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Surveying executive failure in all fields, from sideline to boardroom

Updated: November 29, 2012, 5:07 PM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

At a glance, "How do you give up a first down on fourth-and-29?" sounds like a different line of inquiry than "How do you lose money selling Twinkies to the fattest people on the planet?" It is not. Nor is "Should I use the Internet to conduct an affair with my biographer while sitting in a building full of spies?"

At various moments in our history, business and football and the military have all been mocked, savagely, for their small-mindedness, bureaucratic incompetence ...

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