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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]

Articles by Deron Snyder

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) gets sacked by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith (99) and Ray McDonald (not seen) in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in San Francisco, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SNYDER: Steelers had no leg to stand on

Ben Roethlisberger's toughness is legendary, mythic even, embodying the industrial-strength spirit of blue-collar Pittsburgh. Gritty "Big Ben" doesn't go down easily in the pocket, and he doesn't come out of the lineup easily, either. Published December 20, 2011

Sophomore point guard Markel Starks scored a career-high 18 points in Georgetown's 81-55 romp past American on Saturday. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Poised Hoyas growing, winning

Saturday was tough for Georgetown's basketball program as news spread about Jeff Green, the former Hoya and current Boston Celtic who will undergo heart surgery next month and miss the NBA season. Georgetown coach John Thompson III spoke with Green over the weekend and was impressed with his response to the discovery of an aortic aneurysm. Published December 18, 2011

At 6 feet 9 inches, Wizards rookie Chris Singleton plays bigger than his listed height. Washington could depend on size this season to make up for a lack of experience. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
Wizards forward Jan Vesely (24) and center JaVale McGee are among the young players with size Washington will rely on this season. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Wizards have size to stand tall over opposition

Wes Unseld embodied toughness for the Washington Bullets throughout the '70s, providing an imposing presence in the paint. The same was true of the "Bruise Brothers," Jeff Ruland and Rick Mahorn, whose picks and elbows were a menace to opponents in the early '80s. Published December 15, 2011

** FILE ** Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert (AP)

SNYDER: Gilbert crying foul is his latest joke

It was comical to watch Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert moan and cry last year after LeBron James bolted to South Beach. Gilbert added new material to his clown act last week as he lamented the deal that would have sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers. Published December 13, 2011

The Army-Navy game always is a star-spangled spectacle. Saturday's renewal of the rivalry marks the first time it will be played inside the Capital Beltway. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

SNYDER: To know Army-Navy rivalry, look past game

To be completely honest, I never really understood the big deal about Army-Navy. I got the fact that it's an incredibly intense rivalry. I saw that they've knocked heads since 1890. And the sight of stadium sections packed with soldiers and sailors in dress grays and blues has impressed me as much as anyone. But it's not big-time college football. The teams aren't as good as the ones on TV every week. And virtually none of the players is well known or headed to the NFL. Published December 8, 2011

D.C. native Lamont Peterson, working on hand drills, will fight in a super lightweight title bout on the same card as Seth Mitchell's heavyweight bout Dec. 10. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Mitchell carries hope for heavyweights

Much has changed for boxing since Riddick Bowe successfully defended his WBA heavyweight title against Jesse Ferguson at RFK Stadium in 1993, the last time HBO televised a card in the District. Published December 6, 2011

Tight end Fred Davis walks off the field Sunday for likely the last time this season, as he is facing a four-game suspension. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Fred Davis, Trent Williams have to take responsibility

If tight end Fred Davis and left tackle Trent Williams were suspended solely for marijuana use during the lockout - when, technically, they weren't NFL employees - outrage would be an appropriate reaction. How dare the league try to impose discipline on individuals it locked them out, telling them "thanks but no thanks" when they showed up for work? Published December 4, 2011

Rex Grossman is among the multiple players who received high marks for their performances Sunday in Seattle. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Seeds of hope planted in Seattle

A patron behind me said aloud what most folks in the place surely were thinking — self included — as Rex Grossman leaned back and went long: "Why is he doing that?" Published November 29, 2011

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose was drafted No. 1 overall in 2008, after playing one year at Memphis. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

SNYDER: NBA will return, but issues remain

The best gift from Black Friday didn't involve arising at an ungodly hour, competing with an unruly throng and spending at an unwise pace. But it did arrive in the wee hours, hammered out by contentious groups that were squabbling over money. Published November 27, 2011

SNYDER: Same sordid topic, but Syracuse, Penn State cases differ

A fixture on Syracuse's bench for 36 years, Bernie Fine will be absent again Wednesday night when the men's basketball team plays its second game since he was placed on administrative leave for sexual abuse allegations. Published November 22, 2011

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2011 file photo, former Penn State football defensive coordinator Gerald "Jerry" Sandusky sits in a car as he leaves the office of Centre County Magisterial District Judge Leslie A. Dutchcot in State College, Pa. Sandusky, who is charged with sexually abusing eight boys in a scandal that has rocked the university, said in an telephone interview with Bob Costas Monday night on NBC News' "Rock Center" that there was no abuse and that any activities in a campus shower with a boy were just horseplay, not molestation. (AP Photo/The Patriot-News, Andy Colwell, File)

SNYDER: What if it was their child who was abused?

If you have a young son or daughter, or a young niece or nephew, or another young person you care about regardless of relation, the past week led to some reflection. Published November 17, 2011

SNYDER: Maryland president Loh has hard judgment call

Members of Maryland's commission on intercollegiate athletics faced an unenviable task when president Wallace D. Loh brought them together four months ago. They were asked to review the athletic department's finances and operations and then recommend measures to increase revenues and decrease costs. Published November 15, 2011

Georgetown's Otto Porter had nine points, eight rebounds, and three blocks against Savannah State on Saturday afternoon. The Hoyas won 83-54. (AP Photo/Haraz Ghanbari)

SNYDER: Hoyas putting puzzle together

The grunt came from the back as a question was posed after Georgetown's season-opening victory against Savannah State. Big John Thompson took umbrage at a reporter's choice of words to describe Monday's game, the last contest before Georgetown heads to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational. Published November 13, 2011

In this Nov. 20, 2004, file photo, Penn State coach Joe Paterno waves to the crowd in the fourth quarter of Penn State's 37-13 win over Michigan State in an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa. Penn State trustees fired Paterno and university president Graham Spanier amid the growing furor over how the school handled sex abuse allegations against an assistant coach. The massive shakeup Wednesday night, Nov. 9, 2011, came hours after Paterno announced that he planned to retire at the end of his 46th season. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

SNYDER: When coaches become deities

We'll never forget that line last March, as the Ohio State football program was unraveling, when president E. Gordon Gee was asked about possibly firing Jim Tressel. "Are you kidding?" he said. "I'm just hopeful that the coach doesn't dismiss me." Published November 10, 2011