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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.

Articles by Deron Snyder

Former Oakland Raiders head coach John Madden, right, unveils a Pro Football Hall of Fame bust for former quarterback Ken Stabler next to Stabler's family at a ceremony during halftime of an NFL football game between the Oakland Raiders and the Atlanta Falcons in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) **FILE**

Pro Football Hall of Fame may not be wrong in jacket and ring policy stance

The family of legendary Raiders quarterback and 2016 HOF inductee Ken Stabler became a cause celebre last week when the Hall of Fame held a ring ceremony at halftime of the Bears-Vikings game. In response to a fan who wondered about the late Stabler's jewelry, Kendra Stabler-Moyes tweeted: "Sadly, my Dad goes not get a ring." Published November 9, 2016

Minnesota running back Rodney Smith (1) plays during an NCAA college football game against Purdue, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)

The greed behind the Big Ten's Friday night scheduling

Folks at the Big Ten must be asleep on the job, their dreams filled with dollar signs whirling like a slot machine. Administrators clearly aren't paying attention to what's happening in real life, which should jolt them awake in a cold sweat. Published November 7, 2016

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James plays against the Washington Wizards during an NBA preseason basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Cavs-Warriors rematch is in the cards

Barring catastrophic injuries, World War III or pneumonic plague, there's roughly a 99.9 percent chance of another Warriors-Cavs match-up in the Finals. Published October 24, 2016

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2016, file photo, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer works against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning in Game 1 of baseball's National League Division Series at Nationals Park  in Washington.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) **FILE**

If there's a jinx, time to end it

"This is going to be a heck of a ballgame," Max Scherzer told reporters Tuesday in Los Angeles after the Dodgers forced the issue in Game 4. Published October 12, 2016

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was hit with a penalty and $12,154 for twerking after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in Week 1. (Associated Press)

Dirty dancing banned in the No Fun League

Concerns about players' head trauma and debilitating injuries are rampant. The on-field product is uneven and frequently uninspiring, with too many quarterbacks who are nothing special. So, naturally, cracking down on players shaking their booty in the end zone is a priority for the league. Published October 10, 2016

Bosh, Heat in a showdown over safety, personal freedom

If Chris Bosh is willing to continue his career without holding the Heat liable for any medical conditions that might arise, it's perfectly understandable why he's upset that the team is dumping him. Published October 5, 2016

San Francisco 49ers Eli Harold (58), Colin Kaepernick (7) and Eric Reid (35) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Ditka's free to 'get the hell out' too

Remember when the national anthem prior to games was such a big deal that networks didn't bother televising it? Seems like a long time ago. Published September 26, 2016

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins looks to pass during the first half of an NFL football game New York Giants Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Kirk Cousins is a topic, even when he's not

The Redskins showed Sunday that other parts of the team can help produce a win, even though the quarterback in Washington will always be a focal point. Published September 25, 2016