mentors and idols come from everywhere: the coaching ranks, the playing rosters, the pros showcasing their wares to idolizing eyes on all devices from cell phones to big screen televisions. Sometimes, those mentors and idols are sitting across the breakfast table. Trey […]

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On Your Marc: 1/30

Yeah, Marty said that Marty Brennaman lives by his words It’s not quite accurate to say in less than a month, you will be listening to the Reds. In reality, you’ll be listening to Marty Brennaman, and what could be better than that? His voice stands out. His accuracy stands out. His clarity stands out. […]

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]