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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Ray McDonald and due process

Here is a link to my Thursday column about the firing of Ray McDonald. The full text runs below: The 49ers probably did the right thing in dumping Ray McDonald. He seems like a troubled guy and his trouble seems to involve hitting women or worse. And the NFL just took a strong stance against domestic violence. The 49ers seem to agree with that stance, at least they do now. See you later, Ray. But something is disturbing about the… Read More »

The Jim Harbaugh firing watch

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about the firing process for Jim Harbaugh. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA What you noticed was the emptiness. Current 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was five minutes late for his Monday televised news conference in the new big fancy auditorium at team headquarters. No one stood behind the lectern on the stage, the lectern with the microphone. Reporters wondered about the delay and the emptiness. More than one reporter questioned… Read More »

49ers over and out

Here is a link to my Monday column about the 49ers being eliminated from the postseason. The full text runs below: SEATTLE Joe Staley, the 49ers offensive left tackle, the best man on the 49ers, stood at his locker knowing the 49ers, by losing to the Seahawks 17-7, have no postseason, no January. He was fully dressed, even wore a red knit 49ers cap. But he was barefoot. His bare feet on that large body made him seem vulnerable and… Read More »

Why I’m rooting for 49ers to beat Seahawks

Here is a link to my Sunday column explaining why I’m rooting for the Niners to be the Seahawks. The full text runs below: SEATTLE — I am doing something different in today’s column. I’m rooting for the 49ers to beat the Seahawks, rooting like a madman. Wow, it felt good to admit that. As readers of this column know, I am not a sports fan, not in the sense of favoring a team or wearing team colors or being… Read More »

Jim Harbaugh stands up

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Jim Harbaugh one day after the Niners lost to the Raiders. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA The whole scene was enough to break your heart. Jim Harbaugh met the media on Monday, the day after the Raiders whipped the 49ers and likely ended their season. The day after the ultimate humiliation. How would Harbaugh act? It is important how a coach comports himself after a loss, especially with his… Read More »

Harbaugh Era coming to a close

Here is a link to my Monday column about why the Jim Harbaugh Era is ending. The full text runs below: OAKLAND Jed York doesn’t need to fire Jim Harbaugh. Jim Harbaugh just fired himself. Harbaugh had a week and a half to prepare for the Raiders, to prepare for the worst team in football, to prepare for a team that came into Sunday’s 24-13 Raiders’ win with one victory and 11 losses, a team that lost the week before… Read More »

Harbaugh hurting Kaepernick

Here is a link to my Sunday column explaining Jim Harbaugh is a bad influence on Colin Kaepernick. The full text runs below: Jim Harbaugh is hurting Colin Kaepernick. You could argue Harbaugh is hurting Kaepernick as a quarterback. Clearly, Kaepernick has not improved and seems to be getting worse. You could argue the new head coach next season — if Harbaugh is as gone as he seems to be gone — better be a quarterback savant. Because Kaepernick sure… Read More »

Jed York must address Harbaugh issue

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Jim Harbaugh vs. Jed York. The full text runs below: Jed York, the owner who never speaks except when it’s the wrong time to speak — or tweet — has a chance to do the right thing. He can do the right thing today. Doing the right thing would enhance his status as a football owner, endear him to fans and might cleanse his soul. Jed needs to speak up. First… Read More »

My advice to Jed York

Here is a link to my Sunday column in which I offer four pieces of advice to Jed York in a friendly spirit. The full text runs below: Dear Jed York, Because no one taught you how to act as a young man in the world, because no one schooled you in the complicated etiquette of being a team owner, I am offering my services. I am offering them sincerely and openly. I expected your dad had taught you, or… Read More »

Jed York, coward

Here is a link to my Friday column about Jed York’s bad manners. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA Jed York is a coward. What I just wrote was hard and caustic. I know that. I                   apologize if I have offended your sensibilities. But, after the 49ers’ 19-3 loss to the Seahawks, Jed offended the sensibilities of every fair-minded person who follows the 49ers. I repeat — Jed York is a coward. After his team got smoked by the… Read More »