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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Kaepernick to Smith, what gives?

Here is a link to my Monday column about the Niners. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA The finest moment for me in Sunday’s exhibition game between the 49ers and Cowboys was that once-in-a-lifetime play when Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw caution to the wind and scorched a 90-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Torrey Smith. Finally, Kaepernick and Smith had made that all-important quarterback-receiver connection a team strives for in the preseason. The pass itself didn’t travel 90… Read More »

49ers new uniforms and Kaepernick

The Niners new unis look cool. Not that the uniforms matter. The 49ers could play in rags as long as they play well. Will they play well? In a statement released by the team, Colin Kaepernick said of the uniforms, “I love the jerseys. I think it’s a fresh look. This is the first time we’ve had a black jersey in our team’s history, and it’s something that the fans are going to be excited about.” That was quite a… Read More »

What a guy said about Kaepernick

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Colin Kaepernick. The full text runs below: Met a young guy in Arizona when I was covering spring training — I flew back home on Sunday. Nice young man. Said he was from Turlock. Turlock? The bells and whistles went off in my brain. I said someone famous is from Turlock. Young guy said Colin Kaepernick. Yeah, Kaepernick. Did the guy know Kaepernick? Sure, the guy said. Went to high school… Read More »

Harbaugh Era coming to a close

Here is a link to my Monday column about why the Jim Harbaugh Era is ending. The full text runs below: OAKLAND Jed York doesn’t need to fire Jim Harbaugh. Jim Harbaugh just fired himself. Harbaugh had a week and a half to prepare for the Raiders, to prepare for the worst team in football, to prepare for a team that came into Sunday’s 24-13 Raiders’ win with one victory and 11 losses, a team that lost the week before… Read More »

Harbaugh hurting Kaepernick

Here is a link to my Sunday column explaining Jim Harbaugh is a bad influence on Colin Kaepernick. The full text runs below: Jim Harbaugh is hurting Colin Kaepernick. You could argue Harbaugh is hurting Kaepernick as a quarterback. Clearly, Kaepernick has not improved and seems to be getting worse. You could argue the new head coach next season — if Harbaugh is as gone as he seems to be gone — better be a quarterback savant. Because Kaepernick sure… Read More »

Is Kaepernick an elite QB?

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Colin Kaerpernick. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA Twenty-seven. Study that number. Think about that number. Memorize that number. It’s the number that matters most with Colin Kaepernick. It is not his pass-completion percentage or his passer rating or his total touchdowns. It is more humble and more basic and way more important. It is Kaepernick’s age. Twenty-seven. We tend to think of Kaepernick as a kid or “The Kid.”… Read More »

Kaepernick used N-word

Matt Barrows of the Sac Bee wrote an article saying Colin Kaepernick used the N-word to Lamarr Houston. Houston changed his story and pointed the finger at Kap. I understand that players say stuff to each other in the heat of a game I am not the language police. But it sure looks like Kap has been lying for more than a week. When a person keeps lying there’s a noun that seems applicable. You say he is a (fill… Read More »

Blame Colin Kaepernick

Here is a link to my Monday column about the 49ers’ 28-20 loss to the Bears with a special emphasis on the crummy play of quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA Colin Kaepernick blew the game for the 49ers. There’s no polite way to put it. It’s on you, Colin, the 28-20 loss to the Bears. Sure, other 49ers didn’t play well. The defense, minus Aldon Smith and NaVorro Bowman, played like chumps, made Bears quarterback… Read More »

Kaepernick a victim of bias?

Here is a link to my Sunday column about Colin Kaepernick. The full text runs below: Colin Kaepernick, who will play for the first time today in Levi’s Stadium, thinks people are picking on him. I guess he means media people like me. He recently told Bleacher Report some people are prejudiced against him. Here’s what he said about so-called unfair criticism directed his way: “Stereotypes, prejudice, whatever you want to call it. I think between the tattoos, the way… Read More »

Colin Kaepernick gets rich

Here is a link to my Thursday column about Colin Kaepernick’s whopper contract. The full  column runs below: SANTA CLARA — The Pampers are off Colin Kaepernick. I’m not saying he wears Pampers. But until now, he was perceived as a beginner quarterback, a learning quarterback, and most of all, a baby quarterback. Forget all that. When a 26-year-old guy signs a six-year contract worth as much as $126 million, when a guy gets $61 million guaranteed, he no longer… Read More »