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Join Jaguars Inside Report Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Matt from New York, NY:
What has allowed the Arizona Cardinals to remain in Arizona and keep their same name/logo since 1920. How does such an historically bad franchise keep from relocating or changing their team name to attract fans?

Vic: Matt, I'm guessing you're too young to know the Cardinals are a very traveled franchise. It is also the oldest franchise in NFL history, dating back to 1898 when it was the Morgan Athletic Club on the Southside of Chicago and it was known as the "Normals." The nickname was changed to "Cardinals" when the team's owner bought used, red uniforms from the University of Chicago a few years later. In 1922, the franchise adopted the name "Chicago." During World War II, when players were difficult to find, the Cardinals and Steelers merged teams, becoming "Card-Pitt" for the 1944 season. The franchise flourished following the war, but then faded in the shadow of the cross-town Bears' success. In 1960, it was moved to St. Louis to accommodate an NFL TV deal. The franchise moved to Phoenix in 1988.

David from Peoria, IL:
I was thinking, if a defender is called for pass interference, why wouldn't the intended receiver be credited for the yards that were attempted?

Vic: That yardage is included in penalty yardage. If all of a sudden you gave penalty yardage to players, you could throw away the record book.

Don from Jacksonville:
Which do you think will occur first: An equation postulating general relativity with quantum mechanics, or the Jaguars making the playoffs again?

Vic: I don't know nothin' about no quantums.

Paul from Huntington, WV:
I read your column every day. I'm leaving for the Marines this Monday, Nov. 3, and this is the last time I will really get to read it, so my question is: Do you think Byron Leftwich will get benched this year and the team will go with the second string QB?

Vic: Paul, by the time you come back, he'll be in the Pro Bowl. You be careful.

Jim from Greenville, NC:
Your "food for thought" lead got me thinking. What do the players eat for a pregame meal? I assume the team has an expert consult with each player for the correct items and amounts. I am on a diet, so food is on my mind right now. Love the site. Yours is the best in the NFL.

Vic: It's not quite as scientific as you might think. It's a healthy version of normal food, but some things are not permitted. For example, carbonated beverages are a no-no. It has something to do with CO2 and the body's difficulty in distinguishing CO2 from O2. A trainer once educated me about how the body will mistakenly store CO2, and that'll make us lethargic. I don't doubt the need for proper nutrition, but I know a certain Hall of Fame player who used to spend his pregame meal drinking coffee and chain-smoking.

Derek from Fort Dodge IA:
What title did the teams of the NFL play for before the "Super Bowl" became the major event.

Vic: The league's title game was known as the "NFL Championship." The Green Bay Packers of the Vince Lombardi era won that title in 1961, '62, '65, '66 and '67. Beginning with the '66 season, the team that won the NFL Championship played the team that won the AFC Championship in what was then referred to as the AFL-NFL World Championship. The Packers won the first two such games ('66 and '67 seasons). The game also bore the nickname "Super Bowl," which would become the game's official name. The Colts won the 1968 NFL Championship game and then lost to the AFL-champion Jets in Super Bowl III, then the Vikings won the 1969 NFL Championship game and lost to the AFL-champion Chiefs in Super Bowl IV. That season marked the final NFL and AFL Championship games. The following season introduced the AFL-NFL merger and realignment into AFC and NFC divisions. It is the system by which the league operates today.

Thiago from Madrid, Spain:
I was wondering about your "Inside Scoop." I enjoy watching it and listening to your guests' thoughts about the season. How do you choose your guest for the show? Thank you for the great column and hope it goes on for a long time in better Jag days.

Vic: I rotate guests among those in the Jaguars hierarchy. That's all.

Jonny from Taylorville, IL:
Hi, Vic, I love your column and read it every day. My question is about football in general, not just the Jags. I'm a junior in high school and we just lost in the first round of the playoffs, and I'm already looking forward to next season. I'm about 5-11, 6-0 and I weigh about 270-280 and I play guard. This past offseason I felt I was in the best shape of my life. I ran every day and tried my hardest to get in shape. This offseason I don't just want to be in shape, I want to get to a reasonable weight for a kid my size and gain speed so I'll be quicker and more mobile on pulling plays and quicker to reach secondary players on my blocks. So, I was wondering if you'd give some advice on what I should do to get in good shape, what a reasonable weight is for a 6-foot kid, and what I could do this offseason to gain speed and quickness so I can fly off the ball and get into defensive tackles before they know what hit them?

Vic: Jonny, I'm not going to pretend I can advise you on advanced training techniques. That stuff has become a science and should be left to the conditioning people who make their living in that capacity. So, let's start with this advice: Seek the counsel of a respected strength and conditioning expert. Now, I'm going to give you some "fatherly" advice. First of all, don't even think about steroids or any kind of supplement that might represent a health risk. The dangers are grave. Don't allow anyone to convince you otherwise. And here's one more thing you can do: Get a job; a really tough job with a lot of heavy lifting and bad hours. It's great for the body and the mind.

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