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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 Capitals right wing Devante Smith-Pelly (25) celebrates his goal past Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88), from Russia, during the third period of Game 6 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals hockey playoff series, Monday, May 21, 2018, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Capitals need someone in Game 7 to take legendary 'one giant leap'

Now the Capitals need someone to be Buzz Aldrin -- the second man to take that legendary "one giant leap." The Capitals need someone to write a new name into the history books Wednesday night and lead the team past the tenacious Tampa Bay Lightning and into a showdown with the fairy tale Vegas Golden Knights. Published May 22, 2018

A shot from Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette gets past Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby for a first-period goal during Game 5 of the NHL hockey Eastern Conference finals Saturday, May 19, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)

LOVERRO: Braden Holtby holds key to Capitals' fate

The Capitals can dominate, but are not dominant in the most important moments. The Capitals can play well, but they cannot sustain success. The Capitals are capable of winning, but seem far more comfortable folding. The answer? It's been the same since this round of the playoffs started -- Braden Holtby. Published May 20, 2018

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) defends with the help of right wing Devante Smith-Pelly (25) against Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) during the first period of Game 5 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs, Saturday, May 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Braden Holtby saves Capitals fans from more despair

Braden Holtby wants you to know that when you were sitting in your seats at the Capital One Arena or on the couch at home Saturday night in despair after that Game 5 second period when it seemed the Washington Capitals were on the brink of their familiar collapse against the Pittsburgh Penguins, he was sitting right there with you. Published May 6, 2018

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2013, file photo, Washington Redskins cheerleaders run out of a tunnel before an NFL preseason football game against the Buffalo Bills in Landover, Md. The Redskins say they're concerned by allegations made by cheerleaders in a New York Times article about a trip to Costa Rica for a photo shoot in 2013. Team president Bruce Allen said in a statement Thursday, May 3, 2018, that the organization is immediately looking into the situation. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Who gets the blame for Redskins cheerleader scandal?

If you are a Redskins fan and have read the New York Times story about how some of the team's cheerleaders claim they were pressured into serving as escorts for clients and felt uncomfortable during topless photo shoots on a trip to Costa Rica, you're probably angry. Published May 3, 2018

LOVERRO: How 1988 losing streak gave birth to Camden Yards

At some point, Baltimore and Orioles fans embraced the losing streak of 1988 and turned it into a badge of honor -- at least for the start of the season. By the end, with a 54-107 record, it wasn't as much fun. Published May 1, 2018

Joe Gibbs led the Redskins to three Super Bowl championships. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: These 6 have to be on Washington's sports Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore opened in 1941, and we've been rebuilding it ever since. It's become a popular measuring stick for sports greats — the Mount Rushmore of baseball players, the Mount Rushmore of NFL coaches, the Mount Rushmore of pickleball greats, among many others. Published April 26, 2018

Former Dallas receiver Dez Bryant hopes to land with a team in the NFC East so he can play the Cowboys twice a season. (ASSOCIATED PRESS) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Dez Bryant only has himself to blame for Dallas ouster

The reality is that Bryant will never find a more protective atmosphere than he did under Jason Garrett and the Cowboys -- a staff and organization far more willing to accept Bryant's personal baggage, his lackluster effort at times showing up teammates and other issues. Published April 17, 2018

Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime with Nick Foligno (71), Brandon Dubinsky (17), Ian Cole (23) and David Savard (58) in Game 1 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitals, Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

LOVERRO: Worst Game 1 loss since the last worst Game 1 loss

It's clear the Washington Capitals don't appreciate the postseason hump they carried into the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday night at the arena, because they only made it bigger by blowing a gift of a 2-0 lead, losing game one in overtime 4-3 to the first wild-card team in the Metro Division, the Columbus Blue Jackets. Published April 13, 2018