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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 …


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 6:14 p.m.

Norman Chad: With exit velocity, launch angle in vogue, baseball players become astronauts

In a nation that loves to recycle its pop culture – “Roseanne” is back, with its cryogenically preserved cast – the home run has returned with a bang. If we …


Couch Slouch still trying to get grip on televised sports

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


Norman Chad: Sure, Shohei Ohtani is good, but what about Willie Smith?

Couch Slouch: Who among us is not rooting for the Babe Ruth of Japan, Shohei Ohtani, other than perhaps the Bambino himself from the great beyond?


Couch Slouch: 20 sure-fire ways to make NBA better

Couch Slouch: Thankfully, Couch Slouch, both a thinking man’s man


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Olympics has turned Orwellian

Couch Slouch: Approaching my third week of boycotting the 2018 Winter Olympics, I want to say something that, frankly, nobody really wants to hear; in fact, when I brought this …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 12, 2018, 8:38 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Three good reasons to tune out Winter Olympics

Couch Slouch: In a spiraling, soulless America that I call home, I sometimes have trouble remembering all the stuff that I now boycott – Starbucks, Anheuser-Busch, boxing and MMA, resort …


Norman Chad: Time is up for Brady and Belichick

If any of us is lucky enough to live long enough, perhaps we will see the day in which Bill Belichick is outcoached and Tom Brady isn’t forever 25 and …


Couch Slouch gets the scoop from Bill Belichick himself

Couch Slouch: As a public service, I usually provide an annual Super Bowl Viewing Guide (for Super Bowl Parties of Six or More). But this year, all of you are …


Norman Chad: Quit harping on NBA officials, they’ve always been bad

Couch Slouch: After writing about NBA player-referee discord last week, I received a torrent of pushback – well, 13 or 14 emails – insisting that I do not understand the …


Norman Chad: NBA needs to fix its officiating problem

NBA players are upset at the officiating. Referees are upset that players keep grousing about the officiating. There is a simple solution here: Either find better officiating or stop whining …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 8:35 p.m.

Norman Chad: Begrudging admiration of Tom Brady and LeBron James

For nearly the entire 21st century, through a combined 33 NFL and NBA seasons, I have rooted against Tom Brady and LeBron James. Uh, how has that worked out?


Couch Slouch: Longing for good old days before TV, talking heads

Couch Slouch: As we enter 2018, Couch Slouch wishes it were 1918. Not so we could be at war with the world again, not so Jim Crow laws could rule …


Couch Slouch: In the spirit of Christmas, it’s time to give away some money

Couch Slouch: In the spirit of the holiday season – and to augment the GOP tax bill’s attempts to put more money into all of our pockets – this entire …


Couch Slouch: Down-on-his-luck porcupine could do what Roger Goodell does

Couch Slouch: Roger Goodell is the $500-million man. With NFL owners okaying his four-year, $200-million contract extension last week as Protector of the Shield, Goodell will cross the half-billion mark …


Norman Chad: Enough is enough talk about college football payoff selections

The Slouch is tired of the college football playoff debate.


Norman Chad: Gift ideas for people you don’t care about

Oprah Winfrey has been making America great – and making herself great – for many years. Oprah’s fabulous wealth informs her annual “Oprah’s Favorite Things,” her well-intended but unintentionally hilarious …