Director's cut: 1950 Packers blaze

Mysterious, mythical demise of Rockwood Lodge has rich, colorful backstory

Originally Published: September 19, 2013
By David Fleming | ESPN.com

When I decided to travel back in time 63 years to tell the (potentially) controversial Green Bay Packers story in this week's ESPN The Magazine about a mysterious fire at the team's Rockwood Lodge practice facility that actually saved the franchise from financial ruin and the NFL scrap heap, I knew what I needed most: eyewitnesses.

But the first person I found with any connection to the lodge told me she might be willing to talk sometime around Thanksgiving before politely ...

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