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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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On Your Marc: 01/23

The good immigrant Luis Bolivar to manage Dragons for second season by Marc Katz This would be a good time to talk about all those ghastly, unwanted immigrants crowding into our country, taking our jobs, threatening our society. Guys like Luis Bolivar, who last week was confirmed for his second season as manager of the […]

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On your marc: 01/16

I’m a clod The Dayton Clodbusters play 1860s baseball Yes, there are tryouts to play for the Dayton Clodbuster Baseball Club, but they’re not what you think. This isn’t a competition to find the best “baseball” players. “We want to make sure you aren’t going to get hurt,” said 71-year-old retired industrial machinery salesman, Richard […]

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On your Marc: 01/09

He’s certainly no loser Football at Columbia By Marc Katz I’m not sure I’ve ever met anyone who played football at Columbia. I might have, but if you played football at Columbia and years later wanted to talk about it, you weren’t talking about it much. I could bore you with the details, but let’s […]

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On your Marc:01/02

Bowl me over The fun of football bowl season is upon us By Marc Katz As a fledgling sports writer, I used to think covering bowl games would be a lot of fun. They were, if you weren’t just looking to get a sun tan. Bowl games were created by cities looking for publicity, trying […]

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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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Springfield’s hidden gem

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Referred to as an American Folk Art site, I didn’t know what I expected on my journey to Springfield’s Hartman […]

Debate 7/17: Flag on the Play

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Q: Should persons with certain known behavioral tendencies such as suicide or violence be prohibited from owning guns? Legislatures across […]

Conspiracy Theorist 7/17: Hooray for Domino’s

Year after year, the same roads are torn up and road crews patch them. But they never really repair them. […]

On Your Marc 7/17: Good any day

First, a funny story. Larry Lee, the big tackle from Roth High School, for a number of reasons decided he […]

The Cult, Stone Temple Pilots, and Bush at Rose

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“Rock and roll never forgets,” the classic rock song goes, and Billy Duffy, guitarist and founding member of the British […]