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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

10 reasons Raiders won’t move to LA

Here is a link to my Sunday column. The full text runs below: Lots of talk about the Raiders moving to L.A. Lots of talk this is their final season at O.Co Coliseum. Please. Time for a Raiders reality check. Here are 10 reasons the Raiders never move to L.A. I write this knowing owner Mark Davis has his heart in the right place, knowing Carmen Policy is on the Raiders’ side, and he is the best. Even with Policy, the Raiders… Read More »

Raiders showcase Amari Cooper

Here is a link to my Saturday column. The full text runs below: OAKLAND — It’s so obvious what the Raiders are doing. I use “obvious” in the most flattering sense. They are trying to establish rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper as a key player. Maybe THE key player on offense. And it’s exactly what they should do. I base this analysis on a small sample size — the Raiders involved Cooper in only five plays. So, Cooper didn’t exactly… Read More »

Introducing Raiders Beth Mowins

Here is a link to my Wednesday column about Raiders play-by-play announcer Beth Mowins. The full text runs below: Why should people take Beth Mowins seriously? The phone interview had been going cordially. Then I asked Mowins the inevitable question, the blunt question. You see, the Raiders hired Mowins — a woman in case you haven’t guessed — to do television play-by-play for three of their four exhibition games along with Tim Brown and Matt Millen. Brown and Millen will… Read More »

Bulletin: Raiders are improving

Here is an early link to my Sunday column about the Raiders in free agency. The full text runs below: How is football like baseball? A team must be strong up the middle. In baseball, a team needs a good catcher, pitcher, shortstop, second baseman and center fielder. Of course, every team needs more than that, but every team needs to be strong up the middle for starters. Or it’s sunk. Same goes for football. Same goes for the Oakland… Read More »

Raiders hit, Niners miss

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about the Raiders great hiring and the Niners joke hiring. The full text runs below: The Raiders got rid of the untalented guy, the ordinary guy and hired someone special. The 49ers got rid of someone special and hired the untalented guy, the ordinary guy. It almost reads like an equation, and the equation means the Raiders are on the way up and the Niners are going down. To complete the equation… Read More »

Jed York or Mark Davis, you make the call

Here is a link to my Sunday column which asks the eternal question, Who is a better owner Mark Davis or Jed York? The full text runs below: Who is a better team owner, Jed York or Mark Davis? Both are in the news. Both are searching for new head coaches. So, if you were a head-coaching aspirant, which owner would you rather work for? At first, the answer seems obvious. A new coach would rather team up with Jed… Read More »

Ixnay on Mike Shanahan for 49ers & Raiders

Here is a link to my Friday column about Mike Shanahan. The full text runs below: Mike Shanahan is apparently in play at the 49ers and Raiders. We’re talking candidate for their head-coaching vacancies. Bad idea times two. Shanahan was an almost-great coach in his day. He won two Super Bowls in Denver when he had John Elway running the show. After Elway retired, Shanahan was not so special. He bombed in Washington. That has been documented. “Dismal” is a… Read More »

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 »