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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

Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse will be at the forefront of the Nationals' attack next year. Pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Feb. 14.  (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

SNYDER: Nationals are building for years to come

With only three games remaining before the NFL season wraps up (no, the Pro Bowl doesn't count), baseball will take the stage shortly, when spring training begins just ahead of March Madness. We still don't know if Prince Fielder will be among the Washington Nationals reporting to Viera, Fla., but at least pitcher Gio Gonzalez will be settling in for a while. Published January 19, 2012

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon hugs Sean Mosely after defeating Wake Forest 70-64 on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)

SNYDER: Coach, players growing into roles at Maryland

First-year Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon is a breath of fresh air, and not just because first-year football coach Randy Edsall is emitting so much funk. No matter who occupied the head office at the Gossett Team House, there's little doubt that athletic director Kevin Anderson at least got the hoops hire right. Published January 12, 2012

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban celebrated Alabama's second BCS championship in the past three seasons after Monday night's 21-0 win over LSU. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Alabama's title is still 'mythical'

Somewhere along the way in major college football, we stopped. We quit being accurate in our description. We dropped the extra syllables and characters. We got lazy and gave in to convention. Published January 10, 2012

Georgetown, predicted to finish 10th in the Big East, has had plenty of reason to celebrate after starting 3-0 in the conference. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Georgetown wins with selfless approach

The Redskins are awful, and the Capitals are disappointing. The Nationals could be a year away; Mark Turgeon's Terrapins might be two. And the Wizards will be 0-7 unless they somehow manage to upset the New York Knicks on Friday at Verizon Center. Published January 5, 2012

Indianapolis is a likely destination for Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. The Colts secured the No. 1 pick in April's draft after finishing 2-14 this season. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Colts need to rebuild without Manning

There comes a time when teams must move on without their beloved icon. Unless logic is thrown out the window in favor of emotion, the Colts have reached that point with Peyton Manning. Published January 3, 2012

New Jersey forward Kris Humphries answered Wizards fans' boos with 21 points and 16 rebounds. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Wizards could use players fans hate

Kris Humphries went from NBA obscurity to mainstream celebrity faster than the paparazzi flash. Only four players averaged more rebounds per game than he did last season. He ravaged the Washington Wizards in their season opener and was booed lustily each time he touched the ball. Published December 27, 2011

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