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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

Articles by Deron Snyder

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 107-92. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

SNYDER: Kobe Bryant haters misfire with shooting criticism

His days of winning titles in Los Angeles are over, but that's about the only thing that has changed. He's still adding to his Hall of Fame resume, and even records that appear embarrassing at first glance can reveal an athlete's true greatness. Published November 12, 2014

Washington Wizards' Kris Humphries, center, shoots on Toronto Raptors' Patrick Patterson, left, and Tyler Hansbrough during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 7, 2014, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

SNYDER: Wizards' early mixing and matching off bench is a positive sign

The rotation remains a work in progress aside from Otto Porter Jr.'s entrenchment, but it has taken a different shape over the last couple of games. Reserve forward Drew Gooden III and wing Glen Rice Jr. have been supplanted by Kris Humphries and Rasual Butler, respectively. Published November 10, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, left, stands on the sidelines with head coach Jay Gruden, right, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, in Minneapolis. The Vikings won 29-26. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

SNYDER: Redskins' polling numbers poor as they head to bye week

Instead of steaming into the off week with momentum from three straight wins, Washington limps in with a 3-6 record. This marks the third consecutive season the team has fallen to that mark, which makes it a runaway winner for "Most Unlikely 2012 Playoff Appearance Sandwiched by Terrible Records." Published November 3, 2014

Chicago Bears defensive end Lamarr Houston, seated, holds his knee after injuring it while celebrating a sack on New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with about 3 minutes left in an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won 51-23.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

SNYDER: It's OK to laugh when an NFL sack dance goes bad

Not to make light of an athlete's injury or misfortune, but tearing your ACL while celebrating a sack is fairly hilarious. Especially when it happens to one player five weeks after it happened to another, both times with eerily similar dance moves that conclude with the players wincing and going down as if shot. Published October 29, 2014

Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) dunks in front of New York Knicks guard Shane Larkin (0) in the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

SNYDER: Otto Porter, Glen Rice could really make Wizards pop

Regardless of initial projections, both players find themselves in the same position entering this season. They're trying to go from afterthoughts to the forefront in coach Randy Wittman's mind when he considers his second unit. Published October 27, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III catches a football during pregame activities before a NFL football game against the Tennessee Titians, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. at Fedex Field in Landover, MD. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

SNYDER: RG3 should follow Durant's lead, practice patience in return

Griffin needs to take a page from Durant's book and tape it to the bathroom mirror. "I'm taking my time with this," the Thunder star said. "I'm blessed that it happened early in the season so I can get past it and hopefully by December I'll be ready to play." Published October 22, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) is sacked by Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Derrick Morgan (91) and turns over the ball in the first quarter at FedExField, Landover, Md., Oct. 19, 2014. (Preston Keres/Special for The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Shaken Kirk Cousins bows out, perhaps for good

We still refer to Cousins as a "young" quarterback, because he's in his third season and has yet to reach double figures in starts. But NFL types don't need much time before designating players as starter material or career backup. Published October 19, 2014

FILE - In this July 20, 2014, file photo, Florida State's Jameis Winston answers a question during a news conference at the Atlantic Coast Conference Football kickoff in Greensboro, N.C. Florida State University released a document Friday morning, Oct. 10, 2014,  defending itself in the handling of the sexual assault investigation of quarterback Jameis Winston, detailing its own timeline of events.  (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

SNYDER: When to suspend a dicey question for schools, teams

We've faced these questions all season, in college football and the NFL: When, why and how long should players be suspended? What about the presumption of innocence? Are accusations alone good enough? Not necessarily. Published October 15, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) calls a play against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz.(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

SNYDER: No denying Redskins' place among NFL's dregs

There really should be no doubt after last-place finishes in seven of the last 10 seasons, including five in the last six. But acceptance is difficult for diehards, who always look for glimmers of hope and reasons to refute the obvious. Published October 13, 2014

The Washington Nationals watch in the final minutes of the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game 4 of baseball's NL Division Series in San Francisco, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. The Giants beat the Nationals 3-2 to advance. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SNYDER: Nationals' October failures hurt even more

What they could have done will provide no solace. What they would have done will offer no relief. What they should have done will ease no pain. They will keep coming back to what they actually did, losing the National League Division Series for the second time in three seasons. And they will hurt all over again. Published October 8, 2014

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) drives past Maccabi Tel Aviv's Jeremy Pargo in the first quarter of a preseason exhibition basketball game Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

SNYDER: LeBron James, Cavs following Spurs' blueprint could mesmerize NBA

Everyone raved about the beauty of Gregg Popovich's offense as it sliced and diced James' Miami Heat in the NBA Finals last season. In scooping David Blatt from Europe and installing him as head coach — before anyone knew for certain that LeBron was headed back — the Cavs took a step toward spreading that style of play. Published October 6, 2014

Washington Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark walks off the field after the top of the 18th inning, in which San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt hit a solo home run in Game 2 of baseball's NL Division Series in Nationals Park, Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Washington. The Giants defeated the Nationals 2-1 to lead the series 2-0. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

SNYDER: Nationals' cruel postseason education continues against Giants

The cusp of victory has become an unwelcome pattern for the home team. The Nats were one pitch away from knotting the NLDS against the Giants, just like they were one pitch away from advancing to the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals. Published October 5, 2014

**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