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Thom Loverro

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Baltimore Orioles' Cal Ripken explains to his son Ryan the duties of bat boy before a spring training game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Saturday, March 3, 2001.  Ripken cracked his ribs before arriving at training camp and did not play in the game.(AP Photo/Roberto Borea)

LOVERRO: Ryan Ripken a rare recognizable name in MLB draft

Yes, time has passed by that quickly, and Cal Ripken's son — Ryan, the 2-year-old Cal lifted in his arms and held that historic night when he broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive game record at Camden Yards 19 years ago — is now a 20-year-old, 6-foot-6 junior college ballplayer. Published June 3, 2014

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin watch the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

LOVERRO: Quest for 2024 Olympics a race D.C. is better off losing

Unfortunately, the powers that be in Washington are still committed to wasting more money and resources for a chance to host an event that, at the very least, will make nearly all of your lives miserable for an entire summer, or, at the very worst, send governments into economic tailspins and leave broken dreams in its wake. Published June 1, 2014

**FILE** Washington Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen, left, and Owner Daniel Snyder watch the Redskins warm-up prior to their NFL football game with the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Landover, Md. The Redskins defeated the Vikings 38-26. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

LOVERRO: Will Redskins rue Morocco Brown as another one who got away?

The general manager of the Super Bowl champion Seahawks, John Schneider, was once in the Redskins' front office — as were others on his Super Bowl-winning staff. Did the Redskins repeat the same mistake when they let Morocco Brown leave for Cleveland? Published May 29, 2014

Capt. Elmer Gedeon, a former baseball, track and football star at the University of Michigan who played 5 games for the Washington Senators in 1939, was one of two players with Major League Baseball experience killed in World War II. His plane was shot down April 20, 1944 over France. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. (University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library)

LOVERRO: Memorial to baseball's lost would be fitting tribute

Before Memorial Day became a celebration of barbecues, discount sales and ball games, it was a day when the men and women who died while serving in the United States armed forces would be remembered. Perhaps there should be a place at Nationals Park to commemorate the 139 pro ballplayers who died in World War II. Published May 25, 2014

File-This September 1970 file photo of San Diego Chargers guard Walt Sweeney. Sweeney, a standout offensive lineman for the San Diego Chargers in the 1960s and 1970s, has died at 71. The Chargers website says Sweeney died of pancreatic cancer on Saturday Feb. 2,2013. (AP Photo,File)

LOVERRO: Fight against NFL's pill-pushing culture has been waged before

A group of NFL players field a lawsuit Tuesday charging that NFL team doctors and trainers gave out narcotics and painkillers like "candy at Halloween" during their playing careers, leading to addiction and serious long-term health problems. This is the path that Walt Sweeney walked down nearly 20 years ago. It didn't end well for him. Published May 22, 2014

Nationals General Manager, Mike Rizzo,  speaks with reporters at the Gaylord Hotel, during NatsFest 2014, in National Harbor, MD., Saturday, January 25, 2014.  (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: Mike Rizzo will get credit or blame for how 2014 Nationals fare

When this happens — when the starting players who nearly everyone predicted for the second straight season to lead the Nationals to the NL East title and the postseason aren't starting — then the season falls on the spare parts used to carry the team until they get whole. The season falls on general manager Mike Rizzo. Published May 20, 2014

Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman, right, and Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, left, as the Washington Wizards lose to the Indiana Pacers, 93-80, during game 6 of the 2nd round of the NBA Playoffs at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Thursday, May 15, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: Wizards' lack of accountability leads to Game 6 apathy

Those empty seats were created in 2010, when Leonsis bought the team and did nothing to show fans that the man in charge, whose personnel decisions and coddling atmosphere set the stage for the Gilbert Arenas debacle, would be leaving. Instead, Leonsis embraced general manager Ernie Grunfeld. Published May 18, 2014

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Rafael Soriano untucks his jersey after the final out of the Nationals' baseball game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Houston. The Nationals won 4-3. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

LOVERRO: Rafael Soriano make you nervous? Don't hate — appreciate

It's not that Nationals fans don't feel connected to their team's closer. Their connection is anxiety. But for now, take your hands away from your eyes and show a little love for the 34-year-old Dominican who untucks his jersey after every save. He's telling you to relax. Published May 15, 2014

Washington Redskin head coach George Allen stands with two of his newly acquired running backs during a press conference at Redskins Park in Chantilly, Va., on Thursday, June 11, 1976.    From left are: Calvin Hill; Allen; Mrs. Mary Riggins; and John Riggins.  Mary Riggins is the wife of player Riggins.   (AP Photo/ Charles Harrity)

LOVERRO: Redskins history shows you don't need first-round draft picks to excel

The Redskins had a selection in the first round of the NFL draft just three times — three times — from 1969 to 1990. And they managed to do just fine without one. With the opportunity to pick in the top round in the draft only three times, the Redskins had a remarkable record of 205-118. Published May 8, 2014

Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza (1) walks off the court after Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Chicago Bulls in Washington, Sunday, April 27, 2014. The Wizards defeated the Bulls 98-89. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

LOVERRO: Wizards are the real deal, but enjoy them while you can

They exceeded expectations basketball-wise and heart-wise by handling the experienced Chicago Bulls in five games, and it's reasonable to see this team beating Indiana and likely facing the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals. Beyond this season, though ... Published May 4, 2014

Washington Wizards forward Trevor Ariza (1) dunks in the fourth quarter as the Chicago Bulls play the Washington Wizards in game 4 of the first round of the playoffs at the Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., Sunday, April 27, 2014. The Washington Wizards defeated the Chicago Bulls 98-89. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: Nene-less Wizards come up big when it was absolutely necessary

Up 2-1 in the series, after losing Game 3 at home, Game 4 was of course a big game. You don't want to go back to Chicago with the series even at 2-2 – especially, when, for anyone watching this series, it's obvious the Bulls can't match the Wizards talent. Published April 27, 2014

Dave DeBusschere (22) pours beer over Walt Frazier after the New York Knickers Bocker players beat the Milwaukee Ducks 132-96 in Madison Square Garden April 20,1970 putting them into the NBA Championship playoffs. Others are, Bill Bradley, center, and Cazzie Russel right. (AP Photo)

LOVERRO: Why celebrate 'Bad Boys' when 'Eden' awaits?

The Detroit Pistons teams that filled the void following the Magic and Bird era, and did so with elbows, fists, and bad basketball. There is nothing to celebrate about those championship teams. They should be buried, not praised. Look around, children of that time, for something better — something that was beautiful. Published April 22, 2014