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Norman Chad: College football begins and ends in Alabama

College football is a thoroughly corrupt, shameful, depraved, ignoble, wicked, appalling, inexcusable, indefensible, unjust, unscrupulous, unprincipled, amoral, loathsome, hypocritical, warped, egregious, appalling, reprehensible and foul exercise in American power, greed …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 12, 2019, 8:16 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Dan Le Batard doesn’t understand the Disney way

Okay, let’s take an unconventional, unvarnished look at this Dan Le Batard-ESPN diplomatic divide that popped out of the Bristol jack-in-the-box bin when I was on vacation.*


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019, 7:50 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Some sports stories just don’t make sense

When I take a column vacation each summer – which often coincides with a reality vacation in Las Vegas – I am soothed by the extended break from the noxious …


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019, 8:22 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Only poker stages true world series

Couch Slouch: We are in the midst of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, with the world championship $10,000 buy-in Main Event beginning July 3, and in its …


UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019, 11:38 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Enough already with this round-the-clock LeBron coverage!

I’m going to say this one time and one time only: EVERYONE – I BEG OF YOU! – SHUT UP ABOUT LeBRON.


UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019, 10:23 p.m.

Couch Slouch sorry to see James Holzhauer go

I could not stop watching James Holzhauer. I could not stop thinking about James Holzhauer. I could not stop dreaming of James Holzhauer.


Couch Slouch: Boston’s run of success in sports unacceptable

I speak for all of America – except for the commonwealth of Massachusetts and certain pockets of New Hampshire and Portland, Maine – in stating that absolutely no one wants …


UPDATED: Mon., May 20, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Couch Slouch: It’s no surprise that MLB attendance is down

Why are people no longer going to MLB games? That’s why I am here, ladies and gentlemen. My short answer: I don’t know.


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Tiger Woods’ comeback not even the best in golf history

Tiger Woods hysteria resumes this week at the PGA Championship, in the wake of his widely proclaimed “greatest comeback in sports history” last month at the Masters. I am going …


Couch Slouch: Soon the fix will be on nationwide

Couch Slouch is thinking of recasting this column as Gambling Gus because America – a rambling, gambling nation-in-progress since 1776 or thereabouts – is on the inexorable Manifest Destiny road …


UPDATED: Mon., April 29, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

Couch Slouch: There’s a little bit of Mike Tyson in Jeopardy superstar James Holzhauer

Couch Slouch: Think of the most fearsome, dominant individual-sport athletes of the last couple of generations; at their best, you had little chance of beating them: Mike Tyson. Michael Phelps. …


Couch Slouch: Musings on LeBron, Steph and the 76ers

Couch Slouch: LeBron James will not play in a ninth consecutive NBA Finals, and according to many pundits, it is because he moved to Los Angeles and went Hollywood. I …


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019, 10:23 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Fan’s prodding results in rare look at NHL

Couch Slouch: As the National Hockey League playoffs commence — they are held annually at this time except in those years in which the entire season is canceled — I …


Couch Slouch: Fan behavior mimics that of society’s

Couch Slouch: We have reached a tipping point on fan behavior in America. Of course, this mirrors a tipping point on online behavior in America. Which, naturally, reflects a tipping …


No. 1 bridge player banned for using performance enhancing drugs

As many of you have undoubtedly heard by now, bridge – the last pure sport in America and beyond – has been rocked by a drug scandal of Cansecoian proportions. …


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 7:02 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Is the fix still on in the NBA?

Couch Slouch: Tim Donaghy used to fix NBA games, in David Stern’s NBA. You might remember hearing about this several years back, but it largely disappeared from the public eye. …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019, 8:46 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Embrace Jason Belmonte, and do it with two hands

There are only two things you need to know about bowling: 1. Anyone can bowl, and anyone should bowl. 2. No one bowls as well as Jason Belmonte.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:02 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Time to reflect on NBA storylines as playoffs approach

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Couch Slouch: Anthony Davis sent shockwaves through the NBA

Couch Slouch: At last count, nearly 2,000 NBA players changed teams last week before the trade deadline. Remarkably, Anthony Davis was not among them.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 3, 2019, 8:48 p.m.

Norman Chad: Time and again, Pats ruin it for him

The thing is, it’s not healthy to root against people or teams. Heck, I didn’t even root against the British in the Revolutionary War. But Super Bowl Sunday is ruined …


Couch Slouch: Offense out of control in today’s defenseless NBA

Couch Slouch: Before this season, there was a little-noted change in the NBA rulebook that stated, “Defenders shall not impede any shot by an opponent; if at all possible, the …


Couch Slouch: Where oh where will the Raiders play?

Couch Slouch: The Oakland/Los Angeles/Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders are looking for a temporary home for the 2019 NFL season. At this point, a pop-up stadium in Dubai might be in play. …


Couch Slouch: English language takes a hit during NFL broadcasts

Couch Slouch: The NFL remains an easy thing to watch and a hard to thing to listen to. What was once plainspoken is now plain gobbledygook; game analysts turn simple …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 5:26 p.m.

Norman Chad: Making sports better with New Year’s revolutions, not resolutions

We need change – radical change – and we need it now, so in 2019 please join Couch Slouch as we make Sports Nation a better place:


Norman Chad: Let’s offer performance incentives to authentic winners

My once-and-always misguided alma mater, the University of Maryland, was celebrated this month for hiring Michael Locksley to helm its out-of-control football program.


Norman Chad: News of football’s decline hasn’t reached everyone

If professional football is in the midst of an inexorable decline – the NFL, some doomsayers sayeth, might be a sporting dinosaur by century’s end * – then how is …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018, 7:16 p.m.

Couch Slouch: If our forefathers had used analytics we wouldn’t be here

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UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 3, 2018, 6:58 p.m.

Couch Slouch: More facts to ponder while watching sports on TV

These are 23 (more) facts, tried and true, about the widening world of sports television.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018, 6:47 p.m.

Couch Slouch: There’s a word for College Football Playoff: rigged

The only popular team sport in America more rigged than college basketball is college football. That’s not opinion, that’s fact; it is incontrovertible, indisputable and inarguable.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 8:01 p.m.

Couch Slouch: Time of year to be in thankful mood

Couch Slouch: I am thankful this week, not because it’s Thanksgiving – I hardly ever pay attention to the calendar; heck, I’m still on Daylight Savings Time – but because …