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: Big Ben, Steelers ‘take care of business’ — again — in Cincinnati
 Ben Roethlisberger’s reputation in Cincinnati goes beyond the football field at Paul Brown Stadium. “My best friend, Jamie Cooper is from here and he’s getting married,” Roethlisberger said with a grin late Sunday afternoon as he stood just outside the visitors’ dressing room at PBS. “He said he’s...

Posted: a day ago

Ben Roethlisberger’s reputation in Cincinnati goes beyond the football field at Paul Brown Stadium. “My best friend, Jamie Cooper is from here and he’s getting married,” Roethlisberger said with a grin late Sunday afternoon as he stood just outside the visitors’ dressing room at PBS. “He said he’s...
Archdeacon: NBA legend Magic Johnson dishes off one of greatest assists to Central State
 Magic Johnson still has the touch. Rated the greatest point guard of all time by ESPN and one of its top 50 players ever by the NBA, Johnson especially lived up to his nickname when it came to getting his Los Angeles Lakers teammates the ball. No-look passes, spinning feeds, on the money alley-oops, he was the king of the perfect assist....

Posted: 2 days ago

Magic Johnson still has the touch. Rated the greatest point guard of all time by ESPN and one of its top 50 players ever by the NBA, Johnson especially lived up to his nickname when it came to getting his Los Angeles Lakers teammates the ball. No-look passes, spinning feeds, on the money alley-oops, he was the king of the perfect assist....
Archdeacon: Mom’s words, spirit guide Wounded Warrior through life
 Although his mom died when he was just 10, Mike Gallardo believes her words, her spirit, her will – even after the tortuous route he’s often had to travel – still are alive in him and show themselves time and again, including, he hopes, Saturday at Wright State’s Ron Nischwitz Stadium. “My mom was a single mom...

Posted: 3 days ago

Although his mom died when he was just 10, Mike Gallardo believes her words, her spirit, her will – even after the tortuous route he’s often had to travel – still are alive in him and show themselves time and again, including, he hopes, Saturday at Wright State’s Ron Nischwitz Stadium. “My mom was a single mom...
Archdeacon: Dayton native Hunter on joining Miami University’s Cradle of Coaches -- ‘It’s a great honor’
 Thanks to a pact between two teenagers, Ron Hunter went from an inner city upbringing in West Dayton to the brick and ivy world of Miami University, a place where he’ll now be forever remembered following a special celebration Friday evening at the Shriver Center on campus and Saturday afternoon at halftime of the RedHawks game with...

Posted: 4 days ago

Thanks to a pact between two teenagers, Ron Hunter went from an inner city upbringing in West Dayton to the brick and ivy world of Miami University, a place where he’ll now be forever remembered following a special celebration Friday evening at the Shriver Center on campus and Saturday afternoon at halftime of the RedHawks game with...
Springfield South grad Gee, family’s story subject of book, documentary
 Jayson Gee has long made a name for himself on the basketball court. He was a star on the 1983-84 Springfield South team that was 20-0 and rated No. 1 in the state and he was an All-American at the University of Charleston. As a head coach at Charleston – where his teams went 160-55 – he recruited Ajamu Gaines of Springfield South...

Posted: 5 days ago

Jayson Gee has long made a name for himself on the basketball court. He was a star on the 1983-84 Springfield South team that was 20-0 and rated No. 1 in the state and he was an All-American at the University of Charleston. As a head coach at Charleston – where his teams went 160-55 – he recruited Ajamu Gaines of Springfield South...
Archdeacon: Former Flyer Tiger, city champion headed into Stivers Hall
 Before she could flip herself, she first had to flip others. And because that plan worked so well, she’ll be inducted into the Stivers Athletic Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon. Charlotte Bowman-Babcock — when she went to the storied Fifth Street school in the mid-1960s — talked about that as she sat with her husband...

Posted: 6 days ago

Before she could flip herself, she first had to flip others. And because that plan worked so well, she’ll be inducted into the Stivers Athletic Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon. Charlotte Bowman-Babcock — when she went to the storied Fifth Street school in the mid-1960s — talked about that as she sat with her husband...
Archdeacon: The Old Man and The Kid -- forever connected -- come up big for Bengals
 Their bond goes back to the NFL draft last spring. “Man, yeah, I guess it started when I called his name for the draft,” said Michael Johnson, the Cincinnati Bengals veteran defensive end who represented the team at the league’s annual talent grab last April at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Brought up to the podium to...

Posted: 8 days ago

Their bond goes back to the NFL draft last spring. “Man, yeah, I guess it started when I called his name for the draft,” said Michael Johnson, the Cincinnati Bengals veteran defensive end who represented the team at the league’s annual talent grab last April at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Brought up to the podium to...
Archdeacon: First choice, the best choice for celebrated Flyer freshman
 So Dwayne Cohill becoming a Dayton Flyer — rather than ending up at Ohio State, Penn State, Northwestern, Xavier, DePaul, UNLV, West Virginia, Clemson, Texas or one of the other 18 or more Division I schools that offered him a scholarship — didn’t exactly adhere to Biblical verse. According to Matthew 20:16: “So the...

Posted: 17 days ago

So Dwayne Cohill becoming a Dayton Flyer — rather than ending up at Ohio State, Penn State, Northwestern, Xavier, DePaul, UNLV, West Virginia, Clemson, Texas or one of the other 18 or more Division I schools that offered him a scholarship — didn’t exactly adhere to Biblical verse. According to Matthew 20:16: “So the...
Archdeacon: Celebrated harness racing career serves as best cure
 “I was on fire!” That’s Casie Coleman talking about the most indelible moment of her harness racing career, one that began as a groom and then a driver and now has made her one of North America’s top trainers. But she wasn’t referring to the seasons in which she always seemed to end up in the Winner’s Circle...

Posted: 18 days ago

“I was on fire!” That’s Casie Coleman talking about the most indelible moment of her harness racing career, one that began as a groom and then a driver and now has made her one of North America’s top trainers. But she wasn’t referring to the seasons in which she always seemed to end up in the Winner’s Circle...
Archdeacon: Dan the Man calls his special day with Tiger Woods 19 years ago -- ‘one of the most powerful experiences I’ve ever had’
 He was an 11-year-old kid with a “shaken, not stirred” fantasy. When asked by the Dayton chapter of the Special Wish Foundation for the dream he’d like delivered, young Dan Herchline, then a sixth grader at St. Luke’s Elementary in Beavercreek, didn’t miss a beat. He said he’d like to go to Hollywood and...

Posted: 19 days ago

He was an 11-year-old kid with a “shaken, not stirred” fantasy. When asked by the Dayton chapter of the Special Wish Foundation for the dream he’d like delivered, young Dan Herchline, then a sixth grader at St. Luke’s Elementary in Beavercreek, didn’t miss a beat. He said he’d like to go to Hollywood and...
Archdeacon: Driven to succeed, Parris Campbell helps Buckeyes overwhelm Green Wave
 As his postgame press session ended — after he’d talked about his record-setting day, his thoughts about quarterback Dwayne Haskins being an early Heisman Trophy frontrunner and the emotional return of Urban Meyer after a three-game suspension — there was only one question left to ask Ohio State H-back Parris Campbell: &ldquo...

Posted: 22 days ago

As his postgame press session ended — after he’d talked about his record-setting day, his thoughts about quarterback Dwayne Haskins being an early Heisman Trophy frontrunner and the emotional return of Urban Meyer after a three-game suspension — there was only one question left to ask Ohio State H-back Parris Campbell: &ldquo...