What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions

When Bad Things Happen to Dumb People

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.

Of course, the picture is fake...Woody Paige hasn't been that thin since Eisenhower carried his own golf clubs.

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.

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9 comments on “When Bad Things Happen to Dumb People

  1. tophatal
    June 8, 2011

    Woody Paige the sports’ journalism world’s answer to Jayson Blair . He now makes Kornheiser appear to have some redeeming qualities . As to what those qualities might be who knows ?

    tophatal …….


    • JW
      June 8, 2011

      Nice dig on the Jayson Blair reference. Cruel, but fair.


      • tophatal
        June 8, 2011


        No one ever said that ESPN sought to be impartial when it came to sports’ journalism . They sip and at times drink from the same trough as Fox News and the others of that ilk .

        How’d you team fare in the MLB Draft ?

        tophatal …………


      • tophatal
        June 9, 2011

        Paige and Bayless are simply another reason why ESPN has sunk to such levels of despair in terms of so called journalistic integrity . And to think that Stephen A Smith wasn’t signed by the network ? LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

        tophatal …………


  2. sportsattitudes
    June 8, 2011

    First Whitlock and now LeBatard getting props. I think I did see a Full Moon is a week from today. Perhaps it peaked early!


  3. JW
    June 8, 2011

    What does it tell you about the so-called stable of “talent” at ESPN that I need a list of who is most objectionable. Skip Bayless vs. Woody “Plaige” is a tough call.


  4. chappy81
    June 8, 2011

    Whoa, I must’ve missed all this. I had no idea he got caught plagerizing. The guy is obviously a little nuts to begin with. I like Al’s Jayson Blair reference!


  5. ChrisHumpherys
    June 9, 2011

    I’m going to go and jinx myself here.

    I haven’t suffered from writer’s block in years.

    It’s pretty simple actually. I find something, anything, and write about it. It helps, obviously, to have an original thought on the subject, as well as an active imagination.

    You can agree or disagree with the mainstream but have an opinion on a topic and preferably an original take.

    Copycatting is inexcusable but quite often commonplace.


    • JW
      June 9, 2011

      That’s true, but that is still a long way from “copy/paste/publish”


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