Tomorrow, I start my big adventure, ending with covering the 49ers-Packers game on Sunday. That’s a big game.

Grant and I fly to Chicago, take public transit to somewhere or other where Ira Miller will pick us up. We’re sleeping at his house — Ira already picked out the wine for dinner. On Saturday, Grant and I drive to Appleton, Wisconsin to our hotel. We’re having dinner that night with Maiocco and Barrows who are at our hotel. Ostler is staying in Green Bay and already is jealous he can’t eat with us. (Ostler is on Comcast with me tonight.) And Sunday is the game. Imagine that, me and my kid in the pressbox at Lambeau.

But it doesn’t end there. Monday morning, Grant and I wake up early and drive back to Chicago. We fly back to the Bay Area, Grant drops me off at the Oakland Coliseum for the Raiders home opener, which I cover.

On Tuesday, I sleep.

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  1. KauaiRobert

    Lucky bugger!

    September 6th, 2012 11:55 am

  2. Tony

    Sounds like a pretty Sweet Schedule… Two Football games in 2 days thousands of miles apart.

    September 6th, 2012 12:13 pm

  3. Dave T

    For a Bay Area sports writer, that would have to rate high at the top of the list and as just a pure sports fan, it makes me jealous. Side note: while not an A’s fan per say, it is a shame that the A’s remain the only team in MLB that has to share a stadium and field with an NFL team. The turf they play on the rest of their season and potential playoffs is never the same.

    If you could plan an ideal weekend sports trip, anywhere in the country, where would you go and what teams would you want to see? Me? Destination Pittsburgh, taking in a Steeler game, Penguins game and MLB NLCS game with the Pirates and Giants. Perhaps a pipe dream on the NLCS, but it could happen. Second choice would be Boston to see Red Sox game, Celtics playoff game and Penguins v. Bruins in a playoff game. Either would be a fantastic weekend. Thoughts.

    September 6th, 2012 12:21 pm

  4. RednGold1

    you lucky duck. did you have a contest so some lucky fan can go with you? or did you just pluck some random journalism student out of class to go with you on the field trip? are you looking for volunteers to carry your laptop? yer so lucky.

    September 6th, 2012 12:23 pm

  5. CohnZohn

    Dave T,Hard to beat New York given my background and given the Nets are coming to Brooklyn.

    September 6th, 2012 12:28 pm

  6. CohnZohn

    RednGold1,I wish I could bring you but it’s hard to get a pass for the press box.

    September 6th, 2012 12:29 pm

  7. Stan

    Why cant Scott sleep on Ira’s couch?

    September 6th, 2012 12:36 pm

  8. Dave T

    Agreed, New York could be pretty amazing, not sure the schedule would work out but the possibility to catch both NFL teams, like a Sunday Night Football and MNF, then both NBA teams, say Friday and Saturday night and toss in both NHL teams say Saturday day game and Sunday day game. Top it off with a Yanks ALCS or World Series game somewhere in there….

    Sheez…that sounds like a sports fanatics dream come true! The schedule makers should come together and work that out, then get some seats to all the events to raffle or auction off for charity. Wait, could be on to something. Opponnents ideally (for me): Giants v Cowboys, Jets v Steelers (But rivalry is Patriots), Knicks v Celtics, Nets v Heat (lets bring some star power in here!), Rangers v Penguins (Two best teams in east last year) and Islanders v Flyers or Capitals. Yanks v Red Sox. Now that is a sports weekend!! And for fun, Mets v Giants in NLCS and long as we are dreaming, Yanks v Giants in WS. I am tired just thinking about it, and need some Tums for all the stadium eats!

    September 6th, 2012 12:40 pm

  9. CohnZohn

    Stan, Scott’s flying in to Milwaukee.

    September 6th, 2012 12:45 pm

  10. Jim Bancroft

    Lowell, we’re going to need some of Ira’s perspective and thoughts for the upcoming season posted here.

    You and Grant may need to pony up a second bottle of wine but as a journalist you know it’s sometimes a grind. But your duty here is clear.

    September 6th, 2012 1:06 pm

  11. PhD

    Safe journey and happy trails…

    September 6th, 2012 1:06 pm

  12. Streetglide

    Well it’s a tough job but someone has to do it. Don’t forget to bring back something nice for Mrs. Cohn… :- )

    September 6th, 2012 2:01 pm

  13. CohnZohn

    Jim Bancroft, I’ll do my best. Ira just emailed me. We’re starting out with a sauvignon blank from new zealand followed by a red (not sure what) south africa, and afterward a livermore valley port. Is this fun, or what?

    September 6th, 2012 2:15 pm

  14. CohnZohn

    Thanks, PhD

    September 6th, 2012 2:15 pm

  15. lameduck

    Have you and Grant been to Lambeau before? Something about going to Wisconsin makes me think beer over wine. Do you network with Green Bay writers as well? I wonder how they work things out with their local head coach.

    September 6th, 2012 2:17 pm

  16. CohnZohn

    lameduck, I have been to Lambeau. Grant hasn’t. This is a thrill for me to go with him, just to watch his face as we enter. I know Bob McGinn who covers the Packers, but haven’t been in touch lately. Will see him Sunday.

    September 6th, 2012 2:47 pm

  17. Dave T

    I am a fan of the New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, Oyster Bay in particular. Not to familiar with South African reds, any recomendations?

    September 6th, 2012 2:58 pm

  18. Steve

    Great trip, but too bad you don’t have an extra day to spend in Chicago to get a stuffed pizza. I’m from there and fondly recall the pizzas at Giordano’s. Think Zachary’s but better. However, as a New Yorker you may prefer thin crust pizza. Bon appetit et voyage!

    September 6th, 2012 4:27 pm

  19. mike

    Please…….While in the Windy City take precautions because the numbers of shootings, especially on the South Side, are astronomical. Rahm Emanuel thinks that Chick Fil-A does not possess the “family values” to be a franchise in Chicago. Actually, Chicago has had more deaths by gang shootings than all of the deaths of our soldiers overseas in the desert. Make sure Grant has a few brats and a beer at Lambeau. The aroma is great!!! Take it all in and enjoy because it is one of the greatest venues for a sports event in all of America!!!!!!

    September 6th, 2012 7:59 pm

  20. Jack Hammer

    And to think, you almost had me fooled a couple weeks ago that you need vacation from your work.

    Just giving you a hard time. To say I am jealous would be an understatement.

    My brother did a trip a while back which consisted of a Saturday night Jets game in NY, followed by Philly/9ers on Sunday in Philly, then flying back to Oakland for Raiders/Packers on Monday night (happened to be the Favre game).

    Closest I have come was a 49er/Eagle game at the Stick followed by a race across the Bay Bridge for Raiders/Titans that night (can’t remember the year but it was right before Xmas and although it was Saturday, the Raider game was the “Monday” Night game).

    Long story short, enjoy the trip. Those type of memories are priceless.

    September 6th, 2012 9:54 pm

  21. CohnZohn

    Thanks, Jack Hammer.

    September 6th, 2012 11:06 pm

  22. Johnc

    Your trip sounds like a blast. Enjoy. Incidentally, a cool front has moved into the midwest so the weather in Wisconsin should be ideal.

    September 7th, 2012 12:30 am

  23. Stan

    And Jack meant to include “Your a genius Stan!”. Trust me,he just slipped.

    September 7th, 2012 11:41 am

  24. Stan

    I forgive. Its my way.

    September 7th, 2012 11:41 am

  25. glenellen

    Hey Lowell, I am resting with family on the Garden Island.
    (Hello Robert!) – Rest when you can it sounds like alot of travel.

    September 7th, 2012 11:44 am

  26. Mark M

    What a thrill you lucky bum! Have a blast and Go Niners!

    September 7th, 2012 11:48 am

  27. russell


    Just read about Mr. Harbaugh getting a bit upset about the line of questioning presented to him today. Isn’t that a shock? Has anybody asked him how many times he can be approached on a particular subject? Is it only the negative issues he doesn’t want to be questioned on, or do positive issues expire as well? Wonder what his statute of limitations is on topics he may be willing to discuss? This guy is a joke, and he will flame out spectacularly when it goes bad. Getcha popcor…..oh nevermind.

    September 7th, 2012 5:58 pm

  28. Stan

    I’m shocked..I was reading to see if ex Raider John Herrera was Portuguese…the older ones love to argue. My in laws are like that. And from that..I saw NO TIm Kawakami page!..no Tim was born,nothing about his family. So,I go read yours (Wiki surfing works like that) And..WHAT??? NO Lowell Cohn page? what an affront!..Nothing about you??..not even Brooklyn?
    You want me to create Wiki page about you Lowell?..I might make up some stuff to rev it up. The night you punched out Glenn Dickey over a game of snookers..things like that.
    John Herrera has a Wiki page…but not Tim Kawakami ..or Lowell . How can that be?

    September 7th, 2012 6:09 pm

  29. Danny S.

    Quite the life Lowell….do enjoy the time with your son.

    September 7th, 2012 7:42 pm

  30. ga's

    Lowell…Enjoy the journey with your Son, & good friends. Happy Trails!

    September 7th, 2012 11:22 pm

  31. CohnZohn

    Thanks, ga’s

    September 8th, 2012 6:40 am

  32. Bob In Portland

    Boy, I miss Ira’s commentary. I wonder how he feels about the Niners these days.

    September 8th, 2012 9:24 am

  33. Stan

    Since you mention them on occasion,I was reading a old article from the New Yorker..your readers might like it. It’s called “Wile E. vs Acme”. A filed lawsuit. The laughing gets out loud when you get to the faulty ACME rocket sled..ha.

    In the 80′s I started taping and saving all the old cartoons…thinking,I as I get older they wont be seen again. By the 90′s they were still on TV..so taped over a few full cassettes. But I kept a few..and now? Those tapes and the tape machine are stored in some neck of this house. I could now just buy DVD HD’s of those cartoons. They never did go away as I feared.

    September 8th, 2012 10:26 am

  34. Stan

    The nightmare is in the fix. Kyle Williams will handle punts. I would be shocked if he didn’t muff something.

    Oh yeah, And have a nice trip. Make sure Grant gives the cat fresh water.

    September 8th, 2012 11:57 am

  35. Stan

    strike-that. He’s with you..

    September 8th, 2012 11:57 am

  36. CohnZohn

    Bob, Grant and I had dinner at Ira’s last night and we didn’t talk football. Amazing, but true.

    September 8th, 2012 5:01 pm

  37. Danny S.

    Lowell….tell us about the dinner and the wine at Ira’s home as your time permits. Thanks.

    September 8th, 2012 6:09 pm

  38. CohnZohn

    Danny S., Friday night, Grant and I were at Ira’s along with his wife Sharon and their friends Barbara and Peter. Ira made a standing rib roast. He served a New Zealand sauvignon blanc, a New Zealand Pinot Noir, a South African cab and a South African red blend from a winery called Meer Lust. Every wine was A+. We stayed up late talking, but not about football. Grant knocked into and broke a glass nick nack but Sharon didn’t make him feel like a dope. In the morning we ate in Evanston at Walker’s Original. Ira had the biggest apple pancake known to man. Then we drove around North Western, and after that Grant and I picked up a rental car and drove to Appleton, Wisconsin where we had dinner with Maiocco, Barrows, Mindi Bach, JC (Comcast cameraman and great guy) and Tom Silverstein from the Milwaukee paper. We had an Italian verdichiio (white wine) and a volpolicella ripasso. I am lying in bed writing this while Grant and Maiocco are across the street in a tavern drinking Wisconsin mini brews. Tomorrow is the game. What a game.

    September 8th, 2012 10:22 pm

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