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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.

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 »

The importance of Carlos Hyde

Here is a link to my Sunday column about 49ers’ tailback Carlos Hyde. The full text runs below: Today’s key word is “potentially.” I’m saying 49ers rookie running back Carlos Hyde is more important to the team than terrific, fantastic, exceptional wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Potentially. I’m saying Hyde brings more to the Niners than Boldin, even though Boldin was named the team MVP last season. Potentially. This is nothing against Boldin, absolutely essential to the team. I use him… Read More »

A day with the 49ers

Here is a link to my Monday column about the 49ers. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA This is what I saw at the 49ers’ Sunday practice. Jim Harbaugh started off practice by running a drill with tight ends and linebackers while other players worked elsewhere. Harbaugh kneeled down and called the play in his gravelly football voice like a man gargling marbles. At his signal, the linebackers tried to rush past the tight ends. The backers were intent… Read More »

Vernon Davis out of line

Here is a link to my Thursday column about the holdout of Vernon Davis. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA — Let’s get the important stuff out of the way. Jim Harbaugh’s pants. He spoke to the media Wednesday at high noon at the edge of the practice field, spoke while surrounded by cameras and microphones, answered questions about Anquan Boldin and other 49ers. While he spoke, I eyeballed his trousers. You would have, too. As you know, his… Read More »

Colin Kaepernick gets rich

Here is a link to my Thursday column about Colin Kaepernick’s whopper contract. The full  column runs below: SANTA CLARA — The Pampers are off Colin Kaepernick. I’m not saying he wears Pampers. But until now, he was perceived as a beginner quarterback, a learning quarterback, and most of all, a baby quarterback. Forget all that. When a 26-year-old guy signs a six-year contract worth as much as $126 million, when a guy gets $61 million guaranteed, he no longer… Read More »

How much is Kaepernick worth?

Here is a link to my Wednesday column about Colin Kaepernick’s potential new contract. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA – On Tuesday, Colin Kaepernick looked like a playing card. He wore a jet black jersey with a blazing red seven on it. The seven of diamonds. This was during a 49ers offseason practice. You wanted to use him for an inside straight. Draw him as your last card, a closed card and flip Colin over to win the… Read More »