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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 …


Team of Destiny? With no McNabb? Slouch tabs Eagles

In a stunning offseason move, the Philadelphia Eagles dealt quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins. Conventional wisdom says you don’t trade your signature superstar to a division rival. Conventional …


32 NFL teams, 7 Matts starting at QB

There are 32 teams in the National Football League and nearly one-quarter of them – seven – have starting quarterbacks named Matt. (This is a statistical anomaly of epic proportions, …


Saints’ Brees earns free trip to Denny’s

It wasn’t Giants-Patriots or Steelers-Cardinals, but Saints-Colts was almost scintillating and almost sensational. America is on the uptick; I’ll bet you even bin Laden was watching. With Super Bowls like …


Norman Chad: The Who and Favre have a lot in common

Best I can tell, one Manning or the other will be taking his team to the Super Bowl for the rest of our natural lives. Meanwhile, it appears that the …


Norman Chad: NFL a love-hate relationship

Every Sunday, I sit in a bar, look up at multiple TV screens and wonder, “What am I doing with myself?” People, what are we doing with ourselves?


It’s time to survey the ‘wasteland’ of sports advertising

At its core, sports on TV is simply a prop for beer sales. The viewer essentially must answer the question: What’s more important to you, Coors Light’s “cold-activated can” or …


Norman Chad: NBA refs won’t prevail against Stern

I like NBA referees as much as the next basketball junkie – who doesn’t delight in watching Joey Crawford tee up Jerry Sloan? – but as they sit at home …


Norman Chad: It’s time to root against Yankees

Like many non-New Yorkers, I root against the Yankees. It’s been a losing proposition in recent years – last season was the first time they missed the playoffs since the …


Norman Chad: Jerry Jones erects tribute to himself

Bugsy Siegel, in the 1991 film “Bugsy,” walked into the desert and envisioned a glittering gambling palace. Jerry Jones, in the 2009 real-life “Jerry,” walked out of Texas Stadium and …


And Slouch’s ‘09 Team of Destiny is …

I often spend weeks – even months – researching and ruminating over the Team of Destiny.Other than selecting my next spouse, choosing my Team of Destiny is the single most …


Norman Chad: Stats trash piled too high to haul away

I was watching a regular-season baseball game on TV the other night – granted, it was a stupid thing to do and I’m already paying the price – when the …


Norman Chad: It’s never too early to start scouting

Rivals.com and Scout.com provide Sports Nation with an invaluable service: They keep us up-to-date, as we should be, on the top high school prospects being recruited for student-athlete status at …


Humans get short shrift in horse racing

As a sometime member of the human race, Couch Slouch would like to extend an apology on behalf of other humans to fellow human Calvin Borel. But I’m getting ahead …


Slouch looks in on ‘pen pals’ Favre and Vick

Brett Favre and Michael Vick are spiritual cellmates of sorts – both iconic quarterbacks are out of the NFL and both want back in. While in prison, Vick became pen …


Norman Chad: Calhoun put sports, life in perspective

Over and over I watched the stirring video last week of Jim Calhoun’s press-conference tirade – it was 73 seconds of commercial-free entertainment gold – in which the Connecticut men’s …


Mr. President, Americans should live in an ‘alley’

President Obama From: Couch Slouch


Race is tight for NFL Reverse Coach of the Year

NFL Coach of the Year? That’s easy – the Tennessee Titans’ Jeff Fisher has the league’s best record with Kerry Collins at quarterback. Runner-up is the Miami Dolphins’ Tony Sparano, …