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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Petit up, Lincecum down

Here is a link to my Friday column about Yusmeiro Petit and Tim Lincecum. The full text runs below. SAN FRANCISCO – The newspaper reporters and the radio and TV people were waiting at Yusmeiro Petit’s locker after the game, after the Giants beat the Rockies 4-1, after Petit set a major league record by retiring 46 straight hitters in one season — a major league freaking record — and after he pitched six dazzling innings giving up four hits,… Read More »

Raiders get no respect

Here is a link to my Tuesday column on how the Raiders can’t get no respect. The full text runs below: The Raiders can’t get no respect. Ain’t that the sad truth? A blog called NFL Nation conducted a confidential survey asking players which team they’d least like to play for. Who won – or lost? You got it. Da Raiders. This is the actual survey prompt: “The only way I’d play for [team name] is if they doubled my… Read More »

49ers’ offense below par

Here is a link to my column from the 49ers-Chargers game. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA Colin Kaepernick didn’t play that badly in the 49ers’ third exhibition game. Watching him complete just half his passes, you didn’t want to poke a pencil into your eye or stick your finger down your throat. Give him that. He threw some good passes. He really did. Early in the second quarter, he went on a roll — sort of. He hit… Read More »

How the Niners blew it

Here is a link to my Sunday column about the 49ers grass fiasco. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA — The crowning touch, the detail that made the 49ers ludicrous was Sal Castaneda and the traffic helicopter. The 49ers were trying to keep a secret — the field in Levi’s Stadium was dangerous at all speeds. It sucked. On Wednesday afternoon, Jim Harbaugh had yanked his players off the field, in front of fans, because players were falling down… Read More »

Levi’s Stadium grass

Let me get this straight. Levi’s Stadium is the most modern football stadium around, but they screwed up the grass, you know the thing they play the games on. They are currently tearing out the grass and say they will have the field ready by Sunday. Did someone screw up or what? This is a horrible embarrassment for Jed York.

A’s prep for Angels

Here is a link to my column about the A’s. The full text runs below: OAKLAND A funny thing happened to the Oakland A’s on their way to a three-game weekend series at home against the rival Angels. The New York Mets happened to the A’s. The Mets are not supposed to happen to anyone. The Mets are a young team, a pretty bad team. The A’s had beaten them Tuesday in the first game of a two-game series that… Read More »

49ers’ crisis

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about the 49ers. The full text runs below: Can we just stop talking about Levi’s Stadium? OK? It’s a nice place as football stadiums go. Everyone who works there, everyone who interacts with the public is polite and knowledgeable. All praise to the 49ers for teaching their employees how to act. The place has lots of pizzazz and bells and whistles, but finally, it’s a generic football stadium. No criticism intended. Most… Read More »

49ers already in late-season form

Here is a link to my column after the Niners got shut out by the Broncos. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA — You know this old cliché, right? It’s preseason and somebody writes such and such team already is in midseason form. That would be inaccurate applied to the Santa Clara 49ers who played their first game ever at Levi’s Stadium — a 34-nil exhibition-game loss to the Denver Broncos. The Niners were not merely in midseason form.… Read More »