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Head-coaching dads fill NFL assistant jobs with their sons

Thousands upon thousands of Pop Warner, high school and college football coaches dream of one day getting one of a handful of NFL coaching jobs that open every year. These …


Couch Slouch says, Congress aside, fantasy sports is gambling

Turn on your TV right now, and before you can count to 10, you probably will see a daily fantasy sports commercial. Fantasy sports is swallowing America, one daily draft …


Couch Slouch dissects Nick Saban taking apart unauthorized biography

When I was on vacation this summer – I went to the Galapagos Islands to run with the bulls; alas, I was misinformed, so I ended up swimming with the …


Norman Chad’s NFL Team of Destiny? Jameis Winston and the Bucs

It is time to choose my NFL Team of Destiny, a.k.a. How Stupid Can One Man Be in Public, and I refuse to make an error again. They say you …


Chad: Subsidized stadiums have to go

Couch Slouch this week presents the first of a two-part series on stadium development in America, part of my ongoing “No More Stadiums, With or Without Tax Subsidies” effort that …


Chad: It’s time to stop subsidizing stadiums

Couch Slouch this week presents the first of a two-part series on stadium development in America, part of my ongoing “No More Stadiums, With or Without Tax Subsidies” effort that …


Belichick mum on Cardinals

On the day The New York Times reported that the St. Louis Cardinals were being investigated by the FBI for allegedly hacking computer networks to steal information about the Houston …


Norman Chad: Sepp Blatter gives Couch Slouch the time of day

Facing corruption charges from U.S. prosecutors and endless bashing by worldwide media, embattled FIFA president Sepp Blatter resigned last week, then agreed to sit down for an exclusive one-on-one, bare-all …


Columnist Norman Chad gets the real lowdown on ‘deflategate’

Deflategate has perplexed and paralyzed Sports Nation – a bizarre, unlikely and brazen act of cheating, a bulky NFL investigation that comes to no definitive conclusion, a four-game suspension for …


Norman Chad: Couch Slouch can’t believe some job selections

Couch Slouch learned a long time ago – I believe I was 3 years old – that, in America, money talks and poverty walks. My mother and I used to …


Chad: So often in sports the wrong guys get the best jobs

Couch Slouch learned a long time ago – I believe I was 3 years old – that, in America, money talks and poverty walks. My mother and I used to …


NBA Coach of the Year? Pink slip comes next

For Mike Budenholzer, whose Atlanta Hawks have been the surprise of the NBA this season, we have good news and bad news: The good news is Budenholzer was recently named …


Columnist Norman Chad not a fan of redesigned ESPN.com

I’m in the information business, my friends, which means I’m in the business of staying informed most of the day online – sports sites during daylight hours, porn sites during …


Couch Slouch says MLB messes up Opening Day again

In his swan song as MLB commissioner last year, Bud Selig scheduled Opening Day in Australia. Because, hey, nothing says spring and baseball more than playing the season’s first game …


Couch Slouch has own ideas on how to speed up baseball

New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wants baseball to move into the 21st century – Couch Slouch disagrees with him right there; the 20th century was a lot better than people …


Columnist Norman Chad says there’s more to madness in March than basketball

Yes, those were some fantastic finishes on the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament: UCLA-SMU, Purdue-Cincinnati, LSU-N.C. State, Wofford-Arkansas, Butler-Notre Dame, R.J. Hunter’s otherworldly 3-pointer in Georgia State-Baylor. But the …


Columnist Norman Chad can relax, there will be soccer this summer

On the brink of a national nightmare, on the doorstep of our darkest hour, on the verge of our greatest fears being realized, we have been saved: Major League Soccer …


Couch Slouch says numbers-crunching gives edge to Gregg Popovich over Coach K

Mike Krzyzewski and Gregg Popovich each recently reached lofty plateaus – Coach K became the first Division I men’s basketball coach to record 1,000 career victories, “Pop” became the ninth …


Couch Slouch gets Chucki’s Yuki to dig up inside scoop at Westminster

For my money, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and the World Series of Poker are America’s top two sporting events, the only difference being, dogs whine less than poker …


Couch Slouch has reasons not to watch Super Bowl

If I had known that Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick were going to meet in Super Bowl 49, I would’ve just watched college football all season. Since the AFL-NFL merger …


Columnist Norman Chad writes Kentucky men won’t go unbeaten

Owing to my good sense and busy conjugal schedule, I never watch college basketball until the madness that is March. Thus, I rely on trusted hoops associates to keep me …


Columnist Norman Chad says NCAA should give everyone a chance – a 128-team CFP

When the Bowl Championship Series was replaced by the College Football Playoff – we used to handpick two teams to play for the national championship, now we’re handpicking four – …


Couch Slouch’s tips for a better NFL

I don’t go anywhere without the NFL – for instance, after a dreadful second night of my honeymoon, it temporarily saved my first marriage in October 1984 with a great …


Couch Slouch says NFL should embrace sports betting and book its own bets

I like the NFL so much, I am going to do it a big favor today. Rather than simply pummel the league again for its decades-old, hypocritical stance on gambling …


Columnist Norman Chad says Florida State, North Carolina are embarrassments to higher learning

We already know that the new College Football Playoff to crown a national champion is rigged. (I said as much last month – I believe my exact words were, “The …


Norman Chad tactfully picks apart some of the most-often viewed television commercials

I am America’s Viewer, which like America’s Poet Laureate, is a largely unappreciated, lowly paid position. They are similar pursuits: Our poet laureate reads poetry and writes verse; Couch Slouch …


Gannon just a phone call away; L.A. not so close

So how did my stepson Isaiah Eisendorf end up at Division II Gannon University in Erie, Pennsalvania? They called and offered him a basketball scholarship, that’s how. Or, to paraphrase …


Chad: Jay-Z success story built on violence, misogyny

He was born Shawn Carter, he became Jay-Z, and the 43-year-old rapper and industrialist has become one of the most unlikely success stories in an American landscape littered with them. …


Chad: Come for gambling, stay for bowling in Vegas

LAS VEGAS – Why am I here? Well, why are you there? Heck, why wouldn’t I be here? Where else in America can I play blackjack and go bowling 24 …


Norman Chad’s final column?

I have never written end-of-year columns. This year I figured, “What the heck? Why not?” But just my luck – I finally decide to weigh in with an end-of-the-year treatise, …