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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


SNYDER: Alex Rodriguez didn't need another public whipping by the press

Rodriguez went yard when he declined the team's offer to hold a news conference at Yankee Stadium, where he could apologize for using steroids, lying about it and dragging his sport through the mud while he fought a 211-game suspension that was reduced to 162 games. The last thing we needed was another public flogging. Published February 18, 2015

Macon County star linebacker Roquan Smith announces he is attending UCLA during a national signing day event at the school's gymnasium, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, in Montezume, Ga. (AP Photo/The Macon Telegraph, Jason Vorhees)

SNYDER: Truth in advertising needed when it comes to college recruiting

Hugs and handshakes are staples of the high school signing ceremony, while staffers at the college exchange high-fives. But like everything connected to major college sports, the National Letter of Intent has an underbelly that’s dark, seamy and foul-smelling. Published February 11, 2015

The Phoenix Suns missed the playoffs last season despite finishing 14 games over .500. NBA commissioner Adam Silver is open to tweaking the current playoff format. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Adam Silver ready to tackle NBA's imbalance

NBA commissioner Adam Silver is no dummy. Like the rest of us, he's aware that his conferences can be dubbed "the Least" and "the Best." But instead of lamenting the fact that so many sorry Eastern Conference teams reach the postseason, he sounds ready to do something about it. Published February 9, 2015

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll walks on the field before the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game against the New England Patriots on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

SNYDER: Gamble leaves one to wonder what Pete Carroll was thinking

Carroll would be slapped with a malpractice lawsuit in medicine. He would be charged with breach of fiduciary responsibility in business. He would face a recall election in politics. Depending on the country, he would be looking over his shoulder in international football. Published February 2, 2015

With three Super Bowl trophies already in hand, leading man looks straight out of Hollywood and Brazilian fashion model for a wife, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady makes it very easy to root for. He goes for his fourth Super Bowl trophy on Sunday againt the Seattle Seahawks. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Tom Brady makes it easy to root for him as America's darling

The Dallas Cowboys might be America's Team. But Tom Brady is Captain America. He has it all. The up-from-the-bootstraps background. The leading-man looks straight out of Hollywood. The knockout fashion model for a wife. Three, perhaps soon-to-be four, Super Bowl rings. Published January 28, 2015

Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck (12) is introduced before a NFL wildcard playoff football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

SNYDER: When it comes to the Colts, all they need is Luck

Fate smiled on Indianapolis in 1998, when the Colts selected Peyton Manning, and made a return visit in 2012, when the team picked Andrew Luck. A player's surname has never been more appropriate to a particular franchise. Published January 5, 2015

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder watches the team warm up before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

SNYDER: Hey, at least Washington wasn't the worst team in the NFL

Dan Snyder's outfit won twice as many games as Tennessee and also doubled Tampa Bay's total in the win column. Yes, it needed a last-second field goal to beat the Titans and it was drubbed by the Buccaneers, but Washington still won as many games as those teams combined. Published December 29, 2014

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