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Thom Loverro

Articles by Thom Loverro

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

Griffin shakes hands with Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan as team owner Dan Snyder looks on during Baylor's pro day in Waco, Texas, last month. (Waco Tribune-Herald via Associated Press)

LOVERRO: Redskins can stop RG3 drama by reaffirming Mike Shanahan's authority

There is so much smoke surrounding the Shanahan-RG3 relationship that I'm surprised the sprinkler systems don't go off daily at Redskins Park. And here's the fire — the reason that Shanahan, in the fourth year of his five-year contract — needs an extension now: the presence of owner Daniel Snyder. Published September 12, 2013

Columnist Thom Loverro returns to The Washington Times sports section after a nearly four-year absence. (The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: A D.C. sports resurrection, and just in time

I had written, if I say so myself, a wonderful obituary in June. I got all kinds of kudos from people about how I had written about the heartfelt end of a 36-year newspaper career. "I'm not a newspaper man anymore," I wrote. Well, never mind. Published September 5, 2013