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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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Wizards guard John Wall said that this is the deepest team he's been on since arriving in Washington. He's also healthy after missing 41 games last season. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

SNYDER: Wizards see hopes rise with door cracked open in East

At least LeBron James isn't blocking upward mobility back here anymore. That's good news for all parties involved. The Wizards aren't among the favorites to replace the Cavaliers, but at least the stone wall has become a cracked door. Published October 17, 2018

Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman (24) carries the ball after pulling in an interception as Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) pursues him during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

SNYDER: Washington's timing just right to overcome adversity

For most teams, overcoming adversity means conquering troublesome circumstances and bouncing back after heartbreaking defeats. But in Washington, overcoming adversity means riding out good times and preventing victories from bringing you down. Published October 14, 2018

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden watches from the sideline during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) **FILE**

SNYDER: Clock ticking on Jay Gruden era

It appears that Jay Gruden's tenure in Washington won't end well. At least he'll have plenty of company to commiserate with. Published October 10, 2018

IMG Academy's Silvio De Sousa #22 in action against Wasatch Academy during a high school basketball game at the 2017 Hoophall Classic on Sunday, January 15, 2017, in Springfield, MA. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan) **FILE**

SNYDER: NCAA's policies on amateurism should be the real federal fraud case

Here we are, forced to endure the charade as federal prosecutors put recruiting tactics on trial in New York, where the first of three cases off an FBI probe of college basketball's so-called underbelly has begun. But the real fraud is wasting our tax money on what's essentially a matter between the NCAA and its member institutions. Published October 3, 2018

SNYDER: Safety concerns eat at football from top to bottom

Roughing-the-passer penalties have more than doubled though three weeks compared to last season (34-16). The controversy is dominating discussions about the league in derogatory fashion. Meanwhile, at the youth level, where there can't be too much safety talk, participation continues its drop. Published September 26, 2018

Tiger Woods hits from the third tee during the final round of the Tour Championship golf tournament Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis) **FILE**

SNYDER: Tiger Woods still worthy of emulation, admiration

Neither marketing executives, pro golfers nor golf fans, imagined Woods would go through everything he's endured to wind up again in the winner's circle at age 42 after a five-year drought. None of us is Tiger Woods. And I'm not sure, notwithstanding his fortune, we'd want to be. Published September 24, 2018

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (left) and tight end Jordan Reed (right) celebrate a touchdown during an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally) ** FILE **

SNYDER: Washington's offense shows just how dangerous it could be

Coach Jay Gruden and quarterback Alex Smith assured us that the unit is capable of more than intermediate strikes. They said the lack of downfield passing and the wideouts' MIA status was a function of the defenses, not Washington's philosophical approach. Trust us, they said. More is coming. They didn't waste time making good on their word. Published September 23, 2018

Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews is called for a roughing the passer penalty during the second half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Green Bay, Wis. The game ended in a 29-29 tie. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

SNYDER: Protect the QBs, sure, but this is ridiculous

Once again, the NFL has demonstrated its uncanny inability to find the sweet spot between extremes. On some of the most pressing issues the league faces, its judgment either caroms off the left pole or ricochets off the right one, as if splitting uprights is equivalent to splitting atoms. Published September 19, 2018

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith throws a pass in the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)

SNYDER: Week 2, like Week 1, will not define season

Why oh why do we fall for the fake-out every single time? We're like Charlie Brown, believing we'll finally enjoy a chance to kick the football, only to fall flat on our back as Lucy pulls it away. Published September 16, 2018

Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith threw for 255 yards with a 70 percent completion rate for two touchdowns in Sunday's win over the Arizona Cardinals. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

SNYDER: Without Cousins, a focus on football, not contracts

The difference is what's missing, thankfully and good riddance. I don't mean Kirk Cousins' presence, just the nagging questions about his future. With the weight removed, we can appreciate how heavy it was. Published September 12, 2018

Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (26) runs against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

SNYDER: It's early, but Peterson looks like a real steal

You never know what you might find on the NFL scrap heap. Perhaps a serviceable body for special teams. A solid reserve for situational rotations. Maybe an upgrade at kicker and punter, as there's always some of those to choose from. Published September 10, 2018