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On Your Marc: 12/26

Improve the protest Let’s be better in 2018 By Marc Katz The worst of 2017? You mean worse than whatever’s happening in the White House? I’m going with the Colin Kaepernick controversy, and nothing else in sports comes close. Despite an exemplary message, he was co-opted by a spin minister concerned only with his own […]

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On your Marc: 12/19

Second chances Pitcher Mark Armstrong stays in the game By Marc Katz   Who doesn’t want to play major league baseball, stand on a mound, throw 95 mph fastballs, and have thousands cheer from the stands? Who doesn’t believe that can happen as high school ends and the graduate walks off the stage with two […]

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On your Marc: 12/12

Right makes Wright Wright State doing well in own conference, for now By Marc Katz   One of the primary jobs of a college athletics director is to act as a cheerleader for the sports, facilities, coaches, and university you have. Well, that and making sure your coaches don’t get caught buying athletes through shoe […]

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On Your Marc: 12/5

Happy holiday reads The baseball book perfect for Chanukah By Marc Katz I’ve made my decision. I’m going to throw a little chutzpah out there, realizing many of you don’t know how to pronounce chutzpah, let alone what it means. Chutzpah is audacity, or the state of mind of a person who would burn down […]

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On Your Marc: 11/28

He will be missed A reflection on the life and career of Terry Glenn By Marc Katz Terry Glenn’s mother was beaten to death in Columbus when he was 13 years old, so I guess you can trace his life’s trajectory from that tragedy to his car wreck in Dallas in the early morning of […]

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Sign Language: 11/28

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) This is a terrible time to crash diet (as if any time was great for that kind of thing). I know you just had Thanksgiving and all, and with the holidays approaching, you’re worried about the extra pounds piling up. But the drastic measures you’re likely to be drawn to at […]

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On Your Marc: 11/21

Backyard basketball UD interest more with NCAA, not rivals By Marc Katz Given the choice of playing a long-time natural rival or going to the NCAA tournament on an at-large bid, UD athletics director Neil Sullivan is going to take the bid every time. I’ve always thought you could have both, but then, I’m on […]

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On Your Marc: 11/14

A blush of pink wrong for OSU Pink locker rooms at OSU By Marc Katz Yes, I’ve been inside the University of Iowa’s infamous pink visitors’ locker rooms, and don’t really think they made any difference at all, except to the guy who had them painted that way, UI coach Hayden Fry. It’s odd, the […]

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On Your Marc: 11/7

Straight from the press box A baseball lifer By Marc Katz Jim Ferguson visited  Bucky Albers and me at a Dragons game recently, and it was wall-to-wall stories for about three hours in the press box. I’d love to tell you some, but, ah, most of them weren’t the kind you’d see in print, even […]

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On Your Marc: 10/31

Basketball business Now more than a game By Marc Katz I almost dropped my cell phone when I heard what Paul Biancardi had to say. “I have a greater respect for the media, and the job they do and how they do it,” the ESPN college basketball recruiting analyst and former Wright State University coach […]

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On Your Marc: 10/24

The law and the Pirates Bonnie Rice and Judge Walter Rice reminisce on their love of the Pirates By Marc Katz It never occurred to me to begin a sports column about Judge Walter Rice and his magistrate wife, Bonnie Beaman Rice, with a story about former Dragons third baseman Kevin Baderdeen. Furthermore, I never […]

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On The Beat: 10/17

When I first saw the quote, I thought Alabama’s Bill Battle was like so many other college athletics directors, full of puffery for a basketball coach he hated to fire because the coach was such a great guy and had tremendous student-athletes on his teams and never brought a hint of scandal to his school. […]

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On Your Marc: 10/10

The big lie Lots of basketball coaches lie, but not like Don Donoher By Marc Katz They lie and say they never cheated to get a player. They lie and tell the world how great they are. Donoher tells you he lasted 25 years at UD and won 437 games because 7-foot center Hank Finkel […]

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On Your Marc: 10/3

Winning causes The things that matter By Marc Katz Wright State’s men’s basketball team opened practice this week, and second-year coach Scott Nagy knows his longevity on campus is tied to the number of games he wins, not the number of scholars he graduates, or the number of good causes he promotes. He also knows […]

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On Your Marc: 9/26

Holding down the fort Hurricanes can’t even scare away true sports fans  By Marc Katz Ralph’s electricity went off at 5:32 p.m., a couple hours before Ohio State was hosting Oklahoma, and if you know anything about Ralph, you know he wanted to see that game. Ralph is 81-year-old Ralph Morrow, a former executive sports […]

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On Your Marc: 9/19

Heads held high A loss is a win By Marc Katz Bat bags and used bats, some of them cracked, some of them still useful, littered the floor and corners of the Fifth Third Field home clubhouse. A cardboard box held worn cleats and sweat-stained caps. Some jerseys hung on wire hangers in otherwise empty […]

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