"Ask Vic" will publish on Monday and Thursday through the offseason.
Richard from St. Augustine, FL
How is SC hurricane alley different than what you experienced in Jacksonville?
Our coastline moves in an east-west direction, so we run the risk of storms running into us and making landfall if they don't continue to turn with the coastline.
Will from Julian, CA
Do you get the sense this season you are/will be writing about a seminal period in the history of the NFL?
I hope the season turns out to be as meaningless as I expect it to be because I fear the only thing meaningful this season could produce would be something bad.
Tracy from Sioux Falls, SD
I hope you found safe harbor and returned to an intact homestead.
I decided to ride it out. It was a terrible mistake. At first, I clung to the door frame as the wind buffeted me and threatened to blow me into the marsh. The rain tore at my skin; the waters rose beneath my feet. I needed to move to higher ground so I climbed through the torn screen in the screened-in porch and used my belt to lash myself to one of the air conditioners on the roof. From there I cried out, "You call this a storm? This isn't a storm! Come on, give it to me!" I was one with the air-conditioner for hours. The wind would blow and I would steel myself against it and taunt it. This was personal. This was me against Isaias, the worst-named hurricane in the history of the world. When the winds died, my clothes were torn and my body was limp from the fight, but I was the victor over a hurricane whose name nobody can pronounce. I am Vic. I am victorious!
Kevin from Stillwater, MN
I'm seeing some fans complaining about the NFL painting "End Racism" in the end zones. They try and take the high ground and say it's a worthwhile cause but say they watch football to get away, to escape. I wonder if the same argument could be used for the pink players wear for breast cancer awareness. I've never heard anyone complain about this. What's the difference?
Coach Noll said, "Whatever it takes."
Joe from Milwaukee, WI
What types of people do you think the NFL owners consult when deciding what to make their commissioner do?
Attorneys and marketing people. Sometimes they even do what's right.
John from Yakima, WA
Vic, as I think the most likely reason you are missing Monday's column, in these Covid-19 times, is a medical appointment requiring travel, I sincerely hope it is just a periodic follow up.
It was a two-level neck fusion.
Josh from Madison, WI
It looks less and less likely anything significant will happen on a field or court this year, but your site is still humming with activity. How does a retired sports writer end up with a pandemic-proof sports Q&A column?
By creating a literary community dedicated to free speech and appreciation of it.
Ian from Texas
Do you think the Packers defense saw this pandemic coming and started practicing social distancing early against the 49ers?
Tackling without touching? It's an interesting concept.
Kabir from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
I never expected a Princeton alum to join the Packers. How many Ivy Leaguers have played for Green Bay?
Chuck Mercein played at Yale. He was pretty good in that final drive.
Sean from Aubrey, TX
I just now learned about the Tulsa race riots and the only coup d'etat that took place on American soil. As someone who has always prided himself in knowing history, to say I'm a little ashamed of myself is a gross understatement. I'd blame the public school system, but I graduated from that over 15 years ago. Why did George Floyd have to die for me to wake up?
Early in American history, media coverage was regional and tended to be protective of its region. Events were not documented as accurately and thoroughly as they are today. Hurricane Katrina, a natural disaster, killed 1,833. Video of people being airlifted from the roofs of their homes is etched in our minds and recorded for history to preserve. We know everything there is to know about that event and who to blame for FEMA's poor response. In contrast, the Johnstown Flood was a man-made event criminally created by the aristocratic, who unconscionably sentenced well over 3,000 innocent people to death, but almost nobody knows about it and its circumstances. America is not without shame for what its done to blacks, native Americans and the poor. It's time to take a good, hard look at ourselves.
Bob from North Dakota
When asked about wide receivers whose blocking made their teams' running games better, you named two excellent ones in John Stallworth and Louis Lipps, but you didn't include Hines Ward? Even as a Packers fan, I was in awe of Hines' ability to erase defenders (and instill fear in them).
Ward is the greatest blocking wide receiver in football history, but I didn't cover him. I wish I had. He was my kind of football player.
Shawn from Kissimmee, FL
What is your take on Matt LaFleur during press conferences? Move up in the first round to get a QB and then he says he believes Rodgers will be in Green Bay for a long time. We know someone is full of baloney.
Some questions need to be asked even when we know the answer is likely to be baloney.
Gerrit from Portugal
I'm a lifelong Packers fan but have a vivid memory of the '96 Jags rolling into Denver and shocking the football world. I had a few adult beverages the other day and decided to watch the NFL Films version of that season. My takeaway was, "Wow, what resilience!" Have you ever covered a team that suffered so many close losses and kept coming back full steam ahead?
The answer is yes because that's what good teams do and I've covered a lot of good teams. Good teams have coaches who demand grit. Tom Coughlin was one of those coaches. His teams never quit. He was a demanding coach who always got the most out of his players. The '96 Jaguars are a shining example of his coaching acumen.
Timothy from Ocala, FL
The leader of the free world just said "It is what it is" to 150,000 American deaths. It didn't have to be this bad; he could have/should have done better. Why doesn't he care? And why can't many people see he doesn't? It is what it is.
His hair is what it is. Why is he unaccepting of that fact?
Josh from Delano, MN
Vic, what if hundreds of thousands dead is simply the price we pay to be the only truly free nation on earth?
I don't see masks or public health measures as symbols of freedom lost.