"Ask Vic" will publish on Mondays and Thursdays through the offseason.
Andrew from Madison, WI
Vic, I just read the Packers fully guaranteed Jordan Love's rookie deal. Why would they do that?
It might've saved the Packers some money. Injury is taken out of the equation for Love; he certainly isn't at risk of being cut. Soon, Love will be "The Man." When that happens, a commitment will be made to him that'll carry through his first contract. That's the greatest guarantee.
Cassidy from Carlsbad, CA
What kind of insight have you gained from this forum?
This column gives me a feel for the range and depth of public opinion.
Alex from Racine, WI
Lombardi once got angry when the Packers team was divided in multiple trips due to segregation and the prejudice and discrimination of hotel owners. After that happened, he vowed the team would never go to such establishments, and he made it known anyone on the team who said anything prejudiced would be kicked off the team. How important is the role of leaders - either in grassroots activism or in office - when trying to improve the world and organize change?
Lombardi was a victim of prejudice. He knew its coded language, its hurt and divisiveness. He would be outraged by the inflammatory language coming from our president, and by the acts of civil disobedience that have marred peaceful protest. Lombardi is exactly the kind of leader we need now, which is to say a man of strength and sensitivity; not just one, both.
Marty from Grafton, WI
Vic, what happened to all the nicknames? Where did they go? Great nicknames like "Sweetness" and "Yankee Clipper" and "Minister of Defense." Can you give us your top 10 individual and top 10 team or group nicknames?
I don't have that list in front of me, Marty, but I can tell you this: It doesn't get any better than "Mean Joe" and the "Steel Curtain."
Darren from Alice Springs, Australia
Picking any level of football you played or covered, is there something you remember most fondly? For me, it’s a feeling of the environment around high school football on Friday night in my small town I cannot put into words.
I grew up in a steel town and in a day when high schools were named for their towns and they were the hub of their communities. It was a building in the center of town and around which life revolved. The identity of the town and its high school were inexorably linked. It wasn't a merger of several school districts and built on a hill next to the interstate highway. Today's high schools sound like directions and look like industrial parks. When I was a kid, even band practice the night before the game was a big deal. The lights brightened the night sky and the sound of the horns and drums created excitement for what was ahead. I lived for it. Those days created a fire in me I can't extinguish.
Paul from Illinois
What is your opinion of the ‘76 Raiders? They lost to the eventual AFC/AFL champ in the playoffs every year throughout the '60's and '70's. My Steeler fan friends think they would have beaten them in the playoffs if not for injuries.
I look at this way: the '76 Raiders got lucky, just as the '72 Raiders were unlucky to be beaten by the Immaculate Reception.
Pete from Chapel Hill, NC
Any suggestions for a new name for the Washington team? How about the Gridlockers?
I'll go with something generic, such as Federals, or even no name at all. I would oppose any kind of nickname that would honor a particular group. In my mind, that's asking for trouble. By the way, the notion the name Red Tails would allow the team to maintain its song is ridiculous. There's a tom-tom beat to the song that's especially offensive and would forever remind listeners of the team's previous name. It's time for Washington to be new, all new.
Ben from El Paso, TX
What was the most memorable game you covered during the 1978 season?
It was the "Luv Ya Blue" game or Super Bowl XIII.
William from Falling Waters, WV
Vic, the fact you're running another "best teams" type column tells me your inbox must be full of vitriol and hate. I'm just one voice in an ocean but I wanted to say thank you for this column. Please continue.
Some of my best friends are right wing wackos -- I really mean that -- but I'm getting stuff that makes them look sane.
Johnny from Los Angeles, CA
Kap was abandoned by his black parents and raised in a comfortable white neighborhood. His decision to turn around and attack whites while endorsing Communist, black-hating tyrants like Che Guevara are pretty good reasons to not like the guy. Ever consider you might have drank the Kool-Aid?
I really don't like that expression. Those people died.
Linda from South Bend, IN
Vic, Cam Newton is one of my favorite non-Packers. Will Bill Belichick let Cam be himself? Do you see Cam playing for the Patriots more than one year?
Will there be a season? If there isn't, will the players' contracts revert to 2020 for 2021, or expire a year and move forward to 2021? Again, there's no handbook for what might occur. If there's no season in 2020 there'll have to be some kind of reset agreement between the owners and players. The possibility exists Newton will never play for the Patriots. Folks, please avoid looking into the future and asking questions not even Roger Goodell can answer. We are stuck in a situation nobody saw coming and for which no plans were made.
Sam from Nashville, TN
Tourons? Are you pleased because masks reduce the spread of the virus, or are you pleased because freedom of choice has been taken away from your political adversaries and your "team" has successfully controlled a small portion of their lives? Honest question.
I'm satisfied because masks help blunt the spread of a virus visitors are bringing seemingly with a defiant joy to a beach town from destinations all over our country, including from hot spots such as Florida. I live here full time and I am in the at-risk group; most of us are. It's grossly disrespectful for anyone to think they can come into my hometown, party recklessly and with disregard for the damage they leave behind. Honest answer.
Kevin from Lake Forest, IL
"There are consequences for what we say and write. They are the governor of free speech. They make us accountable." Sounds like something Senator Joseph McCarthy would have said in the 1950's.
McCarthy exercised his right to free speech and it ultimately resulted in him being censured by the Senate. He died in disgrace and will forever be remembered notoriously. Those are the consequences he suffered. The point I'm trying to make is if we truly value our right to free speech, we treat it respectfully and responsibly. We don't exploit it, we exalt it.
Jim from Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Vic, I have especially enjoyed your column in recent weeks. You have allowed both sides of opinions to have their say. Your responses are always well thought out and have solid reason for what you say, unlike those who just want to express an opinion. Thanks for your column and I hope you enjoy the freedom we still have in this country.
We all have our passions, and the right to free speech is one of mine. The First Amendment is what makes America great.
Matt from Verona, WI
When I look at an entertainment-related website and wonder how anyone could possibly be making money off of it, I'm sure I'm in the right place. Keep up the good work and give Andy a discount on some ad space.
Retired "Ask Vic" is my return to innocence.
Bill from Racine, WI
After recently rewatching the full 2011 season, it seems the Packers won the wrong game against the Giants. Do you think a loss to that team earlier in the season would have made a difference? Or did the loss to the Chiefs a few weeks later essentially signal this team was running out of steam and facing the inevitable?
I think the first game against the Giants gave the Giants a feel for how to beat the Packers, and the loss in Kansas City confirmed how to do it. The Giants were a team built to beat the Packers and I thought it was easy to see. If you were reading "Ask Vic" back then, you might remember me replying to questions about who I'd like to see the Packers face in the playoffs with "anybody but the Giants."
Freddie from West Valley City, UT
Yesterday I went to refill our water jugs and had an interesting conversation with our water guy. He wasn't wearing a mask and was apprehensive of me doing so in his store; he compared it to "wearing a burqa." After I explained I was doing it for the people I care about, he went on a 45-minute rant covering topics such as the dangers of masks and vaccinations, the inherent racism of the BLM movement, to the Rothschilds and the New World Order. He fashioned each point like a symbol on a necklace, worn proudly to demonstrate his faith. Luckily, another customer walked in and his attention shifted. How did we get here, Vic, and how do we bring everyone back to a shared reality?
I wouldn't include your water guy in the "we" category. He's completely nuts. I think you have to ask yourself why you go to his store, although I'm not quite sure what a water store even is. My worry would be he might be peeing in the water.
Samuel from Jacksonville, FL
A positive byproduct of the Coronavirus is that it will cure the crows problem in Jacksonville.
Yeah, I have a feeling Jaguars fans won't have to battle crows to get to the games this year.