Thursday, September 30, 2004

Jim Caple and Youppi

I know that sportswriters reuse material all the time. Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon will say things on PTI that they wrote in the Washington Post that same day, and I've seen other writers on TV who will quote themselves without attributing their comments to themselves. That's OK. I do the same thing: I'll write something here, then I'll mention it in conversation without saying "As I wrote in my blog yesterday..." But over on, apparently Jim Caple is too busy to come up with something original to say about the relocation of the Montreal Expos to Washington, DC. Yesterday, he wrote about his disappointment in the new deal and the end of baseball in Montreal. Today, he wrote the same column, only this time it's posted on's Page 2 and it's Youppi, the Expos' mascot, who expresses the same disappointment.

I think the psychological term for Caple's problem is transference.

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