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On Your Marc: 3/7

Local Raider Wright State’s Mark Alstork explains the benefits of playing ball close to home By Marc Katz Now that we’ve had this colossal Best Movie mishap, I don’t feel so nervous writing about a Wright State men’s basketball player even though last weekend’s Horizon League Tournament could have ended the Raiders’ season. After all, […]

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On Your Marc: 2/28

More alternative facts By Marc Katz Are we still talking about fake news, alternative news, personal opinions, and lies? Yes, we are. I’m going to tell you something that was told to me 48 years ago—actually typed on a piece of scrap paper that has since turned to dust on a typewriter that I’m assuming […]

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On Your Marc: 2/21

Guns and Gatorade don’t mix Josh Holden’s story proves sports are nothing like war By Marc Katz Sports are a battle, and a war, and hand-to-hand combat, if you listen to those of us who write and talk about the games. But they’re not, really. They’re just… games. War is war. I know a guy […]

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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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On Your Marc: 12/6

Playing the long game While others moved, Carmen Cozza stayed put By Marc Katz It would be ridiculous to say there is a drumbeat to get rid of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh after only two seasons and two losses to…well, OK, maybe there is a small drumbeat, but I haven’t heard it yet. It would […]

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On Your Marc: 11/29

Hall of Famer Forrest Yantis’ photographs step into the light By Marc Katz I don’t know how Troy’s Forrest Yantis made it onto the field, and neither do many of the people who work at baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, where a trove of his exquisite back-and-white baseball portraits from the 1920s-’30s now reside. […]

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On Your Marc: 11/22

It’s YOU D By Marc Katz The year Archie Miller was hired to coach the University of Dayton men’s basketball team, Butler and VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) made it to the Final Four. That was 2011. Last season, Villanova won the whole thing. That’s Kentucky and Duke and Indiana and North Carolina and Kansas territory. […]

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The very first thing is to learn how to pronounce it. No rhyming with the home of Baylor University in […]

Debate 9/11: Let’s Make Tammany Hall Great Again

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Third Parties have long complained that having the two major parties in charge of the election process gives Republicans and […]

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No music and arts festival would truly be complete without… wrestling, right? Well, this year at Ladyfest Dayton, buckle down […]

Lives-in-progress, demo-style

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Right from the start of this Jesse Peretz adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel Juliet, Naked, there’s something warm and unfinished […]

Are ‘Friends” Electric?

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Gary Numan’s Savage return to form at CVG’s Bogart’s Gary Numan with daughter Persia, who sings on the new single […]