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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Ray McDonald and the 49ers and the Bears?????

Here is a link to my Sunday column about Ray McDonald and the Niners and due process, etc. etc. The full text runs below: I find the 49ers confusing. I bet you do, too. The latest confusion concerns Ray McDonald. You remember McDonald. He is an excellent defensive lineman, something the 49ers need, and now he has hooked up with the Chicago Bears. He has hooked up with the Bears because the 49ers no longer want him. They released him… Read More »

Chris Borland does another right thing

Chris Borland is repaying the Niners part of his signing bonus on a pro rated basis. In other words, he is repaying what he will not earn. He is a man of integrity and this is another sign of it. Whether the team would have sued him for the dough if he didn’t pay, I don’t know.

On Chris Borland’s retirement

Here is a link to my Wednesday column about Chris Borland. The full text runs below: With Chris Borland you noticed the voice. He spoke softly, just above a whisper. He always was polite and he always sat at his locker during the week available for interviews, unlike some of his more famous teammates. But he spoke softly and you leaned in to hear him, and you realized two things. He was quieting things down — making the dialog polite… Read More »

Tim Ryan on Chris Borland

49ers radio analyst Tim Ryan spoke about Chris Borland retiring on KNBR this morning. Among other things Ryan said, “This isn’t punitive on Borland, and I love the guy and I want to see him play — Patrick Willis retired, Chris Borland quit.” Ryan said an unfortunate thing and in doing so made himself look bad. Borland is entitled to do what he wants with his life. Borland deserves praise for making a brave decision — the decision to give… Read More »

Giving Baalke credit

Here is an early link to my Friday column about Trent Baalke. The full text runs below: This is in praise of Trent Baalke. No, not quite praise. This is acknowledging Baalke did the proper thing. He must do more for full-on praise, do more to show he’s an upright, standup, moral human being. Lots of people in 49ers management need to do more. Baalke made a start for all of them. On Wednesday, Baalke met with the media. The… Read More »

49ers and winning with class

Jed York keeps saying “winning with class.” He means the 49ers win with class. Lately, his class line has become a joke for obvious reasons. Some people think Jed comes off foolish when he says winning with class considering what’s going on with his organization. You need to back off on ridiculing Jed. You and I and everyone have heard him the wrong way — we have mis-heard him. We thought Jed was saying winning with class. He was not.… Read More »

What’s with the 49ers?

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about the 49ers. The full text runs below: From the Famous Last Words Department: “This isn’t a rebuild situation. This is a reload situation.” Trent Baalke, poor man, uttered that whopper quote at the Jim Tomsula introductory news conference, a whopper in its own right. Forget reload. If news reports are correct, Baalke has a full-blown rebuild situation on his hands. And that’s quite a situation. Or as William Bendix used to… Read More »

Time for Frank Gore to say bye-bye

Here is an early link to my Thursday column about Frank Gore. The full text runs below: In the next few days, you’re going to read what Frank Gore deserves. Mostly you’ll read Gore deserves to stay with the 49ers. Gore is a free agent and it would be — choose among the following: ungrateful, spiteful, cheap, mean, criminal -— for the 49ers NOT to offer him a big fat contract. Why does Gore deserve a big fat contract, probably… Read More »

What a guy said about Kaepernick

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Colin Kaepernick. The full text runs below: Met a young guy in Arizona when I was covering spring training — I flew back home on Sunday. Nice young man. Said he was from Turlock. Turlock? The bells and whistles went off in my brain. I said someone famous is from Turlock. Young guy said Colin Kaepernick. Yeah, Kaepernick. Did the guy know Kaepernick? Sure, the guy said. Went to high school… Read More »

Did Jed York tell the truth?

Here is a link to my Sunday column about Jed York and the truth. The full text runs below: I don’t believe Jed York is a truth teller. There’s a noun for people who don’t tell the truth. Jim Harbaugh spoke to the Merc’s Tim Kawakami the other day. Harbaugh told what really happened when he left the 49ers. Harbaugh said he wanted to stay and Jed did not want him to stay. After the 49ers were eliminated from the… Read More »