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.

Latest from Tom Archdeacon

Archdeacon: Crossing the finish line with help from a friend
 In death, he has accomplished something he had trouble doing in life. Tommy McIntosh made it to the finish line at Churchill Downs. He‘s done the same at Turfway Park, Keeneland, Belterra Park, Fort Erie in Canada and the area harness tracks, Hollywood-Dayton Raceway and Miami Valley. When he used to wager on the horses — which...

Posted: 3 days ago

In death, he has accomplished something he had trouble doing in life. Tommy McIntosh made it to the finish line at Churchill Downs. He‘s done the same at Turfway Park, Keeneland, Belterra Park, Fort Erie in Canada and the area harness tracks, Hollywood-Dayton Raceway and Miami Valley. When he used to wager on the horses — which...
Archdeacon: Ex-Notre Dame star, wounded in Iraq, here for fundraiser
 Muffet McGraw’s phone rang at 2 a.m. When the suddenly-awakened Notre Dame women’s basketball coach answered, she heard the voices of her friends, Dave and Eileen Woods. Big supporters of the Irish women, the couple was in Germany visiting their son, a trauma surgeon at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, who had just begun treating...

Posted: 5 days ago

Muffet McGraw’s phone rang at 2 a.m. When the suddenly-awakened Notre Dame women’s basketball coach answered, she heard the voices of her friends, Dave and Eileen Woods. Big supporters of the Irish women, the couple was in Germany visiting their son, a trauma surgeon at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, who had just begun treating...
Archdeacon: Puerto Rican community here still battling the ‘monster’
 Juan Santana and his family have always been tight. That was the case when they formed a family baseball team — Los Santana — back home in Naranjito, Puerto Rico and they would play other teams around the island: “My cousins played and my uncles, too,” he said. “My dad was the catcher until I got old enough and...

Posted: 6 days ago

Juan Santana and his family have always been tight. That was the case when they formed a family baseball team — Los Santana — back home in Naranjito, Puerto Rico and they would play other teams around the island: “My cousins played and my uncles, too,” he said. “My dad was the catcher until I got old enough and...
Archdeacon: A.J. Green shrugs off turnovers, comes up big for Bengals
 As soon as the dressing room door opened, Dave Lapham, the old Cincinnati Bengals lineman turned radio color commentator for the team, headed straight for A.J. Green, who was sitting at his locker, and quoted some Charles Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Now I’m not sure if the Bengals All...

Posted: 9 days ago

As soon as the dressing room door opened, Dave Lapham, the old Cincinnati Bengals lineman turned radio color commentator for the team, headed straight for A.J. Green, who was sitting at his locker, and quoted some Charles Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Now I’m not sure if the Bengals All...
Tom Archdeacon: The lessons of Little Miss Sunshine in life and death
 It was 4 a.m. Thursday when Hollywood came to Bellbrook. In the most unexpected of occurrences, a night of utter sorrow and loss was permeated by beauty and joy. It was the night Caleigh Hildebrandt — Little Miss Sunshine, the 24-year-old woman who inspired not only the Miami Valley, but people around the world — died in the arms...

Posted: 10 days ago

It was 4 a.m. Thursday when Hollywood came to Bellbrook. In the most unexpected of occurrences, a night of utter sorrow and loss was permeated by beauty and joy. It was the night Caleigh Hildebrandt — Little Miss Sunshine, the 24-year-old woman who inspired not only the Miami Valley, but people around the world — died in the arms...
Tom Archdeacon: Local adventurist spearheads UD Arena project
 That big, toothy barracuda who charged Larry Connor as he was coming up from a 65-foot free dive in the ocean waters off the Bahamas last summer soon learned what everybody else has when they have doubted, dismissed or attempted to deny the real estate and technology entrepreneur and an around-the-world adventurist from Sugarcreek Township...

Posted: 11 days ago

That big, toothy barracuda who charged Larry Connor as he was coming up from a 65-foot free dive in the ocean waters off the Bahamas last summer soon learned what everybody else has when they have doubted, dismissed or attempted to deny the real estate and technology entrepreneur and an around-the-world adventurist from Sugarcreek Township...
Archdeacon: Stivers grad takes gymnastic skills from pommel horse to pulpit
 If you are familiar with the Bible, you know God supposedly has appeared as a burning bush, a dove, an angel and a rock. And he’s also arrived as the “rushing of mighty wind.” But to come bounding in on a cartwheel or hand spring? That’s how it can be when the delivery is being made by Pastor Henry Favorite, the one-time...

Posted: 12 days ago

If you are familiar with the Bible, you know God supposedly has appeared as a burning bush, a dove, an angel and a rock. And he’s also arrived as the “rushing of mighty wind.” But to come bounding in on a cartwheel or hand spring? That’s how it can be when the delivery is being made by Pastor Henry Favorite, the one-time...
Tom Archdeacon: Piqua Marine hailed as Las Vegas hero
 It became a ride of life — not just death — because of Austin Cox, a 24-year-old U.S. Marine corporal from Piqua who turned into an “angel” Sunday night in Las Vegas. Austin and his Marine buddy Mike Vura, both stationed at Camp Pendleton outside San Diego, were in the crowd of 22,000 at the Route 91 country music...

Posted: 13 days ago

It became a ride of life — not just death — because of Austin Cox, a 24-year-old U.S. Marine corporal from Piqua who turned into an “angel” Sunday night in Las Vegas. Austin and his Marine buddy Mike Vura, both stationed at Camp Pendleton outside San Diego, were in the crowd of 22,000 at the Route 91 country music...
Archdeacon: Bengals players weigh in on recent anthem protests
 Regardless of the way some people try to twist their message, they say they are not anti-American. They’re not against the national anthem, the flag or the military. And they’re certainly not SOBs. Late Sunday afternoon – following their 31-7 blowout of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Stadium – a trio of Cincinnati...

Posted: 16 days ago

Regardless of the way some people try to twist their message, they say they are not anti-American. They’re not against the national anthem, the flag or the military. And they’re certainly not SOBs. Late Sunday afternoon – following their 31-7 blowout of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Stadium – a trio of Cincinnati...
Tom Archdeacon: UD family helps Yingers cope with tragedy
 When her seemingly indestructible 54-year-old husband Dan — “a real tough guy,” one son said — died in a freak fall March 26, Shari Yinger said her five kids, three of them Dayton Flyers football players, looked to her for answers. “They all were like, ‘Well, what do we do?’ ” Shari said quietly...

Posted: 17 days ago

When her seemingly indestructible 54-year-old husband Dan — “a real tough guy,” one son said — died in a freak fall March 26, Shari Yinger said her five kids, three of them Dayton Flyers football players, looked to her for answers. “They all were like, ‘Well, what do we do?’ ” Shari said quietly...
Mare favored tonight in Dayton Trotting Derby
 It will be a lady’s night out if the oddsmakers are right about tonight’s Dayton Trotting Derby at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Hannelore Hanover — a 5-year-old mare — is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $167,000 Grand Circuit race, even though she has drawn the No. 7 hole for driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Ron Burke...

Posted: 18 days ago

It will be a lady’s night out if the oddsmakers are right about tonight’s Dayton Trotting Derby at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. Hannelore Hanover — a 5-year-old mare — is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $167,000 Grand Circuit race, even though she has drawn the No. 7 hole for driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Ron Burke...