I’ve got some typical blogger biases; I think there are mainstream media guys out there who don’t know what they’re talking about, and often their criticisms of the blogosphere reflect not only jealousy but ignorance of how the whole thing works. That said, there are some pretty lousy bloggers out there.
In particular, places like Bleacher Report – who let anyone write articles – are particularly susceptible, as in today’s example (in the interest of full disclosure: I’ve done work for SBNation, a network that in some ways competes with Bleacher Report).
Let’s do a quick compare and contrast between two articles today: one written by Yahoo’s Greg Wyshynski, and one written by David Carter of Bleacher Report. We’ll start with paragraph four of Carter’s piece and paragraph two of Wyshynski’s column.
- First comparison: Both mention the rookie race will pick up if the Avalanche and Rangers stay in contention.
- Second comparison: Both break down Michael Del Zotto‘s numbers.
- Third comparison: Both talk about Tavares’ situation.
- Fourth comparison: Both discuss Victor Hedman.
- Fifth comparison: Both discuss other rookies making an impact.
- Sixth comparison: Both key in on Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly.
- Seventh comparison: Both wonder if Nikita Filatov and Nicklas Bergfors will ever do much.
- Eight comparison: Both compare Semyon Varlamov and Jonas Gustavsson to Steve Mason.
- Ninth comparison: Both talk about how difficult it is for a defenceman (with both citing Drew Doughty) to win the Calder Trophy, and both suggest it’s easier for goaltenders.
It’s plagiarism. Certainly Greg Wyshynski recognized it. It’s just sneaky enough to slip by whatever controls they have there, and pop up on Google’s News feed, but there’s no doubting what happened here. David Carter, the article’s author, is certainly guilty of plagiarism (and stupidity, since Puck Daddy has as many readers as anyone) but I think this incident also tells most everyone exactly how much faith they should put in Bleacher Report’s offerings.