How about 11 straight losing years, 1948 through 1958, when the Pack won only 37 games, lost 93, and tied two for a paltry .398 percentage? Those were tough times: The Packers lost their founder and head coach, Curly Lambeau, almost went broke, but managed to build a new 32,000-seat stadium. Green Bay fans went nuts when Vince Lombardi came on the scene in '59 with a 7-5 finish.
How tough were the 1950s? The Packers flew in DC-3s and they'd take box lunches on occasion, "a way to save money," recalled Tom Miller, business manager then.
Jim Temp, a defensive end fresh from a Rose Bowl trip with Wisconsin, said "the Packer equipment was junk compared to what we had at Madison, but we got a lot of good players during my time, including Willie Davis, who beat me out." Temp was referring to seven Hall of Famers who helped Lombardi to five championships.
Deral Teteak, a middle linebacker, can't forget Coach Gene Ronzani, who followed Lambeau: In the middle of practice at Grand Rapids, Minn., "Gene drove up and told us he was going fishing."
Teteak also recalled Liz Blackbourn, who succeeded Ronzani: "He was just out of college (Marquette) and he treated us like college kids. We couldn't have a beer after a game and he wouldn't let us smoke."
To be sure, times have changed. Coach Mike Sherman would permit a beer or two, but there's not much smoking anymore. Plus, he's winning!
Editor's Note: Packer Hall of Famer Art Daley is a featured columnist for Packer Report and PackerReport.com. The former Green Bay Press-Gazette sportswriter and sports editor has covered the team since 1941.