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Dan Daly

Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of "The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at [email protected].

Articles by Dan Daly

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, in white, on the sidelines during an NCAA college football game against Michigan Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

DALY: Ohio State was bad off the field, but good on it

Figured a column about Ohio State's 12-0 football season — cut short because the Buckeyes are banned from a bowl — could use some musical accompaniment. Urban Meyer's latest juggernaut, fourth-ranked in the latest AP poll, could well wind up as the only undefeated FBS team in the land, depending on what happens to Notre Dame (also 12 for 12) in the national title game. Published November 28, 2012

DALY: One vote for RG3, third party

November isn't even over, and the nation already is in the grip of RG3 Mania. Jimmy Johnson, the erstwhile Dallas Cowboys genius, said on TV on Sunday that if he were starting an NFL franchise, the first player he'd pick would be Robert Griffin III. Published November 25, 2012

DALY: Redskins rising from the ashes in two wins, five days

There have been pitfalls and potholes and assorted other stumbling blocks this season for the Washington Redskins. But here they are, with five games to go, and all of their goals are still within reach. Published November 22, 2012

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III passes the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The Washington Redskins defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 31-6. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

DALY: Numbers show RG3 will not be picked on

For a visiting player, the Thanksgiving Day game in Dallas is one of those Carnegie Hall moments. Much of the football-watching/turkey-eating nation is gathered around the TV set -- the broadcast earned a 38 percent share a year ago -- and, well, you just want to be at your best. Published November 21, 2012

University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh offers remarks during a press conference to announce the University of Maryland's joining the Big Ten Conference, at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times) ** FILE **

DALY: In NCAA, change is the one constant

Maryland's decision to bolt the ACC for the Big Ten is perfectly keeping with the current climate. In the new millennium, it's every school for itself. Published November 19, 2012

Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins (99) and cornerback Josh Wilson (26) force a fumble on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) in the second half, Landover, Md., Sunday, November 18, 2012.  (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

DALY: Eagles look like they're on verge of extinction

The festivities at FedEx Field on Sunday had the feel of a dual ceremony — a funeral and a birth. You had the once-proud Philadelphia Eagles, laid low by injury, age and misjudgment, getting rolled by the Washington Redskins 31-6. Published November 18, 2012

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson carries the ball into the end zone for a touchdown past San Francisco 49ers free safety Dashon Goldson, right, during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

DALY: NFL has history of wearing ties well

There's always somebody who doesn't get the memo. Sunday in San Francisco, that somebody was Dashon Golson, the 49ers' free safety. Golson didn't know quite what to make of it when, after the St. Louis Rams completed a 24-yard pass in overtime, the two teams began walking to the middle of the field to shake hands. But then, you don't see tie games in the NFL every day. Published November 15, 2012

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan on the sidelines at FedEx Field, Landover, Md. Aug. 25, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)

DALY: Must-win games keep on coming for Redskins

Bye weeks aren't just good for football teams, for getting the spring back in their legs and the tiger back in their eyes. They're also good for media types, for stepping back and fully processing the first part of the season. And once again with the Washington Redskins, we find ourselves asking: Did we just see what we think we saw? Published November 14, 2012

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) talk together at the end of the game after the Washington Redskins lose to the Carolina Panthers 21-13 at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, November 4, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DALY: The new normal for RG3?

This makes two weeks in a row now I've felt sorry for Robert Griffin III. It's not easy to feel sorry for someone who has it all — fame, fortune, brains, personality, good looks. But this is Griffin's first time around the NFL block and, well, somebody has to look out for him. The Redskins don't always seem to. Published November 5, 2012

Carolina Panthers defensive back Josh Norman (24) points to the scoreboard after Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) scores on a 3 yard run late in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins take on the Carolina Panthers at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, November 4, 2012. The touchdown would be called back on an offensive holding play. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DALY: Redskins' 'Great Awakening' is putting us to sleep

Since Mike Shanahan rolled into town in his chariot in 2010, he's been trying to turn the Washington Redskins into the best team in the NFC East, if not the best in the whole NFL. But the Redskins reminded us Sunday that they're a lot closer to being No. 32 than they are to being No. 1. Published November 4, 2012

Sure, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is elusive, but his 66.8 completion percentage ultimately will lead to more wins than his dazzling runs. (Associated Press)

DALY: Accuracy remains a QB's top attribute

Sunday we get Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton. Two Sundays later, after the bye week, we get RG3 and Michael Vick (Andy Reid willing). Life is good, no? Published November 1, 2012

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper hit .270 with 22 home runs and 59 RBI in his first season in the big leagues. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

DALY: Bryce Harper far and away top rookie in the NL

Adam LaRoche, the understated first baseman, has won his much-deserved Gold Glove. And now we turn our attention to other prizes, beginning with the Rookie of the Year awards. The Washington Nationals have a horse in that race, too, you may have heard. Or maybe he's an ivory-billed woodpecker. Published October 31, 2012

Quarterback Robert Griffin III (left) talks with receiver Santana Moss, who with five touchdowns is on pace to match his career-best of 10 set with the New York Jets in 2003. However, the Redskins would like to see more from Leonard Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DALY: Talent isn't all that determines a team's success

Talent. The word gets thrown around in Washington Redskinsland almost as much as Robert Griffin III does (depending the defense's orneriness). "There's so much talent in this locker room," a player will say. Or: "This is the most talented team I've ever played on." And so on and so forth. Published October 29, 2012

DALY: Redskins can't grip semblance of consistency

We knew there would be days like this for Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins. Gray days. Rainy days. Days when the opposition ran around in throwback uniforms that made them look like bumblebees. Even days when they were victimized by a running back named Rainey. Published October 28, 2012

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the league may consider dropping the Pro Bowl if the level of play doesn't improve. (Associated Press)

DALY: Time to put Pro Bowl out of misery

The sad truth, as Roger Goodell well knows, is that the only thing that might be able to save the Pro Bowl is bounties. OK, I can think of one other possibility: Winner take all. If you lose the game, you even have to pay your hotel bill (and leave a decent tip for the chambermaid). Published October 25, 2012

Losing tight end Fred Davis for the season to an Achilles injury is a blow, but the offense should be able to keep functioning at a high level because of the way the Redskins spread the ball around. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

DALY: Redskins' offense thriving thanks to diversity

It's almost like Chris Cooley has been on the Physically Unable to Perform List for the first seven weeks of the season. Except, of course, that he was willing and able to perform; the Washington Redskins simply preferred other tight ends -- temporarily -- and released him in training camp. Published October 24, 2012

Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) New York Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon (87) hauls in a pass during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

DALY: No quick fix for Redskins' dreadful secondary

In the Washington Redskins' locker room late Sunday afternoon, amid the dazed looks and downcast eyes, Barry Cofield said something interesting: "We get to finger-pointing this early in the season, it can be a disaster." Published October 22, 2012

Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss (89) fumbles the ball with under a minute left to play giving the Giants the ball and the victory at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J., Oct. 21, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)

DALY: Complete game still elusive to Redskins

Despite doing so many things worth getting excited about, the Redskins still managed to lose to the Giants. A loss like this serves as a reminder that RG3 needs more help if he and the Redskins are going to be all they can be. And how long will it take that help to arrive? Published October 21, 2012

NHL Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr (center) glances at his notes as he stands in front of players, including Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (second from left), following collective bargaining talks in Toronto on Oct. 18, 2012. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman received three counter-proposals from the players' association on Thursday and left the negotiating table "thoroughly disappointed," further shrinking the possibility of a full hockey regular season. (Associated Press/The Canadian Press)

DALY: NHL's latest offer gets an icy reception

My favorite part of the latest CBA proposal by NHL owners is the word "mutual." As in: The deal will be for six years, with a "mutual option" for a seventh. Given the increasingly strained relations between the two sides, it's hard to imagine them mutually agreeing on much of anything — now or then. Published October 18, 2012