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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 was going to UCLA for college and football. Woody Hayes, the Ohio State coach, was unhappy with that decision, calling Lee just prior to signing day trying to convince him to go to Ohio State. […]

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On Your Marc 7/10: Border lines

While families have been torn apart at the U.S./Mexican border and protests of outrage are surfacing there and across the country—intensified by a travel ban from countries that include Venezuela—Hispanics from those countries who play or coach the Dayton Dragons do so seemingly without impediment. There are three players on the Dragons from Mexico and […]

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On Your Mark 7/3: Just a mile from home…plate

Braxton Whitehead, winning the game of life By Marc Katz You could have given me 100 guesses and I don’t think I ever would have tagged Braxton Whitehead as a future banker. He was the first catcher for the Dayton Dragons in 2000, looked like a tough guy and had a “branding” gone bad on […]

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On Your Marc 6/26: Mr. Enthusiasm

Adam Rosales has played most of the past 10 seasons in the major leagues, recently turned 35 and is in a holding pattern with the Columbus Clippers in Class AAA, the top rung of Cleveland’s minor league system. You may forgive him if he’s thinking about retiring soon to Arizona, where he lives with his […]

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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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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

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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 […]