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: Wright State big man a true student-athlete
 As he sat in the Mills Morgan Center waiting for basketball practice to begin the other day, he was asked about the one glitch in his career. “I don’t like to think about it,” Parker Ernsthausen, Wright State’s 6-foot-11 center, said with a tiny shake of the head, then a slight smile. »WRIGHT STATE INSIDER: Golfer...

Posted: 20 hours ago

As he sat in the Mills Morgan Center waiting for basketball practice to begin the other day, he was asked about the one glitch in his career. “I don’t like to think about it,” Parker Ernsthausen, Wright State’s 6-foot-11 center, said with a tiny shake of the head, then a slight smile. »WRIGHT STATE INSIDER: Golfer...
Archdeacon: ‘Surreal’ feeling for Nugent in return to Cincinnati
 After the game he still wasn’t quite sure of one thing: Were Cincinnati Bengals fans chanting “Nuuuuuge!” like they used to do when he played here for seven seasons? Or were they giving him a chorused “Booooo”? “I don’t know for sure, but I think it was ‘Booooo,’” Mike Nugent said...

Posted: 3 days ago

After the game he still wasn’t quite sure of one thing: Were Cincinnati Bengals fans chanting “Nuuuuuge!” like they used to do when he played here for seven seasons? Or were they giving him a chorused “Booooo”? “I don’t know for sure, but I think it was ‘Booooo,’” Mike Nugent said...
Archdeacon: Flyers tumble into unfamiliar territory
 He’s still waiting for life to imitate art. “The man who reaches the top of the mountain did not fall there.” That’s the message John Crosby has tattooed on the inside of his right arm. That’s an old Vince Lombardi quote and Crosby first saw it on a sign on the wall of a recreation center he went to growing up...

Posted: 4 days ago

He’s still waiting for life to imitate art. “The man who reaches the top of the mountain did not fall there.” That’s the message John Crosby has tattooed on the inside of his right arm. That’s an old Vince Lombardi quote and Crosby first saw it on a sign on the wall of a recreation center he went to growing up...
Archdeacon: Dean Smith Award says it all about Dayton legend Donoher
 As a basketball player — first at Toledo Central Catholic and then the University of Dayton — Don Donoher wasn’t known as a shot blocker. But now, at 85, he’s become a real Senior Citizen of Swat, as good at deflection off the court as Hakeem Olajuwon, Bill Russell and Anthony Davis have been on it. The former Dayton...

Posted: 4 days ago

As a basketball player — first at Toledo Central Catholic and then the University of Dayton — Don Donoher wasn’t known as a shot blocker. But now, at 85, he’s become a real Senior Citizen of Swat, as good at deflection off the court as Hakeem Olajuwon, Bill Russell and Anthony Davis have been on it. The former Dayton...
Archdeacon: No risky business for Flyer freshman Antetokounmpo
 When it comes to “Risky Business,” Kostas Antetokounmpo finally realized Tom Cruise is better suited for the role. Cruise launched his storied career with that 1983 movie and the famous scene of him dancing in a pink dress shirt and his underwear to Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll.” When the University of...

Posted: 7 days ago

When it comes to “Risky Business,” Kostas Antetokounmpo finally realized Tom Cruise is better suited for the role. Cruise launched his storied career with that 1983 movie and the famous scene of him dancing in a pink dress shirt and his underwear to Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll.” When the University of...
Archdeacon: Historic comeback bid out of Flyers’ grasp
 A still-stunned Darrell Davis stood in the cramped hallway outside his Dayton Flyers dressing room in the bowels of Humphrey Coliseum on Sunday night and talked quietly about the world beyond. “I know people are wondering what’s going on with the Flyers,” the 6-foot-5 senior guard said. “I know they’re not used...

Posted: 9 days ago

A still-stunned Darrell Davis stood in the cramped hallway outside his Dayton Flyers dressing room in the bowels of Humphrey Coliseum on Sunday night and talked quietly about the world beyond. “I know people are wondering what’s going on with the Flyers,” the 6-foot-5 senior guard said. “I know they’re not used...
Archdeacon: ‘Baby D’ setting the tone for young Dayton Flyers now
 The other morning he had another of those light-bulb moments where he realized just how much his presence, his reach, his impact have expanded for the Dayton Flyers this basketball season. Darrell Davis was sitting near the basketball offices in the Cronin Center the day after the Flyers’ 73-60 loss to Auburn and the subject of his...

Posted: 12 days ago

The other morning he had another of those light-bulb moments where he realized just how much his presence, his reach, his impact have expanded for the Dayton Flyers this basketball season. Darrell Davis was sitting near the basketball offices in the Cronin Center the day after the Flyers’ 73-60 loss to Auburn and the subject of his...
Tom Archdeacon: Wright State’s Wilburn not your typical college player
 His head coach brought it up on his radio show earlier this week and then I mentioned it again a few days later and he didn’t like it. I asked Tye Wilburn about being a preferred walk-on with the Wright State basketball team and instantly his voice flattened. “I don’t really talk about being a walk-on,” he said. &ldquo...

Posted: 13 days ago

His head coach brought it up on his radio show earlier this week and then I mentioned it again a few days later and he didn’t like it. I asked Tye Wilburn about being a preferred walk-on with the Wright State basketball team and instantly his voice flattened. “I don’t really talk about being a walk-on,” he said. &ldquo...
Archdeacon: Is the future now for Crutcher as Flyers’ point guard?
 “It’s not personal.” That’s the way University of Dayton coach Anthony Grant described changing point guards early in Wednesday night’s 73-60 loss to Auburn at UD Arena. At the 15:07 mark of the first half – with his Flyers already down 11-2 – Grant sat junior point guard John Crosby on the bench...

Posted: 14 days ago

“It’s not personal.” That’s the way University of Dayton coach Anthony Grant described changing point guards early in Wednesday night’s 73-60 loss to Auburn at UD Arena. At the 15:07 mark of the first half – with his Flyers already down 11-2 – Grant sat junior point guard John Crosby on the bench...
Tom Archdeacon: Bengals rookie Mixon showing some maturity
 It was a poor choice of words, but it didn’t cause a stir or even a second thought like it once would have. “You know what was real nice though?” Dave Lapham, the former Cincinnati Bengals lineman and now the radio color commentator asked Joe Mixon in his on-the-air post-game interview. “A lot (of what you did) was...

Posted: 17 days ago

It was a poor choice of words, but it didn’t cause a stir or even a second thought like it once would have. “You know what was real nice though?” Dave Lapham, the former Cincinnati Bengals lineman and now the radio color commentator asked Joe Mixon in his on-the-air post-game interview. “A lot (of what you did) was...
Archdeacon on Flyers’ Cunningham: ‘I came to UD for nights like this’
 Besides listening to “my music,” he said he has just one pregame ritual. “I always have to take a nice shower just to relax myself,” Josh Cunningham said. “It’s just to get me into the swing of things. To soothe myself and calm me down and get me in the mood.” Saturday night at UD Arena there was...

Posted: 18 days ago

Besides listening to “my music,” he said he has just one pregame ritual. “I always have to take a nice shower just to relax myself,” Josh Cunningham said. “It’s just to get me into the swing of things. To soothe myself and calm me down and get me in the mood.” Saturday night at UD Arena there was...