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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.


Couch Slouch: More people lining up for Lolita than Marlins in Miami

Couch Slouch: There appears to be a growing crisis in Major League Baseball: Everybody strikes out and nobody goes to games. Of course, I exaggerate. I do this to ensure …


UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2018, 10:32 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Plenty to remember, forget about 20th century

Like many of you, I am in the process of navigating two distinct centuries of American living. Eighteen years in, I am finally settling into 21th-century ways, but, frankly, the …


Couch Slouch: State of California misses boat on surfing

California – which, for all intents and purposes, is a separate nation-state, like Texas or the NCAA – is in the process of declaring surfing as its official state sport. …


Couch Slouch: Talk about taking the long road to the majors

Couch Slouch: When you get to the big leagues for the first time at an advanced age – like Roy Hobbs – there usually is a good backstory. Brandon Mann …


Couch Slouch: Supreme Court may have opened can of sardines

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Couch Slouch: Influx of MLS franchises nightmare come true

Couch Slouch: When I was growing up in the late 1960s playing kick drums, kickball and kick the can, I had a dream that one day there would be dozens …


Couch Slouch can relate to the woes of Stephen Curry

This is the story of two sports-related injuries. (Note: One of them is not really a sports-related injury.) We start with the great Stephen Curry.


UPDATED: Mon., April 23, 2018, 8:32 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Time to downsize sports seasons

Couch Souch: Q. Is the Major League Baseball season too long? A. Do venture capitalists venture capital?


Norman Chad: The stupid, strange nature of baseball’s unwritten rules

In 1951, Bobby Thomson hit the “Shot Heard ’Round The World” in the ninth inning as the New York Giants beat the Brooklyn Dodgers for the National League pennant.


Norman Chad: In the NBA playoffs, please don’t touch the merchandise

Like the swallows in San Juan Capistrano, the NBA playoffs descend upon us every spring. And though you might think the NBA playoffs are interminable, they actually come and go …