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Couch Slouch advises against sports betting

A couple of weekends ago, a friend of mine – a serial sports bettor – called to relate to me his latest mood-altering, stomach-turning, I-bet-the-house-and- had-the-house-won- until-the-house-came- tumbling-down wagering disaster: …


Here’s a tip from Slouch: Don’t get started betting

A couple of weekends ago, a friend of mine – a serial sports bettor – called to relate to me his latest mood-altering, stomach-turning, I-bet-the-house-and-had-the-house-won-until-the-house-came- tumbling-down wagering disaster.


Couch Slouch looks at probable lineup for Longhorn Network

The University of Texas, in conjunction with the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network – sometimes known as ESPN, sometimes known as “The Worldwide Leader in Sports,” sometimes known as “Is …


Couch Slouch says it’s time to review replays

In watching NFL Sundays since I was, oh, 7 or 8 years old, I can safely say it has brought more joy to my life than anything other than my …


Couch Slouch says it’s time to review replays

In watching NFL Sundays since I was, oh, 7 or 8 years old, I can safely say it has brought more joy to my life than anything other than my …


Slouch looks in as NBA commish finds ways to pass the time

David Stern’s NBA – the only NBA many of us have ever known – is teetering momentarily, locked in a labor-management dispute marked by greed, power, lust and, I’m sure, …


Will NBA play? Couch Slouch has $272 (for 2 Lakers seats) that says yes

NBA czar/emperor David Stern has canceled the first two weeks of the regular season – with perhaps the entire season in jeopardy – which means two things: 1. LeBron James …


Couch Slouch puts his money on the NBA

NBA czar/emperor David Stern has canceled the first two weeks of the regular season – with perhaps the entire season in jeopardy – which means two things: 1. LeBron James …


High school football on TV? Couch doesn’t have to like it

These are 23 (more) facts, tried and true, about the widening world of sports television: 1. I firmly believe in a market-driven economy, but that doesn’t mean I have to …


Coach Slouch not a fan of high school football on TV

I firmly believe in a market-driven economy, but that doesn’t mean I have got to like an economy driven by a market for televised high school football games.


Couch Slouch shines spotlight on two college placekickers

Abraham Mercado is a place kicker at Morgan State University in Baltimore. He would be a blip on the college football radar, except that he’s Mexican-born, an orthodox Jew and …


Norman Chad: Nice stories from college football

Abraham Mercado is a place kicker at Morgan State University in Baltimore. He would be a blip on the college football radar, except that he’s Mexican-born, an orthodox Jew and …


New stadiums at taxpayer expense just all wrong

The following column is part of Couch Slouch’s ongoing “No More Stadiums, With or Without Tax Subsidies” Tour. I apologize for returning to this topic, but in trying to leave …


ESPN enhances its NFL coverage with 26 former players and coaches

Now, I understand that ESPN broadcasts around the clock and there is a big family of ESPN networks and all of those ESPNs cover the NFL 24-7-365. What I don’t …


Couch Slouch stumps for pay for college football ‘student-athletes’

It all started on Nov. 6, 1869: On an inglorious Saturday afternoon in New Brunswick, N.J., Rutgers defeated Princeton, 6-4, in America’s first college football game. On the following Monday, …


Couch Slouch introduces 2011 Team of Destiny, the Vikings

In the NFC North, the Packers are the defending Super Bowl champs, the Bears are the defending division champs and the Lions are supposedly the young team on the rise. …


Norman Chad: Women don’t need espnW

One man’s progress is another man’s regress – jocks of all genders, I give you espnW. All sports all the time for women, espnW started as a blog, turned into …


These sports quirks need to go way of the dinosaur

As part of a new continuing series – funded in part by the Smithsonian Institution, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Heritage Foundation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies …


Good old days fondly remembered

The other afternoon, when I ventured into America – actually, I only go out maybe once or twice a week, to 7-Eleven, if I get a hankering for a Slurpee …


Justice Department lacks poker justice

LAS VEGAS – The World Series of Poker Main Event – the last great American gold rush – begins Thursday. Last year, there were 7,319 entrants competing for an $8.9 …


Father Time closing in on Ms star

As you grow older – and I started growing older earlier than most people, sometime in junior high – you grasp onto a handful of things to feel safe and …


Norman Chad sticks up for his poker-playing pals

LAS VEGAS – I come here for the desert calm, the dry heat, the scent of gambling, the city-that- really-never-sleeps sensibility, the orange cones on every highway and, of course, …


Couch Slouch: Pirates flirting with mediocrity

As a young boy – yes, I once was a young boy; there are photographs – I adopted the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Pirates as my favorite teams. This was …


Chad: NFL owners above the law and see no reason to change

As the NFL lockout approaches the 100-day mark – it looks like a sporting Armageddon is just around the corner! – here’s your court-ordered update on the management-labor dispute: The …


Slouch weighs in on Dirk, LeBron and the NBA finals

So, will Pat Riley regain his rank as smartest hair-and-tan in sports? Or will Mark Cuban – a.k.a. “When I Die, I Want To Come Back As Me,” a.k.a. Smarmy …


Slouch starts to get gloomy thinking of holes in his life

This is as gloomy as Couch Slouch can ever recall: The possibility of no NFL season in the fall.


Mavericks owner Cuban epitomizes sports jerks

With his Dallas Mavericks closing in on an NBA title, this could be Mark Cuban’s finest hour. Which is not a good thing, unless you don’t mind rewarding everything wrong …


Mavericks owner Cuban reminds Couch Slouch of 8-year-old

With his Dallas Mavericks closing in on an NBA title, this could be Mark Cuban’s finest hour. Which is not a good thing, unless you don’t mind rewarding everything wrong …


MLB thrives despite itself

Major League Baseball’s attendance figures – swelling over the past generation – finally have stagnated. Why? Maybe, as Yogi Berra once observed about a popular restaurant, “Nobody goes there anymore, …


UFL draft enraptures Coach Slouch

The United Football League draft – yes, the United Football League draft – is this week, and being that the UFL might be the only professional league in the United …