I hadn't thought of it until today, but I think the intro song for Monk could almost apply to academia.
Don't be fooled, the limited number of grants plus the pressure of continuously publish make academia a really tough place as far as competition goes.
Massimo wrote a very nice post on one of the ways (dirty) competition happens in academia. I bet many non-academics were not aware of this type of shit going on. Ha, welcome to the jungle!!!!
NOTE: I realize I could also give some credit to Guns n' Roses. I can't really remember all the lyrics and thus I am not sure they apply at this time. I will come back and update the post when I have the time to check that song out again.