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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

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

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