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, 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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  • Curtis Rawls posted 22 days ago

    Curtis Rawls

    I am interested in the Writer Program. How would I go about enrolling in it?

  • Jeff Nixon posted 78 days ago

    Jeff Nixon

    Cash is King! Check out my article posted at NFL Retired Players United and emailed to 6,000 former NFL players:

  • James Hamrin posted 118 days ago

    James  Hamrin

    Hi Mr. Kaufman,

    I'm working towards my MBA in Healthcare Management. I have had a rough time trying to find position with my undergrad degree from UConn in communication. I have a blog I have been working with recently and it also includes many of my papers as well. If you like any of them I would love to get started under your direction! I was also wondering how do you post articles so people can view them as the overall author? But I will supply you with one of my articles I worked one recently!

  • Chris Stone posted 177 days ago

    Chris  Stone

    Hello King,

    I have just completed my Masters in Sports Law. Like most graduates I'm trying to find my way in life. I have begun blogging. While most of my pieces involve my personal opinion I have recently completed a piece on whether college athletes should be paid. It is a legal, economic, historical, and cultural discussion of why college athletes should be employees and therefore paid. Take a read, if you like it I'd love to spread it around.

    Chris Stone

  • Brandon Houston posted 374 days ago

    Brandon Houston

    HI sir, I was hoping you would be available for a phone conversation or some other way of contact as I had questions about the program and what I would have to do to get involved in any way with the site. Please get back to me for my contact info soon as you as you can! Thank you.

  • Jordan Silva Mishkin posted 398 days ago

    Jordan Silva Mishkin

    Hi! Would love to show you our new sports app. SportsBuddy.
    Ability to connect with people around you to play the sports you love!

  • Paul Zecher posted 505 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 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 to go n't who had a natural contempt to their officers. .
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  • Larry George posted 701 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 1325 days ago

    Josh Matt

    care for a fan add?

  • Sam Quinn posted 1343 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.