Stories tagged: Norman Chad
UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2018, 10:32 p.m.
Couch Slouch: Plenty to remember, forget about 20th century
Like many of you, I am in the process of navigating two distinct centuries of American living. Eighteen years in, I am finally settling into 21th-century ways, but, frankly, the …
Mon., June 4, 2018, 6:25 p.m.
Couch Slouch: State of California misses boat on surfing
California – which, for all intents and purposes, is a separate nation-state, like Texas or the NCAA – is in the process of declaring surfing as its official state sport. …
Mon., May 28, 2018, 6:27 p.m.
Couch Slouch: Talk about taking the long road to the majors
Couch Slouch: When you get to the big leagues for the first time at an advanced age – like Roy Hobbs – there usually is a good backstory. Brandon Mann …
Mon., May 21, 2018, 6:13 p.m.
Couch Slouch: Supreme Court may have opened can of sardines
Mon., May 7, 2018, 6:30 p.m.
Couch Slouch: Influx of MLS franchises nightmare come true
Couch Slouch: When I was growing up in the late 1960s playing kick drums, kickball and kick the can, I had a dream that one day there would be dozens …
Mon., April 30, 2018, 7:16 p.m.
Couch Slouch can relate to the woes of Stephen Curry
This is the story of two sports-related injuries. (Note: One of them is not really a sports-related injury.) We start with the great Stephen Curry.
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?
Tue., April 17, 2018, 5:09 p.m.
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.
Mon., April 9, 2018, 5:28 p.m.
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 …
Mon., March 26, 2018, 6:32 p.m.
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.
Mon., March 19, 2018, 6:27 p.m.
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?
Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 6:42 p.m.
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 …
Sun., Feb. 4, 2018, 8:18 p.m.
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 …
Mon., Jan. 29, 2018, 6:09 p.m.
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 …
Mon., Jan. 22, 2018, 6:12 p.m.
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 …
Mon., Jan. 15, 2018, 9:13 p.m.
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?
Mon., Jan. 1, 2018, 7:09 p.m.
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 …
Mon., Dec. 25, 2017, 6:37 p.m.
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 …
Mon., Dec. 18, 2017, 6:31 p.m.
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 …
Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 5:29 p.m.
Norman Chad: Enough is enough talk about college football payoff selections
The Slouch is tired of the college football playoff debate.
Mon., Dec. 4, 2017, 6:35 p.m.
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 …
Mon., Nov. 13, 2017, 6:36 p.m.
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.
Mon., Oct. 30, 2017, 6:20 p.m.
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.