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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

What we learned about SF Giants

Here is a link to my Friday column about the Giants. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO — This is what we learned about the Giants after their first homestand and after 16 games and after they lost to the Dodgers 2-1 on getaway day. We learned they are not the 1927 Yankees when it comes to hitting. The Giants began the season on the road knocking the rock all over the place. Such power inspired awe and fear… Read More »

Mark Jackson’s problem

Here is a link to my Thursday column about Mark Jackson. The full text runs below: Put aside the euphoria of the Warriors’ excellent season. Put aside they’re in the playoffs the second straight year. Put aside all of that for a moment. Admittedly, it’s a lot to put aside. In a sense, these playoffs are all about coach Mark Jackson’s future. From everything we’ve read, from everything we’ve heard, from the Bat Signal beaming bright over Oakland, we understand… Read More »

Was Kaepernick a gentleman?

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Colin Kaepernick. The full text runs below: If the 49ers were a movie, their offseason would be titled “Niners Gone Wild.” No need to catalog all the wildness. Better to focus on the leading character in the movie. Colin Kaepernick. Quarterback. Face of the franchise. It’s not the intention of this column to discuss his legal issues — if there even are legal issues. So much is vague and unrevealed. To… Read More »

Warriors lose to Portland

I keep reading and hearing that Steph Curry made a great decision at the very end of the Warriors’ loss to Portland which knocked the Warriors out of the fifth seed in the West. Was it really a great decision? It never is a great decision when Andre Iguodala takes the final shot. He’s not good enough. Harrison Barnes would have been better. Or, excuse me, how about designing a play for Curry? Curry drove the lane and was guarded… Read More »

Aldon Smith and caution

Lots of people are dumping on Aldon Smith right now, saying he’s a bad guy and the Niners need to dump him. Maybe that’s true and maybe that’s what will happen. But be cautious. We know very little about what he did and said at LAX today. As far as I know he’s not been arrested. Has he? I’m reading he said he had a bomb. Is that a fact? Did he literally say “I have a bomb?” Or did… Read More »

Is Pablo Sandoval pressing?

Here is a link to my Sunday column on Pablo Sandoval. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO — Tony Bennett didn’t sing in China Basin on Saturday. It’s nice to hear Tony croon “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” after every Giants home win, a lovely tradition at AT&T Park, Tony with his raspy meticulous understated voice putting all that emotion into it. No Tony for the Giants after the Rockies beat them 1-0. The crisis moment of… Read More »

Lincecum, Cain — what gives?

Here is a link to my Friday column about Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain. The full text runs below. So, how do you like Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain now? It was all praise about them in spring training. How they were throwing the ball great. How they had lost speed on their heaters but that was a natural evolution in the career of every elite pitcher. Speed loss was strictly no problem because they had learned how to pitch,… Read More »

Brandon Belt equals Babe Ruth

Here is a link to my Wednesday column about Brandon Belt, hitting terror. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO – “It doesn’t suck to start off the season pretty good,” Brandon Belt philosophized after the Giants beat the Diamondbacks 7-3 in their home opener. Belt’s non-sucking verbal construction referred to Belt himself, although the Giants, now 6-2, are doing pretty well themselves at not sucking. “I think I’ve struggled enough that I’ve figured some things out,” Belt said at… Read More »

Mark Jackson opens up

Here is a link to my Monday column about Mark Jackson. The full text runs below: OAKLAND — Here is the Q & A from Mark Jackson’s pregame press conference before the Warriors beat the Jazz 130-102. Jackson has lost two assistant coaches in the past two weeks, the latest Darren Erman for unspecified transgressions, and there is talk about dysfunction on his staff and his job security not being secure. This transcript has a few sentence fragments. Conversation is… Read More »

Another Warriors assistant axed

Here is a link to my Sunday column about the Warriors’ most recent firing of an assistant coach. The full column runs below: Sort of a news flash. The Warriors fired assistant coach Darren Erman. Less of a news flash. I don’t know Darren Erman. Never spoke to him. Never been aware of him. Don’t even remember seeing the guy. Imagine my surprise on Saturday when I read the Warriors fired him. Fired who? But the “who” barely matters. It’s… Read More »