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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

Cover of the book The National Forgotten League by Dan Daly, in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 11, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Of Miners and Men

Editor's Note: Times sports columnist Dan Daly knows the history of the NFL as well as anybody anywhere. The Times will offer an excerpt from his new book every day this week. Published September 18, 2012

DALY: Getting mad, and wanting to get even

Most of what happens on a football field isn't very nice. If it occurred in your workplace or mine, the perpetrator(s) would probably be whisked off to sensitivity training. But sometimes it takes a game like Sunday's between the Washington Redskins and St. Louis Rams to remind us of that. Published September 17, 2012

Cover of the book The National Forgotten League by Dan Daly, in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 11, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Mixing Football & Politics

Editor's Note: Times sports columnist Dan Daly knows the history of the NFL as well as anybody anywhere. The Times will offer an excerpt from his new book every day this week. Published September 17, 2012

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, right, throws a touchdown pass to teammate Matthew Mulligan as Washington Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, left, defends during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

DALY: Redskins lived on the edge, but then fell off

Every time something bad has happened to the Washington Redskins in recent years, it's cost them one way or another. A starter has gotten hurt — and there's been nobody to replace him with. Or somebody has fumbled or thrown a pick or committed some other on-field blunder — and it's crippled their chances to win a game. Published September 16, 2012

Cover of the book The National Forgotten League by Dan Daly, in Washington, D.C.,Tuesday, September 11, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Fred Crawford’s heave wowed crowd in ’35

Editor's Note: Times sports columnist Dan Daly knows the history of the NFL as well as anybody anywhere. The Times will offer an excerpt from his new book every day this week. Published September 16, 2012

New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith (91) shakes hands with linebacker Jonathan Vilma in the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012.  The Saints won 40-32. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

DALY: Who’s sorry now? No one, it seems

As the Bounty Scandal winds down in the NFL, I find myself thinking more and more about Jason Giambi. It was Giambi who, in the aftermath of baseball's PED feeding frenzy, owned up to what he'd done. It was he who said, "I was wrong for using that stuff. What we should have done a long time ago was stand up -- players, ownership everybody -- and said, 'We made a mistake.'" Published September 13, 2012

DALY: ACC glad to meet Irish half way

Notre Dame is coming to the Atlantic Coast Conference -- and they're bringing two of the Four Horsemen with them. Published September 12, 2012

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) passes in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

DALY: Among rookies, RG3's in a class by himself

Early Monday afternoon, an NFL functionary tweeted: "@RGIII & Elway only rookie QBs since '70 to start & win opener on road vs team undefeated at home in previous yr." Published September 10, 2012

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III had plenty of reason to celebrate at he went 19 of 26 for 320 yards and two touchdowns in his NFL debut Sunday.  (Associated Press)

DALY: RG3 performs admirably in opener

What the Washington Redskins have in Robert Griffin III isn't just a quarterback, it's a performer. No mere quarterback could walk into the crocodile-filled bayou known as the Superdome and, in his NFL debut, torch the New Orleans Saints for 320 passing yards, two touchdowns and a 139.9 rating in a 40-32 win. Only a performer — a player who relishes the spotlight, who lives for such moments — could have done that. Published September 9, 2012

Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) looks on from the bench against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during an NFL preseason football game, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

DALY: Finally, we can focus on the field

If we're lucky, this will be the last of it — for a while, anyway. A year ago, the NFL was fighting with the players over money. This year it's fighting with game officials over money. All this off-field contentiousness is getting a little tiresome, if you ask me. How about channeling some of that aggression into football, where it belongs? Or does the NFL Network count on it for programming? Published September 6, 2012

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

DALY: Rookie QBs step right up

Playing quarterback in the NFL used to require the football equivalent of a Class A license. Either that or you had to be certified to operate heavy machinery — a crane, say. Published September 6, 2012

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) celebrates a touchdown in the second quarter to put the Skins up 14-7 as the Washington Redskins takes on the Indianapolis Colts in NFL preseason football at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Saturday, August 25, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DALY: With RG3, shoot for the moon, but settle for a star

There's only so much a 22-year-old rookie quarterback can do. Let that be your mantra this season, Washington Redskins fans. It might help you get through, well, whatever it is you have to get through. Sixteen games can be a long time, even when you have the distraction of a Heisman Trophy-winning QB -- the most exciting edition to the franchise since Sonny Jurgensen (at least). Published September 5, 2012

Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gives the thumbs up to supporters at a campaign event at East Carolina University, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, in Greenville, NC. (AP Photo/Sara D. Davis)

DALY: Politicians, use your heads more and feats less

Hey, it could have been worse for Paul Ryan. He could have tried to pass himself off as Jim Ryun, just to see if anybody was paying attention. So give him credit for exercising some restraint. Published September 3, 2012

DALY: In company with Harper, Griffey, Brian McCall draws more than a blank

Thursday morning, after their 19-year-old prodigy had blasted two homers against the Miami Marlins, the Washington Nationals tweeted the following tidbit: "Elias [Sports Bureau]: Last night, Bryce Harper became only the 3rd teenage CF to post a multi-HR game, joining Ken Griffey Jr ('89) and Brian McCall ('62)." Published August 30, 2012

Washington Redskins wide receiver Brandon Banks (16) runs the ball down the Redskins sideline in the second half of the Redskins' 30-3 preseason victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Aug. 29, 2012, at FedEx Field in Washington. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

DALY: Redskins check off preseason objectives in finale

All you can ask of any NFL preseason game is that (a.) players who need the work get the work; and (b.) everybody emerges with with their limbs and faculties intact. Well, everybody important, at least. Published August 30, 2012

Washington Nationals catcher Jesus Flores celebrates with closer Tyler Clippard after the Washington Nationals closed out a 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

DALY: Nats’ bullpen has been a relief from the start

On better baseball teams, the collection of odds and ends that makes up a team's bullpen tends to be much greater than the sum of its parts. And we're seeing that now with the Washington Nationals, who all of a sudden are one of the big leagues' "better teams." Published August 22, 2012

DALY: RG3-Luck matchup worthy of the hype

Much helium figures to be pumped into the balloon before Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck swap spirals Saturday night. Of course, in these situations, some hype can't be helped. Published August 20, 2012