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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 …


Couch Slouch opposed to new stadium in Los Angeles

As part of my acclaimed “No More Stadiums, With or Without Tax Subsidies” Tour, let me explain the current situation in my current home of Los Angeles: The Stadium Fairy …


Chad: NFL commish hasn’t cracked under pressure

Roger Goodell wakes up every morning with the weight of the world – or at least ESPN – on his shoulders. The NFL – the lifeblood of America; our annual …


Norman Chad: NBA playoffs a treasure, but there’ll be no prize for Heat

The NBA playoffs remain Sports Nation’s hidden treasure: Good rivalries, wonderful athletes, compelling games, intriguing story lines and Charles Barkley talking about something he actually knows about. Unlike March Madness, …


Bonds, Yankee Stadium: Taxplayer money at work

Another glorious baseball season is upon us – ah, I can smell the sweet scent of money drifting through the morning haze – and my unlikely sympathies go out to …


Slouch: Hoop analysts tend to be overanalytical

College basketball analysts – English-as-a- second-language specialists – surround us. It’s an oratory revolution out there, and the rebel strongholds are CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV, which have unleashed a …


Couch Slouch: Twenty-three facts about sports TV

These are 23 (more) facts, tried and true, about the widening world of sports television: 1. I just passed the 50,000-hour mark lifetime for watching TV. I thoroughly enjoyed the …


It’s all about the money at Big Time U

Item 1: Stanford athletes had an “easy-class list” to advise them how to fill out their quarterly course loads. Item 2: Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel failed to notify …


NFL players don’t stand a chance against owners

To: DeMaurice Smith, NFLPA executive director From: Couch Slouch, NFL executive viewer


James started something in NBA … migration eastward

The wake of “The Decision” is still wreaking havoc on multinational corporations, professional basketball franchises and itinerant announcers: Months after LeBron James’ one-man lottery played out on live cable TV, …


Griffin gives Clips street cred

In his rookie season, Blake Griffin is an NBA all-star and a YouTube all-star. Every night, he spectacularly dunks two or three times; then, every morning, The Blake Show on …


Westminster Dog Show as seen through the eyes of Norman Chad’s pen pal

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is America’s second-longest continuously held sporting event, behind only the over-ballyhooed Kentucky Derby (which – let’s be honest – is nothing more than a …


Super Bowl play-by-play as seen by Norman Chad

When the Packers are atop the NFL, it seems like a safer world. America can sleep tight tonight. And since Sunday’s 31-25 victory might be the last NFL game for …


Norman Chad presents annual guide to watching the Super Bowl

Who doesn’t watch the Super Bowl? I recently polled all of America and discovered that the only people not hunkering down to football on the upcoming gridiron national holiday are …


Dressed for the role, Slouch pulled for the NFL winners

Just to make sure – because I wanted to take no chances on the petulant Jay Cutler or the blowhard Jets making the Super Bowl – I wore my Steelers …