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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Harbaugh vs. Baalke

Here is a link to my Friday column on the Niners. Sorry I didn’t post it Thursday night but I was so shocked by the Raiders’ win I temporarily lost my mind. The full text runs below: Here is today’s quiz. Think of this as a reading comprehension test, some exercise you’d see on the SAT. I remember taking the SAT and the teacher saying, “Pencils down,” and I was nowhere near finished. Your assignment is to read the long… Read More »

A’s win World Series early

Here is a link to my Thursday column after the A’s signed Billy Butler. The full text runs below: The Oakland A’s are a great offseason team. One of the best. No club wins a pennant or a world championship in the offseason like the A’s. The A’s, under the stewardship of Billy Beane, just pulled off another major offseason coup. They signed former Royals DH Billy Butler to a three-year contract. People are falling all over themselves praising Beane… Read More »

Is Kaepernick an elite QB?

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Colin Kaerpernick. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA Twenty-seven. Study that number. Think about that number. Memorize that number. It’s the number that matters most with Colin Kaepernick. It is not his pass-completion percentage or his passer rating or his total touchdowns. It is more humble and more basic and way more important. It is Kaepernick’s age. Twenty-seven. We tend to think of Kaepernick as a kid or “The Kid.”… Read More »

Where’s Lowell?

I am home watching the Niners game. Not working today. Just a regular guy. Grant on the other hand is at the Meadowlands covering the game live. I may tweet today, or not.

Don’t count out Jim Harbaugh

Here is a link to my Sunday column about Jim Harbaugh. The full text runs below: Don’t count out Jim Harbaugh. I am inundated with whisperings from knowledgeable people that he’s out after this season. No matter what. He’s out even if he wins the Super Bowl and the 49ers have to decide if the parade is in downtown San Francisco or Santa, umm, Clara. Question: Does Santa Clara have a downtown? I’ve heard it’s a done deal, Harbaugh’s demise… Read More »

Michael Crabtree’s attitude

Here is a link to my Friday column about Michael Crabtree. The full column runs below: Michael Crabtree has a bad attitude. Not to say he’s a bad guy. He may be a fine gentleman. Hard to tell because he stays away from the media, seems shy. But he has a crummy attitude. He’s a pouter and a sulker and he seems like a me-firster. He never lived up to being the 10th pick in the first round of the… Read More »

On arguing

My column about Ray McDonald caused lots of passionate discussion on my blog and in emails I’ve received. I appreciate the discussion — this is a serious issue. I appreciate when people disagree with me, somtimes passionately. It means we’re all engaged, not sleep walking, trying to discover what’s right. I post all comments that disagree with me even if readers say my argument is all wet. I do not post comments that personally attack me. I don’t consider that… Read More »

Ray McDonald not charged

Here is a link to my column about Ray McDonald. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA The Santa Clara County District Attorney isn’t pressing domestic violence charges against 49ers player Ray McDonald. Somehow, this is not surprising. The 49ers, who kept saying they wanted due process to play out, issued the following statement: “The issue of domestic violence is important to us, as it is throughout society. We have taken this allegation seriously, just as we have taken the… Read More »

The dilemma of Mark Davis and the Raiders

Here is a link to my column about Mark Davis and the Raiders after the Raiders’ ninth straight loss. The full text runs below: OAKLAND — It’s difficult to write about the Oakland Raiders. Forgive me for getting personal. No earthly reason exists to write a column about their 41-17 loss to Denver, about what happened in the game. The Raiders losing to the Broncos was a familiar story. The Raiders came. The Raiders played. The Raiders lost. A columnist… Read More »

Thank you, Derek Carr

After the Raiders lost their ninth straight, Tony Sparano and Derek Carr came to the interview room. Sparano was a straight-ahead, plainspoken, down-to-earth man. He is likeable. He’s still only an interim, but I give him credit for being a gentleman. Carr was charming, generous, verbal and honest. What a pleasure. I kept comparing his personality to Kaepernick’s button-down, dour, rude personality. No comparison.