Sport: General Lee's Legion

Going into the fourth Sunday of the season, the Atlanta Falcons had lost two consecutive games without scoring a single touchdown. They seemed to be on the brink of disintegration. The San Francisco 49ers were winning 10-0, and now a disgruntled home-town crowd had to watch the embarrassing spectacle of two Falcons—Fullback Art Malone and Tight End Jim Mitchell—angrily slapping each other around after a muffed play. The fight symbolized the Falcons' frustration better than any statistics of futility on offense or defense.

No Falcon was more frustrated than Bob Lee, a tall freckle-faced...

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