"Ask Vic" is published on Monday and Thursday through the offseason.
Adam from Thailand
I assume you're in Scott Creek?
Matt from Winfield, IL
If memories make us rich, do you think we were robbed this last year due to COVID or was it a year of making distinct memories?
It was one of the most memorable years of my life.
Ben from Indianapolis, IN
What's your take on this Supreme Court ruling regarding NCAA athletes?
I'm in the process of trying to gather opinion from people I consider to be experts on college football. At first glance, two words in Justice Kavanagh's narrative intrigue me: business model. Kavanagh spoke of the NCAA in terms of being a business model, and my first reaction was non-revenue sports are immediately in danger. Why? Because I know of no business model built on non-revenue. The other obvious reaction to the ruling is the NCAA will have to compensate its athletes and, of course, that goes immediately to football, where the money and the rosters are biggest. Yes, the rich would get richer but, as I've written in the past, roster/scholarship limits are the fix. There's enough talent to promote a level playing field, as long as the top-tier programs aren't permitted to monopolize recruiting. Also, if college football pays its players, it'll only be a matter of time before its players unionize, at which point college football can negotiate a CBA that will provide for a lottery system for talent acquisition, and other such rules that would standardize the game. As I've written, standardization is what college football needs most. I'm all for it. Let's go.
Mike from Des Moines, IA
Justice Kavanaugh to NCAA: Change or you will be changed.
NCAA to Justice Kavanagh: Goodbye women's water polo team.
Ted from Madison, WI
I tend to avoid the Aaron Rodgers articles, but got sucked into one purporting to have a statement by Aaron's father claiming the issue isn't drafting Love, it's spending two draft picks without getting any elite talent to play with Rodgers (no one to pair with Adams the way Jordy Nelson was complemented by Randall Cobb). Does this theory hold water?
He had an MVP season. Lack of talent wasn't a problem. The problem is he didn't have an MVP NFC title game.
Paul from Cumming, GA
GM Vic is rebuilding a team. Are you building your roster around a young quarterback, or shoring up your roster and inserting the quarterback later in the process?
I'm focused on two tasks: getting "The Man" and getting him a supporting cast ASAP. They have to happen simultaneously to achieve maximum effectiveness, and that usually requires having a lot of extra draft picks. The Browns are where they are because they had lots of extra picks. I expect the same from the Jaguars.
Jason from Austin, TX
If the Packers don't trade (Rodgers), do you believe he would give less than his usual 110 percent? If the answer is no, why trade him? If the answer is yes, wouldn't that impact his teammates? Rodgers doesn't seem like a guy that would do that to his teammates.
The pouting and negative body language would be unbearable.
Nick from Hamilton, Canada
What were your impressions of the U.S. Open? It goes without saying, Rahm played like a champion. Those putts on 17 and 18 were as clutch as they come. Regarding the course, the consensus seems to be very positive. The set up may have been great, but I enjoyed watching the PGA much more. To me, Kiawah created a visual component Torrey Pines, even being on the water, just couldn't match.
The office buildings in the background are a bad look.
Richard from St. Augustine, FL
Don't know if you saw the most recent Jags/Jax proposal to re-do a stadium with plumbing issues, also leaks to offices when it rains, and creating a separate building for the Jags, etc. You worked in that building for years and know actual issues. When I saw the proposal, I was pleased we wouldn't have to pay a billion dollars for a new stadium for something used maybe 25 times per year. Then, according to talking heads, stadiums need replacing every 25 years. Hold my hand, help me off the ledge and explain in your professional wordsmithing how this is real.
I always knew when it was raining hard outside because the manhole cover in the hallway began to dance. It was like a scene out of Poltergeist. The plumbing in that building is so substandard the offices were flooded with sewage during the Super Bowl that was played there. I guess everybody flushed at the same time. Leak? Buckets were routinely used to catch rain water. As I wrote, it was built on the cheap. The south end zone remodel is the best thing about that stadium. The worst thing about that stadium isn't the plumbing, its the width of its yawn. The upper decks aren't cantilevered and they fall too far from the field. Again, that's because the stadium was built on the cheap. One of the upper decks was salvaged from the old Gator Bowl because it was newly erected. That upper deck decided the whole design of the stadium. In my opinion, the stadium is not up to NFL standards and needs to be replaced. It's time for Jacksonville to get serious about being an NFL city, or else.
Justin from Sun Prairie, WI
Don't you love how the government can purchase corporate bonds of zombie corporations but can't buy out, and cancel, the student loans of the peons? Seems like doing so would be a step toward unseizing our economy, or at least pulling up the anchor.
How would you feel if you just paid off your student loan?
Chris from Wisconsin
Vic, you said all great players must have a special trait and longevity. Are you saying Gale Sayers wasn’t a great player?
I knew somebody was going to play the Sayers card, but I wasn't going to add a lot of words to my answer and dull its meaning due to an exception to the rule. Sayers is in the Hall of Fame because it was opened in 1963 and it needed names that would attract visitors. There was a rush to induct. I think Paul Hornung is in the Hall of Fame for the same reason. Sayers played for seven years but effectively for only five seasons; his last two were only two games each. His accomplishments are worthy of the Hall of Fame but the longevity isn't there. Hornung never rushed for a thousand yards in a season; his highest total is 681 yards in 1959. I think we need to treat Sayers and Hornung as exceptions to the rule.
Patrick from St. Paul, MN
I recently saw an article talking about how when the Bills extend Josh Allen he is willing to structure his deal to make sure the team can stay competitive. Am I missing something? If he's getting paid $80 million over the course of the contract, that will all be reflected on the cap at some point, right? With that in mind it's just about whether the contract is front or back-loaded, but he still gets his money. Doesn't sound like anything exceptional to me.
He's saying he's willing to convert salary to signing bonus and get his money up front, and maybe even do a voidable re-structure that would add dummy years to his contract and give him even more money up front. He would be willing to do all of that, of course, to help the team, not because he'd get his money up front, and click-bait media would write a story about the team-friendly re-structuring he did, and the fans would applaud his willingness to take a pay cut.
Casey from York, PA
In the lead up to the draft, you had your eye on a player who sat out all of the past college football season. Who was it?
Jaylen Twyman. He just got shot four times.
Dave from Savage, MN
I am a fan of the Wisconsin Badgers athletic teams. I am angry and disturbed by what the seven basketball seniors said to their coach in a secret meeting. I won’t even say what I think about the fact they recorded it and someone sent it to the newspaper. I am flabbergasted and don’t know what to do.
Softening of the transfer rules have caused this kind of thing. It's happened in other programs. Everybody's a free agent. It's a revolution of sorts.
Thomas from Breaux Bridge, LA
So many prospect recruiting videos are of kids playing high school football on artificial turf. Are we over-investing in athletic facilities for kids when we could be investing in their libraries and teachers?
Art from Edwardsville, IL
If you could say one thing to Aaron Rodgers right now, what would it be?
You're the best quarterback I ever covered and I loved watching you play and covering your press conferences. Please consider how all of this will impact your memories of your time in the game. One day, those memories will be very, very important to you.
Daniel from Rapid City, SD
I wonder if this is the time of year you actually miss working for a team. What would normally be a welcome respite from the daily grind has now become an everyday occurrence. Is retirement all it's cracked up to be?
I love it!
Chevin from Jacksonville, FL
What was your reaction to Carl Nassib coming out as the first active openly gay NFL player and do you expect more to follow in his footsteps?
I have no reaction to it because it's not a hot-button issue with me. People who are offended by Nassib and would deny him equal rights are the issue with me.