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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Bonds’ records stand

Bud Selig announced he will allow Barry Bonds’ records to stand. It’s what the commish had to do. If he disallowed Bonds’ records, he’d have to get into the awful business of disallowing the numbers of other players like Mark McGwire and baseball would turn into a bigger mess than it is. We all understand players cheated in the so-called Steroid Era. And we live with that and move on. So in this case the commish did the right thing.… Read More »

Barry Bonds and my conscience

Many of you have written into the Cohn Zohn today discussing my column about Barry Bonds — I wrote why I will vote for him for the Hall of Fame. Most of you disagree with me and I understand why. I’d like to discuss that but before I start I want to thank you for being polite and sticking to the issue at hand. No one called me any names or said I’m a hack, etc. I take this issue… Read More »

More Bonds

My friend Jeff Fletcher wrote this blog about the Barry Bonds verdict, also saying he will vote for the cheater Bonds when he’s eligible for the Hall of Fame. His reasons are different from mine, but we reach the same conclusion. It is always a pleasure to hear from Jeff because he’s very knowledgeable. To read his piece click here.

I will vote for Bonds for Hall of Fame

As most of you know I am not a fan of Barry Bonds — I actually consider him a disgusting person. And I believe he did everything the prosecution accused him of. But I will vote for him for baseball’s Hall of Fame. The jury in his federal case got hung on the three counts of perjury, could not decide beyond the shadow of a doubt he lied to the grand jury about knowingly taking performance enhancing drugs. Based on… Read More »

No verdict yet for Bonds

The jury has a verdict on some of the charges against Barry Bonds, but not all of them. So the trial continues. Personal note: I no longer am covering the trial. We are dealing with a  family matter, and the Press Democrat has kindly allowed me to attend to it. Phil Barber, a wonderful writer and a great friend, is taking over for me. You’ll love what he produces.

Bonds, the dentist and me

The Press Democrat just posted my Tuesday column. It’s about Barry Bonds, not that anything happened at the trial today which was a dud in terms of news value. But I wrote about my dentist appointment and some curious testimony the jury heard on a reread including the word bellybutton and suggestive photos of one of Bonds’ girlfriends — he may be in the Tiger Woods league. I also write about dental hygiene, always an important topic. To read the… Read More »

Bonds update — no update

So far no decision in the Bonds trial. The jury is scheduled to knock off today at 3:30.  If this were a sporting event I’d wonder — just asking — which is the home team and which is the visitors. What’s the mood in the jury room? If they get close to a decision today can they go into extra innings?

Bonds and his personal shopper

Let me see if I understand this. Kathy Hoskins, whose testimony they reread to the jury this morning, was employed as Barry Bonds personal shopper. Really? You mean people actually have personal shoppers? It’s like you want a Big Mac but instead of getting it yourself you tell this person you employ for that purpose to jump in the car and drive over to McDonald’s and buy the Big Mac and drive home. Or say you want a Christmas present… Read More »

Hoskins’ testimony — the important part

 Here is what they are reading in court right now. In her testimony, Kathy Hoskins recalled this scene from Bonds’ house. Bonds said to  Greg Anderson: ‘When I call you, you need to be up here.’ They were in the bedroom while Hoskins packed for a Bonds’ road trip. Bonds lifted his shirt up, looked at Anderson and said, “That’s my girl Katie. She don’t say nothing to no one.’ According to Hoskins Anderson shot Bonds in the belly button.… Read More »

Dirty pictures?

I am in court now and they are rereading the Kathy Hoskins testimony as Bonds sits there his right hand under his chin. Unless I’m mistaken they just read that Bonds showed Hoskins photos of scantily-clad women on his computer. I could be wrong about that but I don’t think so. I know that has nothing to do with perjury but it’s interesting.