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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 …

UPDATED: Mon., May 1, 2017, 8:34 p.m.

Norman Chad: Kidney stones win out over NFL draft

Last week I had a choice – pass some kidney stones or watch the NFL draft. To preserve my mental health, I passed on the draft.

Rory McIlroy has gone and done it now

Rory McIlroy, championship golfer, now is Rory McIlroy, newly-wed husband. Talk about an unplayable lie.

UPDATED: Mon., April 17, 2017, 8:31 p.m.

Norman Chad: Grizzled, old baseball GMs being replaced by Ivy Leaguers

Playing Strat-o-Matic Baseball as a kid, I figured I might grow up to become an MLB general manager one day. Meanwhile, my mother figured I might grow up to become …

Norman Chad: Here’s everything you need to know about NBA playoffs in less than two months

The NBA playoffs are upon us, which seems unlikely considering the NBA regular season never ends. The only thing that lasts longer than the NBA regular season is a Ken …

Norman Chad: NBA’s superstar-resting problem easy to fix

The NBA’s latest problem – they charge you Broadway prices and then give you an off-Broadway show – is self-inflicted and solvable.

Norman Chad: Baseball study states the obvious

A recently released scientific study – based on 20 years of Major League Baseball games – concluded that players do not play as well after long flights.

Check out Tuffy’s take on the 45th Iditarod

They’re running out of snow, so “The Last Great Race on Earth” might be down to its last race soon.

UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 7:39 p.m.

Norman Chad: When it comes to sports, time is of the essence

We are in such a rush these days, no one has time to sit for anything start to finish.

Norman Chad: What a strange place for a hockey match to break out

We sorely could use some good news, so when Toni, a.k.a. She Is The One, e-mailed me * a video link recently along with the words, “THIS is a column,” …

NBA needs to work on its relationships

Everybody in the NBA makes a lot of money but nobody gets along. “Family Feud” could do a month-long NBA version and not run out of hostilities, squabbles and quarrels.

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 13, 2017, 8:03 p.m.

Norman Chad: Triple-double your pleasure with Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook and the triple-double have become as synonymous as Louis Pasteur and pasteurization.

Norman Chad: A minute-by-minute countdown to despair

Are these the darkest days of our democracy since the Civil War? Don’t know for sure, but between the White House, the Falcons’ unforgivable collapse and the Patriots’ unholy dynasty, …

Chad: Time to provide Super Bowl Viewing Guide

Chad: Donald Trump’s victory on Election Day upset the majority of Americans who didn’t vote for him. A New England Patriots victory on Super Bowl Sunday would upset the overwhelmingly …

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 23, 2017, 8:23 p.m.

Chad: NFL owners 31 of a greedy kind

Chad: Pop open the nearest window, and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch the stench of an NFL billionaire owner before he flees town, or fleeces the town.

Chad: Why isn’t anybody paying attention to UConn women?

Every five years or so, a bunch of media knuckleheads – FYI: Couch Slouch is a media knucklehead emeritus – take note of the somewhat otherworldly, once-in-a-generation-or-three accomplishments of Geno …

Norman Chad: It’s official, another column about officiating

In a perfect world – and, boy oh boy, at the moment we are so far from a perfect world, it feels like I’m subletting a studio in Dante’s Inferno …

Couch Slouch weighs in on commitment

LSU running back Leonard Fournette did not play in the Citrus Bowl last week. On the injury report, he was listed as “OUT – lack of interest.”

Norman Chad: Plenty of competition for Reverse Coach of Year in NFL

NFL Coach of the Year? That’s easy – Jason Garrett went from 4-12 to 12-2 with the Cowboys’ third-string rookie quarterback and Jerry Jones texting him every 17 minutes of …

Slouch’s hatred of Patriots isn’t tucked away

If you Google “hate New England Patriots,” you will come upon scores of lists of why people hate the Patriots.

Norman Chad: Social media not really all that social

Why do I sleep in most days? That’s easy. 1. Less bad stuff happens to you when you’re not awake. 2. Even if bad stuff

Louisville coach Rick Pitino a devil in disguise

Rick Pitino is the devil.

Couch Slouch offers more easy fixes to make NFL better

There are two documents that dominate American life in matters small and large – the Constitution and the two-point conversion chart. The former is fundamentally sound and widely revered if …

Couch Slouch suffering from ‘anthem fatigue’

Nobody – including myself – wants to hear me weigh in on this national anthem business. But, during a misspent adolescence and an even more misspent post-adolescence watching untold, inconsequential …

Norman Chad: MLS shows its rinky-dink nature with travel restrictions

MLS is the only major U.S. professional sports league whose teams fly like the rest of us, stuffed into economy class and praying the guy in front of you doesn’t …

Couch Slouch: The making of a good sports town

My old friend and former colleague Michael Wilbon – we haven’t spoken in years, since he ascended to a higher social and professional stratosphere – used to often talk about …