Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/10/12
We are five weeks into the NFL season and folks in Wisconsin are casting gloomy looks at one another over heinous portions of beer. This has been a time of agonizing reappraisals, and more than a few are starting to doubt if the Packers were ever as good as the analysts said they were. After all, two years ago there were pundits telling anyone who would listen that this was a dynasty in the making. That was a long two years ago. A brutal history has sprung up between now and then, and in any street in Wisconsin you can find filthy refugees who have since lost the once unshakable faith.Up and down East Washington you can find men with thick shaking beards and cheap flannel jackets barely concealing their soiled Super Bowl XLV t-shirts, wandering in a cheap stupor, pondering the strange price of success and wondering if they will ever see the sun again. In every dingy corner you will find terminal drunkards, muttering confused platitudes about Ray Nitschke and Real Dynasties.But all o...
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