"Ask Vic" will publish on Monday and Thursday through the offseason.
Cassidy from Carlsbad, CA
How do you feel about unwritten rules?
An unwritten rule is another way of saying "do the right thing." We know the difference between right and wrong. Even Bill Belichick knows the difference. When we take the high road, the human spirit grows.
Sean-Luc from Boston, MA
Which teams do you predict will dominate the 2021 draft, given the lack of a normal college season?
As I've written, the teams with the best connections to college coaches and scouting networks will achieve the best results in the '21 draft. I don't know who all of those teams are, but I know the Steelers are one of them.
Jack from Middleton, WI
Do you have any stories of a rookie QB earning the job over last year’s vet following the preseason?
Terry Bradshaw did it. He had a sensational rookie preseason, but he displaced Terry Hanratty, who was a rookie the previous season. Maybe the best example of a rookie putting an established vet on the bench is Dan Marino taking the job from David Woodley early in the 1983 season. Woodley had quarterbacked the Dolphins to the Super Bowl the previous season.
Sean from Arlington Heights, IL
Vic, assuming there is a season, with no preseason games and presumably closed practices, is it going to be even more of a free for all than normal when it comes to practice squad signings since teams may only have college film on a guy?
Yes. Mistakes will be made.
Randy from Billings, MT
Vic, I am not up on Ben Roethlisberger's injury but my question is more universal. When you say an injury is usually career-ending, are you factoring in only the past or including medical/rehab improvements? Many injuries in the past that were pretty much career-ending are now not so due to improved surgeries and rehab methods.
I wasn't attempting to write a medical document, Randy, I was merely acknowledging the logic that says three detached tendons in the elbow of a 37-year-old man who uses that elbow to throw a football is a threat to end or alter his career. A similar injury ended Bradshaw's.
Mike from North Hudson, WI
We enjoy your column and perspective on life in regards to sports. Could you please take us back to a time and a sporting event you were covering where, in the midst of covering the event, you looked around and realized your world around you seemed to be on the cusp of greatness?
If there was such an event, it was probably Super Bowl XIII. I was sitting in a press box full of big-name sports writers and I was watching a game being played by a field full of future Hall of Famers. It was the best of times, and I was young.
Samuel from Jacksonville, FL
Who's a training camp Hall of Fame player that didn't amount to anything?
Whose career wasn't the equal of his preseason fame? Steelers -- Jack Deloplaine. Jaguars -- Chad Owens. Packers -- Vic So'oto.
Robert from Terre Haute, IN
Why am I just not enthused this year? After 60-some years avidly following the Packers, this year I don’t seem to care.
No fans, no excitement.
Richard from Clearwater, MN
If your questions to Rodgers was "Can this team win now?" what answer are you seeking or could be expanded upon other than what he almost has to say, which is some variation of "Yes, I believe this team can win now"?
Rodgers is at his best answering direct questions. I always felt I connected with him on that level. It gave him a chance to answer fully, which is what I would expect from him in this situation. I would expect him to answer yes, but with what disclaimers? Where would the Packers need to improve? What are the issues? On the other hand, if he dodged the question, I'd know the answer was no.
Bob from Port St. Lucie, FL
Could you explain the Oklahoma? Why did you enjoy watching it and why is it no longer used?
It's a thump drill and I enjoyed hearing the thump. The league "outlawed" it because it's a thump drill.
Ron from Hell, MI
What sorts of things do you know about Earl Campbell and how fantastical is it to envision A.J. Dillon playing at that level?
Easy, now, easy. Is there really a road sign in Hell that says "You are now leaving Hell"?
Jim from Trapani, Sicily
Vic, you have mentioned finding contentment. Do you still have dreams or aspirations?
Sure. For three months I dreamed of a day without pain.
Ben from Crozet, VA
Vic, who do you have ahead of Rodgers and why?
Mahomes, Jackson, Watson, Wilson, Prescott. Young legs.
Lori from Brookfield, WI
Vic, if the NFL has a season in 2020, what is the big story capturing your attention? How will Brady adjust to the Bucs offense? How will Matt LaFleur and Rodgers fare during season two? How will McCarthy and the Cowboys work together?
Every team has a storyline: Is this the end for Big Ben? Is Minshew "The Man"? Can Rodgers hold off Love?
Morgan from Little Chute, WI
What can be said about NASCAR and PGA having better viewership ratings than the NBA?
I was channel surfing one night and stopped on an NBA game because something about it caught my eye. I had to watch it for a full minute to decide whether they were real players or cartoon characters, and the background was even sillier looking. In contrast, the Jim Herman/Billy Horschel drama of this past weekend was very real.