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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

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

Barry Bonds hitting 73 home runs in 2001 will never go away and we'll never forget, no matter how hard baseball wishes. Feats from the steroid era should not be erased from Hall of Fame consideration. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Steroid era feats still warrant Hall review

Voters don't want to honor steroid era stars with plaques in Cooperstown and the ability to write "HOF" alongside their autographs. But I see enshrinement more as acknowledging the obvious: They were among the greatest players during a period when many used performance-enhancing drugs. Published July 28, 2014

Former NFL head coach Tony Dungy during the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibition NFL football game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, in Canton, Ohio. The Cowboys defeated the Dolphins, 24-20. (AP Photo/David Richard)

SNYDER: Michael Sam a pioneer, but Tony Dungy doesn't need to be

A handful of hearty men and women accept the challenges — the commotion, division, frenzy, contention, etc. — that the rest of us, like Dungy, would rather do without. That doesn't automatically mean we're evil or hateful. It doesn't mean we're rooting against anyone. It just means we lack the fortitude to be a pioneer. Published July 23, 2014

McDonald's West All-American Emmanuel Mudiay (0) shoots a layup during the first half of the McDonald's All-American boy's basketball game Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Chicago.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

SNYDER: Emmanuel Mudiay's decision to skip college another step toward sea change

Widely considered the nation's top guard entering next season, Mudiay first sent shockwaves by choosing SMU over bluebloods Kentucky and Kansas. It was a tremendous coup for coach Larry Brown and positioned the Mustangs as a Top 10 preseason team. But now, Brown joins John Calipari and Bill Self in lamenting the 6-foot-5 point guard as another who got away. Published July 16, 2014

American League short stop Derek Jeter, of the New York Yankees, waits to hit during batting practice for the MLB All-Star baseball game, Monday, July 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

SNYDER: Like it or not, Derek Jeter is reason to watch All-Star game

We don't know how, we don't know who and we don't know when. But the New York Yankees shortstop will be honored Tuesday night in his final All-Star Game. The players just have to think of something different than last year, when former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera wound up taking the field by himself and basking in a long round of applause. Published July 14, 2014

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is surrounded by fans that rushed the field and security as he is escorted off the field following their 45-38 win over Oklahoma in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

SNYDER: RG3 worth his weight in bronze to Baylor

I'm neither a Baylor University alum nor a fan of the Baylor Bears. But I know what I'd say to outsiders who oppose Robert Griffin III's upcoming statue outside the school's new stadium: Mind your business. Published July 9, 2014

Washington Nationals Bryce Harper, left, talks with teammate Ryan Zimmerman during the first inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park, on Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

SNYDER: Musings on Bryce Harper, Tim Howard and more

Full-blown jerkdom is ahead for the Nationals' wunderkind unless he changes course. Coming off the disabled list (again) and offering unsolicited lineup advice is wrong for established vets, let alone 21-year-olds in their third season. Published July 2, 2014