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Dogs shouldn't watch TV

Join senior editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Howard from Homestead, FL:
Is it conceivable the NFL would ever consider a rule invalidating a play if a player follows it by taunting? If Moss knew his offense would get pushed back 15 yards and the TD wiped out, I bet he wouldn't have mooned the Green Bay fans.

Vic: If the NFL really wanted to get rid of post-play celebrations, that's how you do it. You make the celebration part of the play, which means any kind of penalty for excessive celebration or taunting would nullify the touchdown. That's not going to happen, however, because the league doesn't want to take away points or yards. All of its emphasis at enforcing the chuck rule and pass interference this season was meant to increase yardage and scoring, both of which were down in 2003.

Henry from Jacksonville:
What other teams have the same kind of cap room to spend this offseason that the Jaguars do? Are any of them in need of the same positions we are?

Vic: Seattle has a lot of salary cap room, but the Seahawks don't have a lot of players under contract and need to get three high-salary guys, Matt Hasselbeck, Walter Jones and Shaun Alexander, re-signed. San Diego has a lot of salary cap room, but the Chargers may use a big chunk of that room to "franchise" Drew Brees. Arizona and Detroit have a lot of cap room and they're wide open to use it. The positions at which the Jaguars have need – left tackle, defensive end and cornerback – are premium positions and will be hot spots for competition to sign players.

Ardel from Jacksonville:
Who cares what Moss did? I didn't really see it as a bad thing. I think maybe he shouldn't have done it. Now after hearing what Dungy said, that the fans of Green Bay do it every Sunday, I say more power to Moss for having the heart to do it back. So do you feel the fans can do whatever they choose and the players not react to them?

Vic: Fan commentary should be ignored. I expect behavior befitting a professional athlete. So does the league. So should you.

Adam from Portland, OR:
If a quarterback is tackled right at the line of scrimmage for no gain, is it considered a sack or just a tackle?

Vic: If the quarterback is tackled for no gain or for a loss on a play that was intended to produce a pass, a sack is awarded.

James from Levittown, NY:
With all the talk about Randy Moss being traded, do you think the Jaguars might be interested in trading for him?

Vic: Now that I've stopped laughing at the initial thrust of your question – didn't Jack Del Rio spend all last spring talking about team chemistry? – let's move on to the second problem with what you're proposing. Randy Moss has four years remaining on his current Vikings contract and $7.9 million in remaining amortization. All of that $7.9 million would accelerate onto the Vikings' 2005 salary cap if they traded him. I have no doubt the Vikings could find someone willing to trade for Moss – the Redskins always seem to have room for one more – but could the Vikings' assume $7.9 million in "dead money" and expect to be a playoff contender?

John from Jacksonville:
The fact that the "invisible wall" between fans and athletes is disappearing is a very disturbing trend. When I was a kid going to Cubs games and people heckled the outfielders, I was almost convinced the players couldn't hear them at all because they never reacted, no matter what was said. Don't players realize it is a no-win situation to acknowledge the crowd is getting to them? Do you think the league should take some action to reverse this trend?

Vic: What a delight it is to read your e-mail. You are, obviously, a very bright and stable person with a sound perspective on sports. Invisible wall; what a great way to put it. Once upon a time there was a very talented outfielder named Jimmy Piersall. He could've become a great player, but he reacted to fan dissent and once that became obvious the torment Piersall received drove him out of baseball and into treatment. It all came to a head, so to speak, one day when a cup of beer was dumped on Piersall as he stood at the base of the outfield wall. I think the league and everyone else should think about Piersall and Ron Artest and how bad it can get when it gets out of hand. Thank you for having a brain.

Kyle from Jacksonville:
Even if the Colts are making salary cap mistakes, won't it all pay off if they win a Super Bowl?

Vic: That's the big question. The Super Bowl is the goal, right? If you can win it all, why not do whatever it takes, right? The flip side of that argument is this: Doing whatever it takes can send a team into a protracted salary cap repair period that could result in several non-playoff years and a decrease in fan interest. I have a sportswriter friend who says there's a dirty-little secret in the NFL that the Super Bowl is not the goal. The goal, my friend says, is to be a playoff contender every year and keep your stadium full. What do you think?

Wil from Jacksonville:
The celebration after a play is spreading out of control. Today I threw a ball to my dog and after she caught it she rubbed her rear end on the ground.

Vic: That's what happens when dogs watch too much football on TV.

John from Brooklyn, NY:
The Broncos could not contain the Colts offense all game. I think the Jaguars would have done a better job. Do you agree?

Vic: The 1962 Mets could've done a better job.

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