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On Your Marc: 8/1

Cheese and OJ Dodging ’cycles, risking life for a bite to eat By Marc Katz I’m not going to cry because the Montgomery County Fairgrounds is moving. I mean, in my youth, I always looked forward to going to the Ohio State Fair, which featured the famous Butter Cow. By the time I arrived in […]

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On Your Marc: 7/4

An unusual connection Pat Rupp, Wes Fowler, and the missing link By Marc Katz When I covered the last half of goalie Pat Rupp’s career with the Dayton Gems, there was no reason for me to believe that he was linked to Wes Fesler, the former All-America football player and coach from Ohio State. Seriously, […]

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On Your Marc: 6/27

Sparky Anderson and an appendix Prepping for surgery, not dinner By Marc Katz I know a lot of people remember June 14, 1979, the day Sparky Anderson managed his first game for the Detroit Tigers when he should have been in the middle of his 10th year with the Reds. I can’t believe that day […]

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On Your Marc: 6/20

Winning feels good The Dragons keep marching in By Marc Katz It was legendary broadcaster Vin Scully—with plenty of others to follow—who said, “Losing feels worse than winning feels good.” Imagine how the Dayton Dragons felt last season, when they lost 93 out of 140 played. Imagine how they feel this year, when they’ve already […]

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On Your Marc: 6/6

The thinker Gord Lane reflects on hockey, life off the ice By Marc Katz Long after the lights flickered off at Hara Arena following a Dayton Gems practice, and well after many of the players had already stripped their gear, showered away the day’s sweat, and were on their way to a mid-day beer at […]

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On Your Marc: 2/21

Guns and Gatorade don’t mix Josh Holden’s story proves sports are nothing like war By Marc Katz Sports are a battle, and a war, and hand-to-hand combat, if you listen to those of us who write and talk about the games. But they’re not, really. They’re just… games. War is war. I know a guy […]

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No B.S. – You Better Believe Professional Bull Riders’ Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour Is Here

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By The Horns Professional Bull Riders’ Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour takes over the Nutter Center By Terri Gordon Photo: By Natan Daubaugh   It’s hard to know how and where the sport of bull riding truly began. Bulls have figured into histories and folklores for millennia. They’ve been central to religions and festivals […]

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On Your Marc: 6/7/16

On a brush of greatness, Muhammad Ali By Marc Katz I could lie to you and tell you I’ve got all these personal Muhammad Ali stories, which I don’t. But I do know some people who brushed up against Ali’s fame before his fame reached its apex, and I know Ali held a boxing exhibition […]

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On Your Marc: 5/31/16

It’s what’s on the scoreboard that counts By Marc Katz One day the lead editorial writer for the Dayton Daily News called me on my office phone to accuse me of not writing about Billie Jean King because she was a lesbian. I told her I wasn’t writing about King because she wasn’t a very […]

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On Your Marc: 5/24/16

A passing brush with No. 1 Bush By Marc Katz There’s a fascination with being No. 1, and since I’m always looking for the slightest connection with Dayton, the recent promotion of pitcher Matt Bush to the Texas Rangers revived a memory. Bush became part of two sports news cycles the past two weeks, first […]

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On Your Marc: 5/17/16

Some moments at Hara By Marc Katz I can spin a funny story about this now. but in 1996 it wasn’t so funny. That’s when management of Hara Arena, the Dayton Bombers and my then bosses at the Dayton Daily News all yelled at me from different directions for the same reason. It was the […]

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On Your Marc: 5/10/16

Knight for Trump? Of course By Marc Katz I see where Bobby Knight has come out for Donald Trump in the coming elections. Sure, I’ve got a Bobby Knight story or two to tell. During the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. I was in and out of the Ohio State basketball beat, probably covering 40 or […]

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On Your Marc: 5/3/16

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Field of dreams a real treat By Marc Katz Of course I’ve visited Field of Dreams. Are you nuts?! Dayton being this close and a reason to be closer? I visited twice, actually. Usually, I don’t get this way for Hollywood movie sets, but sometimes you have to make exceptions. There are only two reasons […]

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On Your Marc: 4/26/16

Quite a ride Side trips are worth it By Marc Katz Sometimes, the sideshows are better than the destination obligations. It will actually take me two installments to tell you about a few of those sideshows. The stand-alone is the visit to Iowa’s Field of Dreams, next week’s offering. And, yes, I walked out of […]

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On Your Marc: 4/19/16

Dayton, the start of it all By Marc Katz It was a dark and stormy winter—yeah, with snow piled up to your knees. It was 1977 and also about 2,000 miles from the epicenter of volleyball in this country, and Dayton whiffed, but think about it, Dayton, Ohio, was never going to plant a flag […]

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On Your Marc: 4/12/16

UD a place to emulate By Marc Katz When Wright State University was introducing its new men’s basketball coach Scott Nagy to a few students, the world and assorted boosters, a key member of the university staff stood on the fringes of the media conference and said he thought WSU could emulate the success of […]

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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 […]