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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

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President Barack Obama looks over a signed New England Patriots football helmet presented to him by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, left, during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Wasington, Thursday, April 23, 2015, where the president honored the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots for their Super Bowl XLIX victory. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) **FILE**

SNYDER: Make a stand or take a knee -- it's up to player

Breaking traditions in politics has been all the rage lately and has seeped into sports. Some athletes are more willing to express their views, either by speaking out or kneeling down. Others have made their thoughts known by being elsewhere during team trips to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Published February 15, 2017

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, right, talks with his brother, former NFL head coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, left, on the sideline during organized team activities at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, June 11, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Even with restrictions, football is not going away anytime soon

Super Bowl 51 was unlike any other, featuring a historic collapse and unprecedented comeback. The game capped a topsy-turvy NFL season of lackluster TV ratings, uneven play, inconsistent officiating and the usual assortment of issues involving drugs and domestic violence. Published February 8, 2017

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2017, file photo, Alabama head coach Nick Saban answers questions during media day for the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Clemson in Tampa, Fla.  Alabama has a chance to sign one of the top classes in recent recruiting history and Ohio State isn't far behind as high school senior football players across the country make their college decisions official in a Signing Day that doesn't feature as much suspense as usual.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

SNYDER: The unseemly side of National Signing Day

The college football season kicked off Wednesday, at least the portion that delivers a fresh set of rankings to devour. Thousands of high school seniors played their role in feeding the machine, sometimes on live TV, by putting pen to paper for the spectacle that is National Signing Day. Published February 1, 2017

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) recovers the ball after knocking into New Orleans Pelicans forward Donatas Motiejunas in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. The Wizards won 107-94. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

SNYDER: Midwinter magic at the Verizon Center

D.C. sports fans are forgiven for being skeptical -- it never seems to work out in the end for either the Wizards or Capitals. But if you're not enjoying what's happening at the Verizon Center right now, you're missing out. Published January 30, 2017

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2016, file photo, new University of Oregon NCAA college football coach Willie Taggart takes questions during an introductory press conference in Eugene, Ore. The University of Oregon suspended football strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde one month without pay after three players were hospitalized following a series of intense workouts last week. The school announced the decision in a statement Tuesday evening, Jan. 17, 2017,  and detailed a review of the incident. It added that all future workouts have been modified and the strength and conditioning coach will now report to director of performance and sports science Andrew Murray instead of coach Willie Taggart, who apologized in the statement. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP, File)

'Play until you puke' mindset needs to change

Adults in charge of the young men coming up in football must change the 'go-until-you-puke' mentality before youngsters can follow suit. "You ain't dead yet" is hardly the standard we want to instill as the little tykes grow up. Published January 19, 2017

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney laughs during an NCAA college football news conference Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. Clemson defeated Alabama 35-31 in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game the night before. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

SNYDER: Playing's nice, but getting paid is the real game

What's in it for you? What do you get from the fun and games that too many folks treat like life and death? That's one of the questions fans will have to ask themselves with the launch of a couple of new minor leagues -- one for football, another for basketball. Published January 11, 2017

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) hands the pen back after autographing a poster after an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. The New York Giants defeated the Washington Redskins 19-10. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

SNYDER: If Odell's day off bugs you, get a life

The New York Giants' Odell Beckham and three fellow receivers were pilloried in some quarters for dashing to Miami after dashing Washington's playoff hopes. Published January 4, 2017

In this April 27, 2016, file photo, Miami Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds stands in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)

Hall voters facing the reality that Clemens, Bonds belong

Judging by ballots released by Hall of Fame voters, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens eventually will take their rightful place in Cooperstown. How appropriate. Only Pete Rose's exclusion makes less sense. Published December 26, 2016