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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Ray McDonald and due process

Here is a link to my Thursday column about the firing of Ray McDonald. The full text runs below: The 49ers probably did the right thing in dumping Ray McDonald. He seems like a troubled guy and his trouble seems to involve hitting women or worse. And the NFL just took a strong stance against domestic violence. The 49ers seem to agree with that stance, at least they do now. See you later, Ray. But something is disturbing about the… Read More »

Oh Christmas Tree

I used to be afraid of Christmas trees. I grew up in a Jewish ghetto, Flatbush Brooklyn. And there were no Christmas trees. Or Christmas ornaments. Or Christmas lights. A Christmas tree felt like a sacrilege. I knew nothing about Christmas. One time a Stanford professor invited me to his house for Christmas Eve and he and his wife gave me a present and I didn’t know it was the custom to bring a present. I felt like a dope… Read More »

The Jim Harbaugh firing watch

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about the firing process for Jim Harbaugh. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA What you noticed was the emptiness. Current 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was five minutes late for his Monday televised news conference in the new big fancy auditorium at team headquarters. No one stood behind the lectern on the stage, the lectern with the microphone. Reporters wondered about the delay and the emptiness. More than one reporter questioned… Read More »

49ers over and out

Here is a link to my Monday column about the 49ers being eliminated from the postseason. The full text runs below: SEATTLE Joe Staley, the 49ers offensive left tackle, the best man on the 49ers, stood at his locker knowing the 49ers, by losing to the Seahawks 17-7, have no postseason, no January. He was fully dressed, even wore a red knit 49ers cap. But he was barefoot. His bare feet on that large body made him seem vulnerable and… Read More »

Why I’m rooting for 49ers to beat Seahawks

Here is a link to my Sunday column explaining why I’m rooting for the Niners to be the Seahawks. The full text runs below: SEATTLE — I am doing something different in today’s column. I’m rooting for the 49ers to beat the Seahawks, rooting like a madman. Wow, it felt good to admit that. As readers of this column know, I am not a sports fan, not in the sense of favoring a team or wearing team colors or being… Read More »

Billy Beane betrayed Bob Melvin

Here is a link to my column about Billy Beane’s betrayal of Bob Melvin. It’s on the web now, in the PD Thursday. The full text runs below: Billy Beane continues to betray A’s manager Bob Melvin. Beane pretends he’s helping Melvin, pretends he’s getting value for players he trades away, pretends he’s remaking the team into something better. You don’t have to believe that blatant propaganda. Beane has made the team worse. He has divested the A’s of four… Read More »

On putting down our cat

This morning Mrs. Cohn Zohn and I put down Mr. Winkers. He was our cat, our cat since he was born 13 years ago. He was a long-haired gray cat and he had sparkle and passion and we loved him. He was Iggy’s cat (Grant’s). Iggy lived with Mr. Winkers for Mr. Winkers’ whole life and I didn’t post this until I just phoned Iggy at Niners headquarters and told him. I didn’t want him to find out about Mr.… Read More »

Jim Harbaugh stands up

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Jim Harbaugh one day after the Niners lost to the Raiders. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA The whole scene was enough to break your heart. Jim Harbaugh met the media on Monday, the day after the Raiders whipped the 49ers and likely ended their season. The day after the ultimate humiliation. How would Harbaugh act? It is important how a coach comports himself after a loss, especially with his… Read More »

Harbaugh Era coming to a close

Here is a link to my Monday column about why the Jim Harbaugh Era is ending. The full text runs below: OAKLAND Jed York doesn’t need to fire Jim Harbaugh. Jim Harbaugh just fired himself. Harbaugh had a week and a half to prepare for the Raiders, to prepare for the worst team in football, to prepare for a team that came into Sunday’s 24-13 Raiders’ win with one victory and 11 losses, a team that lost the week before… Read More »

Harbaugh hurting Kaepernick

Here is a link to my Sunday column explaining Jim Harbaugh is a bad influence on Colin Kaepernick. The full text runs below: Jim Harbaugh is hurting Colin Kaepernick. You could argue Harbaugh is hurting Kaepernick as a quarterback. Clearly, Kaepernick has not improved and seems to be getting worse. You could argue the new head coach next season — if Harbaugh is as gone as he seems to be gone — better be a quarterback savant. Because Kaepernick sure… Read More »