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Couch Slouch: Stanford and Ohio State take pains to make sure athletic revenues aren't hurting

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:33:00 EDT

Easy-class lists and coaches failing to pass on knowledge of malfeasance? Just another day of protecting athletics at institutions of higher learning Stanford and Ohio State, the Couch Slouch writes.


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Couch Slouch: Stanford and Ohio State take pains to make sure athletic revenues aren't hurting

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

Item 1: Stanford athletes had an "easy-class list" to advise them how to fill out their quarterly course loads.



Couch Slouch: In this game, the NFL is an overwhelming favorite

Sun, 06 Mar 2011 22:09:00 EST

To: DeMaurice Smith, NFLPA executive director From: Couch Slouch, NFL executive viewer Re: NFL labor dispute You look and talk the part; nice threads, nice sound bites. You have a well-heeled clientele. And you might have most of Sports Nation on your side - who roots for privileged team owners, ...



Couch Slouch: Look at what LeBron James's 'Decision' has done to the NBA

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

The wake of "The Decision" is still wreaking havoc on multinational corporations, professional basketball franchises and itinerant announcers. Months after LeBron James 's one-man lottery played out on live cable TV , ESPN remains embarrassed, NBA teams keep retooling and Jim Gray's...
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Couch Slouch: Look at what LeBron James's 'Decision' has done to the NBA

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 23:45:00 EST

The wake of "The Decision" is still wreaking havoc on multinational corporations, professional basketball franchises and itinerant announcers. Months after LeBron James 's one-man lottery played out on live cable TV , ESPN remains embarrassed, NBA teams keep retooling and Jim Gray's...



Couch Slouch: Blake Griffin transcends Clippers' bleak past

Mon, 21 Feb 2011 00:01:00 EST

To understand the beauty of rookie sensation Blake Griffin, one must understand the disastrous history of the Los Angeles Clippers.


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An insider reports from the Westminster dog show

Mon, 14 Feb 2011 00:02:00 EST

The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is America's second-longest continuously held sporting event, behind only the over-ballyhooed Kentucky Derby (which - let's be honest - is nothing more than a two-minute horse race watched by 150,000 horses' behinds). To win at Westminster, you have to be ment...



Super Bowl: The Green Bay Packers' march to victory, minute by minute

Mon, 07 Feb 2011 00:11:00 EST

When the Packers are atop the NFL, it seems like a safer world. America can sleep tight tonight. And since Sunday's 31-25 victory might be the last NFL game for a long, long time, well, if the Packers are Super Bowl champions in perpetuity, what's wrong with that?
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Minute by minute, Packers creep to victory

Mon, 07 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST

When the Packers are atop the NFL, it seems like a safer world. America can sleep tight tonight. And since Sunday's 31-25 victory might be the last NFL game for a long, long time, well, if the Packers are Super Bowl champions in perpetuity, what's wrong with that?



A viewing guide for Super Bowl Sunday

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 00:25:03 EST

Who doesn't watch the Super Bowl? I recently polled all of America and discovered that the only people not hunkering down to watch football on the upcoming gridiron national holiday are the proprietors of the 2,639 nail salons operating in Los Angeles.


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A little Slouch guidance for Sunday's Big Game

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Who doesn't watch the Super Bowl ? I recently polled all of America and discovered that the only people not hunkering down to watch football on the upcoming gridiron national holiday are the proprietors of the 2,639 nail salons operating in Los Angeles.



Couch Slouch: AFC, NFC championship games are cold and comforting

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:13:00 EST

Just to make sure - because I wanted to take no chances on the petulant Jay Cutler or the blowhard Jets making the Super Bowl - I wore my Steelers helmet, Packers jersey and lucky Homer Simpson underwear Sunday. Sure, I looked like a 52-year-old moron clad in black-and-gold and green-and-gold, bu...
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The sounds of silence

Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Just to make sure - because I wanted to take no chances on the petulant Jay Cutler or the blowhard Jets making the Super Bowl - I wore my Steelers helmet, Packers jersey and lucky Homer Simpson underwear Sunday. Sure, I looked like a 52-year-old moron clad in black-and-gold and green-and-gold, but...


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Postseason outcomes provide puzzles difficult to decipher

Mon, 17 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Jay Cutler 's one game away from the Super Bowl? That's like Keanu Reeves being one block away from the Academy Awards. How does one make sense of such stupefying NFL success, plus Rex Ryan? Couch Slouch - despite a sore back and a slumping mind - manned the post over the weekend to file this...



Couch Slouch: NFL playoff puzzlers include Jay Cutler's success and Bill Belichick's struggles

Sun, 16 Jan 2011 23:07:00 EST

Jay Cutler's one game away from the Super Bowl? That's like Keanu Reeves being one block away from the Academy Awards. How does one make sense of such stupefying NFL success, plus Rex Ryan? Couch Slouch - despite a sore back and a slumping mind - manned the post over the weekend to file this play...



Seahawks just another team with nothing left to lose

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

If the yahoos had their way, the Seattle Seahawks would not have had a chance Saturday to stun Sports Nation. Because in a perfect world - and, heaven knows, America is as close to a perfect world conceivable, other than if it were built inside a retractable dome - a losing team does not qualify for...
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Couch Slouch: Seattle Seahawks, losing record and all, continue soaring through the NFL playoffs

Sun, 09 Jan 2011 23:28:00 EST

If the yahoos had their way, the Seattle Seahawks would not have had a chance Saturday to stun Sports Nation. Because in a perfect world - and, heaven knows, America is as close to a perfect world conceivable, other than if it were built inside a retractable dome - a losing team does not qualify ...



The Eagles find themselves on the cusp of destiny

Mon, 03 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST

Today my Team of Destiny, the Philadelphia Eagles , sit on the precipice of history - what better place to sit, other than on a comfy beanbag chair with a PBR-in-a-can in your right hand? - and this unlikely reality makes me, at once, the smartest man in America and the angriest man in America.



Couch Slouch: The Philadelphia Eagles move closer to destiny

Sun, 02 Jan 2011 23:07:00 EST

Today my Team of Destiny, the Philadelphia Eagles, sit on the precipice of history - what better place to sit, other than on a comfy beanbag chair with a PBR-in-a-can in your right hand? - and this unlikely reality makes me, at once, the smartest man in America and the angriest man in America.



Play for the Nets, and you could date a Kardashian

Mon, 27 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

When we last checked in on the formerly East Rutherford/currently Newark/soon-to-be-Brooklyn New Jersey Nets a year or so ago, they were stumbling out to an 0-18 start en route to a near record-breaking 12-70 NBA season. They had all the curb appeal of a tollbooth on the Garden State Parkway...
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How did Kris Humphries net Kim Kardashian?

Sun, 26 Dec 2010 23:56:00 EST

Somehow, there's something sexy about the New Jersey Nets. Just ask Kim Kardashian.



23 things you should know about sports TV

Mon, 20 Dec 2010 00:20:00 EST

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



Useful information about sports television

Mon, 20 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

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



Stats don't lie: Connecticut women are on an historic roll

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 00:02:00 EST

The Connecticut women's basketball team - arguably America's most successful 21st century enterprise not propped up by Oprah Winfrey or municipal bonds - goes for its 88th consecutive victory Sunday, which would tie the 1971-74 mark of UCLA's legendary men's basketball team.
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The Huskies are something, but they're no Wayland Baptist

Mon, 13 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

The Connecticut women's basketball team - arguably America's most successful 21st century enterprise not propped up by Oprah Winfrey or municipal bonds - goes for its 88th consecutive victory Sunday, which would tie the 1971-74 mark of UCLA's legendary men's basketball team.



NFL quarterbacks, both celebrated and castigated

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

This is the sixth consecutive NFL season in which there have been at least 50 different starting quarterbacks. The high turnover is mostly injury-related and performance-related; on occasion, it is simply Carolina Panthers -related.



The NFL is awash in quarterbacks, from the castigated to the celebrated

Sun, 05 Dec 2010 23:50:00 EST

The NFL is awash in quarterbacks in 2010; try to name them all. From Mark Sanchez to Brian St. Pierre, there are several intriguing QB story lines.



U-Md. has overindulged in its competitive appetite

Mon, 29 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Over the holiday weekend, as America again gorged on its excesses as no nation ever has - actually, Caligula used to throw a New Year's Day spread that could feed all of the Roman Empire, plus two pirate ships off the Iberian Coast - I discovered that my misguided alma mater, the University of...
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At University of Maryland, competitive eating is another team sport that's hard to swallow

Sun, 28 Nov 2010 23:57:00 EST

The athletic tail still wags the academic dog at the University of Maryland, which alum Normad Chad finds difficult to swallow.



Pete and Lane, nothing but pain

Mon, 22 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

Auburn's Cam Newton might be guilty of something - most likely, trying to earn a somewhat honest living from his athletic skills - but it reminds me that folks like Pete Carroll and Lane Kiffin are guilty of a lot more.



USC's Kiffin and Carroll are the best - at circumventing the rules

Sun, 21 Nov 2010 23:13:00 EST

Auburn's Cam Newton might be guilty of something - most likely, trying to earn a somewhat honest living from his athletic skills - but it reminds me that folks like Pete Carroll and Lane Kiffin are guilty of a lot more.



Watching NFL Network is hardly the silent treatment

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EST

NFL Network does many things I love. Tragically, its presentation of NFL games is not one of them.
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With Matt Millen and Joe Theismann on NFL Network, no chance to enjoy the silence

Sun, 14 Nov 2010 23:35:00 EST

The NFL Network is using Matt Millen and Joe Theismann to call its Thursday night games. No chance to enjoy the silence.



ESPN: Soon to be the worldwide leader in education?

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 00:52:00 EST

As part of its expanding empire, ESPN - as has been rumored for years - is moving into the academic arena. ESPN High School (to be known as ESPNHS) will be opening in fall 2011 at a yet-to-be-determined location, with an ESPNHS slated to come to your city by 2020.



Instant replay's gonna get you

Mon, 01 Nov 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Every time I pledge to never write another instant-replay column, I break my promise. What happens is this - I wait until 237,000 people have shouted deep into the night that we absolutely positively have to have replay to officiate games properly, and, then, after shaving and showering, I sit down...



Couch Slouch: Ban Instant Replay!

Sun, 31 Oct 2010 23:18:00 EDT

According to the Couch Slouch, instant replay diminishes the sports landscape.
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It'll go south in South Beach

Mon, 25 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

In regard to the Miami Heat , let me first say this: "Miami Vice" was championship-caliber for years with just Tubbs and Crockett; they won their time period season after season without adding Matlock, Cagney or Lacey.



Seven reasons why the Miami Heat will not win an NBA championship

Sun, 24 Oct 2010 22:56:02 EDT

In regard to the Miami Heat, let me first say this: "Miami Vice" was championship-caliber for years with just Tubbs and Crockett; they won their time period season after season without adding Matlock, Cagney or Lacey.


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Couch Slouch Fall survey of sports TV advertisements

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 02:17:00 EDT

Couch Slouch delivers his Fall survey of the vast wasteland of ads littering televised sports.



No money to buy, but there's plenty to sell

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

America in recession? Really? Then what's all the commerce I watch parade by every weekend while I'm tuned in to football on TV? They're still selling a lot of soap, suds and Chevys out there; our dollars may be disappearing, but we're still consuming conspicuously.
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Sibling revelry

Mon, 11 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The following is a reenactment of real events. The names have not been changed because, well, this column is about these very people:



Couch Slouch: Sibling revelry with the football-playing Gronkowski brothers

Sun, 10 Oct 2010 23:05:00 EDT

Couch Slouch on the football-playing Gronkowskis, three brothers (a fullback and two tight ends) all in the NFL at the same time.



Root, root, root for the Bay team

Mon, 04 Oct 2010 00:00:00 EDT

As the baseball postseason starts its long, chilly journey into Bud Selig's November, I'm going to ask America a favor - not a big one - in regard to the American League playoffs:



Couch Slouch: For the sake of balance, root for Tampa Bay

Sun, 03 Oct 2010 23:22:00 EDT

Couch Slouch wants you to root, root, root for the Tampa Bay Rays this baseball posteason.
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Couch Slouch: The TV's always on, and it's time to tune out

Sun, 26 Sep 2010 22:54:00 EDT

Couch Slouch finds that sports on TV is a never-ending proposition when the TV's never turned off.



Some more musings on the world of sports TV

Mon, 20 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Couch Slouch offers more commentary, in 23 parts, on the widening world of sports television.



Couch Slouch: More musings on the world of sports on TV

Sun, 19 Sep 2010 23:11:00 EDT

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



Week 1 of the NFL: The fantasy is back

Mon, 13 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The National Football League - America's last refuge of undeniable world dominance - has started its 91st season.
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The NFL and the fantasy freaks are back for more

Sun, 12 Sep 2010 23:31:00 EDT

The National Football League - America's last refuge of undeniable world dominance - has started its 91st season.



A word to the wise: Ditch conventional wisdom

Mon, 06 Sep 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Shunning conventional wisdom and relying on an intellectual hunch, Norman Chad chooses another NFL Team of Destiny.



When it comes to the NFL, relying on conventional wisdom is usually unwise

Sun, 05 Sep 2010 23:45:00 EDT

Shunning conventional wisdom and relying on an intellectual hunch, Norman Chad chooses another NFL Team of Destiny.



Too many Matts,

Mon, 30 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

There are 32 teams in the National Football League and nearly one-quarter of them - seven - have starting quarterbacks named Matt.
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Analyzing the effects of Tiger Woods's collapse

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 00:31:00 EDT

Since his personal life became public fodder, Tiger Woods has struggled on the golf course. How, then, will he get back to championship form?



Tiger's new home: knee-deep in rough

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Since his personal life became public fodder, Tiger Woods has struggled on the golf course. How, then, will he get back to championship form?



Norman Chad: Historical sports feats that are barely credible

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Every once in a while, your grandfather will tell you about some fabulous feat that happened before you were born, often to belittle whatever modern-day achievements some of us are celebrating. Guess what? Often, they're embellishing the facts or just making stuff up.



Couch Slouch on the Internet: It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world

Mon, 12 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Internet is the most democratizing technological tool in history. Yet the Internet might be the undoing of democracy: It fans flames of discontent, encourages baseless character attacks and traffics in misinformation. And that's a good day at a sports forum.
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Finding 'witticisms' but losing his identity on Twitter

Mon, 05 Jul 2010 00:00:00 EDT

T his is the first of two columns raising Couch Slouch concerns about the Internet. If I get tossed off the World Wide Web, I can only hope the real wide world will take me back.



Couch Slouch: Behold the Stephen Strasburg and Eliot Spitzer success stories

Mon, 28 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

To understand America -- I was an American studies major at the University of Maryland, so I've been doing this for a long time and, trust me, it involves a lot of parking tickets and Pabst Blue Ribbon -- you need to look no further than Stephen Strasburg and Eliot Spitzer, two self-made-in-the-U...



Couch Slouch: Do Americans like to gamble? You bet.

Mon, 21 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

LAS VEGAS On another 100-degree day in the desert, I am taking the temperature of America while sitting in the Rio Casino sports and race book. Yes, Sin City has been devastated by tough times, but the gambling economy, my friends, never dries up completely. With a bank of 32 screens in front of...



Norman Chad: When it comes to the World Cup, it's time to get behind Slovenia

Mon, 14 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

When it comes to the World Cup, it's time to get behind Slovenia.
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World Cup and World Series of Poker are worlds apart

Mon, 07 Jun 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The two greatest sporting events on the planet -- the FIFA World Cup and the World Series of Poker* -- coincide over the next month.



Auto racing should take the high road, environmentally

Mon, 31 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

On Sunday, they ran the Coca-Cola 600 and the Indianapolis 500 . That's about 1,100 unnecessary miles of tire treads wearing thin.



Couch Slouch: LeBron James has his choice of destinations

Mon, 24 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Like many of us from time to time, LeBron James must decide where he is going to work next. This has created a smattering of interest. ESPN , for instance, has created a Web page called the "LeBron Tracker," which includes a countdown-to-



When it comes to closers, no one's close to Mariano Rivera

Mon, 17 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Mariano Rivera hardly ever gives up a run, unless Norman Chad is writing about him. That said, he's still the greatest closer the game as ever seen.
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Desperately seeking Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Mon, 10 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Boxing may not have much left to offer, but there is the exciting possibility of a Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout.


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Presenting the constant variety of sport -- on your TV

Mon, 03 May 2010 00:00:00 EDT

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



Baseball takes things slow, too slow

Mon, 26 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

So umpire Joe West recently complained about how long Red Sox-Yankees games take to play -- "It's pathetic and embarrassing," he said -- setting off a minor firestorm about baseball's slow pace. Now, I'll let you be the judge about Red Sox-Yankees games -- there's undoubtedly one on TV at this ve...



Dissing Los Angeles but loving the Lakers

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Couch Slouch has no love lost toward Los Angeles, but he loves watching the Lakers, and all their dysfunction, in the NBA playoffs.
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In honor of John Daly, an expanded Ask the Slouch Cash Giveaway

Mon, 12 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

It was the tale of our times that America could not turn away from: The disgraced golf champion -- plagued by marital difficulties and a brush with the law -- coming off a long professional layoff and seeking personal redemption on hallowed ground.



Tiger Woods is back. Already. But is he a changed man?

Mon, 05 Apr 2010 00:00:00 EDT

Elin Nordegren was cleaning out her husband Tiger Woods's dresser drawers when she found a box with three golf balls and $2,000 in it. When he got home from the driving range, she asked him about the concealed items. Tiger said, "I'm sorry I hid this from you, but the truth is, every time I cheated...


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Kornheiser vs. Armstrong can't compare to classic literary feuds

Mon, 29 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

In the 19th and 20th centuries, there were old-fashioned literary feuds: Herman Melville-Nathaniel Hawthorne, F. Scott Fitzgerald-Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac-Allen Ginsberg. In the 21st century, there are newfangled media feuds, multiplatform spats played out loudly and loutishly on radio, TV ...



MLS agreement reached; crisis averted

Mon, 22 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

"Where have you gone, Landon Donovan?/ A nation turns its lonely eyes to you/
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Couch Slouch checks in on the Iditarod, and its canine correspondent

Mon, 15 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EDT

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race -- often called "The Last Great Race on Earth," with 71 man-and-man's- best-friend groups trekking across Alaska -- is near its conclusion. Tuffy the Snow Prince, the outspoken 55-pound Siberian husky on musher Spoons Grabilovitch's sled team, again agreed to keep a...



Expanding NCAA tournament is inevitable insanity

Mon, 08 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

This weekend brings us the joy of Selection Sunday, the gateway to March Madness, which leads to the Sweet Sixteen, the Elite Eight and the Final Four. But these days Sports Nation is riled up -- and I mean RILED UP -- over the prospect that the idyllic 65-team NCAA men's basketball tournament might...



Overachieving teenager sets sail for solo around the world trip

Mon, 01 Mar 2010 00:00:00 EST

A little while back, Abby Sunderland of Thousand Oaks, Calif., boarded a 40-foot sailboat in an attempt to circumnavigate the globe alone.


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To NBC: Now is the Winter Olympics of our discontent

Mon, 22 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

For those of you watching the Winter Olympics -- and apparently there are millions of lost souls doing just that -- you may have noticed, to paraphrase Gertrude Stein's famous line about Oakland, there's no there there, only it's colder.
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Couch Slouch has finally gone to the dogs

Mon, 15 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Couch Slouch commissions an exclusive, dog's-eye view of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York. Woof.


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Couch Slouch: Again, the Super Bowl provides plenty of entertainment on TV

Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Once again, the Super Bowl lives up to its hype -- not just on the field but also on the television set, before during and after the game.



Saints won't march out with this Super Bowl title

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 00:00:00 EST

Best I can tell, one Manning or the other will be taking his team to the Super Bowl for the rest of our natural lives. Meanwhile, it appears that the New Orleans Saints will get to the Super Bowl once every 42 years or so; the next time they make it there, Brett Favre might be their quarterback.



A few observations at the NBA's midpoint

Mon, 25 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

I like the NBA -- I'm not saying it's FAN-tastic, I'm not saying it's where amazing happens, I'm not saying I love this game -- I just like it. I like it enough to provide a comprehensive report on the NBA at midseason:
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Kobe Bryant is the best finisher in the NBA. Ever.

Mon, 18 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Kobe Bryant might be better than Michael Jordan. At least as a finisher, in the Couch Slouch's assessment.



Couch Slouch presents his Super Bowl pick. And here's another . . .

Mon, 11 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Everyone seems down on the Colts and the Saints. Norman Chad is picking the Colts and the Saints. But on the other hand ...



Couch Slouch: Watching sports on TV, here's what he sees, and some he wishes he didn't

Mon, 04 Jan 2010 00:00:00 EST

Couch Slouch has 23 (more) facts, tried and true, about the widening world of sports television.



Couch Slouch: It's time for women to run the world, or at least manage a professional sports team

Mon, 28 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

David Stern recently suggested that a woman could be playing in the NBA within a decade. Indeed, there eventually could be women with the athletic skills to play basketball, baseball or football with the big boys.
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Couch Slouch: Presenting the NFL's reverse coach of the year

Mon, 21 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

NFL coach of the year? That's easy -- it's the Indianapolis Colts' Jim Caldwell for chasing perfection in his first season. But the reverse coach of the year? That's tougher to determine.


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Tiger Woods tries to get his affairs in order

Mon, 14 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Couch Slouch weighs in on the Tiger Woods scandal, with a look at a day in the life of the sidelined golf legend.



Norman Chad: Notre Dame attempts to wake up the retreads in its coaching search

Mon, 07 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Notre Dame is looking for a football coach. This is the third-most important job in America, behind president and Ryan Seacrest. Because of my many ties to the Notre Dame community, university officials have asked me to help in the search for the next Gerry Faust. Here is an overview of the top c...



Norman Chad: Colleges should aspire to be schools of thought, not football

Mon, 30 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

In the wake of Northeastern dropping football, The Couch Slouch urges other universities to drop its football programs.
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Norman Chad: For New Jersey Nets, -less is more: winless, hapless, hopeless

Mon, 23 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

The Nets are on the toll road to NBA history, with some of the single-season records for futility in sight.


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It's time to face facts about sports television

Mon, 16 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

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



Bowling is a sport that's quite striking

Mon, 09 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

Yet another Professional Bowlers Association season is upon us -- I know, I know, where does the time go? -- and it is stuffed with more story lines than Don Draper's secret lives. Here are three that keep me dreaming of converting 7-10 splits:



NFL returning to Southern California? I'm disinterested.

Mon, 02 Nov 2009 00:00:00 EST

So I just got back to Los Angeles, which is where I live -- well, you don't really "live" in L.A. so much as you float through a surreal strip-mall-and-freeway-exit life -- and there is talk, once again, of the NFL coming back to town within a year or two or 200.
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Norman Chad: And on the seventh day, he will rest from the NFL

Mon, 26 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Every Sunday, I sit in a bar, look up at multiple TV screens and wonder, "What am I doing with myself?"



If you don't get the slogans, why get the products?

Mon, 19 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

It's time for our annual fall survey of the vast wasteland of ads littering televised sports. That's just the job for the Couch Slouch.


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NBA Refs Make a Bad Call

Mon, 12 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Norman Chad has some advice for NBA referees: It's time to grab your whistles and get back to work.



Couch Slouch on the Yankees and Their Fans

Mon, 05 Oct 2009 00:00:00 EDT

Like many non-New Yorkers, I root against the Yankees. It's been a losing proposition in recent years -- last season was the first time they missed the playoffs since the 20th century.
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Norman Chad: Cowboys Stadium Is a Venue Big Enough for Jerry Jones's Ego

Mon, 28 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EDT

From the soil of the Texas terrain has risen Jerry Jones's $1.15 billion monument to himself, Cowboys Stadium. If we are in the midst of the rise and fall of the American empire, at least we're going down in a heap of corporate excess and gridiron glory.