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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Was Kaepernick a gentleman?

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Colin Kaepernick. The full text runs below: If the 49ers were a movie, their offseason would be titled “Niners Gone Wild.” No need to catalog all the wildness. Better to focus on the leading character in the movie. Colin Kaepernick. Quarterback. Face of the franchise. It’s not the intention of this column to discuss his legal issues — if there even are legal issues. So much is vague and unrevealed. To… Read More »

Kaepernick according to Cohn yet again

There seems to be a firestorm caused by what I wrote about Colin Kaepernick. Oh my. If the column got you worked up, take a workout at the gym or go for a walk in nature. Even Kap’s mom, who seems nice, got into the act. Here is what the Niners should do about Kap and his contract. 1. They should not negotiate an extension now. 2. They should make him play next season according to his contract, for slighly… Read More »

Now Kaepernick wants $20 million

Now Kaepernick wants $20 million a year. That’s according to Jason La Canfora. Maybe tomorrow Kaepernick will want $25 million a year. He wants this based on such a small body of work. Kind of a head scratcher. This is the QB who said out loud he would not make lavish salary demands. Do you think he’s worth this dough? To read La Canfora’s article click here.

Kaepernick salary demand out of line

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Colin Kaepernick’s salary demand. The full column runs below: Colin Kaepernick is not an attractive personality. Usually he doesn’t say jack. And that’s not attractive. When he says jack — and more — he’s even less attractive. Take what the Boston Globe is reporting about Kaepernick. He wants a contract extension from the 49ers. He wants a big-money contract extension. He wants Jay Cutler money. He wants Tony Romo money. He… Read More »

Kaepernick needs to be quiet

Usually, you can’t get Colin Kaepernick to say a word. He stands there in news conferences answering in sullen monosyllables, staring straight ahead like a dead mackerel. But today he’s in Super Bowl World and he’s giving interviews to everything. It turns out he even has a personality. Naturally, he addressed the season-ending pass he threw to Michael Crabtree that Richard Sherman knocked away to a teammate. Sherman then bragged about the play. Here is Kaepernick The Talkative: ”If I throw… Read More »

Don’t pay Kaepernick big bucks

Here is a link to my Thursday column about Colin Kaepernick. The full text appears below: How much is Colin Kaepernick worth to the 49ers? In dollars and cents. Hard cash. Or as Charles Dickens used to call money, “the needful.” We are not talking Kaepernick’s leadership (such as it is) or his grittiness or even his potential. We are not talking vague stuff coaches like to bring up — like he’s a champ in the locker room and he’s… Read More »

Colin Kaepernick and the X-factor

Here is a link to my Thursday column about Colin Kaepernick: The full column appears below: SANTA CLARA — Colin Kaepernick is special. Let’s agree on that. OK? Let’s call it our working hypothesis. But how is he special? I mean, let’s use our noodles to figure out this mystery — because it is a mystery. One of the good mysteries, like the Holy Trinity, one of the all-time best. Kaepernick’s stats are good but not great. We are talking… Read More »

Kaepernick must show he’s a complete quarterback

Here is a link to my Friday column about Colin Kaepernick. The full column runs below: Colin Kaepernick had an impressive game against the Packers last Sunday and he was impressive at the end of the season, mostly against mediocre teams. He did not win the Packers game for the 49ers all by himself. The Niners’ world-class defense won the game. But Kaepernick did his part and he was impressive. It’s important to define “impressive” in Kaepernick’s case. He was… Read More »

Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith

Here is a link to my Thursday column about Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick. The full column appears below. An old friend returns to the Bay Area on Sunday. Alex Smith will play quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Raiders. I pull for Smith. I bet you do, too. He is a gentleman. He had a rough go with Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary and he remained a gentleman. He was the first guy taken in the 2005… Read More »

Time for Colin Kaepernick to man up

Here is a link to my column about Colin Kaepernick’s obligations to his teammates. The full text appears below. Sunday’s New York Times ran an article about Colin Kaepernick’s crummy manners. It compared lock-jawed Kaepernick to charming and engaging Russell Wilson and said, in the manners category, there is no comparison. The Times is the newspaper of record in the United States and the world and, as you know, used to own The Press Democrat. And now the newspaper of… Read More »