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Maese and ESPN - is idea stolen?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by sysimms, Jul 5, 2006.

  1. sysimms

    sysimms New Member

    Maese in baltimore sun writes today about taking time off from watching ESPN

    could have sworn that Kawakami wrote almost word for word the same thing a couple of years ago.

    am i wrong?
  2. Columbo

    Columbo Active Member

    Dude, if we legislated on different takes on a same idea, almost everyone would be in journalism jail.
  3. leo1

    leo1 Active Member

    i think ideas like that are in the public domain.

    look at it this way -- how many stories have you seen over the years in which a reporter spends days on his couch watching college football bowl games and writes about it?
  4. Rufino

    Rufino Active Member

    Haven't read Maese's piece, but that's really not that revolutionary an idea to write about. Certainly nothing two people couldn't come up with independently. Next time somebody writes about firing a coach will you think they ripped off Mariotti?
  5. Left_Coast

    Left_Coast Active Member

    Kawakami did write about it. Two years ago. I think it's OK for someone else to write about it. As someone mentioned, it's part of the public domain. Kind of like good headlines. You see one, you might apt to use it yourself some day.

    A sampling from Kawakami:

    I'd estimate I watch about 75 to 90 minutes of ESPN programming a day, either as background noise or to catch up on things by tuning in to ``SportsCenter.'' And Bad ESPN is everywhere.
    Over those 75 minutes, ESPN is a TV obstacle course: Whoops, watch out, blatant self-promotion, turn to CNN! Get back in time for the update on the Los Angeles Lakers' break-up. Oh no, it's an ESPYs replay, turn off the TV right now!!!

    ESPN had two main NBA analysts last season -- thoughtful, knowledgeable veteran NBA reporter David Aldridge and the infamous Screamin' A. Smith. Guess which one they just let go? Hint: It wasn't the guy who actually makes sense and doesn't harm your ears.
  6. That_Guy

    That_Guy Member

    Or maybe Maese is Kawakami.

    I played a lot of Clue growing up.
  7. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Then perhaps you should get one.

    (Sorry, lobbed softball. Had to take advantage. Nothing personal.) :D
  8. Twoback

    Twoback Active Member

    I'm not in favor of borrowing an idea so specific.
    I'm even less in favor of borrowing an idea so lame.
  9. leo1

    leo1 Active Member

  10. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    This is a so-called Studlius Maximus who works in a big eastern city with a good sports culture and lots of stories to be mined, and he writes about his TV watching habits.
  11. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Jesus, people need to get a grip...

    There aren't that many truly original ideas out there... To suggest that Maese stole or borrowed anything from Kawakami is just idiotic.

    Did he plagiarize anything?

    No... Then shut the fuck up.

    Here's a newsflash... The column Joe Posnanski wrote about the retarded kid who was allowed to run for a touchdown ran first in a really small paper. Pos likely heard about it and wrote a column that wound up in BASW. If memory serves, Reilly wrote the column after Pos did...

    Did anyone do anything wrong? Of course not...
  12. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Maese did nothing wrong, he just wrote a useless bullshit column. Who gives a carp whether he's stopped watching ESPN.

    Looks like Maese and Cowley should share a total bullshit writing award for the day.
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