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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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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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