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One last word before I close out the 2007-08 season …

Updated: June 12, 2008, 11:41 AM ET
By John Buccigross | ESPN.com

There are multiple reasons why the United States economy is hurting many citizens not named Barry Melrose or Ron Wilson and causing general pessimism over the economic future. The housing crisis and oil prices are two major factors. Eating seven nights a week at Applebee's doesn't help, either.

The housing crisis, as Robert J. Shiller writes in this month's edition of The Atlantic, has many contributors, from lenders to borrowers to financial institutions; but perhaps the biggest ...

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