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The Morning Animals Are Thieves

Upon hearing that Jim Traber and Al Eschbach talked about Patrick’s brilliant drinking game on the air yesterday, I suspected the Morning Animals might be talking about it today. So, instead of tuning in to the vastly superior Toby Rowland like I usually do, I instead listened to WWLS.

Sure enough, the Morning Animals were all over it, touting it all morning. Well, they just read it, and much to my chagrin, they omitted all reference to TheLostOgle.com. Having laughed quite a bit, one of them finally asked Pork where he had found it. His response: a nervous “a local blogger.” Then he’s asked, “Is it one we can mention on the air?” And Pork says he doesn’t know.

And now, just as I type this, we are informed that the phone lines are lighting up with people wanting to know where they could get their hands on it. And they say they’ll “type it up and post it on our own web site.”

Note to the Morning Animals: That is stealing, plain and simple. You are taking the words and thoughts of someone else and not giving them credit. I doubt Patrick worked very hard on the post since, well, he had some serious material to work with and, frankly, we don’t work hard at anything, but these guys are also spitting in the faces of people who might actually put a lot of work into their product. And all for a five minute bit and a few laughs.

Just because we may be the bloggers and message board idiots Steely hates doesn’t give he and his buddies license to take things without attribution. Radio hosts stealing material from blogs is nothing new, but I figured these guys were above that. At least Jim and Al had the decency to give proper credit…

UPDATE: I guess we could call this little mini-controversy over. Our point has been made, and better yet, understood, which is all we could really hope for in this situation. And frankly, we’ve probably got more mileage out of this than we would if Patrick’s post would have been properly attributed. So no hard feelings, though it would be nice if Steely would tone down the rhetoric a bit when it comes to the “internet people.” Once you get your own MySpace page, it’s a little difficult to keep the high ground.


  1. Toby Rowland is superior in all things but signal strength.

    And the Morning Anipals are wearing thin. The fact that they would theif the drinkign game, not a surprise. Perhaps someone should drop a link to their website on the IW board.

  2. i’m definitely going to listen to his show today (instead of switching to rusty like i normally do). i can’t believe i’m actually excited to hear if he will complain about this.

    i think that if he mentions the website or drinking game in a negative light, then you guys should retaliate by doing another “where do they live…”

  3. The Animals haven’t had a creative idea in years. Surely you cannot blame them for scouring the internet to steal ideas. You really do need your own sports talk show. I would be happy to be your “special” guest.

  4. Lame.

    But it’s probably better this place wasn’t infiltrated by people who actually listen to the Morning Animals.

  5. 1) If Lump said we were going to “copy” this to our website he was either saying it in jest or not thinking clearly.

    2)We did not know that Jim and Al had already given you credit. If we did, we wouldn’t have even read it, and we would have given you the proper credit. In fact, I plan to give you credit when I replay it in the morning.

    3)We never said that it was our idea. We said “a local blogger.” If anyone called and wanted to know, we told them the website. I just wasn’t clear as to whether or not we could broadcast it.

    4)Hopefully this gets me on the top 100 Oklahoma embarassments list.

    5)Megan Mullaly IS an embarassment.

    6)Thanks to everyone for listening, even those that hate us.

    7)I want to credit thelostogle.com for publishing this comment. 😉

  6. I’d seek immediate legal council in this matter.
    ClearChannel or whoever the hell is running that 5 & dime operation called the sportsanimal has deep pockets.

    This is clear cut copyright infringement, if you asks me.

    Then you all could be millionaires and finally do something with your lives…

  7. Then I guess everything’s wrapped up in a neat little package!

    Though, what is the point of life without holding several, longstanding grudges? Especially ones against abhorrent local sports radio “personalities”?

  8. Actually, litigation is in motion against “thelostogle.com” et al, et lux, etcetera etcetera, for menstealiaing a “Saving Grace” post.

    Are you prepared to go to court?

    Your attitude also constitutes a “breech of faith”. That’s illegal in Nevada.

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