"Ask Vic" is published on Monday and Thursday through the offseason.
Aaron from White Hall, AR
Thoughts on the Masters?
I was disappointed in the final round. The play was weak and uninspiring. Matsuyama limped home with the win. Schauffele had a chance to tie for the lead and then promptly tripled a very gettable 16th. Johnson and Koepka missed the cut. DeChambeau missed the widest fairways on tour. Where was Morikawa? The Aussies wanted to avenge Norman's collapse, and then Leishman disappeared from sight. A place where trees have names and rough is a vulgar word, Augusta's soft-to-the-eye look was matched by the men playing it. There was no drama, no charge, just a lot of whimpering about what a special event it is and how much it means to win it.
Sam from Olathe, KS
You mentioned the NCAA collectively bargaining with its players would help with standardization. Are you talking about a salary cap? Or a cap on scholarship money? Even with that, parity seems way too hard to achieve with so many universities and their diverse make up. But maybe something is better than nothing.
Let's begin with something as simple as eligibility for the NFL draft. Larry Fitzgerald and LeSean McCoy left for the NFL after just two seasons of playing college football. College football must stop that kind of talent bleed. A CBA would allow college football to negotiate to keep its players longer. I see a CBA as being most meaningful as it would pertain to the distribution of talent. Recruiting is the greatest parity killer in college football. A CBA would allow college football to negotiate a better system.
Hannah from McFarland, WI
Please tell us about your Honus Wagner card story and how it resolved.
I don't know how it ended. What I can tell you is this: A man in my circulation area called me about a baseball card he found. He said his wife had died, he had lost his job in the steel mill and he and his son were selling the home and moving. In cleaning out the house, he found in the attic a baseball card his grandfather had given him long ago. "Keep this; it'll be valuable some day," the man said he was told by his grandfather. "Who's on the card?" I asked. "It's a guy named Honus Wagner," the man said. Immediately, bells began to ring in my head. I was doing freelance work for Beckett Football Card magazine at the time and I said they would know of the card's value, and I would give them a call and pass on your name and phone number. Later that day I called the man back to find out what happened. He said a man from Beckett was on his way from Dallas. He said Beckett told him to take the card to the bank and put it in a safe deposit box, and to not talk to me anymore. I smiled and said, "I think you've got the Holy Grail. Good luck." That was the end of it for me. A few years later, I saw a movie on TV about a baseball card coming to life in the attic of a house. I couldn't help but wonder.
Robby from Middleton, WI
Quite audacious of you to tell a fan how to be a fan; I'll stick with Go Pack Go!
What was it Dean Wormer said?
Joe from Bloomington, IN
So basically going all in and rebuilding corresponds to maximum leverage and bankruptcy?
Don't forget reorganizing under Chapter 11.
Eric from Green Bay, WI
Rodgers has said he could be both QB and Jeopardy host, as long as he could film in the offseason. Rodgers has never done much in the offseason, football-wise, outside of staying in shape. All I've seen from Rodgers is honesty about his future, perhaps a level of honesty that is making people feel uncomfortable. Does this bother you?
Honesty is good, but it doesn't mean I have to agree with what was said. I honestly believe hosting Jeopardy would cause problems. Does this bother you?
Scott from Hamlin, NY
Would the NCAA players unionizing make them employees and cause their scholarships to become taxable?
Not if college football favors the plan. Should the players and college football become adversaries, there's no doubt scholarships would become taxable. It's already been threatened by politicians, should the players force the likeness rights issue.
Justin from Titonka, IA
If you were the Bengals would you trade back with a team that needs a quarterback? Or are there any players that you couldn't pass on at pick No. 5?
I don't think the Bengals' window is ready to open. That's still a year off. They have their quarterback. Take the picks. Value, value, value! The draft is all about value.
Jack from Orange Park, FL
Who has a better shot at making it into the Hall of Fame, Deshaun Watson or Andrew Luck?
Are you serious? Kerry Collins threw for nearly twice as many yards as Luck, 37 more touchdowns and took his team to a Super Bowl. You want to put Collins in, too? Watson? His issues right now do not include a debate about Hall of Fame worthiness.
Eric from Lansing, MI
Vic, I'm convinced wide receivers are too plentiful to waste on a first-round pick, but in the last 10 years all but five NFL teams have chosen wide receivers in the first round (not the Packers, Steelers or Seahawks). Is there ever a good reason to use a first-round pick on a wide receiver?
I don't have a problem with it late in the first round.
Jake from Oakland, CA
Left tackle is the safest top-five pick. Like Tony Mandarich, right?
In the last 10 years, 12 players were drafted in the top 10 picks as offensive tackles; I expanded the search for the sake of a larger sample. Those players are: Andrew Thomas, Ronnie Stanley, Jack Conklin, Brandon Scherff, Ereck Flowers, Greg Robinson, Jake Matthews, Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel, Lane Johnson, Matt Kalil and Tyron Smith. Joeckel is the only bust. Stanley, Scherff, Matthews, Fisher, Johnson, Kalil and Smith are Pro-Bowlers, and the rest of that group either are or were long-term starters. Some of them were moved to another position on the line, but the batting average of success among those draft picks is overwhelming. Mandarich was more than 30 years ago. Let it go. The NFL is a big place. The Packers aren't the only team in it.
Jason from Honolulu, HI
In Vic's fair and standardized NCAA football world, what does the postseason format look like?
Like the NFL playoffs.
Raul from Mexico City, Mexico
How would you approach the Rodgers/Packers saga in your column, if you were still working for packers.com?
I would stress the need for the Packers to do what they believe is best for the Packers. That's what I'm doing in this column. I couldn't be as direct on packers.com, but my overall tone in the column would leave no doubt with readers where I stood on the issue. It's how you have to write when you are treading on sensitive subject matter, and that's why it's so important to have savvy readers.
Travus from Minneapolis, MN
Obviously, this would never happen, but it’s thought provoking. What if the team with the worst record in the NFL turned its draft over to its season ticket holders?
They'd pick wide receivers.
Jeff from Des Moines, IA
Rules changes over the past 50 years have dramatically changed the game. In 1971, the 10 QBs with the most passing attempts threw for 151 TDs and 193 interceptions. In 2020, the top 10 threw for 324 TDs and 104 interceptions. I won't be around to see it, but what do you think the NFL will look like 50 years from now?
The top 10 QBs will throw for 648 TDs and 52 interceptions. It's never been easier to play quarterback.
Craig from Sheboygan, WI
I don't understand how moving the hash marks closer together in 1978 made the game open up? Also, how did John Stallworth last to the fourth round of the '74 draft?
The hash marks were moved toward the center of the field in 1972. It was believed the move would encourage more passing because offenses wouldn't be trapped against the boundary on one side of the field. What happened was the game experienced an explosion of thousand-yard rushers. Coaches just weren't willing to pass the ball because the downside was too great. Bump and run coverage gave defenders equal opportunity, offensive linemen had to pass block with their elbows and holding was a 15-yard penalty. Stallworth? He was played as a defensive back in the Senior Bowl and the Steelers lost the scouting film on him. Stallworth is one of the great Bill Nunn's greatest discoveries.