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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

Stephen Strasburg worked seven innings, allowing one run on five hits. He walked one and struck out five but didn't get the decision in the Nationals' 2-1 win. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

DALY: A command performance for Stephen Strasburg in opener

The outcome of the game — and we'll get to that in a moment — seemed almost incidental Thursday for the Washington Nationals. Of much greater import was the performance of Stephen Strasburg, who was starting the first of what the club is hoping will be a career full of season openers. Did Strasburg look like Strasburg? Published April 5, 2012

Davey Johnson has posted a winning percentage of .543 or better nine times in his 12 full seasons as a manager. A percentage of .543 would give Washington 88 wins - a number that likely would yield a playoff berth. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

DALY: Sweet dreams for Nationals and their fans

If this spring feels a little different, D.C. baseball fans, maybe it's because the Washington Nationals might still be playing meaningful games in September ... and perhaps beyond. Think about it: How long has it been since the Local Nine brought a pennant race to our doorsteps? Not in my lifetime, certainly, and probably not in yours. Published April 3, 2012

No Washington team has made the playoffs in the 77 years since Hall-of-Famer Joe Cronin (right, shown with Bucky Harris) was dealt to the Boston Red Sox in 1934. (Associated Press)

DALY: Washington, Boston: Tales of two cities

The Boston Red Sox are in Washington on Tuesday to play the Nationals in the teams' final exhibition game. And if you've heard once, you've heard 100 times about Red Sox great Ted Williams taking over the Expansion Senators in 1969 and managing them to their only winning record (86-76) - indeed, the best record by a Washington ballclub since the 1945 war year. Published April 2, 2012

Jayson Werth made his rehab debut with the Potomac Nationals on Saturday and went 1-for-3 with an RBI. (Associated Press)

DALY: Baseball part of Werth's DNA

A batting cage is set up in the backyard of Jayson Werth's Northern Virginia manse, a cage much like one in his own yard during his Springfield, Ill., youth. If Werth's two sons, ages 10 and 7, feel so inclined, they can duck inside the netting and take some hacks - and maybe become the fourth generation in the family to play in the major leagues. Published March 25, 2012

Just 19 months removed from Tommy John surgery, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was named the team's Opening Day starter. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

DALY: Stephen Strasburg striving for perfection every at-bat

Much harm can ensue when a splintered bat goes buzzing toward a pitcher. So no one would have blamed Stephen Strasburg on Tuesday night if he'd given wide berth to what came flying his way. Call it, for lack of a better term, a Barrel of Something Other Than Laughs. Published March 22, 2012

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2010, file photo, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, foreground, and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, background, look on during an NFL football game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, La. The NFL has suspended Payton for the 2012 season, and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is banned from the league indefinitely because of the team's bounty program that targeted opposing players. Also Wednesday, March 21, 2012, Goodell suspended Saints general manager Mickey Loomis for the first eight regular-season games of 2012, and assistant coach Joe Vitt has to sit out the first six games. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

DALY: NFL made the right call in Saints' bounty case

Some of what happens in the NFL can seem so lawless, wanton even, that you almost forget the game has rules. But Roger Goodell keeps on trying to remind everybody — with his fines, suspensions and admonishments — that there really are limits, that you really can go too far. Published March 21, 2012

"I'm a guy that wants to play every single day and get better," outfielder Bryce Harper said of starting the season at Triple-A Syracuse. (Associated Press)

DALY: Slow approach right for Harper

With a talent like Bryce Harper, it isn't a question of if, it's a question of when. Of course, there aren't many talents like Bryce Harper, so the Washington Nationals want to make doubly sure they get the "when" part right. Published March 19, 2012

First baseman Adam LaRoche signed a two-year, $16 million deal with the Nationals before last season, but he appeared in just 43 games in 2011.

DALY: Adam LaRoche aching for good health

Adam LaRoche's left foot hurts. A year ago, it was his left shoulder. Those two aches pretty much define his Washington Nationals career - if you can call 43 games a career. More than anything, though, they explain why he "feels like I've been running in quicksand since I've been in D.C." Few things will give a ballplayer That Sinking Feeling quite like one injury piled atop another. Published March 18, 2012

Robert Griffin III is expected to land with the Washington Redskins at the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft. (Associated Press)

DALY: Giving up first-rounders not the end of the world for Redskins

No NFL team likes to give up three first-round picks for a player. High draft picks are the cement blocks with which championship clubs are built. But sacrificing that many No. 1s (along with a No. 2) for this year's second selection — and the chance to get Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III — doesn't necessarily have to damage the Washington Redskins' long-term prospects. Published March 14, 2012

**FILE** Washington Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen (The Washington Times)

DALY: Arrogance, ignorance come at a steep price in NFL

The Washington Redskins just can't help themselves, can they? They pull off a big deal designed to land Robert Griffin III, the wondrous quarterback from Baylor, and the Era of Good Feelings doesn't even last a week. Published March 12, 2012

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III listens to a question during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Friday, Feb. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Comparing Friday's big trade to other Redskins blockbusters

The Redskins have never given up more for a player than they've given the Rams for the second pick in the draft. The laundry list includes three No. 1s (2012, '13 and '14), one of them the sixth pick this year, plus a No. 2 (2012). That's how badly they want Robert Griffin III, the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from Baylor (or, if the Colts opt for Griffin, Andrew Luck, Stanford's to-die-for QB). Published March 11, 2012

Oklahoma defensive end David King (90) and linebacker Tom Wort (21) give chase as Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) passes in the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

DALY: Will gambling on the future restore glory days in D.C.?

Once upon a time, the Washington Redskins were one of the NFL's flagships, filling the stadium every Sunday and going to the Super Bowl with regularity. They were a model organization, what other franchises aspired to be. That's changed in recent years, and we don't need to plunge into another discussion here of why it's changed. We've all got a pretty good handle on that, don't we? Published March 11, 2012

Robert Griffin III is expected to land with the Washington Redskins at the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft. (Associated Press)

DALY: Redskins' aggressive move a long time coming

The hardest piece of the puzzle to find in pro football is a championship-caliber quarterback. The Redskins have been looking for one for far too long – nearly 20 years, almost a generation (if not an eternity). Measured another way, it's eight head coaches (counting the short-lived Terry Robiskie), three general managers and an increasing number of conspicuously empty seats. Published March 10, 2012

DALY: Redskins should pass on Manning; make play for RG3

Well, the long-expected deed is done. The Indianapolis Colts have severed ties with Peyton Manning, the quarterback who made the franchise relevant again and changed the sports landscape in basketball-obsessed Indiana. Gentlemen, start your checkbooks. One of the greatest QBs of all time is up for bids. Published March 7, 2012

DALY: More can be merrier in baseball's playoff party

The universe is expanding. I know this because I heard it once in a Woody Allen movie. And as the character noted with appropriate dread, "if it's expanding, someday it will break apart and that would be the end of everything!" Published March 5, 2012

**FILE** Trainers cart Carolina Panthers quarterback David Carr off the field after he sustained a first-quarter injury during the Panthers' 16-13 road victory against the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 7, 2007. (Associated Press)

DALY: Checkbook violence in NFL must carry costly punishment

Pro football hasn't changed much over the years. And if you doubt that, consider the following sound bite: "We try to hurt everybody. We hit each other as hard as we can. This is a man's game." Those words appeared in a Time magazine story in 1959. Published March 4, 2012