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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

DALY: Time for Redskins to seize the moment

Only in the NFL could a team be nearly halfway through the season before it bumps into a division rival. It's like having to wait until the second year of "Breaking Bad" to see Tio ring his bell. So it goes in pro football, which likes to build its drama slowly -- and, oh yes, make it harder for clubs to mail in games in the final weeks. (There are only 16 of them, after all.) Published October 17, 2012

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) breaks though tacklers for a 76 yard touchdown in the forth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings, Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

DALY: Plan B worked for Redskins after Vikings targeted Alfred Morris

In the first five weeks of the season, the Washington Redskins' offense developed an effective formula, effective enough to rank it among the league's leaders. Alfred Morris ran the ball, and Robert Griffin III threw it. (And occasionally, of course, RG3 did what RG3 does -- let his spontaneity take him where it will.) Published October 15, 2012

A fan covers his face as the Washington Nationals lose to the St. Louis Cardinals 9-7 in game five of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Saturday, October 13, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DALY: Nationals inflict new kind of pain on D.C. sports fans

Where shall we hang this one in the D.C. Sports Hall of Horrors? Over here, next to the Redskins' 73-0 annihilation in 1940 title game? (Nah. That disaster deserves a mausoleum of its own.) Maybe over here, near the Bullets' no-show in the '75 finals. Or over here, beside the sweeping of the Capitals in the '98 finals. Published October 13, 2012

Fans celebrate as Washington Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth (28) hits a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in game four of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 11, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DALY: Behold the beauty of sports

The beauty of these games we obsess about is that anything can happen. Raul Ibanez can pinch hit for Alex Rodriguez in the bottom of the ninth inning and hit a game-tying home run for the New York Yankees. (And follow that with a game-winning one in the 12th.) Published October 11, 2012

St. Louis shortstop Pete Kozma (right) celebrates with teammates Wednesday as he crosses the plate after hitting a three-run homer in the second inning. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DALY: Cardinals know how to win in October

The St. Louis Cardinals are what the Washington Nationals want to be. If we've learned anything from the first three games of this playoff series, we've learned that. Forget regular-season records. The Cardinals win when they need to win. Published October 10, 2012

Billy Cundiff is the latest in a long line of inaccurate Redskins kickers, having missed two 31-yarders this season. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DALY: Billy Cundiff keeps up tradition of placekicking ineptitude

In-season kicker tryouts have become so common for the Washington Redskins that they should be written into the schedule — like bye week. This year's tryouts will be held Tuesday, thanks to Billy Cundiff's second chip-shot miss in as many games, a 31-yarder that veered to the right against the Atlanta Falcons. Published October 8, 2012

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is hit hard by Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (56) in the third quarter and would leave the game as the Washington Redskins play the Atlanta Falcons at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, October 7, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DALY: RG3’s scary moment

Maybe it's time for a new statistic for quarterbacks: career concussions. Robert Griffin III suffered his first Sunday in his fifth NFL game, which isn't good news for the Washington Redskins. You'd rather he had his first 400-yard performance in his fifth game or his first four-touchdown day, not his first bell-ringing. Published October 7, 2012

DALY: Johnny Unitas' record a victim of today’s NFL

This is the Era of Optimum Conditions for NFL quarterbacks. If there was ever a time and place to be a QB, it's right here, right now. For one thing, the rules have never been more favorable to the passing game. For another, the receivers all wear gloves — tacky gloves. And if you happen to play for a dome team, well, who loves ya, baby? Published October 4, 2012

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) and Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) celebrate a touchdown in an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  The Redskins defeated the Buccaneers 24-22 Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, in Tampa, Fla.  (AP Photo/Margaret Bowles)

DALY: For Redskins, edge-of-your-seat thrills that last 60 minutes

A quarter of the way through the schedule, the Washington Redskins are 2-2. This, obviously, is neither good nor bad. No .500 team has gone on to win the Super Bowl (though the New York Giants pulled it off at 9-7 last year). Still, a record like that isn't apt to cause any Redskins fans to flambe their season tickets. Published October 1, 2012

Alfred Morris ran for 121 yards and a touchdown in the Redskins' win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. (Associated Press)

DALY: For Redskins, an ominous start, fabulous finish

When you've lost for as long as the Washington Redskins have lost, a kind of Battered Fan Syndrome sets in. A break will go against the team early in the game, and a here-we-go-again mentality will take over. But the Redskins weren't cursed Sunday, not in the least. Published September 30, 2012

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg watches from the dugout during the eighth inning of their baseball game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Atlanta.    (AP Photo/David Tulis)

DALY: Balancing act may decide course of Strasburg’s, RG3’s careers

Seems like just yesterday we were debating the relative merits of the Stephen Strasburg Shutdown. And wasn't that fun, sports fans? There's an entire faction out there that can't wait for the Washington Nationals to lose in the playoffs, just so they can shake their heads and say, "See? This is what you get for thinking long-term in an ADD world." Published September 26, 2012

Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson (L) sacks Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) with the help of Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko (94) during first quarter action at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sep. 23, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)

DALY: Each hit on RG3 exposes lack of depth

Every September, after the Turk has made his final rounds, Mike Shanahan stands before the media jackals and insists his latest Washington Redskins team is the deepest he's ever had here. Published September 24, 2012

Robert Griffin III (10) goes airborne for the pylon, but the Redskins quarterback had stepped out of bounds a few yards back. Griffin carried 12 times for 85 yards and a touchdown in his FedEx Field debut. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DALY: Redskins are never out of it with RG3 at the helm

Given how the afternoon started, the Washington Redskins had no real business being in the game Sunday in the fourth quarter. They gave up a 73-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage. They trailed by 17 late in the first half -- and it would have been worse if not for a defensive score by Rob Jackson. Published September 23, 2012

Cover of the book The National Forgotten League by Dan Daly, in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 11, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Most Brutal Way to Break Up the Wedge

Editor's Note: Times sports columnist Dan Daly knows the history of the NFL as well as anybody anywhere. This is the last in a series of five excerpts The Times has offered this week. Published September 20, 2012

Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) looks on during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in St. Louis. The Rams won 31-28. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

DALY: Injuries have Brian Orakpo on track for a short career

In light of recent developments, you're right to worry about Brian Orakpo's prospects for a long and prosperous Washington Redskins career. Orakpo's left pectoral muscle gave out again Sunday against the St. Louis Rams and will require surgery — just 81/2 months after he was operated on for the same injury. Published September 19, 2012

Cover of the book The National Forgotten League by Dan Daly, in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, September 11, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Marion Motley’s Secret

Editor's Note: Times sports columnist Dan Daly knows the history of the NFL as well as anybody anywhere. The Times will offer an excerpt from his new book every day this week. Published September 19, 2012