Sport: Monkey on the Back

There is nothing more defeating than to win all the time. TITLE TOWN, U.S.A. read street-corner signs in proud Green Bay, Wis., and a huge dressing-room poster proclaimed: HOME OF THE GREEN BAY PACKERS—THE NEW YORK YANKEES OF FOOTBALL. Like baseball's Yankees, the World Champion Packers seemed invincible; they were unbeaten in six preseason and ten regular-season games. They boasted the highest-scoring offense (309 points), the stingiest defense (74 points) in pro football, and sportswriters called them "the greatest team ever assembled."

"They Can Be Beat." All that success began to prey on them....

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