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On Your Marc: 7/12/16

Grove blossomed as a pitcher, not talker By Marc Katz Did I ever tell you about the time I spoke with Hall of Fame pitcher Lefty Grove? It wasn’t much of a conversation. I said hello and told him who I was and what I wanted to talk about. He knew I knew who he […]

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On Your Marc: 7/5/16

An unassisted score By Marc Katz So it’s the Sizzling Summer Sex Issue, and I’m supposed to come up with a column about love and sex, like it’s a story that doesn’t come up at home all the time. Love doesn’t always have to be spoken, but it should always be there, like doing the […]

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On Your Marc: 6/28/16

Woody Hayes and politics by Marc Katz So I’m in the sports office at a ridiculous time of the morning–1:45 a.m.–and, of course, I can’t remember what I was doing there, but I didn’t and still don’t drink or do drugs, so I wasn’t lost. This was pre-computer/cellphone days, which was a time when dinosaurs […]

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On Your Marc: 6/21/16

 First Dayton keeps playing By Marc Katz If I told you Keith Byars, Jeff Graham and Michael McCray were all standout baseball players for First Dayton’s Little League, would you believe me? Or even remember? All went on to play standout football at Ohio State, and Byars and Graham had pro careers as well. Except […]

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On Your Marc: 6/7/16

On a brush of greatness, Muhammad Ali By Marc Katz I could lie to you and tell you I’ve got all these personal Muhammad Ali stories, which I don’t. But I do know some people who brushed up against Ali’s fame before his fame reached its apex, and I know Ali held a boxing exhibition […]

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On Your Marc: 5/31/16

It’s what’s on the scoreboard that counts By Marc Katz One day the lead editorial writer for the Dayton Daily News called me on my office phone to accuse me of not writing about Billie Jean King because she was a lesbian. I told her I wasn’t writing about King because she wasn’t a very […]

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On Your Marc: 5/24/16

A passing brush with No. 1 Bush By Marc Katz There’s a fascination with being No. 1, and since I’m always looking for the slightest connection with Dayton, the recent promotion of pitcher Matt Bush to the Texas Rangers revived a memory. Bush became part of two sports news cycles the past two weeks, first […]

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On Your Marc: 5/17/16

Some moments at Hara By Marc Katz I can spin a funny story about this now. but in 1996 it wasn’t so funny. That’s when management of Hara Arena, the Dayton Bombers and my then bosses at the Dayton Daily News all yelled at me from different directions for the same reason. It was the […]

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On Your Marc: 5/10/16

Knight for Trump? Of course By Marc Katz I see where Bobby Knight has come out for Donald Trump in the coming elections. Sure, I’ve got a Bobby Knight story or two to tell. During the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. I was in and out of the Ohio State basketball beat, probably covering 40 or […]

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On Your Marc: 5/3/16

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Field of dreams a real treat By Marc Katz Of course I’ve visited Field of Dreams. Are you nuts?! Dayton being this close and a reason to be closer? I visited twice, actually. Usually, I don’t get this way for Hollywood movie sets, but sometimes you have to make exceptions. There are only two reasons […]

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On Your Marc: 4/26/16

Quite a ride Side trips are worth it By Marc Katz Sometimes, the sideshows are better than the destination obligations. It will actually take me two installments to tell you about a few of those sideshows. The stand-alone is the visit to Iowa’s Field of Dreams, next week’s offering. And, yes, I walked out of […]

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On Your Marc: 4/19/16

Dayton, the start of it all By Marc Katz It was a dark and stormy winter—yeah, with snow piled up to your knees. It was 1977 and also about 2,000 miles from the epicenter of volleyball in this country, and Dayton whiffed, but think about it, Dayton, Ohio, was never going to plant a flag […]

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On Your Marc: 4/12/16

UD a place to emulate By Marc Katz When Wright State University was introducing its new men’s basketball coach Scott Nagy to a few students, the world and assorted boosters, a key member of the university staff stood on the fringes of the media conference and said he thought WSU could emulate the success of […]

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On Your Marc: 4/5/16

Look for Dragon stars By Marc Katz I could get real misty-eyed here and tell you about the smell of fresh green grass, the pop of a brand new baseball into a catcher’s mitt and the crack of the bat against another batting practice ball. I could tell you about popcorn and peanuts and Cracker […]

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On Your Marc: 3/29/16

Donlon didn’t get the same change By Marc Katz Here are a few of the people Wright State has interviewed over the last 19 years to be the Raiders’ men’s basketball coach: Brian Gregory, Gregg Marshall, Sean Miller, Mick Cronin, Tom Crean, Jamie Dixon and Bruce Weber. Oh, yeah, you’d all take one of those […]

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On Your Marc: 3/22/16

Cleamons deserves a look Marc Katz This March Madness is really something, isn’t it? Game after basketball game on television, and the nachos. Gosh, that might be the best part. The nachos. But there’s more madness here than just on the court and in your kitchen. It’s in the laptop desks of athletics directors across […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]