WVHooligan.com Blatantly Plagiarizes Other Soccer Blogs
|My Superdraft 2009 preview post has been blatantly ripped off by WVhooligan and its author, Drew Epperley. I also discovered did the exact same thing one month ago when I previously updated it, and also last year for my 2008 preview. And it turns out that I'm not the only site he's been ripping off. Just look:|
Climbing the Ladder 9/9 - 2009 MLS Superdraft Order & Picks:
Order is determined as follows: #1-7 go to non-playoff teams, #8-11 go to quarterfinalists, #12-13 go to semifinalists, and #14-15 go to the runner up and winner of MLS Cup 2008. Within each group, teams are ranked based on regular season record. Ties are broken the same way as the regular standings. For this preview, I'm assuming that the higher seeded teams will win each playoff series.
These picks are not included in the above order or the number of picks below. I would imagine the Guevara trade is for a high pick in the first half of the draft.
WVHooligan 9/10 - 2009 SuperDraft Projected Order:
But for now let’s dive back into this discussion. Now it may be still early to talk about this but I think we have a pretty clear understanding of somethings. The order I’ve decided to go with is determined as follows: #1-7 go to non-playoff teams and expansion club, #8-11 go to quarterfinalists, #12-13 go to semifinalists, and #14-15 go to the runner up and winner of MLS Cup 2008. Within each group, teams are ranked based on regular season record. Ties are broken the same way as the regular standings. Also, for this I will continue to notion that the higher seed will win their playoff series.
These picks are not included in the above order or the number of picks below but I’m going to assume the Guevara trade is for a high pick in the first half of the draft at the moment.
Not to mention the fact that he just copied and pasted the list of trades. And notice how he says he's planning to add a list of draft prospects, obviously planning future theft.
But wait, there's more!
Just from looking at the first half of the front page, I discovered several more instances of plagiarism. Imagine if I actually looked through the whole site!
WVHooligan rips off Buzz Carrick and 3rddegree.net:
3rddegree.net 9/10 - Moor Four Year Deal
First reported by Soccer America and now confirmed by 3rd Degree, Drew Moor has signed a new four year contract.
Moor is one of FCD’s most consistent and reliable players.
Hopefully Cooper is next.
WVHooligan 9/10 - Moor Gets Contract Extension
FC Dallas defender Drew Moor has signed a new four year contract with the club according to Soccer America and later confirmed by one of my sources.
Moor is one of club’s most consistent and reliable players, something not to many people have been able to do on that backline over the last few years.
Hopefully that means Kenny Cooper is next on the contract situation. Most figured he would be first and to a degree he is but things have stalled out from what I hear. Dallas is preparing to do something soon with all the allocation money that they’ve collected this season. I wouldn’t be shocked to see them toss most of that into a contract for Cooper.
WVHooligan rips off Ives Galarcep and Soccerbyives.net:
Soccer By Ives 9/9 - World Cup Qualifying goes global on Wednesday
At the top of the menu is the juicy England-Croatia clash in Croatia. England surely hasn't forgotten how the Croats eliminated them from Euro 2008 qualifying and now the Crostians stand between them and an automatic berth in the World Cup.
* Croatia vs. England. England will look for revenge after Croatia kept them out of Euro 2008.
WVHooligan 9/10 - World Cup Qualifying Schedule
Aside from the CONCACAF fun there are some great matches across the pond, particularly one in Croatia. That’s right its England-Croatia, round two. England surely hasn’t forgotten how the Croats eliminated them from Euro 2008 qualifying and now the Crostians stand between them and an automatic berth in the World Cup.
Some games to keep an eye out for:
Funny how Ives' typo of Crostians is not even changed. It's obvious what this is about. WVHooligan is a site with plenty of ads, so Drew or Andrew Epperley is stealing other peoples' content in order to get traffic and make money. And he is not just doing this in soccer (apparently), here is another instance of this behavior.
Epperley was listed as a "journalist in the making" at West Virginia here, where he apparently graduated in 2006. He has a degree in journalism. I can only that his current or future employers google his name and read about what he has done.
WVHooligan is linked by Du Nord and other soccer blogs, and I think those links need to be taken down by site owners. I actually used to link to him myself, probably because he asked nicely or something.
CTL (1, 2, 3) vs WVHooligan (1, 2, 3)
3rd Degree (1) vs WVHooligan (1)
SBI (1, 2) vs WVHooligan (1, 2)
- Ripoff of my previous version of the Superdraft preview last month, I've since deleted the word "trade" from all the listings (just like him).
- Stealing my 2008 Superdraft preview.
- CTL is listed as a "Quality Soccer Read" by WVHooligan. Heh.