Tom Archdeacon

Award-winning columnist Tom Archdeacon is an old-school storyteller who writes about sports, the city, southwest Ohio and anything else that catches his fancy or yours.

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Archdeacon: Eventful summer has Dayton’s Anthony Grant eager to begin
 As he sat at his desk in the Cronin Center on Monday morning, Anthony Grant was talking about how he was really looking forward to seeing it later in the day. The solar eclipse? Nope. His University of Dayton basketball team which he would meet with in full for the first time all summer. Over the past couple of months, the Flyers new head...

Posted: 4 hours ago

As he sat at his desk in the Cronin Center on Monday morning, Anthony Grant was talking about how he was really looking forward to seeing it later in the day. The solar eclipse? Nope. His University of Dayton basketball team which he would meet with in full for the first time all summer. Over the past couple of months, the Flyers new head...
Archdeacon: Flyer “family” gets freshman through a nightmare
 He said he had just “messed up” on a play and as he returned to the huddle he was chiding himself. “I was telling myself to pick it up,” Andrew Lutgens said. “We got this saying – ‘Just do your job,’ – and that’s what I had to do.” And then he did just that, making a diving...

Posted: a day ago

He said he had just “messed up” on a play and as he returned to the huddle he was chiding himself. “I was telling myself to pick it up,” Andrew Lutgens said. “We got this saying – ‘Just do your job,’ – and that’s what I had to do.” And then he did just that, making a diving...
Tom Archdeacon: Reminiscing with the NFL’s first black quarterback
 He opened the old leather bag in front of him and with his left hand — where the ring finger was adorned with a bulky, gold College Football Hall of Fame ring — he began rummaging through the packed contents. “I’ll show you how Jim Crow it was back then,” George Taliaferro said quietly as he began his search...

Posted: 2 days ago

He opened the old leather bag in front of him and with his left hand — where the ring finger was adorned with a bulky, gold College Football Hall of Fame ring — he began rummaging through the packed contents. “I’ll show you how Jim Crow it was back then,” George Taliaferro said quietly as he began his search...
Archdeacon: Camp brings ray of hope for children affected by HIV/AIDS
 Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That’s a lesson 8 year old Tierra Moore taught everyone again the other morning as she stood along the gravel road that cuts through the 315-acre wooded campground just west of Clarksville that, this past week, was home to Camp Sunrise. She wore a rose-colored Mickey Mouse T-shirt, gray tights and...

Posted: 9 days ago

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That’s a lesson 8 year old Tierra Moore taught everyone again the other morning as she stood along the gravel road that cuts through the 315-acre wooded campground just west of Clarksville that, this past week, was home to Camp Sunrise. She wore a rose-colored Mickey Mouse T-shirt, gray tights and...
Tom Archdeacon: Springboro athlete a Titan among little people
 He is the BMOC. Big Man on Campus. That might be a surprise to some folks back in high school where he was deemed too small for most varsity sports and was the shortest guy on the Panthers indoor track and ultimate frisbee club teams. But this week 18-year-old Josh Babb is something of the Yao Ming of the Little People at the World Dwarf...

Posted: 17 days ago

He is the BMOC. Big Man on Campus. That might be a surprise to some folks back in high school where he was deemed too small for most varsity sports and was the shortest guy on the Panthers indoor track and ultimate frisbee club teams. But this week 18-year-old Josh Babb is something of the Yao Ming of the Little People at the World Dwarf...
Tom Archdeacon: A story about racing and brotherly love
 To understand the recent sorrow and now this last-minute sweat and determination, you first must know about the bond they had. They were born 11 months apart — back in the late 1940s — and the closeness remained the rest of their lives. When John “Pee Wee” Goins, the eldest brother, went off to the Vietnam War &mdash...

Posted: 23 days ago

To understand the recent sorrow and now this last-minute sweat and determination, you first must know about the bond they had. They were born 11 months apart — back in the late 1940s — and the closeness remained the rest of their lives. When John “Pee Wee” Goins, the eldest brother, went off to the Vietnam War &mdash...
Tom Archdeacon: Still treasuring Barcelona 25 years after Olympics
 LaVonna Martin-Floreal ended up with two keepsakes from the Barcelona Olympics. One was her silver medal. The other? Her husband. This coming Tuesday marks 25 years since the Olympic Games opened in Barcelona, Spain in 1992. While LaVonna said she hadn’t realized the anniversary was right around the corner, she wasn’t surprised...

Posted: 30 days ago

LaVonna Martin-Floreal ended up with two keepsakes from the Barcelona Olympics. One was her silver medal. The other? Her husband. This coming Tuesday marks 25 years since the Olympic Games opened in Barcelona, Spain in 1992. While LaVonna said she hadn’t realized the anniversary was right around the corner, she wasn’t surprised...
Tom Archdeacon: Local MMA fighter returns to the ring of fire
 You could say it was the day the music stopped. A few mornings ago Warren Roberds was in the ring at Drake’s Downtown Gym going through his 27th straight minute of sparring without a break. His two sparring partners had been taking turns against him and now he was trading blows with Jake Norman, a well-muscled, heavily-tattooed behemoth...

9:19 PM Wednesday, Jul. 19, 2017

You could say it was the day the music stopped. A few mornings ago Warren Roberds was in the ring at Drake’s Downtown Gym going through his 27th straight minute of sparring without a break. His two sparring partners had been taking turns against him and now he was trading blows with Jake Norman, a well-muscled, heavily-tattooed behemoth...
Tom Archdeacon: Yellow Springs girl, 13, ‘not your typical kid’
 For a long time she had dreadlocks. Then came a full-blown Afro and later a trimmed-down version. There was a period of pigtails, too. And now this. “A lot of people like it, but some people go, ‘What did you do to your hair?’ ” Malaya Booth said with a laugh as she turned her head to give you the full effect of her...

12:00 AM Sunday, Jul. 16, 2017

For a long time she had dreadlocks. Then came a full-blown Afro and later a trimmed-down version. There was a period of pigtails, too. And now this. “A lot of people like it, but some people go, ‘What did you do to your hair?’ ” Malaya Booth said with a laugh as she turned her head to give you the full effect of her...