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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Critical moment for Raiders

Here’s a link to my Tuesday Raiders column. The full text runs below: ALAMEDA The Raiders are almost on the point of almost being a playoff team — wild card to be precise. They have played 11 games and usually, at the 11-game mark of a season, are out of contention. The players have contacted Bekins for the move back home and the team is playing out the string. Whatever the string is. Not this season. The Raiders have a… Read More »

49ers: you make the call

Here’s my Monday 49ers column. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA The 49ers lost to the (fill in opponent’s name) on Sunday by a score of (fill in score). It was the 49ers (fill in number) loss of the season and (fill in number) loss in a row. The 49ers made a play for good luck by wearing their special black uniforms with red numerals that resemble (choose one: pajamas, Halloween costumes, prison garb). The 49ers played (choose one:… Read More »

Have 49ers quit?

Here’s a link to my Sunday 49ers-Cardinals column. The full text runs below: As the 49ers prep for their next loss, this one to Arizona, one question shrieks for an answer. Have the 49ers quit? It is an essential question, especially after the 49ers bombed in Seattle. They sure didn’t play hard. Ahmad Brooks said it’s challenging to play up there because of the gloomy weather. Note to God: In the future when the Niners play in Seattle, please dial… Read More »

Warriors set record

Here’s a link to my column about the Warriors 16th straight win. The full text runs below. OAKLAND — The Warriors are the best. Tuesday night, they won their sixteenth game in a row to start this new season. Sixteen without a loss. Best start in National Basketball Association history. The game itself was nothing, an easy 111-77 blowout of the Lakers. When the Warriors walked to their locker room, they didn’t whoop and holler. “We said, ‘Congratulations,’ ” Festus Ezeli… Read More »

Fire Tomsula

Here’s a link to my Monday column after the Niners usual loss in Seattle. The full text runs below: SEATTLE The 49ers need to fire coach Jim Tomsula. Not at the end of the season. Fire him now. Before the next game. Put in an interim coach to drag the team through the final six games. Then fire him. Not to say Tomsula is the only problem. Jed York and Trent Baalke have plenty to answer for, and Baalke’s day… Read More »

I won’t miss Kaepernick

I want to be upfront about this. About Colin Kaepernick. I won’t miss him. I’m kind of glad he’s out of here — he almost surely is history with the 9ers. I don’t want him to be injured, although this one to his non-throwing shoulder does not seem like a career breaker. I just don’t want to deal with him ever again. Is he the most annoying athlete I ever covered? Of course not. Barry Bonds basks alone in that… Read More »

49ers have ‘pretty good’ chance vs. Seahawks

Here’s an early link to my Sunday column previewing 49ers-Seahawks. The full text runs below: SEATTLE The 49ers have a pretty good chance to beat the Seahawks. Pretty good isn’t very good or excellent, but it’s better than no way in the world or this game is so easy for the Seahawks it’s a joke. Well, check it out, this game isn’t a joke. The Niners have a definite chance to win, not a bet-your-mortgage-on-them chance, but a pretty good… Read More »

Bye-Bye Kaepernick

The Niners placed Colin Kaepernick on injured reserve, ending his season. Probably ending his strange, over-rated career in San Francisco-Santa Clara. Something about an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. He got this injury Week 4 and still was able to play. He was listed as probable for this game until he wasn’t. He experienced pain after the bye week. All very suspicious. I believe there’s an injury. I believe he could have played. I believe he and the team decided… Read More »

Festus Ezeli, hoops prodigy

Here is a link to my column on Festus Ezeli. The full text runs below: OAKLAND “I’ve read a lot about you,” I told Warriors center Festus Ezeli. “I could pass a test.” “What city am I from in Nigeria?” Wow, I didn’t expect that one. “Ahh!” he said laughing at me, “Benin City.” “I flunked,” I said. “It’s all right. It’s a long test.” “Are there essay questions?” “There’s a few.” That was my introduction to Ezeli, smart, playful,… Read More »