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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

Jonathan Vilma was suspended by the NFL for the 2012 season for his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

SNYDER: NFL seeks to balance nature of game with its players' well-being

The events of May 2, 2012, won't be forgotten in the NFL. A one-two punch of shocking developments - unrelated on the surface but perhaps with connective tissue beneath - highlighted the ongoing wrestling match in our love-hate relationship with NFL violence. Published May 3, 2012

Kirk Cousins, selected with the 102nd overall  pick, gives the Redskins quarterback depth, but the team has a lot more pressing needs. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Another QB after RG3: Why is this a good idea?

Apparently, the Washington Redskins' brain trust still is suffering side effects from last year's painful experiment, when it tried to swallow a dose of Rex Grossman and John Beck at quarterback for a full season. Published May 1, 2012

Boston Bruins center Gregory Campbell (11), left, and Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) get physical after a play in the first period as the Washington Capitals take on the Boston Bruins in game four of National Hockey League first round playoff hockey at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 19, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Buckle up, there's one more game to go

The Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins haven't provided much merriment through six games of the tightest playoff series in NHL history. There have been few laughs or light-hearted moments. Instances of glee have been fleeting, followed by more high anxiety and tense nerves. Published April 24, 2012

Mike Mularkey was named the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach after spending the 2008-11 seasons as the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: In Jacksonville, bachelors are being singled out

The first inclination might be to mock the Jacksonville Jaguars upon learning they've added marriage to their formula for evaluating free agents. Apparently, new owner Shahid Khan, general manager Gene Smith and rookie coach Mike Mularkey want men who are good husbands as well as good players. Published April 17, 2012

Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond (20) batts as the Washington Nationals defeat the Cincinnati Reds in extra innings, 3-2, for their home opener in Major League Baseball at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, April 12, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Nationals' Ian Desmond in comfort zone

The Washington Nationals were quite popular among the baseball media during spring training, drawing postseason predictions from multiple prognosticators. Virtually everyone spoke highly of the Nats' rotation, bullpen, defense and core youngsters. Published April 12, 2012

Bobby Petrino's downfall at Arkansas started with a motorcycle crash and ended with revelations that he paid his mistress $20,000 before hiring her to the football staff. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Too many misdeeds by Petrino forced AD to cut him loose

The affair with a woman young enough to be his daughter was the least of Bobby Petrino's worries. If that was the sole charge he faced, Petrino still would be employed as Arkansas' football coach, mapping out practice schedules with an eye toward next week's Red-White spring game. Published April 11, 2012

Kevin Seraphin has produced 10 or more points in 10 of the Wizards' 13 games since the trades that moved JaVale McGee, Nick Young and Ronny Turiaf. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Given a chance, Kevin Seraphin proves worth

As it turns out, Nene and Brian Cook weren't the only bigs Washington acquired when it traded JaVale McGee, Nick Young and Ronny Turiaf. The Wizards also got the new-and-improved player who was buried on their bench. Wednesday's game against Indiana presented more evidence of the discovery, yet another exciting chapter in "The Evolution of Kevin Seraphin." Published April 5, 2012

Just 19 months removed from Tommy John surgery, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was named the team's Opening Day starter. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

SNYDER: Nationals will only go so far with Strasburg

Despite all the hype and highlights, strikes and spotlight, and the accolades and attention, Stephen Strasburg is a relatively unknown quantity. Entering his third season with the Nationals, he's yet to begin a year in the majors, yet alone start on Opening Day. Published April 3, 2012

Kentucky coach John Calipari talks to reporters during a news conference in New Orleans on Thursday, March 29, 2012. Kentucky will play Louisville in an NCAA tournament Final Four game on Saturday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

SNYDER: John Calipari condemned for winning within rules

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I declare that John Calipari and Kentucky have been falsely accused and unfairly maligned. Mr. Calipari and the Wildcats have conducted themselves with honor and followed the rules in their three seasons together. Charges that they're ruining college basketball and making a mockery of education are without merit and should be dropped immediately. Published March 29, 2012

Duke guard Austin Rivers is just the fourth player to leave for the NBA after one season in Mike Krzyzewski's 32 seasons at the Durham, N.C., school. Rivers' father, Doc Rivers, coaches the Boston Celtics. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: One-and-done freshmen come from all walks

Is coach Mike Krzyzewski running a basketball factory at Duke? Has he turned his back on education? Are his Blue Devils better role models than John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats? Published March 27, 2012

SNYDER: NFL to blame in salary-cap dispute

Upon further review, the NFL has decided to penalize the New York Giants for trading two first-round draft picks, a third-round pick and a fifth-round pick to the San Diego Chargers in 2004 for the rights to quarterback Eli Manning. Published March 13, 2012

Tar Heels coach Roy Williams wasn't too happy during his team's ACC Tournament title game loss to Florida State on Sunday. But it should cheer him up to know North Carolina is one of a handful of programs capable of playing its way into the NCAA tournament these days. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Enjoy your bracket; problems can wait

The brackets for the NCAA men's basketball tournament have been filled, meaning we can forget about the regular season ... except it seems to be forgotten nowadays way before Selection Sunday. Published March 11, 2012

Indianapolis Colts cut ties with quarterback Peyton Manning on Wednesday. Where will he land next? (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

SNYDER: Timely information, yet free agency isn't constrained by clock

Fans in several NFL markets are working themselves into a lather, becoming hot and bothered at the thought of Peyton Manning saying "I do" to their team. Manning's departure from the Indianapolis Colts was expected, but that didn't lessen the excitement anticipation once it became official. Published March 8, 2012