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Chris Arnold, Dallas Mavericks Game Night Emcee, Wrote a "Next Level Analysis" of Tony Romo, Completely Plagiarized It

Chris Arnold Plagiarism

Chris Arnold, who is listed here on the Dallas Mavericks official website as their game night emcee, is also a radio personality/writer in Dallas/Fort Worth with CBS DFW. In that latter capacity, he is also one of the most blatant plagiarizers I have ever seen, writing an article that appeared on the CBS DFW website entitled “Damned Tony Romo”, after Sunday’s performance in the loss. (Here’s the link, until it is removed in a bit, if you are inclined to give a page view to over 1,500 words of pure plagiarism)

Image (1) tony-romo-and-dez-bryant.jpg for post 229268The article plagiarizes this piece by Scott Kacsmar when he was writing at Cold Hard Football Facts this July, entitled “NFL Myth-busting: Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys are America’s Chokers”. It is so blatant, so ridiculous, and this person apparently is a public figure in Dallas, that it deserves every bit of ridicule possible.

Oh, and after copying, pasting, and adding very cosmetic and transparent changes, he had the gall last night to thank fans on Twitter for helping “his” article go viral. This seems in line with someone who would claim to do “next level analysis” and then end a 1,500 word article with the Pulitzer-winning original sentence: “Damn.”

So, how did it plagiarize Kacsmar’s previous work? He has a personal blog where he has posted the similarities. I’ll just point out a few, but rest assured, this is only a sampling.

ARNOLD: “We know Romo isn’t a bus driver. He has thrown for over 300 yards a total of 41 times and has 51 games with a passer rating over 100.0 (minimum 15 attempts). His 7.94 yards per attempt is the seventh highest in NFL history. He’s not conservative.”

KACSMAR: “We know Romo isn’t a caretaker. He has thrown for 300 yards a total of 40 times and has 48 games with a passer rating over 100.0 (minimum 15 attempts). His 7.94 yards per attempt is the seventh highest in NFL history.”

[Oh good, he changed “caretaker” to “bus driver”. You might argue that this is not plagiarism since the number of games has changed. Well, except the “next level analysis” could not go to the next level of updating Romo’s career yards per attempt, which is at 7.95 after Sunday. Math is hard, and the easiest way to spot plagiarism from a lazy person is laziness is carrying forward a math error or a number that has changed.]

ARNOLD: Romo has seven straight seasons with a passer rating of at least 90.0 (minimum 200 attempts). Only Steve Young (1991-98) and Peyton Manning (2003-10) have ever done that. Romo’s 95.6 passer rating is fifth all time.

KACSMAR: Romo has seven straight seasons with a passer rating of at least 90.0 (minimum 200 attempts). Only Steve Young (1991-98) and Peyton Manning (2003-10) have ever done that. Romo’s 95.6 passer rating is fifth all time.

[Had Chris Arnold done a modicum of original research, he would have seen that Romo’s passer rating,  according to the pro-football-reference.com career leaders page, is now 96.6. That puts him at 4th as he and Tom Brady have switched places since the start of this season.] 

ARNOLD: In fact, Romo became the first quarterback in team history to lead 3 consecutive comebacks and game-winning drives in Weeks 13-15. The 9-point comeback Romo led in Cincinnati was the only time the Bengals allowed 20 points in their final nine games. He followed that up with a 14-point comeback in the final 4:45 to force overtime with New Orleans before going on to lose 34-31. But all everyone remembers is the last game against the Redskins and his last pick.

KACSMAR: Romo became the first quarterback in team history to lead three consecutive comebacks and game-winning drives in Weeks 13-15. He followed that up with a 14-point comeback in the final 4:45 to force overtime with New Orleans before going on to lose 34-31.

The nine-point comeback Romo led in Cincinnati was the only time the Bengals allowed 20 points in their final nine games.

But it’s that Week 17 disappointment on another big, national stage that people are going to remember.

[A slight rearranging of the sentence order, moving the Bengals sentence up, but other than that almost identical.]

ARNOLD: No one’s trying to put Romo in the Hall of Fame or on the same pedestal as Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, but the facts remain that he’s very good and gets held to one of the more ridiculous standards in the league. There are other quarterbacks blowing games more often than Romo, and there aren’t as many giving their team a chance to win as Romo.

KACSMAR: No one’s trying to put Romo in the Hall of Fame or on the same pedestal as Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, but the facts remain that he’s very good and gets held to one of the more ridiculous standards in the league.

There are other quarterbacks blowing games more often than Romo, and there aren’t as many giving their team a chance to win so often.

[In contrast, I would like to put Chris Allen in the Plagiarism Hall of Fame, on the same pedestal as Lynn Hoppes and Jonah Lehrer.]

ARNOLD: Like clockwork, Romo had one of his worst moments when the Nielsen ratings were at their highest.

KACSMAR: Like clockwork, Romo had one of his worst moments when the Nielsen ratings were at their highest.

[Like clockwork, CBS DFW will be issuing their apology by noon today, and the Dallas Mavericks should be able to find anyone to announce in-game promotions among people that don’t blatantly violate rules of journalism, hard work, and attribution.]

[photo of Arnold from CBS DFW]

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