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  • Couch Slouch’s guide to the NBA

    It’s a whole new ballgame in the NBA this year: A geeky commissioner in his first full season, LeBron James coming home to his 30,000-square-foot complex in Akron, Donald Sterling …


  • Standing test of time

    These are 23 (more) facts, tried and true, about the widening world of sports television: 1. When Vin Scully began broadcasting Dodgers games in 1950, the average lifespan of an …


  • Couch Slouch: What’s the point of kickoffs if the return has been virtually eliminated?

    Note to Readers: Couch Slouch is well aware of the myriad critical issues, sporting and non-sporting, facing America today. So I apologize in advance for the following diatribe on a …


  • Russians swallow up PBR; Slouch switches to Yuengling

    Pabst Blue Ribbon – my beer, your beer, America’s beer – is now in the hands of the Russians. In broad daylight the other day, a Russian brewery – Oasis …


  • Slouch spends an NFL Sunday … not glued to TV!

    For the first time in half-a-century, I willingly turned away from an NFL Sunday this past weekend. Sure, once in a while life interrupts – births, deaths, the occasional flat …


  • Norman Chad can’t watch as NFL’s troubles mount

    Chad: For the first time in half-a-century, I willingly turned away from an NFL Sunday this past weekend.


  • Uh, M’s fans: Slouch pulls for Royals

    You’d have to be cold- blooded and cold- hearted, or living under a rock with slimy snakes, or camped out in a Yankee Stadium parking lot, or as cynical and …


  • Chad: Everyone should be for the Royals

    You’d have to be cold- blooded and cold- hearted, or living under a rock with slimy snakes, or camped out in a Yankee Stadium parking lot not to be rooting …


  • Norman Chad: Enough already with all the fuss over Derek Jeter

    I just saw a list of the “most significant figures in world history” as compiled by The New Republic: 1. Alexander the Great; 2. Aristotle; 3. Jesus Christ; 4. Charles …


  • Let’s see the flag-happy NFL take on alphabet

    In the NFL this year, officials can flag players for obscene, abusive, threatening or insulting language. This rule was already in place, and it’s being emphasized now in response to …


  • Let’s see the flag-happy NFL take on alphabet

    In the NFL this year, officials can flag players for obscene, abusive, threatening or insulting language. This rule was already in place, and it’s being emphasized now in response to …


  • Destiny calls

    Usually, I pick my NFL Teams of Destiny after hundreds of hours poring over game film, scouting reports and sabermetrical data, plus a quick call to Ron Jaworski.* (*-To be …


  • Norman Chad: A Mount Rushmore for non-presidential things

    Earlier this year, LeBron James told NBA TV that the NBA’s “Mount Rushmore” would include Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson. Asked if he’d ever make his …


  • Would free cocktails make Silver go away?

    In the final installment of our three-part investigative series, “Statistics Are Non-Nutritional, and In Some Cases Will Kill You,” Couch Slouch deconstructs the myth of statistical superstar Nate Silver. I …


  • A lack of sympathy for the stat man

    In the second installment of our ground-breaking, three-part investigative series, “Statistics Are Non-Nutritional, and In Some Cases Will Kill You,” Couch Slouch today examines statistical debris that is most often …


  • Chad: Obsession with statistics takes joy out of sports

    Norman Chad: I fear the day that statistics will swallow up our sports experience – the world will have a generation of soulless, suck-the-joy-out-of-life human widgets.


  • Statistics taking fun out of sports

    Today Couch Slouch presents the first installment of our ground-breaking investigative series, “Statistics Are Non-Nutritional, and In Some Cases Will Kill You.” No sabermetricians were harmed in the preparation of …


  • Norman Chad: Thirty years without betting on sports

    Thirty years ago, I had a very bad week betting sports. I started wagering on games in fall 1983. A friend with whom I worked at the Washington Post directed …


  • Norman Chad – Cool, easygoing Norway a good example

    LAS VEGAS – Man, it’s hot. What cockamamie fool decided to build a gambling resort in this barren, soulless wilderness? I’m standing in a casino parking lot, being roasted alive …


  • Norman Chad: Ready or not, it’s time for the World Cup

    The World Cup is the world’s greatest sporting spectacle – actually, I prefer the PBA’s Tournament of Champions; of course, there’s no accounting for taste – a quadrennial festival viewed …


  • Chad: Rays fight apathy in Tampa Bay

    The Tampa Bay Rays have won 90 or more games four straight seasons and, yet, this is the fourth straight year they have ranked last or next-to-last in home attendance …


  • Chad: What’s wrong with Tampa Bay fans?

    What the heck is everybody doing in Tampa on steamy summer evenings if they’re not going to Rays games?


  • Slouch critiques da bosses

    Every 50 years, Couch Slouch assesses the commissioners of the four major professional sports leagues. The last time I did it, I was in kindergarten – without the far-flung knowledge …


  • Slouch glad to see Phelps back in pool

    Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, retired from swimming after the 2012 Summer Games. He played golf. He played poker. He ate and drank a lot. So, …


  • Suitors for Clippers have the $$

    Donald Sterling bought the Clippers in 1981 for $12.5 million. As recently as five years ago, if he put the team up for sale, it probably would’ve been through craigslist. …


  • NFL draft should be thing of past

    For many, many years, I have held dual beliefs that are somewhat unpopular but certainly not unreasonable: 1. Marijuana should be legalized.


  • Norman Chad: Replay doesn’t belong in sports, or anywhere

    Three things have ruined life in America in the 21st century: 1. Starbucks and smartphones.


  • Chad: Video reviews are ruining sports

    Three things have ruined life in America in the 21st century:1. Starbucks and smartphones. 2. Johnny Carson leaving late night in 1992. 3. Replay as an officiating tool.


  • Hey, NBA: Cut Griffin some slack

    With the NBA playoffs underway, Couch Slouch hopes to erase the year-long pain of accepting the fact that the San Antonio Spurs – with the best team and the best …


  • Chad: Bedfellows in NBA are a conflict of interest

    How is it in the best interest of the NBA to have Phil Jackson running the Knicks and Jeanie Buss running the Lakers?

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