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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Giants finally win a game

Here is a link to my Thursday column about the Giants defeating the Pirates. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO Science entertains doubt about water going down the drain. South of the equator, it is said, water flows down a drain counterclockwise. North of the equator clockwise. It is hard to prove either of these propositions. One thing is not hard. If the Giants had lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in Wednesday’s matinée, the home team would have gone… Read More »

Future of A’s and Raiders, sort of

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about the A’s stadium deal. The full text runs below: Today, the Alameda Board of Supervisors meets to vote on the proposed 10-year lease for the Oakland A’s at the O.co Coliseum. Everyone expects the vote to be a slam-dunk approval — and pardon the mixing of sports metaphors. There are no slam dunks in baseball, but there will be a slam dunk on this vote. But in sports, as in life, things never… Read More »

Mea Culpa

In my Monday column about the Giants, twice I wrote that the Dodgers had no outs in the top of the 5th when Dee Gordon scored from third on an Adrian Gonzalez strikeout. The Dodgers had one out. I corrected the mistake on my blog, but when I phoned the paper late Sunday the editors had left for the night. My bad. It was my first column after a month vacation. Maybe I should have taken a rehab assignment.

Giants lose X4

Here is a link to my Monday column about the Dodgers sweep of the Giants. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO Righthander Jake Peavy did reasonably well in his Giants’ debut on Sunday. But enough about him. The Giants lost the third time in a row to the rival Dodgers, got swept. At home. They began the game in second place and, by virtue of the 4-3 loss, fell further behind the Dodgers – they now are a game… Read More »

Cain’s non-progress

In his pregame presser, Bochy just said he has no idea when Matt Cain will throw again or be ready to pitch in a game. The Cainer is a big question mark. Can someone figure out how much Cain has earned for each of his two wins so far this season? FYI, Rich Lieberman just wrote me an email saying Cain so far has earned $10 million for each of his two wins.

A Prayer for Owen Meany

The final book I read on vacation was John Irving’s 1989 novel “A Prayer for Owen Meany.” I liked it a lot — for a million reasons. I went online and read some reviews which appeared when the book was published. These reviews were highly critical, which surprised me. Have you read the book? What do you think of it?

Hello again

I come back to work tomorrow — Sunday — when I cover the Giants-Dodgers game. It’s a Sunday night game and I wonder whatever happened to weekend day games, you know sunlight  and all that. They also are playing tonight — Saturday night, not Saturday day. The Dodgers must not be so hot. With all the problems the Giants have the Dodgers should have left them in the dust. So far they haven’t done that. I read that Kendall Hunter… Read More »

Some Kindle questions

Here in Vacationland I’ve been reading tons of books, mostly on my new Kindle. The device is good when I’m traveling because it’s easy to pack. I also like that it’s backlit and that I can increase the type size as my sight continues to diminish. So, I like the Kindle although I still love real books more. But one thing puzzles me. There are lots of misprints in the text. I think they are misprints, certainly there are words… Read More »

In praise of the Benbow Inn

Mrs. Cohn Zohn and I just returned from five days in Ashland, Oregon at the Shakespeare Festival. What a wonderful town. We go there every year. On the way home, we stopped for two nights at the Benbow Inn in Garberville, a place we’ve been staying at for about 35 years. Have you ever been there, at this lovely “castle” in the redwoods? It was built about 90 years ago, designed by the same architect who designed Jack London’s Wolf… Read More »


On vacation and reading like mad. Just finished the rediscovered 1965 novel “Stoner” by John Williams. I never heard of Stoner or Williams, but they are now the rage. I loved this book. Have you read it? What do you think?