It has been 148 days since we first informed you of Lynn Hoppes's copy-and-pasting habits. And dear reader, it's over. All it took for ESPN to acknowledge the widespread plagiarism in its archives was for the company's news honcho, John Walsh, to float a rumor in front of a class of journalism students that I was involved in some sort of love triangle with Hoppes. (No, really. That's what happened.) Shortly after that, I was informed by ESPN's PR department that the stories would be updated.

The final tally? Fifteen stories that borrowed from Wikipedia have been affected: 12 were deleted altogether; three got a rewrite and a nasty little tagline that fairly vibrates with suppressed annoyance.

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This post has been amended to remove passages that did not meet ESPN standards for original language.

The three stories that got that tagline:

And which stories have just been outright removed? Those amazingly dumb birthday posts, a Hoppes staple. Here they are, saved for posterity via Google cache:

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There are still three stories sitting in the archives that lifted language from press releases but whatever. This is a start.