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On Your Marc 6/19: Lefty, the Caps & Stanley

The call came, as important ones concerning sports usually do, from Ralph Morrow, the former sports editor of the Dayton Daily News. He wondered, in the wake of Washington’s recent Stanley Cup championship, if I was thinking about Lefty McFadden, the late founder and general manager of the old Dayton Gems hockey team.

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A top-notch education

It is more than two hours before game time, and Dragons pitching coach Seth Etherton is hunched over a pile of stats on his desk. He has already spent several hours on the field with his charges, running them through warm-up drills and going over their pitching mechanics.

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The wrong message

Somehow, in all the daily tumult out of Washington, I had forgotten about Roseanne Barr’s screech of a National Anthem before a July, 1990, game between the Reds and Padres in San Diego. Barr’s the comedienne who was not so funny last week tweeting racist remarks about former Barack Obama aide Valerie Jarrett and anti-Semitic […]

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On your marc 5/29: Looking for equality

Early in our discussion about how far we’ve progressed concerning the acceptance of gays and lesbians on the playing fields of life, UD softball coach Cara LaPlaca hit me with a signature quote. “We’ve had parents ask if we have athletes who are gay on our team,” LaPlaca said, “with the concern they don’t want […]

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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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Summer Sun and Salutations

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You’ve seen it throughout your social media feed, you hear about a friend’s awesome class over a cup of coffee, […]

Paddle on, Dayton

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Summer is the perfect time to hit the water, and with more than 265 miles of water trails in the […]

Still living the good life

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The words “living legend” are often misapplied, usually to sports figures who haven’t really experienced enough of life to earn […]

Acid Flashback: Hara Arena 1981

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Love them or hate them, the Grateful Dead were truly a one-of-a-kind band. During their thirty-year career as one of […]

Evolution Calling

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Queensrÿche have spent their career defining a uniquely heavy progressive sound. Whether delivering Mindcrime, Empires or taking fans to the […]