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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

The dilemma of Mark Davis and the Raiders

Here is a link to my column about Mark Davis and the Raiders after the Raiders’ ninth straight loss. The full text runs below: OAKLAND — It’s difficult to write about the Oakland Raiders. Forgive me for getting personal. No earthly reason exists to write a column about their 41-17 loss to Denver, about what happened in the game. The Raiders losing to the Broncos was a familiar story. The Raiders came. The Raiders played. The Raiders lost. A columnist… Read More »

Thank you, Derek Carr

After the Raiders lost their ninth straight, Tony Sparano and Derek Carr came to the interview room. Sparano was a straight-ahead, plainspoken, down-to-earth man. He is likeable. He’s still only an interim, but I give him credit for being a gentleman. Carr was charming, generous, verbal and honest. What a pleasure. I kept comparing his personality to Kaepernick’s button-down, dour, rude personality. No comparison.

When to fire Dennis Allen

Here is a link to my Tuesday column suggesting various times Mark Davis could fire Dennis Allen. The full text runs below: When should Raiders’ owner Mark Davis fire coach Dennis Allen? This is strictly a procedural issue. Davis could fire Allen today, but that might lead to logistical problems. The Raiders fly to New England on Friday to lose to the Patriots on Sunday. It would be difficult to get a new head coach up and running by Sunday,… Read More »

Start Matt Schaub over Derek Carr

Here is a link to my Sunday Raiders column. The full text runs below: This is in praise of Raiders’ rookie quarterback Derek Carr. But not too much praise. Call it praise tempered with caution. Big emphasis on the caution. First the praise. Carr came up big against the world-champ Seahawks Thursday night in the Raiders’ fourth and (thank God) final exhibition game. He threw three touchdown passes. His passer rating was through the roof. He was mobile and accurate… Read More »

Raiders get no respect

Here is a link to my Tuesday column on how the Raiders can’t get no respect. The full text runs below: The Raiders can’t get no respect. Ain’t that the sad truth? A blog called NFL Nation conducted a confidential survey asking players which team they’d least like to play for. Who won – or lost? You got it. Da Raiders. This is the actual survey prompt: “The only way I’d play for [team name] is if they doubled my… Read More »

Matt Schaub and the Raiders

Here is a link to my column from the Raiders-Lions game. I managed to run down to the interview room after the game where I got one quote. The game started late and the deadline was horrendous. Usually I try to write something noteworthy. On this one I just wanted it to come out in English. The full text runs below: OAKLAND — The Raiders are confusing to me. I bet they’re confusing to you. I bet they’re confusing to… Read More »

Future of A’s and Raiders, sort of

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about the A’s stadium deal. The full text runs below: Today, the Alameda Board of Supervisors meets to vote on the proposed 10-year lease for the Oakland A’s at the O.co Coliseum. Everyone expects the vote to be a slam-dunk approval — and pardon the mixing of sports metaphors. There are no slam dunks in baseball, but there will be a slam dunk on this vote. But in sports, as in life, things never… Read More »

The A’s, Raiders and Oakland

Here is a link to my Sunday story about the future of the Raiders and A’s in Oakland. This story is a long one — it’s my War and Peace without the battles. The full text runs below: When Lew Wolff thinks about a new ballpark for the Oakland A’s, he imagines something intimate. In his mind’s eye, he sees a small, cozy, state-of-the-art yard with all the modern amenities — much like AT&T Park, the gorgeous home of the… Read More »

Matt Schaub yes or no?

Here is a link to my Sunday column about Matt Schaub. Sorry for posting it so late. I slept in until 9:30 this morning. A person has to do that from time to time. The full text of the column runs below: Praise Raiders’ general manager Reggie McKenzie for aggressively deconstructing and then reconstructing his team. As part of the reconstruction phase, he traded for Texans’ quarterback Matt Schaub, no longer desirable in Houston because of the joke factor. Last… Read More »