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UPDATED: Mon., April 23, 2018, 8:32 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Time to downsize sports seasons

Couch Souch: Q. Is the Major League Baseball season too long? A. Do venture capitalists venture capital?


Norman Chad: The stupid, strange nature of baseball’s unwritten rules

In 1951, Bobby Thomson hit the “Shot Heard ’Round The World” in the ninth inning as the New York Giants beat the Brooklyn Dodgers for the National League pennant.


Norman Chad: In the NBA playoffs, please don’t touch the merchandise

Like the swallows in San Juan Capistrano, the NBA playoffs descend upon us every spring. And though you might think the NBA playoffs are interminable, they actually come and go …


UPDATED: Tue., April 3, 2018, 6:14 p.m.

Norman Chad: With exit velocity, launch angle in vogue, baseball players become astronauts

In a nation that loves to recycle its pop culture – “Roseanne” is back, with its cryogenically preserved cast – the home run has returned with a bang. If we …


Couch Slouch still trying to get grip on televised sports

Couch Slouch: These are 23 (more) facts, tried and true, about the widening world of sports television.


Norman Chad: Sure, Shohei Ohtani is good, but what about Willie Smith?

Couch Slouch: Who among us is not rooting for the Babe Ruth of Japan, Shohei Ohtani, other than perhaps the Bambino himself from the great beyond?


Couch Slouch: 20 sure-fire ways to make NBA better

Couch Slouch: Thankfully, Couch Slouch, both a thinking man’s man


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Olympics has turned Orwellian

Couch Slouch: Approaching my third week of boycotting the 2018 Winter Olympics, I want to say something that, frankly, nobody really wants to hear; in fact, when I brought this …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 12, 2018, 8:38 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Three good reasons to tune out Winter Olympics

Couch Slouch: In a spiraling, soulless America that I call home, I sometimes have trouble remembering all the stuff that I now boycott – Starbucks, Anheuser-Busch, boxing and MMA, resort …


Norman Chad: Time is up for Brady and Belichick

If any of us is lucky enough to live long enough, perhaps we will see the day in which Bill Belichick is outcoached and Tom Brady isn’t forever 25 and …


Couch Slouch gets the scoop from Bill Belichick himself

Couch Slouch: As a public service, I usually provide an annual Super Bowl Viewing Guide (for Super Bowl Parties of Six or More). But this year, all of you are …


Norman Chad: Quit harping on NBA officials, they’ve always been bad

Couch Slouch: After writing about NBA player-referee discord last week, I received a torrent of pushback – well, 13 or 14 emails – insisting that I do not understand the …


Norman Chad: NBA needs to fix its officiating problem

NBA players are upset at the officiating. Referees are upset that players keep grousing about the officiating. There is a simple solution here: Either find better officiating or stop whining …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, 8:35 p.m.

Norman Chad: Begrudging admiration of Tom Brady and LeBron James

For nearly the entire 21st century, through a combined 33 NFL and NBA seasons, I have rooted against Tom Brady and LeBron James. Uh, how has that worked out?


Couch Slouch: Longing for good old days before TV, talking heads

Couch Slouch: As we enter 2018, Couch Slouch wishes it were 1918. Not so we could be at war with the world again, not so Jim Crow laws could rule …


Couch Slouch: In the spirit of Christmas, it’s time to give away some money

Couch Slouch: In the spirit of the holiday season – and to augment the GOP tax bill’s attempts to put more money into all of our pockets – this entire …


Couch Slouch: Down-on-his-luck porcupine could do what Roger Goodell does

Couch Slouch: Roger Goodell is the $500-million man. With NFL owners okaying his four-year, $200-million contract extension last week as Protector of the Shield, Goodell will cross the half-billion mark …


Norman Chad: Enough is enough talk about college football payoff selections

The Slouch is tired of the college football playoff debate.


Norman Chad: Gift ideas for people you don’t care about

Oprah Winfrey has been making America great – and making herself great – for many years. Oprah’s fabulous wealth informs her annual “Oprah’s Favorite Things,” her well-intended but unintentionally hilarious …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 27, 2017, 6:38 p.m.

Norman Chad: We should be allowed to bet on sports, then have sense not to

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next week on


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017, 10:15 p.m.

Norman Chad: Two unheralded athletes deserve some props

Couch Slouch is in a festive mood this week – the holiday season is upon us, plus there’s the possibility of massive corporate tax relief trickling down into the rest …


Norman Chad: There are many reasons NFL’s popularity has dwindled

I am seldom in the business of saying, “I told you so,” because most of the time I tell you anything I tell you something stupid. However, sitting on the …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 8:07 p.m.

Norman Chad: Cleveland Browns define dysfunction in NFL

The Cleveland Browns did not lose Sunday, largely because they did not play. And thus we begin the tale of a flailing, failing, floundering, foundering fiasco of a franchise.


Norman Chad: Managerial expectations set too high

In 10 seasons as New York Yankees manager, Joe Girardi produced 10 winning records, six playoff appearances and a World Series title.


Norman Chad: We love the NBA for its beauty, not its adherence to rules

The NBA is full of large, talented, beautiful men performing wondrous athletic feats, while we root for one or the other. And if, from time to time, LeBron James or …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 9:59 p.m.

Hey Sixers! Losing to get ahead isn’t working

So, what are we to make of The Process, the Philadelphia 76ers’ analytically correct, anatomically challenged Frankensteinian attempt to conquer the NBA for years to come?


Norman Chad: Underbelly of college basketball no place for the meek

I would like to dispassionately discuss college basketball today, without directly referencing the recent footwear follies/FBI probe and without even mentioning a certain notorious sideline suit whose first name rhymes …


Norman Chad: Only one word for MLB’s regular season – cockamamie

How cockamamie was last year’s election season? It was so cockamamie, I had never even used the word “cockamamie” other than in a 1969 spelling bee in which I finished …


Fans staying away from NFL venues in droves

Back when I was younger (and marginally smarter), I would tell anyone within shouting distance – and, yes, I would shout; not at a Stephen A. Smith screaming level, more …


Norman Chad: Bernhard Langer has had plenty of senior moments

Among the major sports in America, one could argue – actually, I