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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Your daily Shakespeare

Fear no more the heat o’ the sun, Nor the furious winter’s rages; Thou thy worldly task hast done, Home art gone, and ta’en thy wages: Golden lads and girls all must, As chimney-sweepers, come to dust. Fear no more the frown o’ the great; Thou art past the tyrant’s stroke; Care no more to clothe and eat; To thee the reed is as the oak: The scepter, learning, physic, must All follow this, and come to dust. Fear no… Read More »

Night Rovers

Mrs. Cohn Zohn and I left out a bunch of stuff for a charity — left it on the curb as required. Among the items was a standup telescope and a nice area rug. We donate nice stuff to charity. When I woke up this morning the telescope was gone along with the rug. Everything else still was there. I wondered. Did a neighbor steal the stuff? OK. Or are there people who roam the streets at night looking for… Read More »


As you know I’ve been feeling poorly lately. So I’ve been reading memoirs. Love memoirs. Just finished “Elsewhere” by the fine novelist Richared Russo, a memoir about him and his mother. Wondeful. I also love Philip Roth’s memoir of his dad called “Patrimony,” have read it several times. Can’t get enough of “This Boy’s Life” by Tobias Wolff. But the best ever memoir — at least to me — is “Act One” by Moss Hart. What book.  

Lowell wasn’t kidnapped

Contrary to an email that went out this morning, I am not being held hostage in the Philippines. I’ve never been to the Philippines. I am in the Oakland hills getting over my millionth summer cold and my 19th nervous breakdown. Someone hacked into my AOL account. Sorry for the inconvenience. Lowell

How Mike Krukow cured my cold

Here is a link ot my Friday column. The full text runs below: August colds are the worst. I got this one flying home from Philly and promptly gave it to my wife. So, I’m stuck in the house, too tired to read. When all else fails, I watch baseball. That is the one virtue of an August cold — watching baseball day after day. I watch the Giants and not the A’s because the Giants are in it and… Read More »

Player A vs. Player B

Here is a link to my Sunday column. The full text runs below: OK, class, fold your paper in half and number from one to 10. Here is the setup for today’s pop quiz, which involves two players you know — one is currently in the news. One player is the point guard for a well-known East Bay basketball team. The other player is the quarterback for a well-known South Bay football team. In each of the following 10 examples… Read More »

Thinking about Caitlyn Jenner

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Caitlyn Jenner. The full text runs below: Bruce Jenner stood there unable to speak. Unable to explain. It was 1975, a year before Bruce won the Olympic decathlon in Montreal, but track fans already knew he was the best decathlete in the world, the best athlete on the planet. I was interviewing Bruce in his tiny apartment in San Jose overlooking the track at San Jose City College. Bruce could have… Read More »

Black Bass Hotel

Sometimes reality slams you in the face. When I went to Lafayette College in the 1960s I longed to eat at the Black Bass Hotel in Lumberville, Pennsylvania. It’s in a gorgeous old building on the Delaware River, and I used to drive past it on my way to Philly. I never could afford to eat at the Black Bass but told myself I would some day when I was grown up and had money. Last week, I was visiting… Read More »

British slang

Mrs. Cohn Zohn and I watch British mysteries on KQED and KQED plus. I notice the characters use words I don’t know, often as put-downs of people. Here is a partial list. Can you can give me the meanings? I’m not even sure I’m spelling them right. A punter. A tosser. A wanker. A sod. Can you think of others? I write my first post-vacation column Monday for Tuesday.  

Oakland A’s are disgusting

The A’s traded pitcher Scott Kazmir today. They are giving up on this season and, as usual, preparing for a future that never will come. They have no idea of keeping players and building a team like the Giants who recently won 3 world series. Just disgusting what the A’s have become.