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Dan Daly

Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of "The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at ddaly@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Dan Daly

DALY: Canadian forays go back to the 1950s

This game against the Buffalo Bills in Toronto would be a lot more fun if Sav Rocca, the Washington Redskins' punter, could score a rouge. Published October 27, 2011

Florida Panthers goalie Jacob Markstrom, right, of Sweden stops a shot by Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera (25) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. The Capitals won 3-0. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

DALY: Capitals' focus key to perfectly good start

The new-and-improved Washington Capitals — twice as many Czech goalies! — travel to the western provinces this week to continue their quest for the NHL's first perfect season. OK, so they're not going to go 82-0. Even 81-0-1 is stretch. But center Brooks Laich said before they left for Edmonton that "We want to extend this as far as we can," and Laich is a man who must be taken at his word. Published October 26, 2011

DALY: Losing streaks seem to have a triple effect

If, as Joe Gibbs always contended, "You're just three weeks away from disaster" in the NFL, then the Washington Redskins right now are standing on the precipice, staring into the abyss. Published October 24, 2011

DALY: QB spot is what's holding Redskins back

The quarterback position figured to be the least of the Washington Redskins' worries when Mike Shanahan took over as coach 21 months ago. Shanahan, after all, is a connoisseur of quarterbacks. He's renowned for getting the most out of them — from John Elway to Steve Young to Jake Plummer to Jay Cutler. Heck, he played the position himself at Eastern Illinois. Published October 19, 2011

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan looks at quarterback Rex Grossman (8) leaving the field after throwing an interception to the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

DALY: Resolve put to test in defeat

Seems like just the other day the Washington Redskins were 3-1 and alone atop the NFC East. Actually, now that I think about it, it was just the other day the Redskins were 3-1 and alone atop the NFC East. Published October 17, 2011

DALY: Too many turnovers came at too crucial a position for Redskins

We knew this day was coming, didn't we, Washington Redskins fans? Sooner or later, Mike Shanahan was going to get sick and tired of Rex Grossman being Rex Grossman — just as, last December, he got sick and tired of Donovan McNabb being Donovan McNabb. Published October 16, 2011

DALY: Twilight's last gleaming for Ovi and Sid the Kid?

Not too long ago, the NHL revolved around the twin suns of Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. You think back to the 2009 playoffs, when they matched each other goal for glorious goal in a seven-game shootout. It was only the Eastern semifinals, sure, but has hockey had a more mesmerizing two weeks in the past decade? You were afraid to blink, afraid you might miss Ovie or Sid the Kid doing something supernatural. Published October 12, 2011

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason  is checked into the boards by Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin during the first period Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

DALY: Capitals' hustle and grit keys to victories

Nothing the Washington Capitals do Monday night at Verizon Center can make up for those awful six days last spring, when the Tampa Bay Lightning swept them out of the playoffs. So let's put that thought out of everybody's mind right now. Published October 9, 2011

DALY: One game not enough to judge this version of the Capitals

The Washington Capitals always win their home opener, don't they? Saturday night's victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-3 in overtime, makes it 10 straight for them. So you don't want to draw too many conclusions, make too many sweeping statements, off 60 (or so) minutes at the rink — not when, as Bruce Boudreau reminded everybody, there are still "81 more to go." Published October 9, 2011

DALY: Height of Al Davis' impact cannot be measured

Al Davis loved size. My goodness, he loved size. Everybody in the NFL loves size, of course, but Davis, who died Saturday at 82, took it to an entirely new level. If football is a bully sport — and it most assuredly is — then Al wanted his Raiders to be the biggest, baddest team of all. Published October 8, 2011

Michal Neuvirth and the Capitals were swept by the Tampa Bay Lightning in last season's playoffs. Washington's latest postseason disappointment prompted the team to sign a new No. 1 goaltender in veteran Tomas Vokoun. (Associated Press)

DALY: Capitals burdened by urgency to win Cup now

Only one of Washington's pro teams — the Big Four, I mean — is much burdened by expectations: the Capitals. With the others, the fans' mindset is entirely different. Published October 6, 2011

Center Jeff Halpern, who grew up in Potomac, is back with the Capitals for the first time since leaving Washington to sign with Dallas for the 2006-07 season. (Associated Press)

DALY: Jeff Halpern regains home-ice advantage

Jeff Halpern used to laugh when Chris Simon, his old Washington Capitals teammate, would refer to players as "suitcases." Of course, Halpern was just breaking into the league then. In his first six seasons, he knew only one club: his hometown Caps. Published October 5, 2011

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford gets up slowly after being hit by Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield during the third quarter. Washington's defense has allowed just one team to score at least 20 points through the first four games.St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is hit hard by Washington Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield (96) during the third quarter of the NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

DALY: Redskins' win comes with warning signs

Sixty minutes can be an awfully long time in football. As the quarters pass, you can think you're watching one kind of game, only to discover, as events unfold, that you're watching another. Published October 2, 2011

Eagles QB Michael Vick (left) and New York counterpart Eli Manning likely will be in a battle with the Redskins and Cowboys throughout the season. (Associated Press)

DALY: Odds are NFC East is even

It's a short work week - for everybody, not just the Washington Redskins. So let's get cracking, shall we? We have much ground to cover and a mere 800 words to do it in, give or take a dangling participle. Title today's effort: Things We Learned in the Redskins' 18-16 Loss at Dallas. Published September 27, 2011

Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Spencer causes Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman to fumble near the end of the fourth quarter in Dallas' 18-16 win. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

DALY: Finishing touch eludes Redskins against Cowboys

The Redskins were so close to a 3-0 record Monday night that they could grab it by the facemask. Up 16-15 on the Cowboys with 2:25 left, all they had to do was stop a third-and-21 play — a third-and-21 prayer, really — and a huge NFC East road win was theirs. Published September 27, 2011

Red Sox slugger Ted Williams clinched baseball's last .400 season by going 6-for-8 in a doubleheader on the last day in 1941 to finish at .406. Sixteen years later, he batted .388. (Associated Press)

DALY: A movie of Ted Williams' life would only be natural

It's the end of a long day of hunting in Africa. Ted Williams and John Underwood, his friend and writing collaborator, are in their tent trying to get to sleep, the faint light of a lantern casting everything in shadows. Published September 26, 2011