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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]

Articles by Deron Snyder

LSU running back Derrius Guice runs a drill during the NFL football scouting combine, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) ** FILE **

SNYDER: NFL out of bounds with sexual-orientation questions

It shouldn't matter who the team president, the quarterback, the first baseman, or the power forward chooses to sleep with. And if those players were future Hall of Famers, dominant in their sport, I bet teammates and fans couldn't care less. Published March 12, 2018

Memphis head coach Tubby Smith reacts in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wichita State on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill) **FILE**

SNYDER: Madness not limited to basketball court this March

It happens every season as college basketball's big tournament approaches. Topics other than fantastic finishes are talked about at length and run into the ground. The NCAA's billions. The players' non-existent cut. The freshmen-to-NBA pipeline. The academic progress rates. Published March 7, 2018

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch, center, speaks to Jose Altuve, left, Carlos Correa, second from left, Marwin Gonzalez, second from right, and Yuli Gurriel (10) during baseball spring training at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP)

SNYDER: Tanking trend is a scourge (unless it's my team)

The Astros' World Series title last fall and the Philadelphia Sixers' uptick (currently seventh in the Eastern Conference), have amplified discussions about teams tanking. If it works, copycats will follow. Published February 21, 2018

Philadelphia Eagles' Nick Foles holds his daughter, Lily, after the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Eagles won 41-33. (AP Photo/Matt York)

SNYDER: The NFL and its fans needed this Super Bowl

This season was a rough one for the NFL, full of political potshots, lower TV ratings, higher fan apathy, questionable replay rulings and controversial concussion protocols. The league needed a great Super Bowl. Published February 5, 2018

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