Justin from Oshkosh, WI

GM Ketchman, if Mariota is available when Green Bay picks, do you take him, or is it too soon?

My inbox is producing a lot of these Marcus Mariota questions. Is somebody in the media advancing the ridiculous notion Mariota might slip to the Packers? Yes, I think it’s too soon for the Packers to make a franchise investment in a quarterback.

Joe from Piscataway, NJ

Vic, is Duke the most hated team in all of sports? I’m not a Wisconsin fan but I hate Duke, even more now. Why does everyone hate them so?

I don’t hate them. Why would anybody hate a sports team for being successful? Isn’t it every team’s goal to win?

Doug from Union Grove, WI

No matter how many rodeos one has been to, it still hurts to get bucked off. The important thing is, do you dust yourself off and climb back on?

You enjoy the ride, treasure the memories of the ride, and then go to bed and move into a new day. You shouldn’t have to dust yourself off. It’s just a game.

Kainen from Sagola, MI

Vic, I am a diehard Packers fan and wish to see them win another Super Bowl in the near future. What things do you think the Packers need to do in order to achieve that high goal?

Do what they did last year and then finish. It always comes down to crunch time. It did for the Packers in the NFC title game, it did for the Seahawks in the Super Bowl, and it did for Wisconsin last night. The team that wins crunch time wins the game.

Rick from Shawano, WI

Bo blames refs. It was not. Poor shooting and fatigue. Fatigued players foul and miss shots. No bench.

I, too, believe fatigue was a factor.

Mike from Barnes, WI

Will the NFL take note of the national championship game when deciding about expanding replay? Reviewed and still blew the call? Get rid of all of it. Causes more conflict and problems than it solves.

Replay is here to stay in all sports, and its use will be expanded. I’d like to know the name of the guy who first proposed the idea of using replay to ruin sports.

Shawn from Colby, WI

Great game last night. You had to enjoy the defense and the way the refs let them play. Pretty impressive that Wisconsin could compete with five Midwest guys starting, three from Wisconsin. Not trying to take anything away from Duke, but they didn’t have a kid within 700 miles in the starting lineup. Thoughts?

I love homegrown and I love that team I watched last night. I will remember them.

Akbar from East Massapequa, NY

It’s you, Vic! Every time you pick a team we love to win, they lose. You should follow your own advice. Just watch.

It’s human nature to blame our disappointment on someone or something. What if I had picked Duke? What do you think my inbox would look like today?

Michael from La Crosse, WI

Is your inbox hurting this morning, Vic? Personally, I’m blessed to have been able to watch and follow this team throughout the tourney. Great group of men that will succeed in whatever they do.

Congratulations, you have achieved perspective.

J.J. from Cape Coral, FL

Vic, love your stuff, but really stick to football. Slow the pace. Make it a possession by possession game? The Badgers were averaging around 80 points. They slowed it down and lost. It’s like saying the Packers should run the ball 70 percent of the time.

When Wisconsin opened that seven-point lead (I think it was seven), I was congratulating myself on my analysis. That’s when the game turned. Duke got a sense of urgency and the pace quickened, and I think it resulted in fatigue for Wisconsin down the stretch.

Randy from Erlanger, KY

Vic, love your “Being There” responses. I can see you walking on water just like Chauncey Gardner. Spring is the time for planting. Are the Packers planting the right seeds for a fruitful season?

Draft picks are seeds; free agents are transplants. We won’t know if the Packers will have planted the right seeds until much later in the year, maybe not even until a few years later. Seeds require patience.

Patrick from Los Angeles, CA

Do you think the Packers have the best offense in the last 10 years?

It’s the best offense I’ve covered since the 1978 Steelers, and it might be the best offense I’ve ever covered.

Thomas from Park Falls, WI

Vic, ESPN recently did a 2013 re-draft and I believe Eddie Lacy was chosen with the fourth or fifth pick overall. That sounds like one amazing bargain, getting him at pick 61, doesn’t it?

Lacy is one of Ted Thompson’s best ever draft picks.

James from Wahiawa, HI

What is the difference between the Mike and Jack inside linebackers in the Packers defense?

I’ve grown up in the 3-4 hearing those players referred to as Mike and Mo, or Mike and Mack. Mike is generally considered to be the true middle linebacker. He’s the thumper. Mo or whatever he’s named is generally considered to be the chase guy, more of a weakside linebacker in a 4-3.

Bob from Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA

Vic, what are your thoughts on shopping for bargain free agents after the draft? That would seem to be the best time to fix gaps not addressed in the draft at an acceptable price.

I like the words “bargain” and “acceptable price,” and I’m all for shopping for those free agents at any point in the process. We’re nearing that point.

Mark from Seattle, WA

Vic, I watched a show on the 1965 draft the other night. Is it true Joe Namath’s contract paved the way for all future huge contacts in professional football?

Namath changed the game. Losing him to the AFL sent an undeniable message: The NFL was losing the battle. Football people knew it was only a matter of time before the AFL would catch up to the NFL, which it did when Namath whipped the Colts in Super Bowl III. That was a defining moment that forever changed the face of professional football. Almost everything about Namath, including his contract and the hardball his agent played with the two leagues, changed the game. His knees went a long way toward changing how knee injuries should be treated. His stats don’t look good, but Namath is a seminal figure in the history of professional football.

Tyler from Madison, WI

Vic, you have mentioned limiting the number of coaches before and I still don’t understand why. Why are you concerned with the size of a team’s coaching staff? What would be prevented by limiting the coaches? My only concern would be the increased cost being passed on to the fans.

Bingo! The bigger the game gets, the more expensive it gets. It’s about scope. That’s why we have roster limitations. I’m concerned about the game growing too much. Bigger isn’t better if bigger means more expensive.


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