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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.

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Washington Wizards guard John Wall, center, celebrates after a play with center Marcin Gortat, left, and forward Kris Humphries during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Washington. The Wizards won 109-95. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

SNYDER: Christmas showcase will show what the Wizards are made of

The Knicks are gigawatts ahead of Washington in terms of franchise star power, glitz and magnetic pull on national broadcasts. But Washington is no slouch when it comes to playing on the day gifts are unwrapped, having been in 21 such games. Published December 24, 2014

Navy players celebrate in the stands with Midshipmen after beating Army 17-10 in the Army-Navy NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

SNYDER: Army-Navy, again, proves that it's more than just a game

It's easy to become jaded watching various noted football clashes each year. Even if you believe those athletes are inadequately compensated for their time and trouble, you know they're enjoying at least some fruit from a million-dollar industry. That's not the case with players in the Army-Navy series. Published December 13, 2014

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, foreground, and head coach Jay Gruden watch as players warm up before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SNYDER: Redskins' troubles run far deeper than who's starting at quarterback

Like a jalopy that should be junked but remains on the road, different parts of this team keep breaking down. Changing the starter might've led to a smooth ride against Indy if not for the massive leaks that sprung up and allowed Andrew Luck to disassemble the secondary in a 49-27 rout. Published December 1, 2014

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, left, watches as players warm up next to former quarterback Joe Theismann before an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SNYDER: All should be thankful for Gruden benching RG3

Gruden's decision will spare RG3 and viewers a lot of pain. The quarterback won't suffer more cartoonish violence behind a leaky offensive line; fans won't endure more cringe-worthy plays when positive yardage was there for the taking. Published November 26, 2014

Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce (34) celebrates a basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

SNYDER: Wizards have opening in D.C. sporting scene as Redskins wallow

The Washington Wizards would never wish misfortune upon their football counterparts. But the D.C. hoopsters certainly don't mind reaping benefits in a market that's weary of gridiron futility — and weary of dissecting it, digesting it and discussing it. Published November 24, 2014

Adam Silver, National Basketball Association, Commissioner, looks on before the start of an NBA basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SNYDER: Legalized sports gambling in U.S. an inevitable reality check

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says it's time to end the modern-day equivalent of prohibition and allow widespread, legalized gambling on pro sports. There appears to be a certain inevitability to Silver's suggestion. The pro sports leagues are now partners — silent or otherwise — in every gambling operation. Published November 17, 2014

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