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: Dayton freshman growing into new role
 The Dayton Flyers were getting run out of the gym. They air-balled their first shot against Auburn on Saturday night, turned the ball over on five of their first six possessions, committed two fouls and had the partisan Auburn Arena crowd roaring with delight. On the bench, Flyers freshman Dwayne Cohill was getting a quick tutorial. &ldquo...

Posted: a day ago

The Dayton Flyers were getting run out of the gym. They air-balled their first shot against Auburn on Saturday night, turned the ball over on five of their first six possessions, committed two fouls and had the partisan Auburn Arena crowd roaring with delight. On the bench, Flyers freshman Dwayne Cohill was getting a quick tutorial. &ldquo...
Archdeacon: ‘I like my momma and I like my name’
 Growing up, she said she always liked being different: “I knew if someone said my name, they were talking to me. There was no confusion. “There was just one Calamity.” And Calamity McEntire gave her name little more thought than that until a second-grade classroom lesson threw her for a loop. “That was the one day...

Posted: 3 days ago

Growing up, she said she always liked being different: “I knew if someone said my name, they were talking to me. There was no confusion. “There was just one Calamity.” And Calamity McEntire gave her name little more thought than that until a second-grade classroom lesson threw her for a loop. “That was the one day...
Archdeacon: Wright State freshman plays with heavy heart after unexpected death in the family
 Miami had just stunned Wright State, 65-62, thanks to a deep three at the buzzer by the RedHawks’ Isaiah Coleman-Lands. As the Raiders trudged off the Nutter Center court Wednesday night, Skyelar Potter was in tears. The freshman guard had suddenly been hit by a real sense of loss, but not because of Miami’s shot as time...

Posted: 5 days ago

Miami had just stunned Wright State, 65-62, thanks to a deep three at the buzzer by the RedHawks’ Isaiah Coleman-Lands. As the Raiders trudged off the Nutter Center court Wednesday night, Skyelar Potter was in tears. The freshman guard had suddenly been hit by a real sense of loss, but not because of Miami’s shot as time...
Archdeacon: High-flying Toppin energizes fans, teammates with deluge of dunks
 In the official box score, Jalen Crutcher is listed as having six assists Tuesday night in the Dayton Flyers’ 98-59 victory over Detroit Mercy at UD Arena. The Flyers point guard actually had a seventh. It came at halftime and may have been his biggest facilitation of the night. “We were doing lay-ups at halftime and I went...

Posted: 6 days ago

In the official box score, Jalen Crutcher is listed as having six assists Tuesday night in the Dayton Flyers’ 98-59 victory over Detroit Mercy at UD Arena. The Flyers point guard actually had a seventh. It came at halftime and may have been his biggest facilitation of the night. “We were doing lay-ups at halftime and I went...
Archdeacon: Driskel’s first career start one to forget as Bengals implode
 He upper right arm was covered with puffy red welts and scrapes. His right hand had some skin gouged out. His uniform pants were ripped. Jeff Driskel – who had just made his first NFL start — wasn’t just the battered, losing quarterback from Cincinnati’s 24-10 loss to Denver on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. He...

Posted: 8 days ago

He upper right arm was covered with puffy red welts and scrapes. His right hand had some skin gouged out. His uniform pants were ripped. Jeff Driskel – who had just made his first NFL start — wasn’t just the battered, losing quarterback from Cincinnati’s 24-10 loss to Denver on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium. He...
Archdeacon: Flyers in good hands with Crutcher running the show
 He was done with everything now – his duties handled at the postgame press conference, his exit made from the dressing room and the teammates who met with their families and friends just outside of it – and he had sat down in a chair in a private area between the Donoher Center and UD Arena to spend a few moments with his dad...

Posted: 9 days ago

He was done with everything now – his duties handled at the postgame press conference, his exit made from the dressing room and the teammates who met with their families and friends just outside of it – and he had sat down in a chair in a private area between the Donoher Center and UD Arena to spend a few moments with his dad...
Archdeacon: Senior shines brightly for Wright State Raiders
 Pressure makes diamonds. That’s the scientific explanation of how crystals of pure carbon turn into diamonds under high temperatures and intense pressure. It’s also a well-known quote General George S. Patton uttered to his troops. And it is an explanation of the almost gem of a game Mark Hughes had Tuesday night against Cedarville...

Posted: 12 days ago

Pressure makes diamonds. That’s the scientific explanation of how crystals of pure carbon turn into diamonds under high temperatures and intense pressure. It’s also a well-known quote General George S. Patton uttered to his troops. And it is an explanation of the almost gem of a game Mark Hughes had Tuesday night against Cedarville...
Archdeacon: Sinclair Six beating the odds on the basketball court
 When it comes to teams beating the odds, few in college basketball can top the Tartan Pride women of Sinclair Community College. Going into Wednesday night’s game with visiting Edison State, Sinclair is 6-0. It’s ranked No. 1 in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference. It’s ranked No 15 in the nation in the National...

Posted: 13 days ago

When it comes to teams beating the odds, few in college basketball can top the Tartan Pride women of Sinclair Community College. Going into Wednesday night’s game with visiting Edison State, Sinclair is 6-0. It’s ranked No. 1 in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference. It’s ranked No 15 in the nation in the National...
Archdeacon: Who needs sleep? Browns’ rookie Mayfield thrashes Bengals in Battle of Ohio
 Who says you need a good night’s sleep to be at your best the next day? Cleveland quarterback, Baker Mayfield, rooms with fellow Browns’ rookie Nick Chubb on the road and he said Saturday night in their Cincinnati hotel room was a challenge. “I tell you what, he was snoring very, very loudly,” Mayfield said. Yet, if...

Posted: 15 days ago

Who says you need a good night’s sleep to be at your best the next day? Cleveland quarterback, Baker Mayfield, rooms with fellow Browns’ rookie Nick Chubb on the road and he said Saturday night in their Cincinnati hotel room was a challenge. “I tell you what, he was snoring very, very loudly,” Mayfield said. Yet, if...
Archdeacon: Freshman Olave adds his name to Buckeye lore
 Whether it was that old maxim about “ignorance is bliss” or maybe the one about just being “too young to know any better,” Chris Olave, Ohio State’s third-string freshman receiver, said he wasn’t nervous at all when he was sent into the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan Saturday at Ohio Stadium. &ldquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

Whether it was that old maxim about “ignorance is bliss” or maybe the one about just being “too young to know any better,” Chris Olave, Ohio State’s third-string freshman receiver, said he wasn’t nervous at all when he was sent into the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan Saturday at Ohio Stadium. &ldquo...