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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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New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel holds up theNFC  Championship trophy after defeating the Minnesota Vikings 41-0 Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

LOVERRO: He’s no relic, but Jim Fassel sits at home while Jay Gruden gets his shot

You remember Fassel, don't you? He had one foot in the door to coach the Redskins not once, but twice. He won two UFL championships, beating not only Gruden but Jim Haslett the year before. Yet here is Jay Gruden, the guy who lost to Jim Fassel, with a five-year, $20 million NFL head coaching contract. Published February 4, 2014

Denver Broncos John Elway is chased by New York Giants Leonard Marshall in Super Bowl XXI in Pasadena, Calif. Jan. 25, 1987.  ( AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

LOVERRO: In midst of Super Bowl spectacle, the wreckage of human lives

Imagine if at the Phillip Morris annual stockholders meeting, they paraded around cancer victims who told their stories of facing death? Welcome to Super Bowl week, which has become a parade of former players with their tales of destruction, depression and dysfunction resulting from the very game the entire event exists to celebrate. Published January 30, 2014

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2013 file photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez reacts after striking out in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in New York.  Rodriguez’s drug suspension has been reduced to 162 games, potentially sidelining the slugger for the entire 2014 season.  The New York Yankees third baseman was suspended for 211 games on Aug. 5 by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. The penalty was given for alleged violations of the sport's drug agreement and labor contract and followed Major League Baseball's investigation of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic, which was accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

LOVERRO: Baseball’s steroid era steeped in myths and lies

Coming on the heels of the debate over Hall of Fame voting, and the failure of Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and others to garner much support on the ballot, the A Rod suspension is either the height or the depth of a tarnished era, depending on your point of view. Published January 13, 2014

Jay Gruden, left, goes over plans with Bucs coach and brother Jon Gruden, (cq'd by media guide) right, at Bucs camp at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex Wednesday, August 14, 2002. Photo by: James Borchuck/Tampa Bay Times

LOVERRO: Without Jon Gruden, no one knows a thing about Jay Gruden

If Jay Gruden's name was Pincus McCoy, we never would have heard from him. As it is, his name is Gruden – the other Gruden being his better-known brother, Jon, the former NFL coach and Monday Night Football analyst and ESPN network star – and he is the new Washington Redskins head coach. Published January 9, 2014

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2013 file photo, Washington Redskins quarterbacks Kirk Cousins, left, and Robert Griffin III, center, walk behind head coach Mike Shanahan, during their NFL football practice Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, in Ashburn, Va.  If these are indeed Mike Shanahan's final days with the Washington Redskins, his legacy will be one of an inability to make things work with his quarterbacks, from Donovan McNabb to Rex Grossman to John Beck to Robert Griffin III.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

LOVERRO: Shanahan’s parting gift to RG3 was removal from line of fire

Odds are the following words will be spoken by the Redskins Politburo to every candidate interviewing for the head coaching job: "Don't believe everything you read. He's really not that bad." Will they be talking about the owner or the quarterback? Published January 2, 2014

Former Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan makes a statement after he was fired on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at Redskins Park, in Ashburn, Va. Shanahan was fired after a morning meeting with owner Dan Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

LOVERRO: Mike Shanahan exits, but questions and mysteries remain

Mike Shanahan followed the tradition of Redskins coaches now by leaving a trail of wreckage behind him – a steaming, heaping pile of controversy and chaos. It is the Redskins way of the 21st century. But he leaves behind a list of questions and mysteries as well. Published December 30, 2013

A view of the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, which includes first-time candidate Greg Maddux. (The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: Determining naughty, nice on Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Unlike some of the writers who struggle with whether or not to keep some candidates out for use of performance-enhancing substances, I'm at peace with my decision to not vote for those candidates, and here is why — election to the Hall of Fame is a privilege, not a right. Published December 23, 2013

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, left, watches quarterback Rex Grossman throw during warm-ups before an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Miami. (AP Photo/Hans Deryk)

LOVERRO: Mike Shanahan’s QB bets keep busting in D.C.

I believe Redskins coach Mike Shanahan is a good football coach, and a quarterback guru. And if this is true – that Mike Shanahan is a good coach who knows quarterbacks – then he is on the worst losing streak a gambler like Shanahan has ever seen. Published December 20, 2013

Joe Gibbs walks on the field before the start of Monday night's Washington Redskins against the New York Giants, Landover, Md., Monday, December 3, 2012.  (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

LOVERRO: Tone-deaf Redskins could use a bit of Joe Gibbs’ harmony

When you see the dysfunction that has turned Redskins Park into a battlefield of bickering, and the record nearing the end of Mike Shanahan's four-year tenure in Washington, mixed in with the two bizarre years of Jim Zorn, you have to come to a new appreciation for what Gibbs managed to do in those four years running this organization. Published December 16, 2013