Patrick from Cambridge, MD
This might be my favorite letter of all time: “Dear Kevin, I hope you feel better soon. I am mad at the Steelers because you are my No. 1 player. I am seven years old and love the Bengals and Bearcats. I know you played for the Bearcats and Bengals and I love the teams. I hope that Steeler player loses his house and has to live in his car. Get well soon, Nicholas.”
It’s a tough game for tough guys, kid.
Greg from New Britain, CT
Regarding the postgame handshakes, I’m kind of surprised you prefer the idea of players on different teams really disliking each other. Just yesterday, you mentioned to Roderick that “The honorable way is to congratulate your opponent on his win, and allow him to provide the pat on the back when you are the victor.”
Do that in the locker room with the media after the game. I think it’s important for everyone to get off the field as quickly as possible after the game. I don’t see anything good that can come from hanging around the field.
Steve from Cincinnati, OH
In regards to sportsmanship, what did you think of Dez Bryant’s early departure on Sunday?
He’s a magnificent football player, but he admittedly struggles at controlling his emotions. He’s the perfect example of a guy that needs to get off the field as quickly as possible after a game. More than any sport I’ve ever witnessed, football is an edge sport. It is played by men who work themselves up into a frenzy to play the game. I don’t wanna see that spill over into an ugly incident that could’ve been prevented. Coach Coughlin had a get-off-the-field guy. He made sure guys were moving toward the locker room and not loitering on the field or in the tunnel. That’s smart.
Brad from Neenah, WI
What’s that sound? You hear it? It’s a funny squeaky sound.
Is it the sound of Aaron Rodgers’ collarbone healing?
Theo from Vancouver, Canada
You said the Packers had a trick play for last Sunday but it did not happen. Why did you lie?
They got behind early and couldn’t use it. They’re gonna use it this week.
Scott from Fitchburg, WI
Vic, at what point in the NFL’s history did an injured athlete require medical clearance by a team doctor?
It can probably be traced back to when players first started suing teams for injuries. Remember that story I told about Tom Brzoza? Maybe he caused it.
Dhee from Aesch, WI
Vic, your conversational writing is hard to read. You can learn a lot by reading Mike Spofford’s writing; it’s clear and purposeful, and well thought out. Please stop writing as though you’re speaking to someone out loud. Rather, filter the stream of statements that enter your mind into crisp, imperative sentences that have a place on the page. I read Mike’s articles and not yours because where yours are filled with rah-rah cheerleading rants, his are logical pieces whose introductions lead with his conclusion, are backed up in his body and reinforced in the reprise of his conclusion. That is good writing.
I read everything Mike writes.
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