I consider myself a relatively regular reader of the blog known as Club Trillion. I find Mark Titus to be a pretty humorous guy, and his musings make me able to live my dream vicariously through him—riding the pine for a Division I basketball team.
I’ve been reading this blog fairly consistently since it was name dropped in a Podcast by ESPN Page 2’s Bill Simmons, whom I have read since he was BostonSportsGuy.com. Simmons is a whole other set of problems, as his writing has gone from witty and novel to methodical and predictable, with a splash of sexism thrown in for flavor.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I watch the WNBA religiously, but I certainly don’t write a line like “All right, I’ll ask: How come it took three seconds to euthanize Eight Belles, but the WNBA is starting Year 12?” and think that I’m funny, especially when the most rudimentary research shows that their targeted demographics are up in viewership across the board.
Back to the issue at hand: Club Trillion. Maybe I’m thinking too idealistically on this topic, but I enjoy writing things that are coming straight from my head. Yes, I will do research, especially on factual information on hot topics, like steroids in baseball, Manny Ramirez, the Pats-Chiefs trade, etc. I will credit where I get information from, if the information is not common knowledge and there is some form of literary license to it.
It’s the American way.
However, when I wrote ESPN’s Streak For The Cash: I Wish I Knew How To Quit You, which posted on Turning Two on Feb. 23, and was originally posted on Bleacher Report on Feb. 13, I wrote it from experience. In particular, I draw your attention to the following lines:
“Now, I’m not going to try and dissuade you from participating in this contest, but I’m going to be honest with you: This is the most agonizing productivity sucker to come along in the history of fantasy sports.” (I wrote that.)
“The moral of the story? Picking 27 correct matchups in a row is about as likely as pitching a perfect game, picking a perfect NCAA Tournament bracket, or being the next contestant on The Price Is Right. It could happen… but it’s highly unlikely.” (That too.)
From the heart. The gut. The soul.
Yesterday, I checked Trillion to see who was winning the most silly poll in the history of Internet polls, determining who is the whiter player on the Ohio State basketball team. It is silly because you can vote as many times as you want to.
This is why someone who voted for K’Nex over Lego’s is going to eventually win. Not because he deserves it, but because a bunch of undergrads with nothing else to do with their time will consistently keep him in the lead, because Bill Simmons has made him famous, and the kids love Simmons.
For the record, I unequivocally refuse to call Ohio State “The Ohio State University.” Seriously, get off your pedestal. By the way, how is Moe Clarett doing?
Anyhow, imagine my surprise when I read Titus’ article talking about ESPN’s Streak For The Cash.
I’m not going to sit here and accuse Mark “The Shark” Titus of plagiarism, because it’s not a word-for-word copy. However, I will sit here and let the readers of Turning Two and Bleacher Report decide, and solicit comments from everybody. His post, entitled “We’re Going Streaking” was posted on March 4, and bears some inspired similarities to this writer’s article on the same topic, in my opinion.
I ask you to be the judge, jury, and executioner on this one.