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Thom Loverro

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**FILE** Pete Rozelle, commissioner of the National Football League, talks at an informal news conference during a break in Washington on May 18, 1966 session of the league meeting in a Washington hotel. (AP Photo/Bob Schutz)

LOVERRO: The NFL games no one wanted to play

Fifty years later, the decision by Pete Rozelle — the man who helped usher the NFL into its place today in America as the national passion — to allow football to be played while feelings were still so raw over JFK's death is still a dark cloud over his legacy. Published November 21, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. The Eagles defeated the Redskins 24-16. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

LOVERRO: For RG3, it's not the heat, it's the humility

The interception at the end of the Philadelphia game was as much about the RG3 ego as anything — the voice inside his head that says "I can win the game because that's what I do." Not Sunday — and not most days this year. It's the difference between confidence and arrogance. It's the final chapter of the book of leadership. Published November 18, 2013

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan joins his team on the sidelines for the National Anthem before the Washington Redskins play the Detroit Lions at FedExField, Landover, Md., September 22, 2013. (Preston Keres/Special for The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: Like it or not, Mike Shanahan should remain with Redskins

If you call for the firing of Shanahan after this year, then you are no better than the owner who angered you for years with his meddling and influence. We all know that Shanahan told Daniel Snyder he would need five years to dig this franchise out of the grave the owner had dug for it. You have to give Shanahan that fifth season. You have to see the end of this movie. Published November 14, 2013

SMU head coach Larry Brown, left, yells at a referee during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against TCU in Dallas, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

LOVERRO: Here's hoping rule changes can get college basketball in check

The last time we saw college basketball, it stunk. You can drone on about the glory of March Madness all you want, but it was brutal to watch — games like Syracuse's 61-50 tournament win over Indiana, when the Hoosiers shot 33 percent from the field, were becoming the rule, not the exception. Published November 11, 2013

Ezra Cooper coached the D.C. Divas women's football team from 2001-2008. He died Oct. 26, 2013, at age 39. (D.C. Divas)

LOVERRO: Remembering Ezra Cooper, a bright spot in D.C. football

Ezra Cooper looked at the 80 women that had assembled at a sandlot field in the spring of 2001. They were there to talk about football – not understanding football so they could share in pigskin joy with their husbands or boyfriends; not powder-puff football or playing the game in their underwear. No, Cooper was about to teach this group of women how to play football – real football, with pads and hitting and blood and guts. Published November 7, 2013

Dusty Hernandez Harrison from DC with a record of 17-0 will fight at Madison Square Garden this weekend. Photo courtesy of Golden Era Entertainment

LOVERRO: Hernandez-Harrison getting his chance to shine in Madison Square Garden

A chance to fight in boxing's "mecca" comes Saturday when 19-year-old Dusty Hernandez-Harrison – a rising undefeated welterweight out of Washington, D.C. and maybe the next big thing in boxing – steps into the ring at Madison Square Garden to face Josh Torres for something called the World Boxing Council Youth Welterweight world championship. Published October 31, 2013

Longtime New York Giants and Washington Redskins linebacker Sam Huff, left, poses with his Pro Football Hall of Fame presenter and former coach Tom Landry following his Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement speech in Canton, Ohio on Aug. 7, 1982. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

LOVERRO: Redskins-Cowboys rivalry lacks bite of bygone years

Yes, it was a great for Washington fans to witness the beating of Dallas twice last year, once on Thanksgiving to make the turkey taste a little better and a second time at FedEx Field to clinch the NFC East title. But then you witnessed RG3 offering Tony Romo comfort as they left the field. Published October 10, 2013

Mr. and Mrs. Martinez Jackson, left, look on as their son Reggie models his New York Yankee uniform for the press on Nov. 29, 1976 after the announcement that he signed a $3 million, five year contract with the Yanks.  (AP Photo)

LOVERRO: Reggie Jackson's latest quote denial is last straw for author

It's not quite, "A day that will live in infamy," or "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," but Reggie Jackson's words printed in the June 1977 issue of Sport magazine remain among the most powerful and defining quotes in all of sports. Published October 7, 2013

Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., left, meets with Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, right, during batting practice before a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, July 20, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

LOVERRO: Cal Ripken as Washington Nationals manager?

The Nationals job is a good one. Despite falling short of the postseason this year, many observers still believe this is one of the most talented rosters in baseball, and still poised for playoff contention for years to come. But it's not the only job out there. Published October 3, 2013

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), left, talks with Washington Capitals Head Adam Oates, center, during morning practice at Washington Capitals Training Camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, Arlington, Va., Monday, September 16, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: Capitals have tools for success as they open season in new division

The last time the Capitals went beyond the second round of the NHL playoffs was the 1997-1998 season, when they won the Eastern Conference finals and were swept by the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup finals — the year before they entered the newly-created Southeast Division. Published September 30, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) walks off the field as the Washington Redskins lose to the Detroit Lions 27-20 in NFL football at FedExField, Landover, Md., Monday, September 9, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: Winless Redskins not passing the smell test

The Washington Redskins face the Raiders next Sunday at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, a dump of a stadium that is falling apart and literally stinks, with sewage coming out of the faucets last week after a rainstorm during an Athletics game. It may be the perfect setting for the Redskins' 0-3 season. Published September 22, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is sacked by Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

LOVERRO: Bench RG3 for Kirk Cousins? No, because it might work

This was always the danger of Mike Shanahan drafting Kirk Cousins, a highly regarded college quarterback, in the same draft as Robert Griffin III. This isn't Chase Daniels, or even Rex Grossman. People think Kirk Cousins can play. Published September 16, 2013