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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' quarterback Robert Griffin III (left) and head coach Jay Gruden (right) on the sidelines during the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens during their pre-season game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 23, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore won the game 23-17. (Pete Marovich Special to The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: Redskins' take on ice bucket challenge can leave fans cold

When your team looks bad in the third game of the preseason — like the Redskins did against the Ravens Saturday night — you take the bucket of ice, pour it over your head, and remember, "It's preseason. It doesn't mean anything. This team went 4-0 last preseason and wound up going 3-13." Published August 24, 2014

Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon, right, douses teammate Denard Span after Span scored the winning run on a throwing error by Arizona Diamondback third baseman Jordan Pacheco during the ninth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, in Washington. The Nationals defeated the Diamondbacks 1-0. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Walk-off wonders: Nationals show heart with late-inning dramatics

While the Redskins pass time by playing out the NFL's pretend portion of the football schedule, the Nationals have captured Washington's attention by winning. Winning every game. Winning games that they seemed intent on losing, in the nightly drama that has played out at Nationals Park. Published August 21, 2014

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) is sacked by Washington Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) in the first quarter at FedEx Field, Aug. 18, 2014. (Preston Keres/Special for The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: Johnny Football, RG3 have plenty to work on, from stupidity to survival

Browns cornerback Joe Haden — who hails from Prince George's County — told reporters after the game that abuse Johnny Football was taking was some of the "worst things you could ever imagine, from everybody, their players, their fans." Seriously? What did he face when he played for Texas A&M — choir boys? Published August 19, 2014

Pennsylvania's  Mo'ne Davis delivers in the fifth inning against Tennessee during a baseball game in United States pool play at the Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Pennsylvania won 4-0 with Davis pitching a complete game two-hit shutout. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

LOVERRO: Original 'Queen of Baseball' would root for Mo'Ne Davis

Only 18 girls have ever played in the Little League World Series, and just four of them have been American. So now we celebrate the return of young girls — and maybe women — to the game of baseball with boys and perhaps men as if it is breaking new ground. It is, though, a return. Published August 17, 2014

**FILE** Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, right, talks with Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos, left, after the MLB owners meeting in Paradise Valley, Ariz., Thursday Jan. 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Aaron J. Latham

LOVERRO: As Bud Selig exits, D.C. should be thankful for his work

Baseball named a new commissioner Thursday to succeed Bud Selig, who can now at least continue his farewell tour knowing that his hand-picked successor, Rob Manfred, is in place. When he comes to Washington as part of that tour, the city should hold a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in his honor. Published August 14, 2014

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) walks the sideline after being taken out of the game in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the New England Patriots in NFL preseason football at FedExField, Landover, Md.,  Thursday, August 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)Monday, September 9, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: As 3rd NFL season nears, 'hopefully' RG3 is 'making progress'

Progress from what, exactly? The quarterback who threw 20 touchdowns and just five interceptions in his record-breaking rookie season? The one who played on one leg last year, with just one receiver and an offensive line that leaked like a sieve, still managed to throw 16 touchdown passes and 3,200 yards in 13 games? Published August 12, 2014

Nationals owners Ted and Mark Lerner take in the atmosphere after Washington clinched the National League East Division title at Nationals Park on Monday night. Ted Lerner became the managing principal owner of the franchise in May 2006. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: Will Nats-Orioles MASN dispute keep All-Stars away?

The Washington Nationals have been pushing hard to host the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star game. And as of the All-Star game in July in Minneapolis, it looked as if it was going to happen. Washington's competition for the 2017 games is one of the cities lobbying to host the 2016 All-Star game — Baltimore. Published August 10, 2014

Peter G. Angelos, owner of the Baltimore Orioles, responds to questions from members of the media at Fort Lauderdale Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Sunday, March 18, 2007 before his team's spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)

LOVERRO: Pick a side in war of Nats-O's boardrooms

Boys and girls, it's getting serious between the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles, who come to Nationals Park Monday for one leftover Battle of the Beltways contest. Published August 3, 2014

Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson (1) catches a ball on the opening day of Washington Redskins Training Camp at Bon Secours Training Center, Richmond, Va., Thursday, July 24, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: Redskins should be great before declaring greatness

The Washington Redskins seems to exist in two worlds. There is the world where they look at themselves in the mirror and say to everyone, "Damn, we're great. How can we lose? Then there is the world they have won 149 games and lost 212 since they last time they were great and couldn't lose. Published July 29, 2014

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2013 file photo, New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez reacts after striking out in the second inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader at Yankee Stadium in New York. Bud Selig maintains Major League Baseball had no idea Alex Rodriguez received a medical exemption from the sport's drug administrator to use a testosterone-boosting substance in 2007, Tuesday, July 15, 2014.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

LOVERRO: One birthday present A-Rod will never unwrap

Alex Rodriguez got a birthday present Sunday on the day of his 39th birthday. The Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies took place in Cooperstown — another reminder for A-Rod of what he has lost. Published July 27, 2014

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, left, and general manager Bruce Allen, center, make their way out to practice at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Va., Wednesday, August 21, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: These are Bruce Allen's Redskins now

Allen has become the most powerful person owner Daniel Snyder has ever employed since he purchased the team in 1999. He arrived here in the final weeks of the 2009 debacle, the valet for soon-to-be-hired head coach and executive vice president Mike Shanahan, and now rules over everything Redskins. Published July 24, 2014

FILE - This Oct. 3, 2010, file photo shows former New York Giants player and current CBS analyst Phil Simms gesturing during the Ring of Honor Ceremony during an NFL football game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium, in East Rutherford, N.J.  (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

LOVERRO: CBS Sports leaves broadcasters hanging in Redskins name debate

This winter, CBS paid $250 million for the rights to broadcast eight Thursday night games. Upon announcing the deal, Sean McManus declared, "The NFL is the most powerful programming in television." Apparently, not as powerful as any broadcasters who, after announcing Redskins games throughout their career, may have suddenly decided they can't live with themselves anymore and will no longer use the name. Published July 22, 2014

Washington Wizards basketball and Washington Capitals hockey teams owner Ted Leonsis gestures during an interview with The Associated Press in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

LOVERRO: Who are the men behind D.C. 2024 curtain?

The local Olympics bid is likely going to be some form of Maryland, D.C., and Virginia effort. Local organizers are trying to do all they can to hide their bid and keep the public in the dark as long as possible, until, perhaps, through some sort of cursed miracle, all of a sudden you wake up one morning and find out the Olympics are coming to the Washington region in 2024. Published July 20, 2014

Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond signs autographs for fans before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

LOVERRO: Ian Desmond could follow Jeter model in D.C.

Jeter hit the trifecta for a sports icon — money, love and respect. Desmond should have been paying close attention to Derek Jeter's All-Star evening. He, too, has that rare opportunity to win that triple crown. Published July 17, 2014

FILE - In this March 21, 2001, file photo, Red Klotz, 80, owner of full-time Globetrotters' opponent the New York Nationals, smiles inside his office at his home in Margate, N.J. The basketball barnstormer who owned the Washington Generals and other teams that lost thousands of games to the Harlem Globetrotters died Monday, July 14, 2014. Louis "Red" Klotz was 93. (AP Photo/Chris Polk, File)

LOVERRO: Red Klotz an unquestioned winner despite 14,000 losses

Klotz, who died Saturday at 93, was best known for being the coach of the biggest losers the game of basketball has ever seen — the Washington Generals, the patsy for the Harlem Globetrotters — from 1953 to 1995. He lost and lost and lost. And people loved him for it. Published July 15, 2014

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2010, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James waits for play to resume in an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Hornets in Cleveland. Four years after he left for Miami, a widely criticized departure that damaged his image and crushed a long-suffering city's championship hopes, James is coming back to play for the Cavaliers to try and end Cleveland's half-century title drought. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

LOVERRO: As King James returns home, all is forgiven

James was the best player on the Miami Heat, leading them to four straight Eastern Conference titles and two NBA championships. But he was never the most beloved player on that team — the man. Now James returns to the Cavaliers, more empowered than ever, ruling over a basketball franchise that will surely respond to his every whim, however petty, to keep the King happy. Published July 13, 2014

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter speaks during a media availability in the dugout before an interleague baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Monday, July 7, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

LOVERRO: Suck-up Buck Showalter needs history lesson

Buck, the reason for the very existence of the franchise you work for now is because the owner of the Washington Senators was kind enough to let them have a team in Baltimore. And the reason you have this wonderful ballpark to play in is because of Washington and its baseball fans. Published July 10, 2014