"Ask Vic" will publish on Mondays and Thursdays through the offseason.
Mike from Fort Wayne, IN
What are your feelings about the printed newspaper giving way to electronic information? Will any newspapers still be with us in the future? Any worries?
Paperless is good. The great newspapers of the world can apply their same standards to digital media and reach a much larger audience and far more affordably. Ultimately, the readers will determine the legitimacy of the digital media. If the readers support the true news-gathering sites, the digital media will flourish in a responsible and rewarding way. If the readers support the re-write sites, however, the digital media will become news porn. The readers will answer your questions.
Craig from Cedarburg, WI
Cases and hospitalizations are climbing again, yet, I'm still seeing rhetoric denying the authenticity of COVID-19. Admittedly, I was dismissive of it until I saw how fast it spread out of Washington. When did the light bulb go on for you?
It had my respect right from the beginning, but I acquired a new awareness for the virus after I saw the movie "Contagion." That's when I realized science knew this was coming, right down to the bat that started it.
Daniel from Nashville, TN
Where would you want to spend your retirement years if you had to spend them in a different country? Thank you for the continued insight you provide.
I've always been attracted to the Irish coast.
Leo from Dallas, TX
What are your thoughts on Philip Rivers going to the Colts? Is he a stop-gap for an otherwise young, up-and-coming team, or could he give them a mini-dynasty like the Broncos had?
He's stop-gap and I think he's got some game left and can be a bridge to the Colts' next quarterback if he doesn't try to do too much. Frank Reich will get the most out of Rivers.
Matt from Clarkston, MI
How would you compare today's media to the way media operated in the time of Watergate?
Watergate and the rise in popularity of the NFL occurred at the same time, doubling the effect of how each changed the way the media covered the NFL. Prior to that convergence, the NFL was happy just to have coverage. The PR mantra was write anything you want, just spell the name right. The PR guys back then would thank you for a story you wrote. They couldn't do enough to help you, and the media leaned on the PR guys for help. Back then, the teams and their media were united in a cause to promote professional football. When the game's popularity exploded, the PR philosophy began to shift from promotion to protection. At the same time, the media began to distance itself from the teams they covered, which was an effect of Watergate. The media and the teams they covered became adversaries.
Richard from Clearwater, MN
Do you think the players' concerns will be addressed before players start arriving for training camp, or is this going to turn into a game of chicken and who blinks first?
Training camp isn't the issue. The players receive only a stipend during camp. It's the affordable time of the year for the teams. All concerns must be addressed before a regular season game is played because that's when players begin drawing their salaries.
Sam from Springfield, IL
Is a hotdog a sandwich?
If you cut it along its length, turn it into a bivalve and then put it between two slices of bread, it's a sandwich.
Doug from Union Grove, WI
We won the first annual "Ask Vic Golf Outing" at Thornberry Creek. What a fun day that was! My brother-in-law, a Packers fan HOF'er, was in our foursome. He passed away in the past month after a seven-year battle with prostate cancer. I miss him and not having a second annual AVGO.
It was a lot of fun, but I got the sense Lambeau Field was a stronger attraction for the majority of "Ask Vic" readers, so we moved the event to Lambeau. The south end zone renovation was a perfect centerpiece for the event. My enduring memory is of concluding one of the events with a Lombardi movie showing on the south end zone Jumbotron as we all sat on the north end zone balcony under the stars and eating popcorn. I remember the movie ending and people not wanting to leave.
Kevin from Jacksonville, FL
I knew you had a red line for cancel culture: the Hall of Fame. Why is it more sacred than anything else in today's culture? Is it just because it's part of what you have held dear for 50 years and want to see it remain untouched. I am sure many other things dear to people have been touched and you haven't given a damn. Why should the world care if the Hall of Fame is touched?
It's a museum. That's where you put that stuff, so it can live in immortality and, if need be, in infamy.
Michael from Milwaukee, WI
Vic, who is the most underrated coach ever?
Sid Gillman or Marty Schottenheimer.
James from Trapani, Sicily
Vic, do you see this as a transformative event, such as the Bubonic Plague, the 1918 pandemic, the Depression, WWII, one which can produce a paradigm change in society? All can produce a positive or negative reaction. Do you see positive change coming from this?
Of those events, I think the Great Depression was the most impactful on American culture. I saw the effects of it on my parents in nearly everything they did. Money always wins.
Jeffrey from Alexandria, VA
What did you make of the Packers earning statement? It seems to me they could be in for some financial trouble when the bad times come, and they will come. Are they prepared for this?
They are financially sound and invested to withstand hard times. There's no need to worry.
Tim from Charlotte, NC
Vic, what is your preferred method of transportation around the island? Golf cart, moped, bike, skateboard or car? I have noticed the local police department has a keen eye for the golf carts.
I prefer to bicycle. There are times my car hasn't moved for days.
Adam from Wausau, WI
How has this column made you a better writer?
Your question caused me to do some quick math. By my rough calculations, I've written approximately 5,000 "Ask Vic" columns and about 400 retired "Ask Vic" columns. Practice makes us all better. How? I'm probably more measured, being this is an interactive column. I'm probably more open to opinions and ideas. I don't think my style or skill level has changed. They were formed from covering games and interviewing players and coaches long before I penned an "Ask Vic."
Lane from Orlando, FL
Vic, I was saddened to see Carlton Haselrig passed away. You’ve mentioned him in your column before. What’s your best memory or story about him?
Carlton might be the most natural football player I've ever covered. He was a six-time NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion who didn't lift weights. He was pure size, power and athleticism. The Steelers drafted him in the 12th round despite Haselrig not having played college football. He dominated the first-day-of-camp Oklahoma drill in his rookie training camp, as a defensive lineman. Shortly after that, Coach Noll moved Haselrig to offensive guard; Chuck saw the feet, power and pad level. Within a few years, Haselrig was one of the best guards in the league. I remember Haselrig dominating the Oilers' Ray Childress in a big game in 1992. His football arrow was pointing straight up, but what most of us didn't know is Haselrig was losing his battle against internal demons. He began disappearing for long stretches. By 1995, he was playing for the Jets and a promising career was near ruin. When I saw he had died, I said to myself, "Poor Rig."