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Thom Loverro

Articles by Thom Loverro

Fans celebrate as the United States scores a goal against Portugal while watching a World Cup soccer match, Sunday, June 22, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

LOVERRO: American soccer hysteria just hipster hype

Soccer will grow in America. And someday, it will have a significant place at the sports consumer table in this country. But it won't be because of the hipsters who are watching now, who will go back to their "True Blood" and "Top Chef" viewing parties when the World Cup is over. Published June 24, 2014

Tiger Woods struggling this week at Congressional in his return from back surgery might finally get the general public to feel sorry for the man who used to be the greatest golfer in the world. (associated press)

LOVERRO: Tiger Woods a sympathetic figure after surgery?

Maybe opening up his back — and age (he's 38) — will finally make Tiger Woods human. First, maybe Tiger needs to recognize he is human. He is making a superhuman recovery, coming back to play just four months after they cut into his back. Published June 22, 2014

** FILE ** In this Sept. 23, 2012, file photo, Washington Redskins punter Sav Rocca carries a football in his helmet before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Landover, Md. The U.S. Patent Office ruled Wednesday, June 18, 2014, that the Washington Redskins nickname is "disparaging of Native Americans" and that the team's federal trademarks for the name must be canceled. The ruling comes after a campaign to change the name has gained momentum over the past year. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

LOVERRO: Hypocrites will get their way on Redskins' name

That's the offensive part in the Washington Redskins name debate — the hypocrisy of people perfuming their righteous vanities who couldn't have cared less about the plight of Native Americans before they were told they should be offended by this name, and who will go back to caring even less if and when the name is changed. Published June 19, 2014

FILE - In this July 29, 2007 file photo, Tony Gwynn holds his National Baseball Hall of Fame plaque during induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y. Gwynn, the Hall of Famer with a sweet left-handed swing who spent his entire 20-year career with the Padres and was one of San Diego's most beloved athletes, died of cancer Monday, June 16, 2014. He was 54.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

LOVERRO: Tony Gwynn was robbed, and so were we

He was robbed of every day he would have lived when he might have met someone for the first time, and made it a special moment for them, because that's what he did. He was an All-Star contributor to the human race. Published June 17, 2014

San Francisco Giants' Michael Morse celebrates after making the game winning hit in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets Saturday, June 7, 2014, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

LOVERRO: Nats much better off with Michael Morse gone

There are still Nationals fans that believe that Morse is the missing piece of Washington's championship puzzle — which is puzzling, considering his dismal performance last season. Morse should be celebrated by Nationals fans — for what he brought to Washington with his departure. Published June 10, 2014

Jockey Edgar S. Prado, left, aboard Birdstone, reacts after winning the Belmont Stakes as jockey Stewart Elliott, right, aboard Smarty Jones looks on at Belmont Park, Saturday, June 5, 2004, in Elmont, N.Y. Smarty Jones finished second. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

LOVERRO: Triple Crown should have been Smarty Jones' to wear

California Chrome may wind up being the Triple Crown winner, but he was not the horse who should have been the next winner of horse racing's highest trifecta. No, the horse who was right — and ripe — to be America's next Triple Crown winner won at Churchill Downs and Pimlico, but came up just short at Belmont Park 10 years ago. Published June 5, 2014

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