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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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Redskins quarterback Alex Smith staked Washington to a two-touchdown lead in the first quarter and finished 21-for-36 passing for 163 yards in Sunday's victory over the Carolina Panthers. (Associated Press)

LOVERRO: Redskins make Smith comfortable enough in win

After last week's beating by the Saints, quarterback Alex Smith talked about the comfort level of the offense when the Redskins fall behind early in a game. So Sunday, the Carolina Panthers -- specifically their special teams said, "Alex, let us make you feel comfortable," on their way to a 23-17 loss to Smith and Co. Published October 14, 2018

Nationals owner Mark Lerner (left) has presided over the decisions to not bring back Dusty Baker as well as last month's move to honor the recently-arrested Jayson Werth. (Associated PRess)

LOVERRO: Lerners' arrogance is Nationals' way of doing business

If you want to do an autopsy on the Washington Nationals' disappointing 2018 season, you don't need to be a coroner. The cause of death is easy enough to spot -- just take another look at the line of Lerners sitting in the front row last Nov. 1 at the Nationals' press conference to introduce new manager Dave Martinez. Published October 2, 2018

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter, left, speaks with center fielder Adam Jones after a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Baltimore. Baltimore won 4-0. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

LOVERRO: MLB needs an Orioles franchise that works

Inevitably, the disease rooted in the B&O Warehouse was too strong to resist. And now you have the infected 115-loss Baltimore Orioles of 2018, and the widespread speculation that Showalter, whose contract is up, won't be retained. Published September 30, 2018

As the NFL places more emphasis on safety, players like Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews may have to change how they tackle the quarterback. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

LOVERRO: For NFL players, a safer game ought to be an easier sell

The NFL won't reverse course. No, this dramatic change in the way the game is played on the field is where the game and -- more importantly -- the business are going. This is the new world order of the NFL. Get used to it. Published September 25, 2018

Redskins quarterback Alex Smith was steady in Washington's victory on Sunday, while friend and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was hampered by an injury. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

LOVERRO: Smith validates a victory for Allen on and off the field

It couldn't have been easy for the Prince of Darkness to watch as the organization brought in one know-it-all suit after another to take over his duties. But for one glorious Sunday, none of that mattered -- not the empty seats, nor the new ideas about begging fans to buy tickets and being, horror, transparent about the business. For once, on Sunday, Allen was winning on the field. Published September 23, 2018

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden speaks at a news conference after an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

LOVERRO: In search of that slippery 'sense of urgency'

It is the Holy Grail of sports that every coach or player is searching for, and perhaps nowhere is that search greater than in the locker rooms and clubhouses of Washington sports teams. The elusive "sense of urgency." Published September 20, 2018

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper sits in the dugout during the third inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

LOVERRO: The end of a season, and maybe an era, for Harper

This final seven-game Washington Nationals homestand, starting Thursday night against the New York Mets, is something special -- it will likely be the last time fans get to see Bryce Harper, a player who has become a legend in this town, in a Nationals uniform. Published September 18, 2018

LOVERRO: Sellout streak falls along with Redskins

In the first half of the Washington Redskins home opener Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, the video board at FedEx Field urged hometown fans on with this: "We can't hear you." With all the empty seats in the building, they might have added, "We can't see you, either." Published September 16, 2018