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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

The fat wallet

The other day when I was home — I hardly remember what it’s like to be home — anyway the other day I took out my wallet. Grant saw it and said, “Dad, that’s a fat wallet.” I never had thought of my wallet as fat. But I looked at it and, yes, it is fat. Grant said the new style of wallet is slim. He showed me his, wafer thin. Since then I’ve peeked at my friends’ wallets when… Read More »

Lowell’s next big adventure

So, Grant and I fly out early Friday morning for New York. That means I’m taking my son to where I grew up, although we won’t go to Brooklyn on this trip. On Friday night we’re meeting my friend Stuie, a retired New York City high school English teacher — we met when we were nine — and we’re going to Sammy’s Noodle House on 6th Avenue, kind of a tradition. Saturday, I want to take Grant to a Broadway… Read More »

Lowell’s big adventure

Tomorrow, I start my big adventure, ending with covering the 49ers-Packers game on Sunday. That’s a big game. Grant and I fly to Chicago, take public transit to somewhere or other where Ira Miller will pick us up. We’re sleeping at his house — Ira already picked out the wine for dinner. On Saturday, Grant and I drive to Appleton, Wisconsin to our hotel. We’re having dinner that night with Maiocco and Barrows who are at our hotel. Ostler is… Read More »

More Godfather

As you know I watched The Godfather yesterday. Grant watched it also and then he watched Godfather II. He’s a much better critic than I am and later he explained the difference between Don Corleone and Micheal Corleone. The old don worked out problems — at least much of the time — through diplomacy and negotiation. Michael, to use Grant’s phrase, “eliminates” problems. That pretty much means he kills anyone who crosses him. By the end of the second movie,… Read More »

Grant Cohn upsets Anthony Davis

It has come to my attention that Grant Cohn, my son, has upset Niners offensive tackle Anthony Davis. Radnich and Krueger were talking about it this morning on KNBR. This upsetting of Davis is a serious matter. Grant wrote a blog on Thursday from practice and Davis took offense and fired off several tweets criticizing Grant. Davis subsequently removed the tweets — I can’t imagine why. But I take this matter of Cohn vs. Davis very seriously. I told Grant… Read More »

NFL Power Rankings (by Grant Cohn)

Grant just posted his blog, Inside the 49ers, containing his complete NFL power rankings, team by team. This is a good time to do it as teams assemble their rosters and begin to meet for rookie camps, OTAs and mini-camps. I was particularly interested with his ranking of the Niners and Raiders, and although I don’t link to Grant all that much, I thought I’d share the whole shebang with you as a discussion starter. It’s never too early to… Read More »

Why Niners should go with Kaepernick (Grant opinion)

Over here at the Cohn Zohn we are interested in investigating all sides of an issue. In an earlier post, I said the Niners should re-sign Alex Smith because Colin Kaepernick, the heir apparent at quarterback, is not ready to take the controls. I firmly believe that. My son Grant, who writes the Niners blog for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, disagrees with me. He says forget Alex and give the keys to the car to Colin. (I’m going to… Read More »

How Jim Harbaugh can get better (Grant column)

Grant just posted a Niners piece on his website and I’d like to share it with you. He listed five areas in which Jim Harbaugh can improve. There is nothing wrong with explaining how Harbaugh, a good coach, can get better. And he does have room for improvement, for sure. Grant’s fifth category was media relations. Harbaugh is a dud in that area. Clearly, this is not his most important task, but coaches must understand they are the face of… Read More »

Who’s the most irreplaceable Oakland Athletic? (Grant commentary)

As I mentioned earlier, Grant wrote twin pieces today for ComcastSportsNet. In each he named the one irreplaceable player on the A’s and Giants. (See the Giants piece in a former post.) Here is his piece on the five most important A’s leading to his conclusion of the one player they absolutely cannot lose. This was a tricky assignment as the A’s don’t really seem interested in winning their division and they trade away all their good players. Nonetheless. To… Read More »