WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- (TheStreet) Walt Frazier, the New York Knicks great and current announcer, has words to live by when a team is winning by a lot: "let sleeping dogs lie." In other words, when you are cruising to easy victory, don't beat your chest or otherwise pester your competition. It does no good and can even serve to wake the losing competitor up, stirring them to action.With this in mind, what in the wide world of waking sleeping dogs is Oracle ( ORCL) doing with Hewlett Packard ( HPQ)? In the latest bout of trash talk, Larry Ellison, Oracle's CEO, said that HP was insanely foolish for paying $10.2 billion for Autonomy. That could very well be. But why say it? Moreover, why say it in such a splashy way--putting actual slides up on the Oracle website, before taking them down...then putting them back up again? And why pile on after criticizing many other decisions and moves and even hiring HP's ill-fated old CEO, Mark Hurd? At this point in time, HP is not worthy competition. They are reeling. Is there an upside to kicking a competitor while it's down? Much of the business media, always enamored of covering fights, doesn't pause in their revelry to ask these potentially essential questions. The New York Times ( NYT) and The Wall Street Journal ( NWS) just give traders tick-tocks, wrap-ups of the fights. The Times even titled its coverage: "The Oracle-HP Rivalry, PowerPoint Version." In an article titled: "Oracle Kicks HP While It's Down: But Why?" CNNMoney.com at least asks the questions. They came up with a favorable answer that seems a stretch: it's evil genius at play, with Ellison intending to kill HP off. The more likely scenario is that Ellison has merely let business get personal, which defies another aphorism--this one not from Walt Frazier, but the movie The Godfather.