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Couch Slouch has reasons not to watch Super Bowl

If I had known that Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick were going to meet in Super Bowl 49, I would’ve just watched college football all season. Since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 – yes, youngsters, that’s pre-ESPN but it was a big deal – there have been few coaches Couch Slouch has disdained more than Carroll and Belichick.

Next thing you know, the 2016 presidential election will come down to Donald Trump and Wile E. Coyote.

Among other vices, neither Carroll nor Belichick wins with grace or loses with grace. But Sunday – as I try to watch with grace – one will win and one will lose, so, as a public service, I am here to provide my 49th annual Super Bowl Viewing Guide (For Super Bowl Parties of Six or More):

Healthy snacks are in – uh, not on my watch. So, apparently, the trend is toward seaweed chips and kale crackers and toasted coconut shavings. Please. I’m sticking with Fritos and Bugles, plus remember – everything tastes great when it sits on a Ritz.

The other big health trend of 2015 is meditation. Now, Super Bowl Sunday’s seemingly a tough time to think deeply, but if you’re going to dive in, meditating during the entirety of the five-hour pregame show on NBC isn’t the worst idea in the world.

When you’re done meditating, you’re gonna be thirsty. Be smart – Budweiser’s all about the marketing, Yuengling’s all about the beer.

It’s time for me to cop to the error of my ways – how spectacularly wrong I’ve been about Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick. I used to blast Carroll when he was with the Jets and the Patriots and blasted Belichick when he was with the Browns. But you don’t make back-to-back Super Bowls, as Carroll has, or make six Super Bowls in 14 years, as Belichick has, without being a very, very good coach.

Then again, Belichick only had a winning record at one of his three NFL coaching stops. He’s 175-65 with the Patriots, 36-44 with the Browns and 0-0 with the Jets. And once in a while he hornswoggles.

So how much of a genius is Belichick? He might activate Jerry Rice, Cris Carter and Tony Gonzalez for the game, line them up on the same play “trips right” and declare each of them ineligible receivers.

One other thing about Belichick – and I hesitate to say this because I don’t have definitive proof. I believe he would cheat his own mother playing mahjong.

I want to dislike Tom Brady, but I can’t. I mean, the guy’s got GQ looks, a supermodel wife and too much success, plus he sells Uggs. But he’s so good, no matter who is surrounding him; every year he wins with receivers and running backs who were working at Radio Shack a month earlier.

In case you think I’m exaggerating about the Brady Bunch, here’s a list of the Patriots’ top wide receivers and running backs this season. Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell, Danny Amendola, Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Jonas Gray, LeGarrette Blount.

The most overrated, overhyped aspect of the Seahawks is this whole “12th Man” business. I just figured it out – all their loyal fans were walking out of CenturyLink Field with five minutes left in the NFC championship game because they KNEW the Seahawks would rally and wanted to get a jump on making their way to Glendale, Arizona, for Super Bowl Sunday.

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is not a statesman. He’s something else. I have no problem with Lynch not talking to the media. First of all, have you looked at the media lately? Second of all, I’m not sure Lynch really has anything to say – I base this on his signature touchdown celebration, in which he grabs his crotch (albeit in a classy way).

This Super Bowl also matches Patriots owner Robert Kraft vs. Seahawks owner Paul Allen. They say the rich get richer, and, to be honest, I’m tired of the rich getting richer.

Which means, by default, I guess you have to root here for Kraft, whose net worth is only $4 billion, as opposed to Allen, whose net worth is $17 billion.

Actually, most people outside of the Pacific Northwest don’t like the Seahawks and most people outside of New England don’t like the Patriots. Frankly, the game is unwatchable. So follow my lead – at your Super Bowl party, radio only!

Ask The Slouch

Q. There seems to be an increasing number of players whose cascading locks cover last names on jerseys. Any chance the NFL would approve placing last names on their butts next season? (Linda Shaw; Noblesville, Indiana)

A. I contacted the league office and was told this is actually the No. 1 issue they’re grappling with at the moment.

Q. Truth is stranger than fiction: Alex Rodriguez just went to Barry Bonds for hitting tips? (Marc Gold; Fort Lauderdale, Florida)

A. That’s like “Pretty Boy” Floyd getting banking advice from John Dillinger.

Q. What’s the latest in the Tiger Woods missing-tooth scandal? (Brent Rush; Wheeling, West Virginia)

A. The tooth was found in a diner booth at Perkins Restaurant in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

Q. How many months will it take Roger Goodell and his staff to track down a video of the Deflategate game? (William Murray; Chicago)

A. Pay the man, Shirley.

   Norman Chad is a syndicated columnist. You, too, can enter his $1.25 Ask The Slouch Cash Giveaway. Just email and, if your question is used, you win $1.25 in cash!
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