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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

The sprig part II

OK, here’s something else. At the late breakfast where I got the sprig, the server took our order by saying, “What are we having today?” I have two questions for you: 1) Why did he use “we” when “you” would have been more accurate? I mean, he was not eating with us. But by saying we he was trying to accomplish something. I don’t know what. 2) Why did he say “today?” Obviously we were eating today — not tomorrow… Read More »

The sprig

Went out for a late breakfast today with Mrs. Cohn Zohn. And yes I’m on vacation and have a late breakfast. I ordered a ham and cheddar omelet. It came with a sprig of green something. I’ve seen the sprig before. What is it and what is it for?

Warriors take Looney

Here is a link to my Warriors draft column. This is the last column I write for a month, but I will be blogging and tweeting some of the time. The full text of this column runs below: OAKLAND — As a minor footnote to the 2015 draft, the NBA champion Golden State Warriors drafted Kevon Looney with the 30th and final pick of the first round. You pronounce his first name Ke-VON, in case you didn’t know. He was… Read More »

Pete Rose is a bum

I swear I’m on vacation, but this Pete Rose story came along. So, I wrote this column. Here is a link to it. The full text runs below: They were trying to “cutify” Pete Rose. Make him cute and lovable and eccentric. A real fun guy. Your pal at the corner bar, you and him swigging Coors Light, and swapping baseball yarns. Or maybe they were trying to deodorize him. Get rid of the stink. A dead hunk mackerel going… Read More »

Where’s Lowell?

I’m on vacation, except I will cover the NBA draft Thursday night. I come back to work late July, but will be blogging and tweeting some of the time. I hope all of you are doing well and have a great summer.

Draymond Green should apologize

You’ve seen the clip by now, Draymond Green probably drunk at the parade, saying the Cavaliers “suck.” Everyone says silly things when they’re drunk. So this is no knock on Green. A couple of things, though. The Cavs do not suck. They made it to the finals and they made it injured, and they played the Warriors tough. Their best player is LeBron James and he most definitely does not suck. So Green is wrong. It is poor sportsmanship to… Read More »

Ode to the phone booth

This is an ode to the phone booth, long gone and probably forgotten. It is a little rectangular room with glass on all sides. It closes like an accordion. You grip the handle and pull the door shut and, when you do that, you shut out the noise of the world. And the world can’t hear you, either. The deluxe models have seats attached to the frame. You sit on the seat and deposit your nickels, dimes and quarters and… Read More »

Hang on Sloopy

A few minutes before the Warriors beat the Cavs and won the championship, they played ‘Hang on Sloopy’ on the PA system at the Q. The crowd sang along and danced. Hang on Sloopy is the official rock n roll song of Ohio sports teams — maybe that’s an exaggeration. It’s late. But the teams and fans love it. I do too. I sang along in the stands watching the scene and so did Killion and Ostler. Hang on.

Lowell is home

I’m home. Writing this at the dining room table. Mrs. Cohn Zohn is asleep, doesn’t even know I’m back. I walked in the door at midnight. I had a 14-hour travel day, give or take. But I’m home. Home. Home. Home. My bed. My fridge. The morning paper. The great Bay Area air. And the light. Memo to self: Never forget how soft and glowing the Bay Area light is. Sweet dreams.