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On Your Marc: 2/14

Switch hitter Dayton’s Mike Schmidt jumps from football to baseball in a career-defining move By Marc Katz His given name is Michael Jack Schmidt, but we used to write about him so much in the old Dayton Daily News, we joked his middle name was really Mike. That’s because every time we referred to him, […]

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On Your Marc: 2/7

In charge of everything Former Dragon Luis Bolivar slides into a management position with the team By Marc Katz We are approaching 1,000 players who have appeared in Class A Midwest League games for the Dayton Dragons over the past 17 years, almost all of them thinking their careers would wind up in the major […]

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On Your Marc: 1/31

Home runs and charity Carlos Pena’s reach extends beyond the baseball field By Marc Katz You pass through this town, even for an instant, you’re one of us. That’s the way it works. And Carlos Pena is one of those you’re glad to consider your own. In a capsule, he spent 1996 at Wright State […]

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On Your Marc: 1/24

A woman for baseball Alyson Footer makes strides for women in sports By Marc Katz It is 2017, and we’re still grappling with race, gender, and sex issues, although from what Alyson Footer told me the other day, progress has been made, especially in locker rooms. I wish we could treat the chancellor of Germany […]

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On Your Marc: 1/17

Defend to the end Scott Nagy rebounds as the Raiders’ new coach By Marc Katz Don’t get nervous. I’m going to throw a couple of scores and stats at you this week, just for reference. Normally, I try to stay away from scores and stats here. They sometimes get in the way of a good […]

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On Your Marc: 1/10

Too much time, too many issues Politics and sports have more in common than you might think By Marc Katz So, we’re going with an extension of the presidential campaigns, all negative. What went wrong with 2016? What didn’t, except for maybe the Cubs? Let’s face it: the Cubs win the World Series less often […]

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On Your Marc: 1/3

Good bite for the bark Frolic into the New Year with the Westminster dog show By Marc Katz I usually don’t tell people how to spend their money or make vacation recommendations, but it’s a new year, with a new administration, and new rules. If you’ve found some extra holiday money jingling around in your […]

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On Your Marc: 12/28

A new form of news Broadcast television is responsible for fake news, too By Marc Katz My 27-year-old son quit his job with NBC News because he did think the election was rigged, and in the wrong person’s favor. It wasn’t just that Donald Trump won the presidential election. I think Alex could live with […]

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On Your Marc: 12/20

Change of heart Donerik Black rides his BMX bike to a new beat By Marc Katz Donerik Black is still riding his BMX bike in local and national competitions, and winning some of them. He won three national races in 2015, and now he’s 47-years-old and expects to win more, even though he sometimes has […]

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On your Marc: 12/13

Bowl game bust After years of tweaking, the playoff system still isn’t right By Marc Katz   I hate being the old guy in the room, but it has been more than a week since a conference table full of “Bowl People” has chosen its four teams to play in the football playoffs—and 22 years […]

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Law & Disorder: 4/25

Broken brandy bottle A family left for church in the morning. When they returned, they noticed their motion-sensor alarm system […]