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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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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) talks with head coach Sean Payton, right, and offensive coordinator Pete Charmichael, in the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Bill Feig) **FILE**

SNYDER: Storylines for NFL's final four will extend to Super Bowl

We couldn't ask for a better set of games to determine a Super Bowl that will be tantalizing either way. We can have the geezers in a New England-New Orleans contest featuring all-time greats. Or maybe we get the fresh princes in a Kanas City-Los Angeles tilt, highlighting the next wave. Or it might be a mix-and-match pairing, something old, something new. Published January 14, 2019

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2014, file photo, Oneonta's Abby Blackwood, left, shoots over Charles Henderson's Maori Davenport in a girls' Class 4A state basketball semifinal, in Birmingham, Ala. Alabama high school officials are defending the season-long suspension of a top girls basketball player over money she received from USA Basketball. Charles Henderson High School senior and Rutgers signee Maori Davenport was ruled ineligible this season on Nov. 30 after receiving an $857.20 check from USA Basketball for "lost wages". She represented the organization in a tournament in Mexico City over the summer.(AP Photo/Hal Yeager, File) **FILE**

SNYDER: Ruling on basketball star makes Alabama a national disgrace

The matchup that should totally embarrass state residents is the Alabama High School Athletic Association against senior basketball star Maori Davenport. It's an example of a youngster -- one of the nation's best prep players -- being steamrolled by power-hungry adults, led by AHSAA executive director Steve Savarese. Published January 9, 2019

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson recovers a fumble that he made in the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Los Angeles Chargers, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

SNYDER: Ravens embraced all-or-nothing approach

The Baltimore Ravens considered the long view Sunday when they stayed with rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson instead of relieving him with veteran Joe Flacco. Published January 7, 2019

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) reacts after making a basket during triple overtime of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Washington. Beal had 40 points and his first career triple-double and the Wizards won 149-146 in triple-overtime. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) **FILE**

SNYDER: No contest between playoff run or high lottery pick for Wizards

To tank, or not to tank. That is the question. Is it nobler for the Wizards to suffer the rest of the year without John Wall and miss the playoffs for just the second time in six seasons? Or is it better to rally around Bradley Beal and push to qualify for a still-within-reach postseason berth in the watered-down Eastern Conference? Published January 2, 2019

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder (left) and president Bruce Allen (right) talk on the field prior to an NFL football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally) **FILE**

SNYDER: For many, rooting for change beats rooting for wins

In the District, a different groundswell is forming among fans of the NBA and NFL franchises. These fans' biggest motivation isn't losses to create a succession of postseason parties. They want losses that trigger going-away parties for team architects Ernie Grunfeld and Bruce Allen. Published December 19, 2018

Washington Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson (8) watches play as he takes a break on the bench during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) **FILE**

SNYDER: Quarterback position -- and decision process -- remains iffy in D.C.

Washington's brain trust believed Mark Sanchez was the best choice as this season's third starting quarterback. Josh Johnson's performance Sunday, in his first start since 2011, and the week before, in garbage time against the New York Giants, is an indictment of the decision-makers in Ashburn. Published December 17, 2018

Maryland's new head football coach Mike Locksley, left, and athletic director Damon Evans pose during an NCAA college football news conference, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, in College Park, Md. Locksley, Alabama's offensive coordinator, will take over at Maryland after the most tumultuous year in the program's recent history. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) **FILE**

SNYDER: A bum job to some, Maryland a plum job for Locksley

When he says being the Terrapins coach is his dream job, you don't immediately question his sanity. Few new hires would say that -- and even fewer would mean it -- but Mike Locksley appears to be that rare. Published December 12, 2018

Washington Redskins punter Tress Way (5) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally) ** FILE **

SNYDER: On an afternoon worth punting, Way stood out the most

With all due respect to halfback Adrian Peterson, Way arguably has been Washington's most valuable player and its most impressive weapon. His latest effort was no different, other than the overtime he put in. Published December 9, 2018

In this Dec. 11, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands in the bench area during the second half of the team's NFL football game against the New York Jets in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File) **FILE**

SNYDER: Washington should come clean on not calling Kaepernick

We are long past the point that a team can trot out "football issues" as an explanation for the lack of interest in the free-agent quarterback. That excuse was as illogical the last two seasons as it was Tuesday, when coach Jay Gruden queued it up like a radio hit in heavy rotation. Published December 5, 2018

Alabama head coach Nick Saban and Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts, right, celebrate with the team after the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game against Georgia, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Atlanta. Alabama won 35-28. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) **FILE**

SNYDER: Class, character not necessarily tied to stay-or-leave decisions

Jalen Hurts didn't have 32 million reasons to change team colors like Nick Saban did in January 2007. But Hurts had good reason to transfer if he chose to do so. He also saw good reasons to stay, acknowledging that one's position on the depth chart isn't necessarily a deal breaker. Published December 3, 2018

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, right, leaves the Santa Clara County Superior Court, with his attorney Joshua Bentley after a preliminary hearing stemming from domestic violence accusations against Foster Thursday, May 17, 2018, in San Jose, Calif. Foster's ex-girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, recanted allegations Thursday that Foster physically assaulted her. She testified that she lied to authorities about the domestic assault to get back at Foster for breaking up with her. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) **FILE**

SNYDER: Washington defends its dumpster-diving pickup of Foster

The 49ers had just put him on the curb, like a moldy armchair awaiting a bulk trash pickup. Washington, acting like a thrift-conscious scavenger driving around neighborhoods in search of such "deals," pounced on the chance to haul him to Ashburn. Published November 28, 2018