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Thom Loverro

Thom Loverro has been a professional journalist since 1977, working for a number of newspapers, including eight years as a news editor and reporter for The Baltimore Sun, where he covered government, politics, and crime. He moved into sports writing when he joined The Washington Times in 1992. He moved to The Washington Examiner as a sports columnist in 2009 and returned to The Washington Times in 2013, where he is currently the lead sports columnist.

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Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden stands on the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Landover, Md. The Eagles defeated the Redskins 24-0. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

LOVERRO: Manusky mess shows Snyder hasn't changed

They like to say there are only 32 head coaching jobs in the NFL. The reality is that there are only 31, and then there is the Redskins job. It stands alone in the league, with more baggage than a Diana Ross tour. Published January 22, 2019

Former Washington Nationals pitcher Micah Bowie has been using oxygen since 2016 to help him breathe due to complications from back surgery. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

LOVERRO: Former Nationals pitcher needs help from players union to stay alive

The costs to keep him alive have been prohibitive, and taken its toll on his family. Bowie qualified for government disability payments, but that didn't come close to helping pay his medical bills. So Bowie went to his union -- the Major League Baseball Players Association -- for help. There was none. Published January 17, 2019

Former slugger Harold Baines' impact on two franchises was a reason for being selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Modern Era Committee last month. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

LOVERRO: Hall of Famers should be selected for impact, not just stats

Voting has already taken place among the eligible baseball writers, and the results will be revealed on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Many ballots have already been made public by voters, and I'll make mine public here. But as I have often said, the vote often turns into a venom-filled referendum on truth and justice instead of simply a decision about a baseball player's career. Published January 15, 2019

Washington Redskins President Bruce Allen, right, speaks during an NFL football press conference where it was announced that Doug Williams, left, was named Senior Vice President of Player Personnel, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) ** FILE **

LOVERRO: Allen's stranglehold on Redskins tightens with Lafemina's departure

Yes, of course Allen is coming back. He didn't drive Lafemina and his team from the building only to surrender power. Not only is Allen, who has become the object of the wrath of an angry Redskins fan base, staying on as team president in charge of football operations, but he is taking over the business side as well -- the job that Lafemina had. Allen drank Lafemina's milk shake. Published January 13, 2019

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden listens to a reporter's question during a news conference at Redskins Park, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in Ashburn, Va. The Washington Redskins ended their season Sunday with a 24-0 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

LOVERRO: Gruden surprisingly honest about Redskins' need for change

For a moment the day after their standard embarrassing season-ending 24-0 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles -- almost 24 hours since his team finished 7-9 for the second straight season -- Gruden showed a glimpse of Honest Jay, and I think it was revealing. Published January 1, 2019

Former Washington Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs walks along the sidelines before the NFL football game between the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

LOVERRO: Why did Snyder bring Gibbs back for that unholy mess?

Not that we needed any more proof that Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has no capacity for embarrassment, but Sunday at Ghost Town Field there was yet more evidence of his lack of perspective. He brought Redskins coaching legend Joe Gibbs to the game. Published December 30, 2018

Brian Lafemina preached a notion of truth and transparency after he was hired by the Washington Redskins to be president of business operations. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

LOVERRO: Redskins' 'do the right thing' era was doomed from the start

The Christmas purge of Redskins chief operating officer Brian Lafemina and his band of suits -- chief marketing officer Steve Ziff, senior vice president of sales and marketing Jake Bye and chief commercial officer Todd Kline -- took far less time than I predicted a month ago. Published December 27, 2018

FILE - In this  Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 file photo, Washington Redskins free safety D.J. Swearinger sits on the bench in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md. The Washington Redskins have lost four in a row, are down to their fourth quarterback and are mired in criticism from several players. A once-promising season has gone off the rails thanks to injuries all over the offense and a defense full of blown assignments and missed tackles. The finger-pointing is well underway for a team that has fallen to 6-7 and has plenty of blame to go around. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally, File)

LOVERRO: Swearinger reminds us what this team is

After Saturday's game, safety D.J. Swearinger reminded everyone of the poisonous dysfunction that defines this generation of Washington Redskins, from the boardroom to the locker room. Published December 23, 2018

Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, while sitting on the bench wearing Wizards forward Nene's jersey, watches the second half against the Chicago Bulls in Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Washington, Sunday, April 27, 2014. Nene is serving a one game suspension. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Leonsis has broken his promises on Wizards

There are many things on this list of promises that Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has accomplished, in terms of the arena experience, re-engage with alumni and other points. But the first thing on the list stands out for its sheer hypocrisy: "More transparency concerning strategy and plans via more connection with fans." Published December 18, 2018

Washington Nationals owner Mark Lerner, right, greets pitcher Patrick Corbin, left, during a baseball news conference at Nationals Park in Washington, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. Corbin agreed to terms on a six-year contract and joins the Nationals after playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Younger Lerner playing hardball on Harper offer teases future Boras dealings

This was just Boras lashing out at the notion that the Nationals might not play Boras ball at the negotiating table. If that is, indeed, the case, it would be a refreshing change from the way the Lerners have done business over the years with Boras. Maybe, with a new Lerner at the head of the table, the Lerner ATM may be shut down for Boras. Published December 11, 2018

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden walks off the field after an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Landover, Md. The Giants won 40-16. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

LOVERRO: Loss shows disconnect not just within organization, but on field too

Somebody has to pay for a loss like the one that took place at Ghost Town Field Sunday, and, with the Redskins (now 6-7) on their fourth quarterback, league washout Josh Johnson, replacing Sanchez and a defense that is giving up 200 yards rushing a game, there may be more losses like this one to finish the season with three games remaining. Published December 9, 2018