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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Four Saints suspended

The NFL just suspended four New Orleans Saints without pay. Jonathan Vilma got suspended for an entire season. To which I say good. To which I say the Saints are lucky they didn’t get more players suspended, along with their head coach, their interim head coach and their general manager. What a bunch those Saints are. The Players Association is likely to make a big fuss as far as the players are concerned, as it should. But I hope these… Read More »

Joe Vitt to coach Saints — what a joke

Joe Vitt, a Saints coach who participated in Bountygate will coach the Saints in Sean Payton’s absence. That’s one bum subbing for another bum. But because Vitt is suspended for the first six games next season, the Saints need a second substitute coach to substitute for the first substitute coach while the first substitute is banned from the premises. The second substitute is probably going to be Aaron Kromer. General manager Mickey Loomis, another bum, dreamed up this convoluted plan… Read More »

Why Saints case matters

I wrote a second column about the rogue New Orleans Saints and about paying bounties to injure opposing players. I wrote a second column on the subject because this is a scandal and the scandal is getting worse as we learn more. Many Zohn readers wrote to me after my first column, saying football is inherently dangerous and violent so it’s unfair to penalize someone for a bounty program. I say that point of view is morally flabby and I… Read More »

More Saints’ shady dealings

I keep reading weird and disturbing stuff about the Saints — mostly about golden boy Sean Payton. His name is being linked to the name of Mike Ornstein. In one account Ornstein was identified as Payton’s agent. In another, as just an acquaintance. The facts will come out. Apparently, Ornstein ponied up money for the Saints’ bounty program. I don’t know if this is true — but the news is going in that direction. If it is true, it might… Read More »

NFL should ban bounty hunters

I wrote my Sunday column for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat about the New Orleans Saints and their bounty program for knocking opposing players out of the game — paying players for things like “cart-offs.” I find this program troubling. It makes a game into a blood sport. And I believe there is a difference between the two. In my column, I propose severe penalties for Saints head coach Sean Payton and other thugs on the Saints. To read my… Read More »

Shame on Sean Payton

I just read a disturbing Sporting News story about Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints and his defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. With Payton’s knowledge, Williams instituted a bounty system, paying defensive players to hurt opponents, hopefully to knock them out of a game so they had to get carted off. This is strictly against league rules and to me it constitutes an illegal attack that should be subject to law enforcement. The Saints should fire Payton but of course… Read More »

Why the Niners will win

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat posted my Saturday column predicting the Niners-Saints playoff game. I am predicting the 49ers will win. One thing I want to make clear. As Cohn Zohn readers know, I do not root one way or another. Whether the Niners win or lose, I will write my column and I will do the best job I can and then I will drive home with Grant and have dinner and open a nice bottle of wine. So… Read More »

Saints writer explains Saints vs. 49ers game (Grant article)

Grant is turning into a pretty enterprising guy, if I don’t say so myself. He got the bright idea to contact a Saints beat writer, Mike Triplett (formerly of the Sacramento Bee) and ask all the questions Niners fans long have wanted to ask about Saturday’s opponent at the Stick. I think this information is so useful — crucial — I’ve decided to link to Grant’s piece as a service to Cohn Zohn readers. So enjoy. To link to Grant’s… Read More »