"Ask Vic" is published on M-W-F through the regular season.
Adam from Madison, WI
Can the Jags ever be new with those colors? They are stuck in 1995. I remember being in high school thinking the colors were great. That isn't a good thing.
The Jags and Panthers were branded by NFL Properties. Frankly, I thought Properties did a poor job of it. Those aren't colors, they're eye shadow. I would've liked to have seen the Jaguars in dark blue and gold, with the idea there's a huge Navy presence in Jacksonville. To answer your question more directly, Coach Noll said geography has nothing to do with losing, and I think it follows that neither does a team's colors.
Dan from Madison, WI
I'm picking the Badgers to lose on Saturday. Help me with the points. They lose by over 21?
No, I think it'll be close.
Maxwell from Milwaukee, WI
It's their first year with a new defensive coordinator. Shouldn't we postpone a little judgment?
I like the restraint, but patience isn't the theme for this season.
Sharon from Arbor Vitae, WI
Vic, on Tuesday Coach LaFleur said that during the game he told new defensive coordinator Joe Barry to make specific adjustments. Barry doesn't have the most impressive resume and I don't recall LaFleur doing this with Pettine, at least not publicly. Is this a concern, LaFleur being more of a leader, or something else?
He's the head coach and he should do whatever he believes is necessary to win the game because he's responsible for the outcome. Be that as it may, I'm more than a little surprised he shared that information. It invites criticism of Barry.
Tony from Waunakee, WI
What football league do you, or did you, find most interesting other than the NFL?
It's clearly the AFL. The pressure it put on the stodgy NFL to modernize changed pro football and launched the league's post-merger popularity as much as Johnny Unitas christened the TV era 10 years earlier.
Al from Wausau, WI
Vic, I see you said you think "Kevin King is improving and he would interest you in free agency." Is this sarcasm or am I missing something you see? His hips are a real concern right now and he is always playing the pass from 3-4 yards behind. How can the Packers continue to put him out there?
Did you see him defend that pass in the end zone on Monday night? If you can do it once, you can do it every time.
Richard from Clearwater, MN
What's your take on the upcoming Packers-49ers game this week?
I expect a nail-biter.
Jerry from Orlando, FL
Are you putting Devin Hester in the Hall of Fame?
Does it really matter? The Hall of Fame has been irreparably cheapened by too many inductions. Too much marketing; they lost control of the product.
Paul from Cumming, GA
How does a particular trait make its way into a team's DNA?
It can be the result of the personality of the ownership, the fan base or both. It can also be the result of tradition, or it can also be the result of one great moment in time. The Ice Bowl forever branded Green Bay as the Frozen Tundra and made cold-weather football the Packers' DNA, even though the Rodgers-era Packers haven't been a great cold-weather team.
Bill from Pittsburgh, PA
Vic, I recently saw some incredible footage of the Immaculate Reception shot from the Raiders sideline; really cool. What are your memories of covering that game?
I saw that film footage a couple of years ago. Apparently, somebody found it lying around in the Raiders offices. What struck me in the footage is Art Shell alerting the defense, "Watch 72!" Offensive lineman Gerry Mullins was 72. He was a tight end at USC and the Steelers had used him earlier in the season on a tackle-eligible play. It's an amazing sideline perspective. There's an audibly collective moan from the crowd as the ball is knocked away, followed by an explosive roar as Franco Harris catches the ball. The Raiders' stunned reaction along the sideline is chilling. Talk about a lost treasure! What I remember most from that game is Referee Fred Swearingen walking from the first base dugout to midfield, turning to face the press box, pausing and then raising his arms to signal touchdown. No explanation, just touchdown. That's real drama. Today's long-winded diatribes are a diagnosis, not a decision.
Brett from Janesville, WI
What did you think of the Packers' run game on Monday night, before it was abandoned?
It was controlling the tempo of the game, but that's not the tempo at which the Packers are comfortable playing.
Bob from Devils Lake, WI
Vic, have you had a chance to watch the Mannings on Monday Night Football. I found it entertaining. Random football strategy and insight but not in a Tony Romo playing Nostradamus kind of way.
It's just not my kind of thing. I just want to see the game. I don't need more entertainment than the game provides, and I don't need someone to tell me why or how something is happening. I invite critical commentary, but it's being squeezed out by play-design analysis.
Dave from Savage, MN
Do you have any experience with Whistling Straits? Any thoughts on the Ryder Cup?
I've never played Whistling Straits. I played the other Kohler courses and they're outstanding. I love the Whistling Straits visual and I'm looking forward to the Ryder Cup, but I'm not a fan of the "USA, USA" chant and taunting. We're led to believe it's the charm of golf nationalism, but I believe it's crass behavior in a gentleman's sport. It's become trendy for today's players to ask, "What would Arnie have done?" I can assure you, Arnie would not have fist-pumped his opponent.
Jeremy from Jacksonville, FL
Taunting poisons the environment. Those toxic displays rapidly bleed into the stands. Mixed with alcohol, it creates a very unpleasant gameday experience. I'm all for being loud, creating a homefield advantage and all of that, but over the past few years it has been a much more civilized experience in an actual bar than it has been in a stadium. I hope the league succeeds in its efforts to clean up this stuff. I think it would go away overnight if, at least on offense, the penalty was 10 yards from the previous spot, replay the down.
The only penalty that's going to work is the ire of a strong, respected and job-secure head coach. Vic to head coaches: Teach your players well.