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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: Looking past the sleaze of HS hoops

It's easy to be jaded and cynical and skeptical about the merits of big-time youth basketball, in which teenagers fly around the nation, play on national TV and grace magazine covers. Published October 23, 2011

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan watches his team warm up before a NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

SNYDER: There's no choice but to trust Shanahan

The Redskins' 3-2 record under Rex Grossman is perfectly reasonable and widely considered a best-case scenario after five games entering the season. But the masses in D.C. are convinced that the wrong guy is under center. So the question must be asked: Are you going to trust Mike Shanahan or your lying eyes? Published October 18, 2011

SNYDER: Redskins' defense doomed by slow start

Coming off the bye week, facing a desperate team with a dangerous offense, Washington's defense opened Sunday's game in the worst possible fashion - flat and lax. Published October 16, 2011

Maryland men's head basketball coach Mark Turgeon speaks during an NCAA college basketball news conference, on May 11, 2011, in College Park, Md. Turgeon realizes for now at least, he will have to live with the lack of depth on the roster, as the Terps have nine scholarship players. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

SNYDER: Hold judgment on Mark Turgeon

No one expects much this season from the Maryland men's basketball team, which features two returning starters and six walk-on players in what figures to be a long season for new coach Mark Turgeon. Published October 13, 2011

SNYDER: Door wide open for Opportunity

Knock, knock. "Who's there?" asks Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman. "Golden," comes the reply. "Ms. Golden Opportunity." Published October 11, 2011

Capitals right wing Mike Knuble, 39, has improved with age. Of his 268 goals, 218 have been scored since he turned 30. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: For Mike Knuble, it's about time

Before the Washington Capitals' second-round collapse last season against Tampa Bay, before another premature offseason guessing game of who's leaving and who's staying, and before coach Bruce Boudreau was assured of returning for yet another go, GM George McPhee re-signed Mike Knuble to a one-year extension. Published October 6, 2011

SNYDER: Banks is in it for the long run

Brandon Banks sat at his locker and shook his head, thinking about the difference between this season and last year's breakout campaign, when he emerged as the Washington Redskins' threat-to-break-a-long-one returner. Published October 4, 2011

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick injured his right hand Sunday, and his status for this week's game against San Francisco is uncertain. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: In Vick's world, some QBs are more equal than others

Battered and bruised by the New York Giants, after the Atlanta Falcons administered similar rough treatment a week earlier, Michael Vick opened himself to shots from the media and fans, who gladly piled on. And the pressure he's been under through three games is nothing compared to the blitz he faced after his postgame comments Sunday. Published September 26, 2011

A new logo for the Washington Nationals features Stephen Strasburg. (Provided by the Washington Nationals)

SNYDER: Strasburg ad pitch for Nats is all about the delivery

Jerry West came to symbolize pro basketball, his silhouette serving as the official NBA logo. Michael Jordan became an iconic brand with his "Jumpman" logo, helping Nike become an international conglomerate. Published September 22, 2011

SNYDER: Changing alliances on road to perdition

The future looks grim for Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State and Kansas, on the verge of being abandoned in a shell of the Big 12 Conference. But hold the pity and save your sympathy. They have no right to complain. Published September 15, 2011

The Redskins, behind quarterback Rex Grossman, were one of 14 teams with at least 300 yards passing in Week 1. New England, Carolina, Miami and New Orleans topped 400. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Grossman just part of NFL's passing fancy

Forgive Rex Grossman if you catch a glimpse of him drooling this week, salivating at the thought of Arizona coming to town Sunday. And excuse other quarterbacks you might see exhibiting a tic, evidenced by excessive lip-licking and hand-rubbing. Published September 13, 2011

SNYDER: Season starts with a verdict for the Redskins' defense

The Redskins' offense was in a lose-lose situation entering Sunday's season-opener against the Giants. Rex Grossman & Co. could have shined against the injury-depleted New York defense and elicited a huge so-what? Published September 11, 2011


SNYDER: Never-give-up mindset to serve Howard's Gary Harrell

When you're 5-foot-7 and 170 pounds dripping wet, you don't become the all-time leading receiver at a Division I-AA college and reach the NFL, albeit briefly, unless you're tougher than men twice your size. So no one questions the heart and intestinal fortitude of Gary "Flea" Harrell, the former Howard University standout who later spent time with the New York Giants, Montreal Alouettes (CFL) and Frankfurt Galaxy (World League). Published September 8, 2011

SNYDER: Another spiritual awakening for Nats

Stephen Strasburg was the rare phenom whose outsized hype didn't outpace his performance as a rookie, when he became a national sensation with the lowly Washington Nationals. Published September 5, 2011