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Rooting for Joe Bank, the local guy

Rooting for Joe Bank, the local guy

If you own shares in Jos. A. Bank or run a small business in the Carroll County town of Hampstead, where the menswear company is headquartered, your reasons for caring about the outcome of the current hostilities between Joe Bank and the Men's Wearhouse are obviously financial.

Not so much for the rest of us.

For the rest of us, the interest lay in the bidding, with Joe Bank, the Men's Wearhouse and Eddie Bauer all caught up in a five-month, corporate-takeover drama. Someone could have produced a reality TV show about all this by now: Bank's attempt to buy Men's, Men's attempt to buy Bank, Bank buying Bauer, and Men's getting ticked off about the whole thing.

What a...