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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

University of California and athletes

Here is a link to my Sunday column about high college standards and the University of California, which doesn’t always have high standards. The full text runs below: The University of California almost did something important. The regents almost tied coach salaries to academic performance at UC campuses. That includes Berkeley, UCLA, the full schmear of campuses in the great, elite, praiseworthy University of California system. The regents decided to table the proposal, to engage in more discussions. They are… Read More »

A death in the family

Mrs. Cohn Zohn’s aunt Jeannette, 85, died an hour ago. We just got the call as we ate dinner. Death doesn’t wait for the polite moment. Jeannette lived in Colusa County and was an almond rancher, and we loved her. Such a smiling, warm-hearted, dear woman. We have a funeral to plan and details to work out and grieving to do. Death is complicated. She was Grant’s great aunt and the great great aunt of our grandchildren. She came to… Read More »

The Marshawn Lynch enigma

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Marshawn Lynch. The full text runs below: Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch is a great running back, a man with strong legs and tremendous heart. He refuses to fall even with a gang of defenders pulling him down. He is a player every team wants and he is the best player on the Seahawks’ offense. He also is a puzzling man who makes things tough on himself for no good reason. If I… Read More »

Change of plans for Lowell

The Press Democrat doesn’t want me to wait a day before writing on the Niners. So I’m writing a combined column on the Raiders great hire and the Niners joke hire. I love how things change so fast in daily journalism.

What’s Lowell doing

I wrote a column about the Raiders and Jack Del Rio for Thursday. Great hire. Will write about the Niners and Jim Tomsual for Friday. Horrible hire. So many things happening.


I still use aol as my primary email, although i have accounts with yahoo and gmail. is it a mistake to use aol? i feel like i’m lagging behind although aol works fine with me. i welcome your feedback. readers sometimes write to me at my aol account instead of my pressdemocrat account which is published beneath my column. that is fine with me. i just don’t understant how readers get my aol account. i’m innocent about these things. can… Read More »


We celebrated Grant’s 27th birthday tonight with Mrs. Cohn Zohn’s meat sauce and pasta. Lovely. We drank a 2008 Barbaresco. Have you had Barbaresco? Have you tasted Barolo? We had fun.

College football is corrupt

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about the corruption of college football. The full text runs below: Another thing about Jim Harbaugh. I object to his new contract. I strongly object. I’m referring to that obscenity the University of Michigan put together which, according to reports, pays him $5 million a year. The contract puts him among the top-five highest-paid college football coaches. If he reaches his incentives — at $5 million he needed incentives? — well, if… Read More »


Mrs. Cohn Zohn and I watch a tv show called Lilyhammer on Netflix. It’s about an Italian mobster who goes into the witness protection program and assumes a new identity in Norway. Seriously. It was made for Norwegian tv and is mostly in Norwegian although there is some English. We watch it and sometimes we are clueless about what the characters are saying. Yes, it’s come to that. We laugh and try to interpret body language. We keep watching. We… Read More »