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: He’s a harness racing legend with 16,000-plus wins, but this one in Miami County might have been the most special
 As he came out of the final turn and into the home stretch at the Miami County Fairgrounds track Monday evening, he urged on Bold Decision with his raised voice and occasional tap of his whip and the 10-year-old bay gelding increased his lead and began to pull away from second-place Pink Rock, a bay mare half his age. And, in so doing, Tony...

Posted: 2 days ago

As he came out of the final turn and into the home stretch at the Miami County Fairgrounds track Monday evening, he urged on Bold Decision with his raised voice and occasional tap of his whip and the 10-year-old bay gelding increased his lead and began to pull away from second-place Pink Rock, a bay mare half his age. And, in so doing, Tony...
Archdeacon: This UD athlete helped tell a powerful tale of Dayton’s opioid crisis. And that’s only part of her story.
 She sat in the deserted indoor rowing room at the back of the Frericks Center a few evenings ago and talked quietly about folks who are trying to stay afloat in far rougher waters than she or her University of Dayton teammates ever have faced. “They let us into a vulnerable place in their lives and in their hearts,” said Taylor...

Posted: 7 days ago

She sat in the deserted indoor rowing room at the back of the Frericks Center a few evenings ago and talked quietly about folks who are trying to stay afloat in far rougher waters than she or her University of Dayton teammates ever have faced. “They let us into a vulnerable place in their lives and in their hearts,” said Taylor...
Archdeacon: No missing out, USAF Academy grad finds ‘balance’ as volunteer coach
 He seemed to have about everything a 26-year-old guy could want. Loyd Bradley Jr.’s plate was full. • He’d graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he’d also played football. • He was now stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and was working on his master’s degree in cost analysis at the Air...

Posted: 8 days ago

He seemed to have about everything a 26-year-old guy could want. Loyd Bradley Jr.’s plate was full. • He’d graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he’d also played football. • He was now stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and was working on his master’s degree in cost analysis at the Air...
Archdeacon: Community embraces beloved coach and his fight to live
 With the start of their two-a-day football practices this past week, the seniors on the Marion Local football team – the Flyers are the defending Division VI state champs, have won six state titles in the past seven years and 10 crowns overall – met one recent evening to decide what the team motto would be for the upcoming season...

Posted: 14 days ago

With the start of their two-a-day football practices this past week, the seniors on the Marion Local football team – the Flyers are the defending Division VI state champs, have won six state titles in the past seven years and 10 crowns overall – met one recent evening to decide what the team motto would be for the upcoming season...
Archdeacon: Dayton assistant coach making good on graveside promise to his mother
 He was a 13-year-old eighth grader growing up in a tough Dominican neighborhood in the Washington Heights section of Upper Manhattan when his mother, Josephine, who had raised him on her own, died unexpectedly from a heart attack. “I remember we were at her burial in Fairlawn, N.J. and they were putting her down in the grave,&rdquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

He was a 13-year-old eighth grader growing up in a tough Dominican neighborhood in the Washington Heights section of Upper Manhattan when his mother, Josephine, who had raised him on her own, died unexpectedly from a heart attack. “I remember we were at her burial in Fairlawn, N.J. and they were putting her down in the grave,&rdquo...
Archdeacon: Bengals owner Mike Brown says anthem debate has caused NFL to lose some of its ‘fizz’
 Mike Brown once shared a room with Donald Trump. Now the owner of the Cincinnati Bengals shares a dilemma with him. Since 2016, the National Football League has struggled to come up with a way of addressing players who have chosen to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem before the start of games as a way to protest racial justice...

Posted: 23 days ago

Mike Brown once shared a room with Donald Trump. Now the owner of the Cincinnati Bengals shares a dilemma with him. Since 2016, the National Football League has struggled to come up with a way of addressing players who have chosen to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem before the start of games as a way to protest racial justice...
Archdeacon: His hometown has an infamous eerie history, but this new UD assistant coach carved his own notable path
 He’s a favorite son of Point Pleasant, W.Va. He was a basketball standout at Point Pleasant High and then had a Hall of Fame career at Pikeville College just three hours away. He’s now going into his 30th year as a college basketball coach, a career that includes a pair of national titles as an assistant at the University of Florida...

3:29 PM Saturday, Jul. 14, 2018

He’s a favorite son of Point Pleasant, W.Va. He was a basketball standout at Point Pleasant High and then had a Hall of Fame career at Pikeville College just three hours away. He’s now going into his 30th year as a college basketball coach, a career that includes a pair of national titles as an assistant at the University of Florida...