What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
Honestly, I don’t know why anybody is surprised that Denver Post columnist and ESPN blowhard Woody Paige was accused of plagiarism. Did anybody think this hack was really coming up with half of the stuff he says on his own? Half the time is see him on “Around the Horn” I keep waiting to see the puppet strings moving his Paigian brand of leather-faced, bad-permed dumbassery.
Some of the choicest bits, from SportsbyBrooks.
Paige’s pirated piece, published yesterday, lifts unattributed quotes word-for-word from Ourand’s April 4 story in SportsBusiness Journal, framing the comments with nearly identical context:
In an Anaheim, Calif., bar (near a theme park), Daniels was told by a Getty Oil executive about the venture’s problematical plans. Daniels had persuaded the company to buy a majority share of ESPN.
Stuart Evey was concerned Getty Oil had made a mistake. “The first thing he asked Bill was: ‘Are we ever going to make money?’” Colorado cable pioneer Paul Maxwell said. “Bill knew it would work. We both thought it was brilliant.”
The obvious theft prompted the normally mild-mannered Ourand to confront Paige directly on Twitter today…
Then there’s this little morsel:
This isn’t the first time Paige has been accused of plagiarism by a well-respected sports journalist.
ESPN’s own Dan Le Batard reported to readers on the MIAMI HERALD website in 2009 that Paige once ripped off an entire column from him.
During a reader chat on Sept. 14, 2009, Le Batard was involved in this exchange:
Submitted 09/14/09 14:02:46 by Adam from Minnesota
Q: Is Woody Paige a big goofball when he isn’t on Around the Horn? or is it just an act for TV
Answered 09/14/09 14:05:04 by Dan Le Batard
A: no, he’s that….his career has kind of amazed me….my friend call him woody plaige….pre-internet, during a super bowl in miami, i went to ricky jackson’s pahokee home….wrote scene…..described town….had a scene in which ricky was coming home with a big check for his family….a few days later, paige writes the same column….but he never went to the home and he just made up some bait shop and gave some black guy a quote in ridiculous black dialect….this was during denver news wars….the other denver paper called him out on it….even wrote a letter with both columns to the publisher, i think….but it was pre-internet so he never got in trouble…but the people at his paper have to know that he’s pretty reckless
Just like today’s earlier post about Jason Whitlock…you know something is obvious if I’m agreeing with Dan LeBastard.