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I am the host of "Content Is King," weekdays at 2 pm ET on SiriusXM Bleacher Report Radio, Channel 83. I interview sportswriters, authors, broadcasters and other media figures about their work. I call it Terry Gross for sports.
I am also a Lead Writer Editor at Bleacher Report, working mostly on longform feature stories. I joined B/R in 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.
My writing has been anthologized in "The Hall of Nearly Great" (SkyMarc, 2015), "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).
Dear Mr. Kaufman,
Please consider my op-ed for publication in Bleacher Report. I’m a student at Oakland University and I have participated in contact sports for over 10 years and I have seen the injuries that can end seasons and even careers, I’ve witnessed firsthand the effects they have on the recipients’ life. I understand the useful medical effects of marijuana and the massive potential it has to help people who struggle from these injuries. I chose to focus on the NFL because it’s in season right now and injuries are still a threat to these athletes. If you could please take the time to read my article and consider it for publication, thank you.
Weed Is great, especially if ball is life. What I mean by this is NFL players are having their careers put in jeopardy for taking a little puff to compensate for the rigorous hits they take day in day out, that we watch for our own entertainment. Instead the players of the NFL are handed prescription pills in buckets that have been known to be a leading cause of drug abuse, only to get them back out on the field as soon as possible. With well over half the players in the league admitting to at least trying marijuana to ease their pain it seems silly to still have it banned.
The chemicals in Weed have been scientifically proven to reduce swelling of the brain for injuries that are common in contact sports such as the NFL and it can be put into use as soon as the injury occurs in ways other that smoking it. Weed has evolved so much overtime for example there are ways to get high off the chemicals in weed through eating it, drinking it, and even oils or lotions to rub on the skin. This is just the different ways of ingesting the plant there are numerous other strains and mixes that have different effects and this is within the first couple years of studying with it. But to have an ignorance of the potential that Medical Marijuana holds by not allowing players who already know of the positive effects would be an insult to Medical research everywhere. I’m not saying that everybody deserves to take a hit willy nilly we need to be smart about this and for athletes to perform on a professional level under the influence is remarkable. Instead the commissioner is giving no alternative to prescription pills, that we know can be harmful in large doses, which players take in large doses just to be able to function at practice let alone games.
For NFL players to be held to a standard of brain injuring hits because of the advancement of physical limits and then to be forced to take pills that can ruin lives in the long term because of the highly addictive nature they have is unjust. Not because I want people to smoke weed when they need to but because they have no option other than taking pills that can literally ruin their life, and anybody who isn’t experiencing these hits first hand could just say “take the recommended dosage and you’ll be fine” right? No, imagine you are a 6’4 220-pound wide receiver fresh out of college. You are running a route across the middle of the field through traffic consisting of other men who get paid to make sure you don’t catch the ball. Now let’s go back to reality, you are back in your normal body and you try to do the same thing, I’m pretty sure you going to need more than a pill a day to ease the pain of that kind of punishment.
We cannot tell these athletes that weed isn’t a good medicine to use because its illegal, while they are forced them to take highly addictive drugs instead. Especially when players have been stoned during game time and had the best performance in their careers. These superstar athletes are grown men who can make their own decisions and if they believe they need to take care of themselves by sparking up, let them
Hello Mr. Kaufman, I was looking through the websites contact, blog, and job tabs and I found the Writers Program. I would love to apply, but the link to the application claims that it doesn't exist and to contact B/R help. I assume you guys took down the link because you have filled the spots. That being said, above is a link the the couple articles I've written on my own, I think my Thon Maker and my Sam Hinkie pieces are my best shorter articles.
Thanks for any help you can give and your time,
Hello Mr. Kaufman, I was looking through the websites contact, blog, and job tabs and I found the Writers Program. I would love to apply, but the link to the application claims that it doesn't exist and to contact B/R help. I assume you guys took down the link because you have filled the spots. That being said, above is a link the the couple articles I've written on my own, think my Thon Maker and my Sam Hinkie pieces are my best shorter articles.
Thanks for any help you can give and your time,
I am interested in the Writer Program. How would I go about enrolling in it?
Cash is King! Check out my article posted at NFL Retired Players United and emailed to 6,000 former NFL players: http://jeffnixon.sportsblog.com/posts/15739958/getting-outraged-over-the-nfl-pension-plan--don-t--just-join-the-conversation-.html
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!
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.
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.
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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
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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