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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 …


Slouch has playoffs on the mind

Jay Cutler is one game away from the Super Bowl? That’s like Keanu Reeves being one block away from the Academy Awards. How does one make sense of such stupefying …


Seahawks deserving? Well, yeah

If the yahoos had their way, the Seattle Seahawks would not have had a chance Saturday to stun Sports Nation. Because in a perfect world – and, heaven knows, America …


Slouch touts ‘Team of Destiny’ into NFL playoffs

Today my Team of Destiny, the Philadelphia Eagles, sits on the precipice of history – what better place to sit, other than on a comfy beanbag chair with a PBR-in-a-can …


Chad: Nets may not be winners, but they have sex appeal

When we last checked in on the formerly East Rutherford/ currently Newark/ soon-to-be-Brooklyn New Jersey Nets a year or so ago, they were stumbling out to an 0-18 start en …


Chad: A sports TV truism: Barflies curb the ‘Dog’

These are 23 (more) facts, tried and true, about the widening world of sports television: 1. Have I ever mentioned that ex-jocks in the booth are sort of the athlete’s …


Chad: UConn women have streak and stats

The Connecticut women’s basketball team – arguably America’s most successful 21st century enterprise not propped up by Oprah Winfrey or municipal bonds – goes for its 88th consecutive victory Sunday, …


Injuries take toll on NFL starting QBs

This is the sixth consecutive NFL season in which there have been at least 50 different starting quarterbacks. The high turnover is mostly injury-related and performance- related; on occasion, it …


Chad: Terps know what butters their bread

Over the holiday weekend, as America again gorged on its excesses as no nation ever has – actually, Caligula used to throw a New Year’s Day spread that could feed …


College football temple of greed

Auburn’s Cam Newton might be guilty of something – most likely, trying to earn a somewhat honest living from his athletic skills – but it reminds me that folks like …


Millen, Theismann: The nonstop talk booth

NFL Network does many things I love. Tragically, its presentation of NFL games is not one of them. And this year, NFL Network has undertaken a social experiment of potentially …


Couch Slouch takes stand: He’d ban all instant replay

Every time I pledge to never write another instant-replay column, I break my promise. What happens is this – I wait until 237,000 people have shouted deep into the night …


Slouch counts out Miami Heat

In regard to the Miami Heat, let me first say this: “Miami Vice” was championship- caliber for years with just Tubbs and Crockett; they won their time period season after …


Chad: Trio of Gronkowskis move into NFL

The following is a reenactment of real events. The names have not been changed because, well, this column is about these very people: A long time ago in western New …


Couch Slouch on the stump: Root for Rays, against Yanks

As the baseball postseason starts its long, chilly journey into Bud Selig’s November, I’m going to ask America a favor – not a big one – in regard to the …


Chad: TV just too big a lure in the U.S.

I was watching TV the other day when it struck me that we watch too much TV. (Note to Pulitzer committee: The preceding sentence is my award submission for 2010. …


Norman Chad: NFL has become one big fantasy

The National Football League – America’s last refuge of undeniable world dominance – began its 91st season Sunday. (Traditionally, Major League Baseball unofficially opens its season by having the president …