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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

The sprig part II

OK, here’s something else. At the late breakfast where I got the sprig, the server took our order by saying, “What are we having today?” I have two questions for you: 1) Why did he use “we” when “you” would have been more accurate? I mean, he was not eating with us. But by saying we he was trying to accomplish something. I don’t know what. 2) Why did he say “today?” Obviously we were eating today — not tomorrow… Read More »

The sprig

Went out for a late breakfast today with Mrs. Cohn Zohn. And yes I’m on vacation and have a late breakfast. I ordered a ham and cheddar omelet. It came with a sprig of green something. I’ve seen the sprig before. What is it and what is it for?

Pete Rose is a bum

I swear I’m on vacation, but this Pete Rose story came along. So, I wrote this column. Here is a link to it. The full text runs below: They were trying to “cutify” Pete Rose. Make him cute and lovable and eccentric. A real fun guy. Your pal at the corner bar, you and him swigging Coors Light, and swapping baseball yarns. Or maybe they were trying to deodorize him. Get rid of the stink. A dead hunk mackerel going… Read More »

Where’s Lowell?

I’m on vacation, except I will cover the NBA draft Thursday night. I come back to work late July, but will be blogging and tweeting some of the time. I hope all of you are doing well and have a great summer.

Ode to the phone booth

This is an ode to the phone booth, long gone and probably forgotten. It is a little rectangular room with glass on all sides. It closes like an accordion. You grip the handle and pull the door shut and, when you do that, you shut out the noise of the world. And the world can’t hear you, either. The deluxe models have seats attached to the frame. You sit on the seat and deposit your nickels, dimes and quarters and… Read More »

Hang on Sloopy

A few minutes before the Warriors beat the Cavs and won the championship, they played ‘Hang on Sloopy’ on the PA system at the Q. The crowd sang along and danced. Hang on Sloopy is the official rock n roll song of Ohio sports teams — maybe that’s an exaggeration. It’s late. But the teams and fans love it. I do too. I sang along in the stands watching the scene and so did Killion and Ostler. Hang on.

Lowell is home

I’m home. Writing this at the dining room table. Mrs. Cohn Zohn is asleep, doesn’t even know I’m back. I walked in the door at midnight. I had a 14-hour travel day, give or take. But I’m home. Home. Home. Home. My bed. My fridge. The morning paper. The great Bay Area air. And the light. Memo to self: Never forget how soft and glowing the Bay Area light is. Sweet dreams.

Lowell’s vanishing point

Flew out of Cleveland today. I had a stop in Chicago but wasn’t supposed to change planes. When I got to Chicago they said I had to change planes. I got to the new gate and told the gate agent I was flying to Oakland but my next segment took me through Austin TX. Could she find me a more direct route to Oakland? She said I was a through passenger and technically I wasn’t in Chicago. I said I… Read More »

Warriors wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is a link to my Wednesday column about the Warriors winning the freaking NBA Championship. The full text runs below. Mrs. Cohn Zohn is cooking me tortellini in a butter and sage sauce whenever I get home Wednesday night. I’m thinking Warriors. But I’m also thinking tortellini. CLEVELAND With 10 seconds left in the game, with the game decided and the championship decided, Cavaliers coach David Blatt removed LeBron James from the game. James did not walk to the… Read More »