Position: Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com
Born: 1964, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Education: UC Berkeley (1982-84), graduated Washington State University (1986, Communications)
Career: Yuba-Sutter Appeal-Democrat (1986-88), Sacramento Union (1988-1989), Sacramento Bee (1989-1991), San Francisco Chronicle (1991-1999), ESPN The Magazine (1999-present)
Personal: Married, four sons
Favorite restaurant (home): 1. Norman Rose Tavern, Napa, Ca. – “great food, casual, the ballgame’s on behind the bar and you don’t have to mortgage the house to feed four large sons.” 1a. Nopa, San Francisco.
Favorite restaurant (away): The Purple Pig, Chicago, “one of the rare places worth the ridiculous wait. Order the skate wing.”
Favorite hotel: The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas. “ridiculous people-watching, crazy rooms – almost enough to make Vegas palatable.”
Q. Two major elements to “After the NFL”: Steve Hendrickson and your family. Why? Read more... (1647 words, 3 images, estimated 6:35 mins reading time)
The best Japanese-American hockey writer in Boston writes about how the NHL lockout gave him time to make pizza for his children, Hana, 6, and Wright, 3.
The Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa does not seem to miss the game as he writes: “I have never felt the pull of fall as keenly as I have during the lockout. The kitchen is where it feels the sharpest. The oven timer beeps. The food processor hums. Fists pump when I hit the sweet spot of my tomato soup. Curses flow when my apple pie crust balloons and the nutmeg kicks in far too sharply.”
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Steve Bulpett: Interviewed on December 5, 2011
Position: NBA writer/columnist, Boston Herald
Born: 1957, Lynn, MA
Education: University of Dayton, 1979, B.A.
Career: Beavercreek (Ohio) Daily News 1979-81; Burlington (MA) News 1981-82; Salem (MA) Evening News 1982-85; United Press International 1985; Boston Herald 1985-present.
Personal: Single. “Close to the altar a few times – three arrests, no convictions – but surely maturity will kick in soon and I’ll complete the trip.”
Favorite restaurant (home): “Too hard to narrow it to one. And I’d piss off too many friends in the business if I did.”
Favorite restaurant (away): Presently in the NBA: Billy Coerper’s Five-O’Clock Club, Milwaukee. “The name has changed and it’s gone a bit upscale, but it retains much of the charm of an old-time corner bar restaurant.” Honorable mention: Rendezvous Barbecue in Memphis; Gibson’s in Chicago; In-n-Out Burger out west “the one on Lincoln Blvd. and Sepulveda is so close to an LAX runway that I once lost a french fry in the vortex of a Korean Air Lines 747.” Read more... (2038 words, 3 images, estimated 8:09 mins reading time)
An Interview with Rich Hofmann
My whole thing is I’ve never been a guy who shouts a lot in the paper. It’s partly my personality, partly a calculation. I’m not sure I can out-shout radio if I wanted to…I don’t try to take the loudest take – I try to take the smartest take, or a different take.
“I find myself less likely to write about a national event than I used to. If there is a choice between me writing about Bobby Knight resigning or the St. Joe-Villanova basketball game, which we call the Holy War, I write the Holy War. To me, where we are in 2008, the better column in Philadelphia that day is the big college basketball game. I think that’s what I can give people that they can’t get on espn.com.”
“Now my son is getting ready for college and he wants to be a sportswriter…When you hear that you have a range of emotions…it makes you feel good he wasn’t totally scarred by all the traveling I did, and all the times I wasn’t there for things…But at the same time I make him aware of the financial realities of the business now…”
Rich Hofmann: interviewed on February 8, 2008
Position: Columnist, Philadelphia Daily News
Born: 1958, New York
Education: Penn, 1980, BS (economics, labor relations, political science)
Career: Philadelphia Daily News 1980 –
Personal: married, two children (Rich, Casey)
Favorite restaurant (home): Amici Noi, Philadelphia (Old City) “great Italian food and a great place to sit at the bar and watch Philadelphia go by”
Favorite restaurant (road): “anyplace you can get more than five Philadelphia sportswriters at the same table”
Favorite hotel: Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos “fabulous and fabulously expensive”
Rich Hofmann, excerpted from the Philadelphia Daily News, January 8, 2008:
“ME, I AM neither for nor against boxing: Like Zen, it is,” says Joseph R. Svinth. It is a wonderful line, written by a man whose avocation is to chronicle death in the ring. Read more... (2 words, 2 images, estimated 0 secs reading time)