"Ask Vic" is published on Monday and Thursday through the offseason.
Jared from Rigby, SD
Vic, if Aaron Rodgers were Tom Brady, how would the situation be different?
Brady would do to Love what he did to Garoppolo. No postgame press conference whining or beautiful mystery drama, just compete and win.
Joseph from California
What, if anything, did you subscribe to in your youth that provided insights that fostered the affinity you had for your favorite teams in an era pre-dating the Internet, sports television and social media?
I subscribed to Sport magazine. It was a beautiful publication famous for its full-page-color, portrait-type pictures of sports' biggest stars. The pictures were suitable for framing, they were that good. I collected the magazines and one year I cut out several of the pictures and taped them to the wall of bleachers behind my cot at football training camp in our high school gym. It gave my area a cozy feeling and my teammates would hang out at my cot and talk about their favorite players in the pictures. As I've written, it was a less colorful world back then. Sports weren't as accessible, either. We treasured what we had.
Ben from Alameda, CA
I'm 46, played football in high school and always assumed if I had a son he would play tackle football. Twenty years ago, I even volunteered to help coach a youth flag football team. My son's three now and I don't want him anywhere near tackle football, which probably means no flag football either because it acts as a feeder program. Am I a hypocrite for still watching and spending money on the game?
So, you won't allow your son to play for fear of injury, but you'll watch others play and sustain injury for your entertainment. Sounds bad, doesn't it? Fortunately, we'll always have an ample supply of impoverished desperate enough to risk injury for financial gain. That sounds even worse.
Ben from Crozet, VA
What's your opinion on Mark Murphy and the front office in light of them breaking off extension talks with Davante Adams? The NFL's best QB and WR have now been alienated in the same offseason.
Everything needs to halt until the Rodgers situation is resolved.
Liam from United Kingdom
What does the apparent breakdown in contract talks with Davante Adams tell us about the Packers' plans and how they pertain to the Rodgers situation?
I get the sense the Packers are preparing to be new.
Brian from Columbia, MD
Would Coach Vic prefer the QB come back? Or would Coach Vic prefer to escape the shadow of his great QB to stand on his own merits with a young, unproven QB?
Heading into the postseason, I proposed blowing it up if it ended in failure. I think the Packers could've gotten a boatload of picks prior to this year's draft, but they stuck with Rodgers. Again, I'm being asked what I would do after the Packers didn't do what I said they should do and the circumstances have dramatically changed. I said "What's the rush?" and I got ripped. I said "Blow it up" and I was ridiculed. OK, I'll try again. Given the current circumstances, which is to say on the eve of training camp and with an heir-apparent quarterback who has never played a down and a roster that otherwise appears to be of championship caliber, I would hope Rodgers returns for one more shot at the Super Bowl, but I would have to have some kind of promise or assurance Rodgers' commitment is complete. That's what any sensible coach would want. How do you make it happen?
Robert from Plymouth, WI
Now Adams is disgruntled. Why does it feel like this team is on the edge of a cliff about to fall into a chasm of mediocrity?
On any team with a star quarterback, the quarterback sets the tone.
Gabe from Chapel Hill, NC
With Texas and Oklahoma reportedly set to move to the SEC, David Hale at ESPN wrote that one ACC athletic director has wondered if this is the first step towards a 32-team super conference. If that happens, would it be good for college football?
If you weed out the programs that can't compete at the highest level, it would likely reduce the number of blowouts, and that would be good for college football. Be that as it may, I have difficulty imagining the 32-best programs in college football agreeing to a format that would result in most of them losing more games than to which they are accustomed. In a super conference, the bullies would become the bullied. It has to be that way. There has to be a loser. I just don't see the Alabamas and Ohio States signing up for that kind of risk.
David from San Francisco, CA
I still haven’t heard a counter argument to this: If the best trade asset a team might give the Packers for Aaron Rodgers is a first-round draft pick, then why make the trade before the upcoming season when the best returns won’t make the Packers a better football team this year and before the Packers can even gauge the value of the returning first-round pick?
To make the pain stop?
Josh from Severna Park, MD
With the reports about Texas and Oklahoma joining the SEC, I have to ask, even as a native South Carolinian and Clemson fan from birth, what is the point of college football anymore? Even now, there are only maybe 3-4 Saturdays that I am unsure of the outcome. If all these schools are only interested in chasing the almighty dollar, why wouldn’t I just choose to watch a better level of competition that chases the dollar on Sunday.
If I'm the athletic director at Florida, Georgia or Tennessee, for example, I'm asking myself, how is admitting Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC good for my school? Are we going to win more games, more titles? Oklahoma could ask itself the same. It's not going to race up and down the field on those SEC defenses. The days of soft wins are over. What is everybody's gain in this? The obvious answer is money, but that's before you factor in the coaches you'll have to fire and pay off because they won't win as often, the alumni who aren't donating as much because losing has turned them sour, and the merchandise you're not selling because losing has caused a decline in interest. Vanderbilt is the big winner in the SEC. It'll get more money for doing what it's always done, lose. One more thought: What if admitting Texas and Oklahoma causes a defection or two to, say, the ACC? What if a Florida, Georgia or Tennessee left the SEC? This conference shuffling has and will continue to damage and destabilize college football. The need for comprehensive and central leadership has never been greater.
James from Nogojiwanong, Canada
Can you imagine a lamer stunt than Rodgers' and Adams' simultaneous Instagram posts. Fundamental difference: Jordan and Pippen won championships. How much more of this super-annuated, adolescent behavior can Vic take?
I just wait for the moment I can say, "The baloney stops now," except I won't say baloney.
Bret from Mililani, HI
I’ll always appreciate everything Aaron and Davante did for the Packers, but I absolutely hate how they’re trolling the fans right now, and I just keep losing more and more respect for them. Now they’re comparing themselves to Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, when Aaron only has one ring and Davante has zero. I guess this season will be their last dance as Packers and I’m OK with that. Can’t wait to see Aaron fall apart when it matters most in the NFC championship, if they even make it that far.
This is an example of why it might be best to make the pain end. My inbox is loaded with this kind of sentiment. The fans are spent. They've turned sour.
Mark from Missoula, MT
How would Vince Lombardi have dealt with player vaccinations during a pandemic? How about Chuck Noll or Tom Coughlin?
All three would've been fully vaccinated and encouraged their players to do the same. Beyond that, they would've likely stuck to league protocol and guidance.
Paul from Cumming, GA
The Cleveland Guardians, that was unexpected. What was your reaction?
I think they could've done better. I was talking to a college friend about this. He lives in Cleveland and is a lifelong fan of the team. He hates the new name. I said, "This would make no sense to anyone not of our generation, but the Cleveland Colavitos would be a cool name." Rocky Colavito was a huge fan favorite in Cleveland during the golden age of baseball. My friend loved the idea.