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The Devils of Newark

Updated: April 27, 2012, 12:12 PM ET
By Jeff MacGregor | ESPN.com

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Game 7 is out of town.

For a long time Newark, N.J., was just a city. Then it became a symbol. Then a metaphor. The unemployment rate this week is 15 percent. It's hard to live in a metaphor.

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In the spring, down in Branch Brook Park, where the water runs in its channel past the cherry trees, hundreds of people still walk among the blossoms. There are more cherry trees in Newark than along the Tidal Basin in Washington. In March and April the trees bloom pink ...

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