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Tough times for hometown sports

Originally Published: June 22, 2009
By Mark Fainaru-Wada | ESPN

JANESVILLE, Wis. -- Some 900 miles due west of Wall Street is where life these days gets far too real, where the rubber truly meets the road. This is where the bankruptcy of General Motors is much more than a politically expedited plan in which rebirth is now the company's marketing mantra.

Here, reality is the 3,000 people suddenly jobless and a 4.8-million-square foot automobile plant sitting dormant. And that's just the beginning. Or the end.

The recent closure of the 90-year-old ...

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