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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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Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred pauses before answering a question about the Houston Astros, during a news conference at the Atlanta Braves' spring training facility Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in North Port, Fla. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

LOVERRO: Astros' villainy, Nats' virtue are facility flip sides

The villainous trash-can-banging, sign-stealing 2017 World Series champion Astros are the flip-side to the virtuous 2019 World Series champion Nationals -- who just happened to vanquish baseball's newest crime family in seven games in October. Published February 16, 2020

The DC Defenders of the XFL unveiled their home and away uniforms, including a red helmet with their "lightning stripes and stars logo" in white, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. (Photo by Adam Zielonka / The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: NFL journeyman Lee sees XFL as door to his dream

When the Buffalo Bills waived Khari Lee in 2018, he decided to try a new door -- the one for a real estate office in Pikesville, Maryland, where the NFL journeyman started a new career in real estate. but it's tough to say good-bye to a game you've loved your whole life. Published February 4, 2020

Minnesota Viking quarterback Joe Kapp is hauled down by Kansas City Chiefs Jerry Mays (75) as another Chief moves in from the rear during the first half of Super Bowl IV, Jan. 11, 1970, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/JS) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Historic defense led Chiefs to Super Bowl win in 1970

With the Chiefs returning to the Super Bowl Sunday for the first time since, it's the perfect time to revisit the defense that was the final roar of the AFL. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs' offense may be the talk of Super Bowl LIV, but in 1970, it was the Kansas City defense that stunned the football world. Published January 26, 2020

FILE - In this July 9, 2011, file photo, New York Yankees' Derek Jeter smiles as he speaks about his 3,000th career hit at a press conference after a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, at Yankee Stadium in New York. Jeter could be a unanimous pick when Baseball Hall of Fame voting is announced Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

LOVERRO: Clemens, Bonds may eventually get in. But they'll have to do it without me

Derek Jeter and Larry Walker will be the Class of 2020 for the Hall of Fame - Jeter just missing a unanimous vote with 99.7 percent in his first year on the ballot and Walker, in his last year of eligibility, squeezing in at 76.6 percent. Candidates need 75 percent of the votes by the writers to be elected. Published January 21, 2020

Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo talks with members of the media during the team's "Winterfest" baseball fan festival, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

LOVERRO: Winterfest gives Nationals fans taste of summer

It felt like baseball at Nationals Park, even though Opening Day is four months away, and, judging from the crowds, fans still want to bask in the glow of their team's World Series championship. Published January 12, 2020

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera speaks to the media following an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Redskins history shows a hire like Rivera not a guarantee for success

Look, I'm sorry to be the guy at the party blowing out the candles, but any reasonable person would have to have their memory banks wiped clean to believe that hiring Ron Rivera will then translate to the respect and results that Dan Snyder has futilely searched for during his ownership. Redskins Park is the elephant graveyard of the NFL, where careers go to die. Published December 30, 2019

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder (left) and president Bruce Allen (right) talk on the field prior to an NFL football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Whether Allen stays or Allen goes, the real problem remains

There is the school of thought that if Allen is anywhere in the building, he will undermine the new arrivals. See Scot McCloughan. See Brian Lafemina. It is a school of thought shared by many in the #FireBruceAllen movement who are longer by fooled by Snyder's deceptions. Published December 29, 2019