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Dan Daly

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

National League Most Valuable Player Ryan Bruan had his 50-game suspension reversed due to technicalities in the handling of his sample. (Associated Press)

DALY: Missing 44 hours a perfect story for the silver screen

Forty-four hours. That's what we're talking about. Twenty hours more than the Kiefer Sutherland TV show, 83 fewer than the James Franco movie. Because it took that long to ship Ryan Braun's urine samples to the lab, his positive test was thrown out by an arbitrator and the National League's Most Valuable Player dodged a 50-game suspension. Praise the Lord and pass the testosterone. Published February 29, 2012

Washington likely will have to trade with St. Louis at No. 2 to put itself in position to draft Baylor standout and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. Cleveland and Miami, both in need of a franchise quarterback, are ahead of the Redskins in the draft. (Associated Press)

DALY: Desperation may be what drives the draft

The St. Louis Rams are open to offers for the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft — and the chance to abscond with Robert Griffin III, the Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor. Stand back, everybody. This could get crazy. Published February 26, 2012

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has 24 goals and 45 points this season. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

DALY: Break up the Capitals, Ovechkin included

Ted Leonsis, ever the romantic, has been trying to paint the Sistine Chapel. He doesn't just want the Washington Capitals to be successful in the business sense, he wants them to be a club that contends for the Stanley Cup year after year — and is always part of the hockey conversation. Can't fault a guy for that. What Caps fan, after nearly four decades of Cup-lessness, doesn't yearn for the same thing? Published February 22, 2012

New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin, an instant sensation since coming off the bench to score 25 points Feb. 4, has gained followers worldwide. (Associated Press)

DALY: Lin's story gets better by the chapter

This Jeremy Lin craze has begun to feel like the movie "Twister." Any second now, I expect to see a cow go flying past my windshield — a cow being ridden by Marv Albert. Published February 20, 2012

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DALY: Redskins' QB situation is desperate, uncertain

What the Washington Redskins are looking for in their quarterback search, what they desperately need their next QB to be, is something that doesn't really exist: A Sure Thing. Published February 19, 2012

Randy Edsall was 2-10 in his first season. It was just the second 10-loss season in Maryland history. (Associated Press)

DALY: Terps' Edsall personifies a backward landscape

College athletics is sashaying toward a tipping point. I say "sashaying" because it suggests a certain obliviousness, a lack of self-awareness, and the folks in college sports have always scored high in those particular categories. High enough to qualify for an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Published February 15, 2012

President Richard Nixon (right), shown with Redskins coach George Allen on Jan. 2, 1973, challenged the NFL to change its blackout policy. (Associated Press)

DALY: NFL on TV was more than a political football to Nixon

The current occupant of the White House is a basketball guy. Other recent Leaders of the Free World have been partial to golf, jogging and brush clearing. Not Richard Nixon. Nixon loved football — any kind of football. Published February 12, 2012

Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo traded four top prospects to the Oakland Athletics for right-hander Gio Gonzalez, who was introduced at Nationals Park on Wednesday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DALY: Nats' Rizzo aiming to get a leg up in arms race

First the Washington Nationals trade for Gio Gonzalez. Then they sign Edwin Jackson to a one-year deal. I ask you: Has this team ever been more ready for rainouts — not to mention doubleheaders? Published February 8, 2012

New York Giants players run onto the field before the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game against the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

DALY: Divided we stand - except when it comes to the NFL

It's scary how gigantic the NFL has gotten. If Godzilla and the 50-Foot Woman had a love child, and the kid pumped iron 10 hours a day until the age of consent, he'd still look like Danny Woodhead compared to the NFL. Published February 6, 2012

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, an undrafted free agent out of Massachusetts, racked up 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns as a Giants team that lost twice to the Redskins got hot at the right time. (Associated Press photo)

DALY: NFL's tales of the unexpected

Who would have guessed when the league resumed business in July that Albert Haynesworth, the disinterested defensive tackle, would con not one but two teams — New England and Tampa Bay — into paying him a salary? Published February 2, 2012

What the Colts decide to do with Peyton Manning's $28 million option leaves many teams intrigued. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

DALY: If chips fall just right, Peyton Manning's place could be D.C.

Picture Peyton Manning in a Washington Redskins uniform. Just entertain the possibility, even though there's no telling if it'll ever happen. Would he have to slip Terrence Austin a few bucks to gain proprietary rights to the number 18? So many thoughts rush through your head. Published February 1, 2012

Joe Namath was glitter and glamour with a movie-star mystique. By leading the New York Jets to a monumental upset of Baltimore in Super Bowl III, he helped transform football into America's favorite spectator sport. (Associated Press)

DALY: Namath had swagger and the game to go with it

This is Super Bowl Week, and it's hard to think about the Super Bowl without thinking about Joe Namath. He's one of the guys who made the NFL's championship game what it is today, the biggest event on America's sporting calendar. Published January 30, 2012

New York Giants defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul, left, and Justin Tuck meet during NFL football practice on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

DALY: Who will write the last chapter to Super Bowl storyline?

If poor Billy Cundiff, the Baltimore Ravens' kicker, hadn't flinched in the final seconds against New England, both conference championship games this year would have gone into overtime. Think about that. Think about how little difference there was, qualitatively, among the NFL's Final Four. Has there ever been less? Published January 29, 2012

Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, surrounded by players, hoists the franchise's third Vince Lombardi Trophy. (Associated Press)

DALY: Reliving Redskins glory

Has it really been 20 years since the Washington Redskins last played in the Super Bowl (and won, if memory serves)? Seems like 120. Seems like they must have worn leather helmets and operated out of the single wing, maybe even traveled to the game in Pullman cars. Are you sure Chip Lohmiller didn't dropkick? Published January 26, 2012

Washington Capitals left wing Matt Hendricks slugged it out with Montreal's Rene Bourque on Jan. 18, retribution for Bourque's hit on Nicklas Backstrom that left the Capitals center with a concussion. (Associated Press)

DALY: Capitals' hits keep on coming

If you're looking for the face of the Washington Capitals these days, check out Matt Hendricks' mug. After doing battle with the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night, Hendricks pointed to a bright red welt on his left cheek and said, "That's [the work of] a stick." Then he pointed to his right ear, equally rosy — and possibly in need of stitches — and said, "That's a puck." Published January 25, 2012

Baltimore kicker Billy Cundiff (center) could have forced overtime at New England in the AFC title game Sunday, but his 32-yard field goal attempt in the waning seconds was wide left. (Associated Press)

DALY: Goats give us Super Bowl rematch

Apologies to Billy Cundiff and Kyle Williams — we all feel your pain — but nothing takes the edge off a couple of tense, ultra-competitive football games quite like the bleating of goats. Published January 23, 2012

Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis looks up at the scoreboard during the second half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots defeated the Ravens 23-20. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

DALY: What-ifs will haunt Baltimore

The Baltimore Ravens did everything imaginable to beat the New England Patriots on Sunday in the AFC title game. They got a fine game, a better-than-Tom Brady game, out of Joe Flacco, their under-fire quarterback. They extracted three turnovers from the Patriots - normally very stingy in that department - and had only one giveaway. They made the Pats settle for field goals three times when touchdowns might have changed the complexion of things. Published January 22, 2012