Pro Football: A Day for Optimists

The people who run pro football are eternal optimists. They insist that on any given Sunday, any given team can beat any other team. Nobody really believes it — until it happens. Last week the Cleveland Browns shut out the mighty Baltimore Colts 27-0 to win the National Football League championship — thereby confounding the Colts, the experts, and practically everybody else. If it had been a horse race, the stewards would be asking for a saliva test. Not that the Eastern Champion Browns were bad. They had Jimmy Brown, who is merely the best running back in the...

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