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Endgame: The arithmetic of payback

Updated: May 5, 2011, 2:18 PM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

You wake up one morning and it's a different world. We all rise today to news of "justice" and of "payback."

Sports fans recognize the terms.

Part of the attraction of sports, it seems to me, and part of their abiding beauty, lies in the simplicity of their accounting. In their perfect clarity. In cause and effect. In the clean bookkeeping of right and wrong, good and bad, win and lose. Bounded on all sides by rules and by borders, by lines of moral and ethical convention, ...

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