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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

49ers new uniforms and Kaepernick

The Niners new unis look cool. Not that the uniforms matter. The 49ers could play in rags as long as they play well. Will they play well? In a statement released by the team, Colin Kaepernick said of the uniforms, “I love the jerseys. I think it’s a fresh look. This is the first time we’ve had a black jersey in our team’s history, and it’s something that the fans are going to be excited about.” That was quite a… Read More »

Impressions of Tomsula

I’ve been around Jim Tomsula only a few times, so I’m still trying to read him and understand him. He spoke to the media Thursday night after the first round of the draft ended. He is an expressive man, puts everything into his words and uses his hands when he talks. He comes across as a nice guy, a straightahead guy. He seems sincere. Sometimes I don’t understand him, but sometimes people don’t understand me. He was patient on Thursday… Read More »

49ers draft Armstead, a project

Here is a link to my Friday column about the 49ers’ first-round pick Arik Armstead. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA — Trader Trent Baalke traded down for that? The 49ers’ genius in training traded back from No.15 to No.17 for defensive lineman Arik Armstead, a man guaranteed not to make a difference. It’s always a pity when a team’s No.1 pick won’t make a difference. Some TV guy said Armstead has “upside.” I forget which one said it.… Read More »

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 »