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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.

Articles by Deron Snyder

**FILE** Washington Redskins' Clinton Portis carries a flag bearing the number of slain fellow player Sean Taylor as the Washington Redskins host the New York Giants at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Sunday.
(Michael Connor / The Washington Times)

SNYDER: A window into Florida community that produced Sean Taylor's killers

The Redskins safety was shot during a botched burglary attempt by some Fort Myers thugs nearly seven years ago and died the next day. "Fort Myers scoundrels" is the way journalist Amy Shipley described the killers in the documentary, "Sean Taylor: A Football Life," which aired last week on NFL Network. She's absolutely correct. Published September 29, 2014

The shadow of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is cast on the NFL logo background as he pauses before answering a question from the media during a news conference at the annual NFL football meetings at the Arizona Biltmore, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

SNYDER: All-consuming NFL can't get out of its own way

Our inability to look away from football is nothing new. But the last few months have been different. We might have thought the NFL was maxed out, but it has attracted a slew of new eyeballs as women, non-fans, politicians, news producers and corporate executives turn toward the league. What they see isn't pretty. Published September 17, 2014

Howard head coach Gary Harrell talks to his players on the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Rutgers Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers won 38-25. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

SNYDER: For HBCUs, Classics are traditions to be savored

The practice of pitting black colleges against powerhouses has its benefits, namely in the large checks that are cashed. A more pleasant tradition resumes Saturday at RFK Stadium, when Howard faces Morehouse College for the fourth consecutive year in the AT&T Nation's Football Classic. Published September 10, 2014

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson greets Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III after an NFL wild card playoff football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. The Seahawks defeated the Redskins 24-14. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

SNYDER: RG3 still finding place in QB class of 2012

Can RG3 keep up? Can he recapture the magic? Can he retain his job? Russell Wilson and Nick Foles (and to a lesser extent, Washington backup Kirk Cousins) have become significant subplots to the RG3 drama that fascinated the country from the beginning and has grown ever since. Published September 3, 2014

Referees called 56 illegal contact penalties in the preseason's first two weeks, but only 54 in the entire 2013 season. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: NFL fans ready to move on from preseason penalties, Johnny Manziel

It's not that I crave additional coverage of Cleveland's much-ballyhooed backup QB. There's already been more than enough for no good reason. Johnny Football has morphed into Johnny Ad Nauseam. But that's not as sickening as the ticky-tacky penalties officials called on seemingly every pass attempt in August. Published September 3, 2014

The "Golden Dome" of the administration building is shown before the start of the Notre Dame/against the Purdue college football game in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

SNYDER: Contempt for those caught in academic scandals should start at top

Disgraceful behavior tends to trickle down. Some athletes won't take their academics seriously if the school doesn't. And if the school doesn't, regular students won't, either. The message becomes clear to everyone on campus: The most important thing is helping athletes retain their eligibility, not receive an education. Published August 18, 2014

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2012, file photo, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, left, confronts Matt Kenseth (17) after the two collided during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Bristol, Tenn. Stewart struck and killed a 20-year-old racer who had climbed from his car Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014,  to confront Stewart on a New York dirt track following a crash caused by contact between the two cars.  (AP Photo/Bristol Herald Courier, Earl Neikirk, File)

SNYDER: Dirt-track death a reminder of how dangerous emotion can be

The loss of life on a racetrack is tragic under any circumstances, but this instance is particularly sad because it has nothing to do with racing, per se. Instead, it has everything to do with the macho, tough-guy posturing that exists in the sport's undercurrent. Published August 11, 2014

WNBA star Becky Hammon takes questions from the media at the San Antonio Spurs practice facility after being introduced as an assistant coach with the team on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 in San Antonio. Hammon became the first woman to be a full-time, paid assistant on an NBA staff. (AP Photo/Bahram Mark Sobhani)

SNYDER: With Becky Hammon, champion Spurs keep cutting unique path

There wasn't much more the Spurs could do to separate themselves from fellow NBA teams … unless you're talking about winning more championships. But like it or not, the franchise moved further from the pack Tuesday when it added Hammon to the staff, making her the first female full-time assistant coach in NBA history. Published August 6, 2014

**FILE** The Air Force Academy defensive line takes to the field for drills on the first day of football practice for the 2014 season Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the Holaday Athletic Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo)

SNYDER: Service academies should lead fight against sexual violence

Students at the Air Force Academy, West Point and the Naval Academy are supposed to be different. They're supposed to adhere to honor codes and higher behavior standards befitting of officers in our armed forces. It might not be the case on other college campuses, but "character" is supposed to be more than a cliché when you'll don your country's uniform upon graduation. Published August 4, 2014

Washington Redskins fan Kevin Durant, of the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball team, before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

SNYDER: Is Durant coming home to D.C. as a free agent in 2016?

Kevin Durant, a four-time NBA scoring champ and D.C. native, made waves Tuesday at Team USA's training camp in Las Vegas. All it took was speaking openly and honestly about perhaps joining the Wizards as a free agent in 2016. Published July 30, 2014