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Couch Slouch: Expanding playoffs in MLB, NFL a no-brainer

Couch Slouch: The NFL and Major League Baseball – two of our floundering nation’s most successful, longstanding entertainment entities – each recently decided it wants to add two more teams to an always-expanding postseason. Why would they mess with success? Because they can and they will – and because there’s TV gold in them thar playoff hills.

Norman Chad: Astros did the crime, and they should pay

Simply put – and I realize I am last in on this, but I only write once a week and I also sleep in weekday mornings, mainly to avoid bad news – Major League Baseball should vacate the Houston Astros’ 2017 World Series title. I understand there is some Astros fatigue right now, but this sign-stealing saga has generated more reader mail than any issue in recent memory. In fact, if I paid out $1.25 to every Astros-related Ask The Slouch submission, I’d be writing this column at a loss.

Couch Slouch: NBA has gone nuts over 3-pointers

Couch Slouch: As is our annual tradition at the NBA all-star break, Couch Slouch looks ahead to the remainder of the season – laced with remarkable perspicacity* – at no additional cost to you, the reader. Yes, I will provide the acumen of subscription-based The Athletic and the access of pricey NBA League Pass…ALL FOR FREE. Let’s do it!

Couch Slouch: Play game, make calls, move on, no replay

Couch Slouch: To be fair, replay as an officiating tool remains only the fifth-worst global problem, behind climate change, world hunger, the decline of American exceptionalism and the inability to find anything you like when clothes shopping. It is an endless procession of did-he-or-didn’t-he moments to examine:

Couch Slouch: Lack of minority head coaches in NFL is glaring

I have a friend – let’s call him “Wes,” because his real name is Scott but he does not want me mentioning him – who, every time I ask, “How come there are not more black head coaches in the NFL?” responds, “How come there are not more white running backs in the NFL?” Wes then usually follows up by saying, “Why does it always have to be about race?”