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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

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 »

49ers sign QB Josh Johnson

The 49ers just sent out an advisory that they signed QB Josh Johnson to a one-year contract. This is an excellent move. The Niners did not have a quality backup QB and now they do. I’m going to go out on a limb — Johnson is the most important signing the Niners made in the draft period and after. Please be kind to me.

49ers’ draft overview

Here is a link to my Sunday column taking an overview of the entire 49ers’ draft. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA — Let’s start with a question. Actually it’s THE KEY QUESTION for the 49ers: Did they use the correct strategy in the now-concluded draft? Before we answer the question — and, hey, doesn’t this feel like the essay part of a midterm? — well, before we answer, it’s essential to define the Niners’ strategy. And, believe me,… Read More »

49ers take safety Jimmie Ward

Here is a link to my Friday column on the 49ers’ surprise selection of Jimmie Ward in the first round of the draft. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA — I’m trying to understand the 49ers pick in the first round of the draft. Jim Harbaugh came to the interview room after the 49ers chose Jimmie Ward and I’m trying to interpret Harbaugh’s words. Not always easy to do. First, here’s the context. Ward is a safety. That means… Read More »

What 49ers must do

Here is a link to my Thursday column about the 49ers’ draft goals. The full text runs below: We assume the 49ers will take the 2014 draft seriously — the draft starts tonight. The past two years, the 49ers took a breather from the draft, or whiffed or got the dates wrong. They sure didn’t take it seriously, seemed eerily uninterested. With some justification, the 49ers thought they had the best roster in the NFL. Many people did. If poor… Read More »

Was Kaepernick a gentleman?

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Colin Kaepernick. The full text runs below: If the 49ers were a movie, their offseason would be titled “Niners Gone Wild.” No need to catalog all the wildness. Better to focus on the leading character in the movie. Colin Kaepernick. Quarterback. Face of the franchise. It’s not the intention of this column to discuss his legal issues — if there even are legal issues. So much is vague and unrevealed. To… Read More »

Aldon Smith and caution

Lots of people are dumping on Aldon Smith right now, saying he’s a bad guy and the Niners need to dump him. Maybe that’s true and maybe that’s what will happen. But be cautious. We know very little about what he did and said at LAX today. As far as I know he’s not been arrested. Has he? I’m reading he said he had a bomb. Is that a fact? Did he literally say “I have a bomb?” Or did… Read More »

Chris Culliver has brass knuckles

KTVU is reporting Niners’ cornerback Chris Culliver got arrested. I am assuming the report is correct and I’m going from there. If the report is false, I apologize in advance. Here is a link to the KTVU story. Culliver hit a bicyclist with his car, then fled the scene. Felony. Another driver saw the hit and run and followed Culliver in his car and tried to hem him in. Culliver grabbed a set of brass knuckles and threatened the second… Read More »