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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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FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2016, file photo, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer works against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning in Game 1 of baseball's National League Division Series at Nationals Park  in Washington.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) **FILE**

If there's a jinx, time to end it

"This is going to be a heck of a ballgame," Max Scherzer told reporters Tuesday in Los Angeles after the Dodgers forced the issue in Game 4. Published October 12, 2016

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was hit with a penalty and $12,154 for twerking after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins in Week 1. (Associated Press)

Dirty dancing banned in the No Fun League

Concerns about players' head trauma and debilitating injuries are rampant. The on-field product is uneven and frequently uninspiring, with too many quarterbacks who are nothing special. So, naturally, cracking down on players shaking their booty in the end zone is a priority for the league. Published October 10, 2016

Bosh, Heat in a showdown over safety, personal freedom

If Chris Bosh is willing to continue his career without holding the Heat liable for any medical conditions that might arise, it's perfectly understandable why he's upset that the team is dumping him. Published October 5, 2016

San Francisco 49ers Eli Harold (58), Colin Kaepernick (7) and Eric Reid (35) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Ditka's free to 'get the hell out' too

Remember when the national anthem prior to games was such a big deal that networks didn't bother televising it? Seems like a long time ago. Published September 26, 2016

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins looks to pass during the first half of an NFL football game New York Giants Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Kirk Cousins is a topic, even when he's not

The Redskins showed Sunday that other parts of the team can help produce a win, even though the quarterback in Washington will always be a focal point. Published September 25, 2016

Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III runs the ball during the Philadelphia Eagles 29-10 win over the Cleveland Browns at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. (Winslow Townson/AP Images for Panini) (credit)

Robert Griffin III's career summed up in one bone-crushing hit

RG3's incredible journey from star to star-crossed might have reached its painful end Sunday in Philadelphia. That would be a shame on several levels, including the fact he won't be in uniform Oct. 2 when his Cleveland Browns visit FedEx Field. Published September 14, 2016

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2016, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian takes part in drills during the team's NFL football training camp in Englewood, Colo. The Carolina Panthers are out to rattle Siemian Thursday night, Sept. 8, in his first start for the Super Bowl champion Broncos. Thing is, his teammates say they've never seen the strong-armed, mobile QB lose his cool.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Meet Trevor Siemian, the guy who gets to follow Peyton Manning

His name is Trevor Siemian, also known as "Who?" He's the man taking over for Peyton Manning behind center for the Denver Broncos, and his teammates say the league will know the second-year quarterback's name soon enough. Published September 7, 2016

Texas wide receiver John Burt (1) celebrates with teammates after they defeated Notre Dame in double overtime in a NCAA college football game, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, in Austin, Texas. Texas won 50-47. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Behind the thrilling opening weekend, a more sobering story

When it comes to big-time college sports, it's impossible to ignore the staggering amounts of money involved -- where it goes and where it comes from, who gets paid and who doesn't -- without raising nagging concerns about priorities and propriety. Published September 5, 2016