Jered from Baton Rouge, LA
What was it like growing up for you in the ’50s and ’60s?
Sports were king, but their reach was local and limited. There were only three TV channels. At the most, you saw two college football games on Saturday. The AFL doubled our football fun and that’s what fueled the AFL’s meteoric rise. We were starved for football. High school football and basketball were huge, mostly because there weren’t enough sports viewing options available to us to satisfy us. We delighted in anything. You couldn’t buy team jerseys. I stenciled Bobby Layne’s No. 22 onto an old sweatshirt. It’s my all-time favorite shirt. The biggest difference between then and now, however, is the competition. I was born at the height of the baby boom. We had to compete for everything. Little League teams cut players. We waited in line for tickets to the movies. I remember being turned away several times. Whatever it was you wanted, so did a lot of other kids, and you were going to have to beat them to get it. Just earning a place on your high school football team’s 40-man was a big deal. A lot of kids’ hearts were broken. I remember Joe Montana once remarking about how “we competed for everything back there.” It really hit home with me. I learned to accept defeat and compete harder.
Jim from Hatboro, PA
I recently saw the fall schedule for the Badgers. It appears to be brutal. It starts with LSU and three weeks later continues with Michigan St., Michigan, Ohio St. and Iowa. Then it may not be a whole lot easier with Nebraska and then troublesome Northwestern. By their 12th game with Minnesota, there may be no energy left to go for the axe. What are your thoughts about the Badgers’ schedule?
It’s the opposite of last year’s schedule.
Jim from McLean, VA
Vic, thanks for ending my Fourth celebration with laughter reading your tailgating tips for Jacksonville. How should we cook our S’mores?
Just put them in the trunk.
Del from Sterling, IL
Vic, of all the seasons you’ve covered for different teams, do you have favorites, or are they like kids where you love them all for different reasons?
I can vividly recall defining moments from every season I’ve covered. That’s why I’m so rich.
Bryon from Waukesha, WI
When a player is suspended without pay, does the team not paying that player get to save the salary toward cap space?
The money not paid is credited back to the team’s cap.
Ken from Marshfield, WI
On third down, will Green Bay run four wide receivers and Cobb in the backfield this year?
Third and what? If it’s third-and-9, who are you fooling?
Tony from River Falls, WI
I always forget sacks were not originally counted in the early days of the NFL. Do you think there will be any new stats the NFL keeps track of in the future?
I think we need a “key blocks (KB)” stat for offensive linemen. We need something to quantify their performance.
Matt from Hayward, WI
I’m not sure what the result of Brexit will ultimately be, but I wonder what the cable news pundits and the stock markets would have said on July 4, 1776?
The markets don’t like change. They would’ve tanked, which would’ve created the greatest buy opportunity in the history of the world.
John from Mesquite, TX
I could stare at it all day. That picture is a symbol of what it was like growing up in the ’50s and ’60s. Nothing was too good, which made everything great.
John from Harvest, AL
My wife is wearing a back brace that was endorsed by Brett Favre (her physical therapist recommended it). If you were going to endorse a product, what would it be and why?
Flip flops, because life is good when I’m wearing them.
Bob from Racine, WI
Just read that some QBs are now making 12-20 percent of their teams’ salary cap. Where will it end? If it gets too high, “The Man” won’t have a good supporting cast. Thoughts?
The only way to devalue the position is to create an excess supply of quarterbacks. College football’s spread offenses might do that.
Kevin from Whitehall, WI
It may be easier to win the Super Bowl in the cap era, but don’t these stats also indicate it’s harder to repeat?
In the 23 years prior to the cap, there were four repeat winners. In the cap era, there have been three, but there hasn’t been one in the last 11 seasons.
Benjamin from Bear, DE
Vic, I understand the heat and humidity will be tough on the Packers when they open the season in Jacksonville, but I fully expect them to win. My question is how will the heat and humidity coupled with traveling two weeks back to back affect the team’s ability to physically bounce back in Week 2 when they travel to Minnesota? Don’t you agree the training staff will play a key role in Week 2’s preparation and outcome of the Vikings game?
Matthew from New Berlin, WI
Vic, on July 1 Bobby Bonilla was paid $1.2 million from the New York Mets. The same thing will happen every July 1 until 2035. I know there is no salary cap in baseball, but take care of the cap.
Baseball has been very, very good to him.
Robert from Aiken, SC
Vic, just wanted you to know, I got the purchase order this morning for the sintering furnace pressure regulator! Yes!
I knew you would, but is a furnace really necessary right now? Temperatures by the end of the week are expected to hit 100 degrees, with heat indexes in excess of 110.
Matthew from Glendale, AZ
My girlfriend and I just purchased a house. Our first night in our new home, we had an old man break in. We called the police and they responded very quickly. He was in his 70s and apparently knew the previous owner and thought he could come and crash on the couch. Needless to say, we were pretty spooked by this, but I can’t help but think the man wasn’t all there. He ate my muffin I had planned on having for breakfast. Anyway, I just wanted to share our crazy story with you and ask if you think we should press charges?
What kind of muffin was it?
Dennis from Marquette, MI
Do you think Janis has a real opportunity to gain more playing time ahead of Adams and Montgomery?
In my mind, playing time is wide open to competition. The best man wins. I don’t think any of those players would want it any other way.