King Kaufman
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King Kaufman

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I am the manager of the Writer Program at Bleacher Report. I joined BR in January 2011 after spending 14 years at Salon.com, where I wrote the King Kaufman's Sports Daily column/blog from 2002 to 2009. I was also copy chief, associate managing editor, features writer and cover editor at various times at Salon. From 1989 to 1996 I worked for the (Hearst) San Francisco Examiner, where I covered boxing, as well as working as a writer and editor on a variety of desks.

I served as the advisor for the student newspaper Student Life at Washington University in St. Louis from 2002-2004, and I have freelanced for the New York Times and MLB, among other places. My work has been anthologized in "Top of the Order: 25 Writers Pick Their Favorite Baseball Player of All Time" (Da Capo, 2010), "Afterwords: Stories and Reports From 9/11 and Beyond" (Washington Square, 2002), "Iron Mike: A Mike Tyson Reader" (Da Capo, 2002) and, my favorite because it's a rhetoric textbook, "Dialogues: An Argument Rhetoric and Reader, 4th Edition" (Longman, 2003).

I grew up in Los Angeles and attended the University of California at Santa Cruz before transferring to Berkeley, where I graduated with a history degree and a master's in journalism. I have lived in the Bay Area ever since, mostly San Francisco, except for six years I spent in St. Louis. I am married and have two kids.

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  • Paul Zecher posted 69 days ago

    Paul Zecher

    For years, I could stand that Krafty man that some call Bellock.
    He was always a little too cute and perhaps a tad to close to MIT
    In other words, there was something under his sleeves.
    Although, we were once again vindicated in suspicions
    I will stick to my theory: that it is not so much what was up his sleeve as what was on it.
    This theory came from another notable in History: Napoleon.
    Yes, Napoleon. Him. The dude that had every general after him trying to fight his way:
    even when it went against all common sense and your run of the mill survival skills.
    Napoleon was such a towering genius that they had to pretend him short...just to belittle
    the man.
    But I suggest that it was not so much what was in his head as was sat atop it.
    Yes, that famous and powerful symbol of the Napoleonic ere...is bi-corel hat.
    No, it wasn't some magic hat. No, it wasn't made from the finest clothe or bedecked with precious ornaments such as those found on the most expensive (and high-maintenance) Victoria's models. It wasn't even akin to a favorite grove I once had and lost somewhere near the little league field. He had several of these hats. And even if he lost them all he could have easily borrowed one from one of his men below him.
    And the officer would have gladly given it to Napoleon...or any man who wished to trade him for a hat. For among his officers the hat was considered an abomination. So lowly did they consider this hat they were want to wear it rakishly - off to the side.And if they couldn't wear it off to the side, they would refuse to wear it. for it did not go with the notions of fighting wars before Napoleon - the concept of the swashbuckler.
    Napoleon wasn't much of a taskmaster when he didn't have to be. He simply shrugged his shoulders and caved to what his vain officers seem to want above all else: look the hero. Vanity does have its good points in War. If you really care what you look like when you've been shot off your horse...well, let them worry about the silly.
    Napoleon continued to wear his hat proper: square to the shoulders. This and his rather fattish head lent the appearance of man who didn't care about vanity. This wearing of the ugly of ugly hats had an up side as well. Before battle, an officer could quickly take note upon what hill Napoleon was to be seen in his usual gloomy demeanor. Despite paintings to the contrary, he was to be found "hanging out" with anyone. The only reason they might interrupt his gloominess and make it appear somewhat festive...but only in the sense that baseball coming to find out what all the talk is about on the mound. This was not a rap session...say what you need to say and Napoleon will give it a few moments to reflect on what step to take next.
    But it wasn't just the officers who took note, it was also noted among the ordinary soldier. The ordinary soldiers who had a natural contempt to the oficers above them who thought fighting in war was something of a game. And a officer who often boast and brag when the officer wasn't .......got to go n't who had a natural contempt to their officers. .
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  • Larry George posted 265 days ago

    Larry George

    why do you have a fan beating on a Jr. High marching band bass drum? What does it have to do with the team?

  • Josh Matt posted 889 days ago

    Josh Matt

    care for a fan add?

  • Sam Quinn posted 906 days ago

    Sam Quinn

    Hey, saw your blog post about going to a career fair at the University of Tennessee. Just out of curiosity, is B/R going to be at NYU's sports management career fair next week? If not it's definitely something to think about in the future, there are a ton of great students and based on the reaction I've gotten when I mention working here I think there'd be plenty of interest from people here.

  • Rob Kirk posted 1059 days ago

    Rob Kirk

    Great meeting you in Philly, King. For future Pennsylvania meet-ups may I suggest the lovely Borough of Hanover, PA. There is a grassy-runway airport, no two lane roads leading in or out of town, but it's the snack food capital of America! Haha!

  • Robert Wood posted 1060 days ago

    Robert Wood

    Thanks for doing the Writers Meet-up tonight. It was extremely helpful.

  • Eric Browning posted 1194 days ago

    Eric Browning

    King,

    I've been a fan since your days at Salon. Just stumbled across the site and noticed you're here at B/R. I'm happy to reconnect with your work.

    I'd gladly appreciate any feedback you might be able to give on my articles.

    Best wishes,
    Eric Browning

  • Saqib Ahmed Dadabhoy posted 1250 days ago

    Saqib Ahmed Dadabhoy

    Sault Ste. Marie, King? Pff, you bet I'll be there!

  • Joel Reuter posted 1260 days ago

    Joel Reuter

    Hey King,

    Myself and nine of the other MLB FCs got together and made our predictions for where the Top 20 free agents will land this offseason. Anything you could do to help promote the article for us would be greatly appreciated.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/927741-mlb-free-agency-br-columnists-predict-where-top-20-free-agents-will-land

    Thanks,
    Joel Reuter

  • Graham GSM Matthews posted 1261 days ago

    Graham GSM Matthews

    Hey, any idea how I can get my free Bleacher Report hooded sweatshirt for becoming a Featured Columnist Level 2?

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