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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

Tom Archdeacon: A well-earned honor for Eaton legend Dorothy Stoltz
 She is being honored tonight because she did exactly what she was told not to do when she was hired. When she first returned to Eaton High School, her alma mater, in the late 1950s with a degree from Ohio University, she got some narrow directives on how she should look and act if she wanted to be a physical education teacher at the school...

Posted: a day ago

She is being honored tonight because she did exactly what she was told not to do when she was hired. When she first returned to Eaton High School, her alma mater, in the late 1950s with a degree from Ohio University, she got some narrow directives on how she should look and act if she wanted to be a physical education teacher at the school...
Tom Archdeacon: Dayton Flyers senior excels on, off field
 He wouldn’t be seeing the famed Rockettes until that night, but Chris Beaschler already was getting a kick out of Manhattan on  The University of Dayton linebacker had flown into LaGuardia in the morning and met up with his parents, Ron and Christy – who had driven from their home in Ada to Detroit for their flight to New York...

Posted: 4 days ago

He wouldn’t be seeing the famed Rockettes until that night, but Chris Beaschler already was getting a kick out of Manhattan on The University of Dayton linebacker had flown into LaGuardia in the morning and met up with his parents, Ron and Christy – who had driven from their home in Ada to Detroit for their flight to New York...
Tom Archdeacon: ‘Bad Boy of the NFL’ energizes Bengals defense
 Most guys, when they’re not feeling well, head to the doctor. Vontaze Burfict just zeroes in on the quarterback. “I was feeling a little sick when I woke up this morning,” said the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker. “I had the flu and didn’t get a lot of sleep last night. When I got here today I told Vinny (fellow...

Posted: 5 days ago

Most guys, when they’re not feeling well, head to the doctor. Vontaze Burfict just zeroes in on the quarterback. “I was feeling a little sick when I woke up this morning,” said the Cincinnati Bengals linebacker. “I had the flu and didn’t get a lot of sleep last night. When I got here today I told Vinny (fellow...
Tom Archdeacon: Paralyzed paramedic ‘on a mission to walk’
 She had dedicated her life to helping others, but now — fading in and out of consciousness, numbed by the cold, the shock, the shreds of horrible reality that gripped her in her lucid moments — she needed help desperately. Otherwise, lying there in nothing but her bathrobe in the sleet and the snow and the darkness, she figured...

Posted: 6 days ago

She had dedicated her life to helping others, but now — fading in and out of consciousness, numbed by the cold, the shock, the shreds of horrible reality that gripped her in her lucid moments — she needed help desperately. Otherwise, lying there in nothing but her bathrobe in the sleet and the snow and the darkness, she figured...
Tom Archdeacon: Special honor for Buford-Bailey, a Dayton track legend
 On the eve of the Florida awards ceremony where she will be honored as the top track and field coach in the nation, Tonja Buford-Bailey, now the interim co-head track coach at the University of Texas, thought back to the time when she didn’t even know there was such a sport. She was an 8-year-old Dayton second-grader sitting in her...

Posted: 8 days ago

On the eve of the Florida awards ceremony where she will be honored as the top track and field coach in the nation, Tonja Buford-Bailey, now the interim co-head track coach at the University of Texas, thought back to the time when she didn’t even know there was such a sport. She was an 8-year-old Dayton second-grader sitting in her...
Archdeacon: Benzinger feeling the love as Raiders sweep tourney
 He was talking about the reaction he got over the long Thanksgiving weekend. “They either loved me or they hated me,” Wright State’s Grant Benzinger said. The 6-foot-3 guard was not referring to the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic that the Raiders hosted at the Nutter Center, a three games in three days event that he opened...

Posted: 12 days ago

He was talking about the reaction he got over the long Thanksgiving weekend. “They either loved me or they hated me,” Wright State’s Grant Benzinger said. The 6-foot-3 guard was not referring to the Men Against Breast Cancer Classic that the Raiders hosted at the Nutter Center, a three games in three days event that he opened...
Tom Archdeacon: ‘The best feeling ever’

Posted: 13 days ago

He didn’t back off when it was fourth-and-one and the game was on the line in the second overtime. He had his quarterback, J.T. Barrett, run the ball straight into the teeth of arguably the best defense in the nation. His Ohio State team got the first down and with just one more play they had beaten Michigan 30-27 in an Ohio Stadium...
Tom Archdeacon: OSU win over Michigan ‘The best feeling ever’
 He didn’t back off when it was fourth-and-one and the game was on the line in the second overtime. He had his quarterback, J.T. Barrett, run the ball straight into the teeth of arguably the best defense in the nation. His Ohio State team got the first down and with just one more play they had beaten Michigan 30-27 in an Ohio Stadium...

Posted: 13 days ago

He didn’t back off when it was fourth-and-one and the game was on the line in the second overtime. He had his quarterback, J.T. Barrett, run the ball straight into the teeth of arguably the best defense in the nation. His Ohio State team got the first down and with just one more play they had beaten Michigan 30-27 in an Ohio Stadium...
Archdeacon: Martin raises Miami football from ‘bottom of the ocean’
 His office in Yager Stadium is dominated by a floor to ceiling Cradle of Coaches mural that covers an entire wall. That’s means every day as he sits at his desk, Miami football coach Chuck Martin has the larger than life likenesses of Weeb Ewbank, Ara Parseghian, Paul Brown, Bo Schembechler, Woody Hayes and nine more of the program&rsquo...

Posted: 18 days ago

His office in Yager Stadium is dominated by a floor to ceiling Cradle of Coaches mural that covers an entire wall. That’s means every day as he sits at his desk, Miami football coach Chuck Martin has the larger than life likenesses of Weeb Ewbank, Ara Parseghian, Paul Brown, Bo Schembechler, Woody Hayes and nine more of the program&rsquo...
Archdeacon: Nugent hopes he’s ‘lucky enough to be back’ after missed PATs
 He missed two extra point attempts Sunday against Buffalo, but in the end you hoped Mike Nugent missed a third kick, as well. The last one came in the Cincinnati Bengals’ postgame locker room after their 16-12 loss to the Bills at Paul Brown Stadium. This time he was kicking himself. He stood at his locker, surrounded by TV cameras...

Posted: 19 days ago

He missed two extra point attempts Sunday against Buffalo, but in the end you hoped Mike Nugent missed a third kick, as well. The last one came in the Cincinnati Bengals’ postgame locker room after their 16-12 loss to the Bills at Paul Brown Stadium. This time he was kicking himself. He stood at his locker, surrounded by TV cameras...