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Slouch finds air hockey suitable substitute for NHL on TV

These are 23 (more) facts, tried and true, about the widening world of sports television: 1. If the South had won the Civil War, I can’t even imagine how conference …


Smell in DC? It’s Wizards, not Congress

Incredibly, the biggest stink coming out of our nation’s capital these days is not emanating from Congress. The source of that stench, my friends, is the Washington Wizards. The Wizards …


Terps to Big Ten a big money grab

OK, let’s quickly run down the upside of the University of Maryland’s sudden move to the Big Ten: • Road trip to Columbus!


Chad: Maryland cashes in with Big Ten

OK, let’s quickly run down the upside of the University of Maryland’s sudden move to the Big Ten: —- Road trip to Columbus! —- Midwest farmers’ daughters really make you …


Knicks their own ‘Oldtimers Night’

This season’s unexpected, un- defeated-for-a- while New York Knicks are the oldest team in NBA history. They have the league’s oldest player, 40-year-old Kurt Thomas.


Caltech, it turns out, doing a lousy job of cheating

Which of the follow- ing NCAA schools is currently on three years’ probation for “a lack of institutional control?” Auburn.


With end of world looming, Slouch has expanded bucket list

According to the Mayans – who are a pretty reliable group of people – the world will be ending Dec. 21. I have a bad habit of putting things off, …


Taking sports chatter one cliché at a time

Just figured out that watching 12 hours of NFL games on TV 20 weeks a year for a half-century or so, I now have spent 500 full days of my …


Slouch wonders: What’s up with NFL kickers?

If you’ve been following the flight of field goals in the NFL this season, you can reach only one logical conclusion: Either the ball is juiced or the kickers are …


Going inside the mind of the lockout king

This is my favorite time of year in the NHL: A labor dispute leading to a delayed regular season. Every several autumns, lockout lord Gary Bettman turns off the lights …


Chad: NFL and betting go hand-in-hand

The NFL’s spectacular growth over the past half-century has been dual-fueled by television and gambling. The league puts out a compelling product greatly enhanced by broadcasters and bookies, yet the …


What did we learn? No animals harmed

Chicago survived a teachers’ strike, Los Angeles survived Carmageddon II and, now, America has survived its scars-and-stripes apocalypse, in which random citizens pulled out of line from Radio Shack were …


There’s nothing wrong with best and brightest committing early

This summer – in the midst of our ongoing Olympic obsession – most of America might’ve missed the news that quarterback Tate Martell, a 14-year-old entering the eighth grade in …


One-sided NHL talks favor owners

Every time I consider quitting the sports commentary business – a notion forwarded by many, many readers many, many times – the National Hockey League comes along with one of …


Chad: Don’t bench Strasburg

I really don’t need an entire column to explain that the Washington Nationals shutting down Stephen Strasburg before season’s end is the dumbest decision in contemporary times since Decca Records …


Broncos, Saints honored as Teams of Destiny

The Team of Destiny program – the most revered prognostication system in NFL history – is broken. The last few seasons, I’ve stunk up the joint more than I’ve wowed …


Chad: Selig a staple of Stupidest Things in Sports

Yes, it’s time again for “Stupidest Things in Sports.” Which raises the question: How could this only be the second installment ever of “Stupidest Things in Sports”? One could do …


Norman Chad’s “Stupidist Things in Sports”

Yes, it’s time again for “Stupidest Things in Sports.” Which raises the question: How could this only be the second installment ever of “Stupidest Things in Sports”?


All 30 pro baseball teams should be in playoffs

It has just been brought to my attention that Major League Baseball has added two more wild-card playoff teams, effective this season. (I realize this is old news to many …


Chad: Let all baseball teams in playoffs

It has just been brought to my attention that Major League Baseball has added two more wild-card playoff teams, effective this season.


Norman Chad: One of 87 days with Mayweather

Guilty of a domestic-violence beef – he had a physical confrontation with his ex-girlfriend – Floyd Mayweather Jr. is serving an 87-day sentence in Clark County (Nev.) Detention Center. Except …


Poker players need to stop and smell the roses

LAS VEGAS – From my nonsmoking hotel room here with ceiling-to-floor windows, the curious thing is that I can still smell smoke and no outside air ever penetrates these walls, …


Chad: Poker players need to stop and smell the roses

I love poker. I love the vagaries of the game, the character of the people, the diversity of the characters. Most of all, I love the World Series of Poker, …


Chad: Pete Rose merchandise is the perfect gift

I was running behind getting a Father’s Day gift for my beleaguered dad – beleaguered because he now realizes his three children have reached their full potential and we’re not …


Chad: Late for Father’s Day? Pete Rose has you covered

I was running behind getting a Father’s Day gift for my beleaguered dad – beleaguered because he now realizes his three children have reached their full potential and we’re not …


Soon, I’ll Have Another reason to be disappointed

Everyone – even the Taliban – wants a Triple Crown winner. It last happened 34 years ago, and it once happened with regularity; in the 1970s, there was a Triple …


Chad: Don’t bet on I’ll Have Another

Everyone – even the Taliban – wants a Triple Crown winner. It last happened 34 years ago, and it once happened with regularity; in the 1970s, there was a Triple …


Thunder stars, fans bring to life geek glasses, fist-pumping

In a world gone mad, Couch Slouch is angry at no one and everyone. But I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at the odd habits of Thunder players …


Chad: Minnesota takes public stadium funding to extreme

In yet another snub to Couch Slouch’s “No More Stadiums, With or Without Tax Subsidies” Tour, the state of Minnesota – the premiere serial subsidizer of the 21st century – …


Pujols giving 110 percent; Angels receiving 1 homer

A year ago, Albert Pujols was a post-modern Stan Musial. Today, he is a living, breathing “John Carter.” (“John Carter” cost $250 million or so to make and was a …