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New York teams need small-town mentality

Updated: October 26, 2010, 10:38 AM ET
By John Buccigross | ESPN.com

Small-town America faces a steep climb in this global economy. Large cities and megalopolises continue to grow while much of the rural parts of the United States get older and smaller. Sometimes you wonder if any of these towns will ever be the same or they will even exist in 100 years.

I spent the first 22 years of my life in three of these shrinking small towns: Indiana, Pa., Steubenville, Ohio, and Tiffin, Ohio. I root for them hard and visit them often. Many of the people are ...

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