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Couch Slouch: Musings on LeBron, Steph and the 76ers

Couch Slouch: LeBron James will not play in a ninth consecutive NBA Finals, and according to many pundits, it is because he moved to Los Angeles and went Hollywood. I …


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019, 10:23 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Fan’s prodding results in rare look at NHL

Couch Slouch: As the National Hockey League playoffs commence — they are held annually at this time except in those years in which the entire season is canceled — I …


Couch Slouch: Fan behavior mimics that of society’s

Couch Slouch: We have reached a tipping point on fan behavior in America. Of course, this mirrors a tipping point on online behavior in America. Which, naturally, reflects a tipping …


No. 1 bridge player banned for using performance enhancing drugs

As many of you have undoubtedly heard by now, bridge – the last pure sport in America and beyond – has been rocked by a drug scandal of Cansecoian proportions. …


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 7:02 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Is the fix still on in the NBA?

Couch Slouch: Tim Donaghy used to fix NBA games, in David Stern’s NBA. You might remember hearing about this several years back, but it largely disappeared from the public eye. …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019, 8:46 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Embrace Jason Belmonte, and do it with two hands

There are only two things you need to know about bowling: 1. Anyone can bowl, and anyone should bowl. 2. No one bowls as well as Jason Belmonte.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:02 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Time to reflect on NBA storylines as playoffs approach

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Couch Slouch: Anthony Davis sent shockwaves through the NBA

Couch Slouch: At last count, nearly 2,000 NBA players changed teams last week before the trade deadline. Remarkably, Anthony Davis was not among them.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 3, 2019, 8:48 p.m.

Norman Chad: Time and again, Pats ruin it for him

The thing is, it’s not healthy to root against people or teams. Heck, I didn’t even root against the British in the Revolutionary War. But Super Bowl Sunday is ruined …


Couch Slouch: Offense out of control in today’s defenseless NBA

Couch Slouch: Before this season, there was a little-noted change in the NBA rulebook that stated, “Defenders shall not impede any shot by an opponent; if at all possible, the …


Couch Slouch: Where oh where will the Raiders play?

Couch Slouch: The Oakland/Los Angeles/Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders are looking for a temporary home for the 2019 NFL season. At this point, a pop-up stadium in Dubai might be in play. …


Couch Slouch: English language takes a hit during NFL broadcasts

Couch Slouch: The NFL remains an easy thing to watch and a hard to thing to listen to. What was once plainspoken is now plain gobbledygook; game analysts turn simple …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 5:26 p.m.

Norman Chad: Making sports better with New Year’s revolutions, not resolutions

We need change – radical change – and we need it now, so in 2019 please join Couch Slouch as we make Sports Nation a better place:


Norman Chad: Let’s offer performance incentives to authentic winners

My once-and-always misguided alma mater, the University of Maryland, was celebrated this month for hiring Michael Locksley to helm its out-of-control football program.


Norman Chad: News of football’s decline hasn’t reached everyone

If professional football is in the midst of an inexorable decline – the NFL, some doomsayers sayeth, might be a sporting dinosaur by century’s end * – then how is …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018, 7:16 p.m.

Couch Slouch: If our forefathers had used analytics we wouldn’t be here

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UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 6:58 p.m.

Couch Slouch: More facts to ponder while watching sports on TV

These are 23 (more) facts, tried and true, about the widening world of sports television.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018, 6:47 p.m.

Couch Slouch: There’s a word for College Football Playoff: rigged

The only popular team sport in America more rigged than college basketball is college football. That’s not opinion, that’s fact; it is incontrovertible, indisputable and inarguable.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 8:01 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Time of year to be in thankful mood

Couch Slouch: I am thankful this week, not because it’s Thanksgiving – I hardly ever pay attention to the calendar; heck, I’m still on Daylight Savings Time – but because …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 5, 2018, 9:27 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Not sure what Clippers are hoping to gain with latest hire

Couch Slouch: Many NBA observers, understandably, have focused on LeBron James going to the Los Angeles Lakers. Thus, many NBA observers have overlooked Lee Jenkins going to the Los Angeles …


Couch Slouch: Baseball games shouldn’t end at dawn’s early light

Couch Slouch: My occasional friend, Poker Hall of Famer Eric Drache, recently texted me a trivia question: What is the least number of pitches that a pitcher can throw and …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 22, 2018, 7:24 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Nothing good comes from tweeting

Couch Slouch: I’m in a bad mood today – Effexor can only unclog the brain drain so much – and most of it is self-inflicted, due to my reluctant, ought-to-know-better, …


Norman Chad’s NBA preview, such as it is

Today, through the magnanimous support of Nike, Sprite, Kia Motors, Blaze Pizza and Beats by Dre, we are able to bring you a LeBron James-free preview of the impending NBA …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018, 6:59 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Tackling issue is ruining the NFL

Sports Nation has been divided by the NFL’s tackling issue, which displaced the national anthem issue, which displaced the is-it-a-catch-or-not issue, which displaced domestic violence, replay review and overtime issues, …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 1, 2018, 7:33 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Who knew NHL would be a hit in the Mojave Desert?

Couch Slouch: The NHL is back this week, baby! To be sure, it is a poorly calculated gamble to begin a column with the words, “The NHL is back this …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 8:39 p.m.

Couch Slouch longs for good ol’ days

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Couch Slouch: Will football cease to exist down the road?

Couch Slouch: High school football participation is down 6.6 percent over the last decade. According to the White House, this is due to NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, …


Couch Slouch: Nepotism alive and well among NFL coaches

Couch Slouch: As the NFL begins another flag-waving, player-kneeling, Nike-infested, anthem-ambivalent, Kaepernick-free season, it is important to remember that – on the sideline – in the immortal words of Sly …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 20, 2018, 7:22 p.m.

Couch Slouch: K-Zone destroying viewing pleasure of baseball fans one pitch at a time

Couch Slouch: I was checking my Twitter feed while bathing the other afternoon – I installed an umbrella-type device near the showerhead to protect my iPhone from absorbing any errant …


Norman Chad: We need to hear national anthem less and ‘The Twist’ more

Do I have a solution for the NFL’s national-anthem crisis? Of course I do: STOP PLAYING IT. But we’ll get back to that in a moment.