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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: Harper isn't type to stay down long

Has Bryce Harper hit a bit of a wall? Could be. Have pitchers figured him out some? Well, the statistics seem to suggest that. But the Nats are confident that, as pitchers adjust to him, he'll adjust right back because, well, this is what the best hitters do. Published August 19, 2012

DALY: Nationals eschew win-now mentality, think long-term

A pitcher's arm and a football player's head might seem like two different things -- and on the anatomical level, of course, they are. But there's a connection between them, too, especially in regard to the increasingly disputatious Stephen Strasburg Debate. Published August 16, 2012

Maryland head coach Randy Edsall directs his players during the team's annual Red-White spring NCAA college football scrimmage in College Park, Md., Saturday, April 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

DALY: Randy Edsall gets hit where it hurts most

Every coach deserves a second chance, and this season was Randy Edsall's. He did not, to put it mildly, score a touchdown in his first year at Maryland. Indeed, he aggravated many inside and especially outside the football building with a swagger and certitude that simply didn't jibe with his 74-70 record at Connecticut. Published August 15, 2012

Washington Redskins wide receiver Brandon Banks (16) arrives for afternoon practice at training camp at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Washington, D.C., Monday, July 30, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DALY: Banks’ job with Redskins could hinge on adapting

Talking to Brandon Banks, the travel-sized Washington Redskin, you can see the uncertainty in his face, hear it in his voice. He knows he has to contribute as a receiver this year if he wants earn a spot on the final roster. Published August 13, 2012

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, right, and his fellow teamates are congratulated by the coaching staff following their 9-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks during a baseball game on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

DALY: Nationals unscathed after their trial by fire

The Washington Nationals have the best record in the majors. Say it often enough, and it begins to sound like: "We've put a man on the moon!" (or something similarly historic). Published August 12, 2012

Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III hands off during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y., Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

DALY: RG3's sneak preview hints at blockbuster potential

Say this for Robert Griffin III: The kid knows how to make an entrance. Even behind a offensive line missing three starters Thursday night, he ran the Washington Redskins offense with confidence and polish. As crazy as RG3 Mania has been up to now, you get the feeling we ain't seen nuthin' yet. Published August 9, 2012

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, center, talks to the team at the conclusion of afternoon practice at training camp at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Tuesday, August 7, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DALY: Can the Redskins add to sports town's revival?

If there's one thing we're reminded of in sports, over and over again, it's that the direction of franchises can change in an eye blink. It happened fast for the Nats and Caps; will the same be true for the Redskins? Published August 8, 2012

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid watches a play during NFL football training camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., Monday, July 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

DALY: Coaching and family: A tenuous connection

No words can convey what Andy Reid is feeling right now, after his oldest son Garrett was found dead Sunday in a dormitory room at the Philadelphia Eagles' training camp. But let's talk about it for a bit, anyway, because, well, it's a story for our times. Published August 6, 2012

Stephen Strasburg pitched six scoreless innings, striking out six in the Nationals' 4-1 win over the Marlins on Sunday afternoon. (Associated Press)

DALY: At long last, Strasburg again comes up aces

There are times in the long, dusty baseball season when a team needs its ace to be its ace. Sunday was one of those times for Washington Nationals. It wasn't that the Nats were in any particular duress; they began the afternoon with the second-best record in the National League. Published August 5, 2012

Washington Redskins offensive tackle Tyler Polumbus (74) during afternoon practice at training camp at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, August 1, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DALY: Redskins’ improved O-line still lacks key veterans

Things got pretty rough for the Washington Redskins' offensive line last season. If one more guy had gotten hurt or suspended, the team might have held a seance and tried to contact the spirit of Turk Edwards. Published August 2, 2012

World doubles champions Yu Yang (left) and Wang Xiaoli of China were among eight badminton players dismissed from the games for intentionally trying to lose matches. (Associated Press)

DALY: Will to lose dampens the spirit of games

You'll be pleased to know there's a "clause" in the rules of badminton "that players have to make their best efforts." Mark Adams, a spokesman for the IOC, told us so Wednesday after eight women competitors were bounced from the Olympics for mailing it in in three different languages — Chinese, Korean (South, to be specific) and Indonesian. Published August 1, 2012

**FILE** Washington Redskins running back Tim Hightower warms up during the team's NFL football training camp practice at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., on July 30, 2012. (Associated Press)

DALY: Three heads better than one in Redskins' backfield

Not so long ago, the second most visible athlete in Washington, right behind the Redskins' starting quarterback, usually was Redskins' lead running back. You know the names — Larry Brown, John Riggins, Terry Allen, Earnest Byner, Stephen Davis, Clinton Portis. Published July 30, 2012

NFL Washington Redskin wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe takes a break at a practice during training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va., Saturday, July 28, 2012. The Redskins acquired Briscoe Friday, July 27 after he was waived by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

DALY: Bargain hunters can find deals on the waiver wire

Maybe Dezmon Briscoe will turn out to be another Ramzee Robinson. Remember him? (It's OK if you don't.) Robinson was a cornerback — a former Mr. Irrelevant, no less — who was claimed off waivers by the Washington Redskins in 2010, Mike Shanahan's first season as coach. Published July 29, 2012

Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss (89) makes his way to the field for afternoon practice on the first day of training camp at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Thursday, July 26, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DALY: Veteran Santana Moss playing with a rookie’s zeal

It was just one play, a single snap in a Washington Redskins camp full of them, but for Santana Moss it was oh so symbolic. On a throw to the left flat Thursday morning, just a few minutes into the first workout, Robert Griffin III led Moss a bit too far, and Santana was forced to make a tumbling catch, an effort that sent his visor flying. Published July 26, 2012

Hope for the Redskins begins with Robert Griffin III, whom they hope becomes their franchise quarterback. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DALY: At last, a season of hope for Redskins

In this, their 80th anniversary season, the Washington Redskins are finally complete. At long last, they have a practice bubble. Doing without a practice bubble until 2012 is like traveling by train after the invention of the jet engine (though those parlor cars could be awfully comfy). Published July 25, 2012

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has a .365 average, with eight home runs and a .753 slugging percentage since he received a cortisone shot on June 24. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

DALY: One downer for Nats doesn’t overshadow positives

Thursday was (unofficially) Cover Your Eyes Day at Nationals Park. A five-star pitching matchup between Gio Gonzalez and the New York Mets' R.A. Dickey quickly disintegrated into Gonzalez's worst outing of the season and a 9-5 Washington loss. Published July 19, 2012

DALY: Sandusky scandal revealed sad truth

In University Park, Pa., a couple of Penn State students are guarding the statue of Joe Paterno — lest a mob forms, bearing sledgehammers, and takes justice into its own hands. It ain't exactly Occupy Beaver Stadium, but the symbolism is there. Published July 18, 2012

Stephen Strasburg pitched six scoreless innings, striking out six in the Nationals' 4-1 win over the Marlins on Sunday afternoon. (Associated Press)

DALY: Nationals’ winning hand has an ace

Patience can be a hard sell in sports. There's always the fear of a window closing, of somebody's shelf life expiring. Seize the day, that's the ticket, because who knows what tomorrow will bring — outside of the Mayans, maybe? Published July 16, 2012

Washington Capitals CEO Dick Patrick, Founder and Chairmen Ted Leonsis , and Vice President and General Manager George McPhee, introduce new head coach Adam Oates during a press conference at Verizon Center on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, in Washington D.C. (Raymond Thompson/The Washington TImes)

DALY: Adam Oates a smart choice for George McPhee

Each coach the Washington Capitals have hired in recent years has brought something different to the table. Bruce Boudreau made a moribund club exciting by teaching it, in almost Don Coryell fashion, to Unleash the Offensive Fury. Dale Hunter was brought in last November to instill toughness and responsibility, and the Caps' gritty play in the postseason suggests they've progressed in that area. Published June 27, 2012