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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

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 »

Raiders should sign Michael Vick

Here is a link to my Thursday column about Michael Vick and the Raiders. The full text runs below: The Raiders should sign Michael Vick as their starting quarterback/human sacrifice for the upcoming season. I know what you’re thinking — signing Vick would be highly controversial. Sure it would, but the Raiders need some controversy. Hey, the Raiders need something. Vick is the best free-agent quarterback currently shopping his services around the National Football League. It has been reported Vick… Read More »

Raiders shine in season finale

Here is a link to my column about the Raiders’ final game. The full column is below: OAKLAND — You may think the Raiders were awful on Sunday, losing their final game of the season — a home game — by the crushing score of 34-14. Don’t rush to judgment. In the first half, when the game was still a game, sort of, the Raiders held the Denver Broncos to a field goal on one of the Broncos’ five possessions.… Read More »

Raiders are a circus

Here is a link to my Sunday column about the state of the Raiders, such as it is. The full column appears below: I’m with the agent. As the Raiders get ready for today’s game, prepare to get obliterated in their season finale against the Denver Broncos, I’ll say it again: I’m with the agent. Which agent? Terrelle Pryor’s agent, that’s who. Nothing much is happening with the Raiders in a football sense — their season officially ends today, but… Read More »

The case against Dennis Allen

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Dennis Allen and Reggie McKenzie. The full text appears below: Let’s pretend you and I are Mark Davis, owner of the Oakland Raiders. Well, if we’re pretending to be Mark, we’d get a new hairdo ASAP. But we’re not talking that kind of pretending. We’re pretending to be Mark Davis, football visionary. As Pretend Marks we ask ourselves a two-part question: When this lousy season ends, do I (Mark) retain the… Read More »

Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith

Here is a link to my Thursday column about Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick. The full column appears below. An old friend returns to the Bay Area on Sunday. Alex Smith will play quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Raiders. I pull for Smith. I bet you do, too. He is a gentleman. He had a rough go with Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary and he remained a gentleman. He was the first guy taken in the 2005… Read More »

Matt McGloin plays well

Here is a link to my Monday column about Matt McGloin. The full column appears below: OAKLAND — Put the Raiders game out of your mind. Forget they lost to the Tennessee Titans 23-19. Forget their defense collapsed at the end, gave up the lead and the game. Forget all that. With the Raiders results don’t matter. They are trying to get better. They may be getting better. Give them that. So answer this question: Who is Matt McGloin? He… Read More »