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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]

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FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2018, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt warms up before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, in Los Angeles. The Cleveland Browns have signed Kareem Hunt, the running back cut by Kansas City in November after a video showed him pushing and kicking a woman the previous February.  Cleveland general manager John Dorsey, who drafted Hunt while working for Kansas City, on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019,  said the Browns "fully understand and respect the complexity of questions and issues in signing a player with Kareem's history and do not condone his actions." (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) ** FILE **

SNYDER: Absence of reason is evident in Hunt signing reaction

At the risk of being portrayed as someone who condones violence against woman, I believe the Cleveland Browns made a sound decision signing Kareem Hunt. I'm also on a tiny island, judging by the predictable wave of blistering headlines. Published February 13, 2019

New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski waves after the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. The New England Patriots won 13-3. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano) **FILE**

SNYDER: Super Bowl stinker exactly what the NFL deserved

The teams took our anticipation and spiked it, like an offensive lineman who gets overly excited when handed the ball after a touchdown. They took our expectancy and crushed it, like a gunner slamming a punt returner who should've signaled for a fair catch They took our longing for a fantastic finale and served up one of the dullest, most-boring Super Bowls in recent memory. Published February 4, 2019

FILE- In this Jan. 12, 2019, file photo New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis plays against the Minnesota Timberwolves in an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. Davis' agent says the five-time All-Star has told the New Orleans Pelicans that he wants to be traded to a contending team. Agent Rich Paul confirmed the request to The Associated Press early Monday, Jan. 28. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File) **FILE**

SNYDER: Davis' trade request was the decent thing to do

Telling your team that you have no intention of staying is actually the decent thing to do. It gives the franchise an opportunity to acquire some assets as you depart. The old team rarely receives equal value when shipping off a superstar, but sometimes the deal works out fine. Published January 30, 2019

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