One of the hardest parts of the pro athlete life that I have recently experienced is the battled against just simply going a little nuts. During "recovery" time (ie: lying down as much as possible), there is a lot of time to think, a lot of time that you need to fill. Our the past two weeks on the road, after a birthday present from my brother, I have been able to get back to reading the Wall Street Journal consistently. I think it is important to stay current, no matter where in the world you are, or whatever you are doing.
I guess this is the Environmental Economic major in me looking for some fulfillment, so take a moment if you haven't been able to recently and check it. This article does a nice job of summing up some of the big issues with complete explanations. Enjoy!
"Some big countries had a housing bubble that burst, provoking the biggest financial crisis in half a century. To avoid a depression, they flooded the world with credit. And that credit threatens to create new housing bubbles in other countries. No one ever said globalization was easy." See Entire Article.