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Deron Snyder

Deron Snyder

Deron Snyder is an award-winning journalist and Washington Times sports columnist with more than 25 years of experience. He has worked at USA Today and his column was syndicated in Gannett's 80-plus newspapers from 2000-2009, appearing in The Arizona Republic, The Indianapolis Star, The Detroit News and many others. Follow Deron on Twitter @DeronSnyder or email him at [email protected]

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Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo speaks during a news conference before Game 4 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

SNYDER: Making Rizzo wait could end up costing Nationals

Bryce Harper might not be the Washington Nationals' most important free agent-to-be. That distinction could fall on the team's architect, general manager Mike Rizzo, whose contract also expires in 2018. The Nationals have yet to discuss an extension. Published January 22, 2018

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2016 file photo, Godfrey Dillard, left, and Perry Wallace take part in a lecture at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.  Wallace, who broke down a racial barrier by becoming the first black varsity basketball player in the Southeastern Conference, has died. He was 69. Wallace's death was announced Friday, Dec. 1, 2017,  by Vanderbilt University, where Wallace became an all-SEC player and remains among the Commodores' all-time rebounding leaders. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) **FILE**

SNYDER: Sports can teach 'uncomfortable truths' about race and society

Athletic competition can teach us a lot. Through sports, we're able to learn about athletes and fans, as well as coaches and owners. The most obvious lessons center on principles like sacrifice, dedication and commitment. No one comes close to, or reaches, championships without paying a price, whether in team or individual sports. Published January 17, 2018

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) plays in an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

SNYDER: Teams winning in playoffs despite having mediocre quarterbacks

Entering the weekend Case Keenum, Blake Bortles, Nick Foles and Marcus Mariota combined had one game of playoff experience. That proved to be irrelevant.The quarterbacks in Sunday's conference championships will form history's all-time easiest, "Which of these don't belong?" Published January 15, 2018

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) blocks Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. The Warriors won 99-92. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

SNYDER: Yes, instant replay has flaws. So fix 'em

Instant replay has its faults, as has been made abundantly clear in recent days. But does anyone really think sports would be better with no ability to correct any bad calls? Published December 27, 2017

Georgetown head coach Patrick Ewing gestures during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Jacksonville, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) **FILE**

SNYDER: Ewing does well to chart careful, cautious course for Hoyas

Patrick Ewing inherited a team almost as green as its first-year coach. The Hoyas were predicted to finish near the bottom of the conference, if not dead-last. There would be little upside in pursuing a more ambitious schedule at this juncture. Published December 18, 2017

The announced paid attendance was 71,026, but empty seats filled the stands at FedEx Field to watch the Redskins beat the Cardinals on Sunday. (Associated Press)

Washington witnesses a dreary afternoon even in victory

More-depressing victories are hard to imagine. Washington couldn't breathe easy until Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald, an all-time NFL great, failed to corral a pass inside the 10-yard line with 16 seconds left. Published December 17, 2017

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2017, file photo, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) walks off the field after a 2010 loss to the Washington Redskins, in an NFL football game in Landover, Md. The Giants are changing quarterbacks for first time in more than 13 years. Yes, Eli Manning is not going to start. The Giants announced on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, that Geno Smith will start in place of Manning when the Giants (2-9) face the Raiders in Oakland on Sunday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

SNYDER: Manning benching not really that big a deal, folks

In New York, blistering criticism flooded the airwaves and cyberspace Tuesday after a quarterback change was announced. The Giants, going nowhere at 2-9, decided to proceed without Eli Manning under center. What's the controversy there? Published November 29, 2017

SNYDER: Never a dull spin on college coaching carousel

Maybe it's the public nature of job openings that often materialize after rampant speculation. The list of hot prospects and rumored candidates are intriguing as well. So too is the debate in defining great jobs vs. good jobs vs. lousy jobs. The high salaries involved don't hurt, either. Published November 27, 2017