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Thom Loverro

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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Auburn coach Gus Malzahn talks to players during the first team meeting of the season for the NCAA college football team, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Todd Van Emst via AP)

LOVERRO: Football at any cost is too high a price

The country's divisions in poverty, health care, education and quality of life nearly run parallel to those football conferences that made the decision to go ahead and play with the country still suffering from fast-rising coronavirus rates -- and the damage that comes with the disease. Published August 18, 2020

The Washington Nationals bat against the Toronto Blue Jays during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) ** FILE **

LOVERRO: MLB's half-baked restart built on broken promises

Even if you actually believe MLB's 113-page fairy tale could protect players, even if you could get players to adhere to the safety rules, the entire house of cards is built on the premise that the government would have had a handle on this crisis by now. Published July 28, 2020

A 2019 World Series champions sign is displayed at Nationals Park, Wednesday, July 22, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

LOVERRO: Ratings, rewards and risks -- lots of risks

Baseball is back, along with a new 113-page manual to guard against coronavirus -- no spitting, masks in the dugout, mandated six-feet distance away from the playing field, and confined to the hotel they are staying in on the road, among many other little and large rules for life. That's what they are -- rules for life. No matter what the virus numbers say, the fear for players and their families is real, and with cause. Published July 22, 2020

In this Oct. 6, 2019, file photo, fans watch play between the Washington Redskins and the New England Patriots during the second half of an NFL football game, in Landover, Md. A new name must still be selected for the Washington Redskins football team, one of the oldest and most storied teams in the National Football League, and it was unclear how soon that will happen. But for now, arguably the most polarizing name in North American professional sports is gone at a time of reckoning over racial injustice, iconography and racism in the U.S.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)  **FILE**

LOVERRO: No one can be surprised at latest dysfunction

The aura of self-destruction that has engulfed this franchise since Dan Snyder purchased the team more than 20 years ago has never been stronger. Like the Blob running through a small Pennsylvania town, it is consuming everything in its path. Published July 16, 2020

LOVERRO: This isn't good-bye, the team you love left long ago

This team hasn't been the "Redskins" for quite some time, not the team you fell in love with. It's like seeing a version of the Temptations live without one single living member on stage who originally sang "Ball of Confusion." But you still love the songs. You still love hearing "Cloud Nine" and "My Girl," though. Published July 13, 2020

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Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa fascinated baseball fans with their pursuit of Roger Maris' record in 1998.

LOVERRO: ESPN strikes out with revisionist take on McGwire, Sosa

It's disturbing that with the passage of time we seem to have learned nothing from the history of one of the biggest frauds perpetuated on the American sports public. Not only are we still seemingly ignorant of the truth, but blissfully so. Published June 16, 2020

LOVERRO: For Strasburg, clear skies after a decade in storm's eye

Everyone who saw Stephen Strasburg's major league debut would come away with a story, including the 14 Pittsburgh Pirates struck out over the seven innings pitched by the celebrated 21-year-old rookie. For Strasburg himself, the game was the beginning of a decade-long storm of lofty expectations. Published June 9, 2020

Multi-millionaire Jack Kent Cooke, poses outside The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., the sports palace he's building as the home base of his Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings, Nov. 7, 1967. Dedication of the $16 million edifice is set for Dec. 30. (AP Photo/Harold Filan)  **FILE**

LOVERRO: From the fabulous Forum to hulking FedEx, a tale of two extremes

Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has closed on his deal to buy the fabulous Forum from Madison Square Garden for $400 million, with the intent of using it for concerts and other events while building an arena for his Clippers basketball team, who now share the Staples Center with the Lakers. Published May 19, 2020

FILE - In this  Aug. 16, 2010, file photo, Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, right, talks with his son offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan during NFL football training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

LOVERRO: Redskins drafts more fantasy than reality under Snyder

It's 2020, and time again for the Redskins' 10-year fantasy draft -- the fantasy that created hopes and dreams for a new day at Redskins Park in 2010 and the fantasy that created hopes and dreams for a new day at Redskins Park in 2000. Published April 22, 2020