Some recent research found that umpires give pitchers who've been named to one or more All Star teams a bigger strike zone than journeymen. I seem to recall some other research which backed the conventional wisdom: in the NBA the big names, the all-stars, get the breaks on referee's calls--charging, blocking, traveling, etc.
Let's call this the "halo effect". I wonder whether it's the converse of racism? The great and good can do no wrong, the small and mean can do no right? When actually living is just putting one foot after another, sometimes misstepping, sometimes not.