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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

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 »

Do you feel sorry for Tomsula?

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Jim Tomsula. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA I hear this stuff from veterans in sports media, people who should know better: “I feel so sorry for Jim Tomsula. He got a raw deal. All those players left. He’s in a no-win situation.” “I feel so sorry for Jim Tomsula. Management gave him a bad team. What’s he supposed to do? Jim Harbaugh couldn’t do better with this group.” “I… Read More »

What Jim Harbaugh thinks of Tomsula

Jim Harbaugh recently held a press conference in Michigan. Out of the blue, he said, “We train our quarterbacks to throw to people that aren’t covered, even if it’s a running play. I was watching an NFL game where they didn’t cover a receiver and the quarterback handed it off, and got maligned by scribes and pundits and so-called experts for not throwing it to him.” Here’s the context. The team in question was the 49ers. And yes Harbaugh was… Read More »

Tomsula finally eschews Kaepernick & opts for Gabbert

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about the Gabbert-Tomsula saga. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA Even when Jim Tomsula tries to act decisive and strong, he comes off indecisive and weak. Even when Tomsula appears to do a nice thing, he comes off indecisive and weak. Late Monday afternoon, the 49ers announced Blaine Gabbert is starting against Seattle on Nov. 22. No surprise there. If Tomsula had chosen Colin Kaepernick over Gabbert, he’d face a players’… Read More »

49ers sign

Sign over toilet in press room bathroom at Levi’s Stadium: “Warning: Recycled Water do not drink.” I mean I know they have a low opinion of us, but drinking out of the toilet?  

Tomsula won’t name Gabbert starting qb

Here is a link to my Monday column. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA Jim Tomsula walked into the postgame interview room after his team got a rare victory — 17-16 over the Falcons. After new starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert took the 49ers to that victory. You would have expected Tomsula to be happy with his third win of this sad season. No. You would have expected Tomsula to expect questions about Gabbert. No. You would have expected Tomsula… Read More »

Kaepernick, Ira Miller & Professionalism

Here is a link to my Sunday 49ers column. The full text runs below: Ira Miller wrote me an email early last week. Ira and I covered the 49ers together for a long time and are close friends. Ira, now retired and living outside Chicago, was the best football beat writer in America for decades. You know all that. The subject line on his email read: “Disgusting.” “That the 49ers didn’t make Kaepernick talk. Just disgusting. No accountability.” That was… Read More »