SNYDER: Why would Manning stick his neck out to play for the Redskins?

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There’s no shame in losing on the Orange’s home court, where No. 2 Syracuse is 15-0 this season. Georgetown’s vaunted freshman class gets its first taste of the Orange, usually a bitter experience for newbies. And Syracuse has big man Fab Melo back after a three-game absence.

But the Hoyas should be fine … as long as this game doesn’t spark yet another late-season meltdown.

• Why Eli Manning took heat for believing he’s an elite quarterback.

The question was posed to the Giants’ QB in August, and he responded, “I consider myself in that class,” meaning a top-five or top-10 quarterback (a significant difference in range, but I digress). He definitely qualified for the latter group, with a better argument than Baltimore’s Joe Flacco and a Super Bowl MVP award, too.

Now, after another Super Bowl MVP, it’s obvious that you can’t spell “elite” without “Eli.”

• What Wizards management sees when discussing the team’s so-called assets.

I understand “the plan” and I admire owner Ted Leonsis. But he’s deluding himself regarding the Wizards’ young players. The only two who would be in demand — John Wall and JaVale McGee — are the two worth keeping. The others are projects (Jan Vesely) or off-the-bench prospects (everyone else) with minimal trade value.

Sometimes, one man’s trash is just another man’s trash, too.

• How “let them score/don’t score” arguments can be won or lost.

Bill Belichick told his Patriots to clear a path for the Giants. Eli Manning told his halfback to take a dive. The respective strategies make great fodder for debate, with a slew of what-ifs, if-thens and then-whats. Each course has merits and risks, and we’ll never know what would’ve happened otherwise.

Unlike extended-cut movies on DVD, alternate endings in sports are left to the imagination.

• Why Redskins fans mention the team’s two wins against the Giants.

In the season opener, the Giants were missing their top two D-linemen, their top cornerback and their top two middle linebackers. In the rematch, Eli Manning had his worst game of the season as New York concluded its annual late-season swoon. Washington won five games overall; the rest is irrelevant.

Then again, you have to hang your hat on something … even if it’s barely a thumbtack.

• How “Spygate” can be downplayed in Bill Belichick’s shrinking legacy.

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Deron Snyder

Deron Snyder is an award-winning journalist and Washington Times sports columnist with more than 25 years of experience. He has worked at USA Today and his column was syndicated in Gannett’s 80-plus newspapers from 2000-2009, appearing in The Arizona Republic, The Indianapolis Star, The Detroit News and many others. Follow Deron on Twitter @DeronSnyder or email him at deronwashtimes@gmail.com.

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