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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


Norman Chad: Colleges need to focus on upgrading education not football facilities

College football is so wrong for so many reasons – and that’s before we even get to the latest academic fraud at Florida State. It is money ill-spent and time …


This year’s NFL team of destiny … L.A. Chargers

When identifying my annual NFL Team of Destiny, I like to a find a franchise that has been waking up on the wrong side of the bed for a long …


Norman Chad: The smarmiest man in the room

Bill Belichick might be both a genius and a jerk – they are not mutually exclusive. Just because you are the smartest person in the room doesn’t mean you can’t …


Norman Chad: Floyd “Money” Mayweather shouldn’t be allowed to box

I am writing this column under protest – yeah, I know, usually most of you read this column under protest, so now we’re even – because today I am writing …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017, 9:59 p.m.

Norman Chad: A look at President Trump’s sports tweets

Like George W. Bush before him, Donald Trump has run a sports franchise and run a sovereign nation.


Norman Chad has a plan to save bowling

Sure, America has a host of serious concerns but Couch Slouch believes that the future of our democracy – the health and welfare of our children and our children’s children …


Norman Chad: Iditarod doesn’t play out from dog’s perspective

I love dogs – Toni will tell you I don’t need a wife by my side, I just need a Weimaraner – and every year, my favorite column to write …


Norman Chad chronicles Mr. Met’s final day on the job

With one obscene gesture last week, Mr. Met went from flipping a bird to flipping burgers. Here’s the thing, though: Team mascots are seen as cartoon characters, but there is …


Norman Chad: 23 facts about wide world of sports on TV

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


Norman Chad: Covering sports isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

I had an epiphany in 1983, watching Texas Rangers manager Doug Rader eating barbecue ribs while wearing nothing but a jockstrap. But I’ll get back to that later. To many …


UPDATED: Mon., May 15, 2017, 8:18 p.m.

Chad: Hey IOC, I’m begging you to pick Paris over L.A.

So you fellas – and, yes, you are almost all fellas – were in Los Angeles last week, getting the ten-cent tour of the City of Angels. And this week …


Norman Chad: Statistics, recent events say racism alive and well in baseball

In 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color line in Major League Baseball, joining the Brooklyn Dodgers as the game’s first black player in the modern era. In 2017 – seventy …