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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

SF Giants and the dead shark

Here is a link to my Sunday column. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO — Woody Allen, the most distinguished alumnus of Midwood High School — my high school in Brooklyn — would have called the Giants’ 6-0 Saturday loss to the Cardinals a “dead shark.” A team gets shut out, it has a dead shark on its hands. Sharks need to keep moving forward to live according to Woody (see “Annie Hall”), and the Giants pretty much stopped… Read More »

Giants take series from Cubs

Here is a link to my Friday column. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO — Be real clear about what the Giants just did. They took a series from the Cubs who had not lost a road series since late June. The Cubs are the hottest team in baseball. You could look it up. The Giants cooled the Cubs’ jets. The Giants lost the first game of the three-game series and then just handed it to Chicago — blitzed… Read More »

The SF Giants with sprinkles on top

Here is a link to my Thursday column. The full text runs below: This is about the Giants, the Captain Marvel Paradox, Marty Lurie and ice cream. The Giants are a flawed team — sometimes they are downright crummy — but they still could win the World Series. I’m dead serious. Paradox City. Before I get into the Captain Marvel Paradox and Marty Lurie and ice cream, here’s an admission. I am writing this column Wednesday morning, hours before the… Read More »

The end for Cain and Lincecum?

Here is a link to my Wednesday column. The full text runs below: This isn’t the saddest story ever told. But it’s sad, anyway; It’s the Saga of Timmy and Matt — better known to the world as Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain. The saga was supposed to have a happy ending, a heroic ending, frankly, with these two Giants pitchers right now in the full flourishing of their prime and their greatness. It was supposed to be Tim and… Read More »

SF Giants need a bat

Here is a link to my Thursday Giants column. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants need another bat. As in a hitter. They got shut out in their Wednesday matinee, lost 2-0, went quietly, passively. Five hits. Asleep at the switch. Astros starter Scott Feldman did the deed. Good pitcher. Not exactly Nolan Ryan. For heaven’s sake, the Giants need a bat. They recently lost these players – count them – Joe Panik, Nori Aoki and… Read More »

The smokeless tobacco police

Here is an early link to my Thursday column about do-gooders and smokeless tobacco and the SF Giants. The full text runs below: I have a horror of do-gooders. Do-gooders mean well, but they are bossy and they intrude on our lives and tell us what we should and should not do. Like the latest thing they’re up to in baseball. A group of do-gooders sponsored a bill to ban the use of smokeless tobacco (dip) from public athletic fields… Read More »

Mike Leake to Giants

Brian Sabean and the Sabettes usually make the right move. That’s what they did this time. They needed a starting pitcher. They got Mike Leake who will eat up innings, rest the bullpen and almost surely win. Tim Hudson moves to the bullpen. It’s unclear he can warm up fast enough to be a reliever, but the Giants are allowing him to retain his dignity instead of designating him for assignment. Good for the Giants on both counts.

SF Giants need starting pitcher

Here is a link to my Thursday column about the Giants. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO Forget Wednesday’s Giants game. They won 5-0 over the horrible Milwaukee Brewers, and it was a very good win. Think about the Major League Baseball trading deadline that looms. It ends Friday at 1 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Before then, the Giants would be wise to get one more starting pitcher. Someone to put in the rotation. The Giants could make the… Read More »

Giants must turn on the lights

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about the Giants home opener. The full text runs below: SAN FRANCISCO In the game part of the opening-day program at AT&T Park, the San Francisco Giants couldn’t hit. In the hitting part of baseball, the Giants couldn’t hit. Any way you slice it, the Giants couldn’t hit and can’t hit. Will they ever hit? These are the world-champ, last-place Giants who can’t hit. They lost their home opener to Colorado 2-0.… Read More »

Giants home opener on deck

Here is a link to my Monday column about the Giants’ much-anticipated home opener. The full text runs below: Get ready for the San Francisco Giants’ home opener. Expect world-class festivities for the world-champ Giants. Expect beautiful weather for the opener, for the day opener. Openers should always be day games. Openers are special. But are the Giants special? Well, that’s a good question. The Giants have a losing record — 3-4. They are in last place. They have lost… Read More »