Crime and slap-on-the-wrist punishment

The truth about foul play in the heat of competition is that bad blood is good business.

Originally Published: March 17, 2010
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

There's a great scene in the Rodney Dangerfield classic "Back to School" in which Dean David Martin (played by Ned Beatty) tries to soothe the ruffled feelings of Dr. Phillip Barbay, who is dismayed to discover that the university's new addition is being christened the Melon School of Business in recognition of the largesse of Thornton Melon, Dangerfield's character.

"Phil," Dean Martin says, "in Mr. Melon's defense, it was a really big check."

Today's lesson: When in ...

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