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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

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 »

Kaepernick a victim of bias?

Here is a link to my Sunday column about Colin Kaepernick. The full text runs below: Colin Kaepernick, who will play for the first time today in Levi’s Stadium, thinks people are picking on him. I guess he means media people like me. He recently told Bleacher Report some people are prejudiced against him. Here’s what he said about so-called unfair criticism directed his way: “Stereotypes, prejudice, whatever you want to call it. I think between the tattoos, the way… Read More »

Matt Schaub and the Raiders

Here is a link to my column from the Raiders-Lions game. I managed to run down to the interview room after the game where I got one quote. The game started late and the deadline was horrendous. Usually I try to write something noteworthy. On this one I just wanted it to come out in English. The full text runs below: OAKLAND — The Raiders are confusing to me. I bet they’re confusing to you. I bet they’re confusing to… Read More »

Giants catch a break

Here is a link to my Thursday column about the Giants’ potentially important Wednesday win over the White Sox. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO The San Francisco Giants bumped into an old friend on Wednesday. They thought the friend was dead. The friend is known as Hope. The Giants had been wandering down a back alley keeping close company with Despair, the enemy of Hope. You never want to be friends with Despair. How into Despair were the… Read More »

What the A’s have to do

Here is a link to my Monday column about the Oakland A’s and Bob Melvin. The full text runs below: OAKLAND — This is a cautionary tale about the Oakland A’s. On Sunday morning before his team lost to the Twins 6-1, A’s manager Bob Melvin sat in his usual place on the dugout bench. It was his pregame news conference. After the beat writers had asked their nuts-and-bolts questions about who was and wasn’t playing, about who was hurt,… Read More »