"Ask Vic" is published on M-W-F through the regular season.
Nathan from San Diego, CA
I have been keeping tabs on Mike McCarthy, as I have always liked him as a coach. However, there appears to be a segment of the Dallas fan base that can't get over his clock management approach. Even at 5-1, there are fans howling to have him replaced. Why is it so hard for fans to appreciate the impact a head coach has on a team?
They're probably bored and need to create controversy for entertainment. Hey, 4.3 million Americans quit their job in August. Watching football is their new job. The other answer is we're an angry nation. Coaches are a target for expressing that anger.
Bill from Pittsburgh, PA
After watching "The Last Dance," l got to wondering: Was there a player on those '70's Steelers who held teammates accountable and wasn't afraid to ruffle feathers in the pursuit of excellence. Lambert comes to mind, but on such a loaded team, talent and personalities, was he the only guy?
Joe Greene was that player. I remember interviewing him at his locker stall when a young player at a nearby locker stall was playing loud music. Joe stopped in the middle of answering a question, turned and stared at the young player, who noticed players in the locker room were looking at him and laughing. He couldn't figure out why, but then he turned and saw Joe staring at him. The music stopped. "What was your question, again?" Joe said to me.
Jack from Waupaca, WI
Vic, aren't you worried about being cancelled? Liberals like yourself always eat their own. Have you ever said anything remotely off-color? If so, you're not safe. They're coming for you and me and any other honest man, whether you're a whiny liberal or not.
I have an LLC for a business that makes no money. What are they gonna get, an old laptop?
Maxwell from Milwaukee, WI
Have you seen a better stiff arm than Derrick Henry's?
John Henry Johnson could stiff arm a train.
Chevin from Jacksonville, FL
Do you find it difficult to not sit and shake your head chuckling at the seemingly endless torrent of closeted racists who clearly do not realize or care how easily they constantly tattle on themselves in the form of passive aggressive "Ask Vic" questions?
The same people who will defend a coach who's guilty of using hurtful racist language will attack a coach for bad clock management.
David from Owasso, OK
I taught my children to cheer the good guys and boo the bad guys. Everything else is off limits. Is it OK to shoot the double bird to a professional athlete?
One of the most legendary examples of fan misbehavior is the snowball attack on Santa Claus by Eagles fans. An NFL Films documentary on the event included an interview with former governor Ed Rendell, who said he was a youngish fan in the crowd the day Santa Claus was bombarded by snowballs. After relating what he witnessed, Rendell confessed to having thrown a snowball. I laughed, but what if Santa Claus had been injured? What causes us to act badly at sporting events? I don't think it's OK.
Adam from Wausau, WI
Do you think the Bears will be after Rodgers' collarbone when they play the Packers later this year?
Metaphorically speaking, yes.
Joe from Milwaukee, WI
If this was an in-person Q&A format, I'm willing to bet the amount of angry and badgering comments would be dramatically fewer.
My high school had a head football coach who was a Steelers fullback in the '50's. He was a legendary tough guy from one of the local steel towns, and he was a good enough player to be selected to a Pro Bowl. His coaching style was known to be a little rough around the edges, and the school board called a special meeting, ostensibly to vote on firing him. The coach got wind of the scheduled meeting and showed up uninvited. The door opened and there he was, to the surprise of the seated board members. "I heard you wanna fire me," he said. "Let's vote." He then went around the room, looked each board member in the face and asked, "Do you wanna fire me?" Each time, the response was no. "Good. Then I'm still the coach," he said, and he left the room.
Elten from Pleasant Lake, IN
Who is the fella with you in the photo?
His name is Jon Strittmater. He's an "Ask Vic" reader and Packers fan who lives on Seabrook Island, SC. He recently invited me to be his guest at the beautiful "Ocean Winds" golf course on Seabrook.