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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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In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Tom Grizzard, right, winner of the 2008 "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, and other past winners judge contestants during the 2023 contest, Thursday, July 20, 2023, at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West. Almost 140 contestants are competing in the challenge, a featured event of Key West's annual Hemingway Days festival that ends Sunday, July 23. Hemingway's 124th birthday anniversary is Friday, July 21. The 2023 "Papa" is to be crowned Saturday, July 22. (Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)

LOVERRO: The old columnist and the look-alike contest

I thought I had a chance to make the finals. After all, I had met the inspiration for Hemingway's "Old Man" -- the author's most iconic character. I was two degrees of separation away from the man the contest is named for. Published July 27, 2023

The city skyline is visible behind the center field wall as players, family and representatives of late players are seated on the outside edge of the infield at PNC Park near the number and banners of the Pittsburgh Pirates players that are part of the first team Hall of Fame class during a ceremony before a baseball game between the Pirates and the Toronto Blue Jays, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

LOVERRO: A road trip mapped in the hearts of three lifelong friends

Our first stop was Progressive Field for the Cleveland Guardians game against the Boston Red Sox. It's a stadium that I've been to dozens of times as a sportswriter. I covered many of the glory days of the then-Indians squad of the 1990s, including the 1995 and 1997 World Series. Published June 13, 2023

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown meets with other participants of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky. NFL legend, actor and social activist Jim Brown passed away peacefully in his Los Angeles home on Thursday night, May 18, 2023, with his wife, Monique, by his side, according to a spokeswoman for Brown's family. He was 87. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Jim Brown, on and off the field, personified pure power

The power Brown exhibited carrying the ball -- the raw, imposing physical presence -- carried over to the rest of his life. But after dominating on the field, he turned to flexing his muscles in other fields, including film, business and politics. Published May 23, 2023

Team President Jason Wright speaks during the press conference as he announces the Washington Commanders as the new team name at FedEx Field on February 2nd 2022 in Landover MD. (Reggie Hildred/All-Pro Reels)

LOVERRO: The Commanders’ need for a good housecleaning goes well beyond just Snyder

There is no shortage of blunders that have taken place under Jason Wright's watch -- and responsibility -- from the multiple Sean Taylor debacles to bouncing checks to the logo mistakes, wrong player information in ceremonies and a list of others that the person at the top of the organization has to carry the weight for. Published May 18, 2023

FedEx Field, home of the Washington Commanders NFL football team, is shown before the start of a football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Commanders, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022, in Landover, Md. A group led by Josh Harris and Mitchell Rales that includes Magic Johnson has an agreement in principle to buy the NFL's Washington Commanders from longtime owner Dan Snyder for a North American professional sports team record $6 billion, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday, April 13, 2023, because the deal had not been announced. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

LOVERRO: The Snyder story, reality vs. the media-guide version

The Redskins told us, year after year, that billionaire Dan Snyder fell in love with the team as a boy. What the annual media guide profiles didn't say, though, was that his ownership as an adult was driving rank-and-file fans away. Published May 17, 2023

Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (far left) is helping oversee a boxing card at the Entertainment & Sports Arena. (Photo courtesy of Beltway Battles)

LOVERRO: Boxing’s roots in Washington blossom at Congress Heights arena

The Entertainment and Sports Arena in Congress Heights in southeast Washington will host the fourth boxing card Saturday night in a series of shows sponsored by a trio of promoters called "Beltway Battles." The first show was held in October 2021, followed by two cards in 2022. Published May 4, 2023

Washington Commanders coach Ron Riviera speaks before introducing the NFL football team's first-round draft pick, Mississippi State cornerback Emmanuel Forbes, during a news conference in Ashburn, Va., Friday, April 28, 2023. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

LOVERRO: For good or bad, new owner saddled with Rivera’s picks

If the anticipated approval of the $6 billion sale, expected by the league owner's meetings May 22, had been a few weeks earlier, Harris might have had a say in the future of his future team. But last week, Dan Snyder was still the boss. Published May 2, 2023