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He's a butt-knocker

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

Ronald from Jacksonville:
So the rest of the world still treats golf as a non-athletic gentleman's game and America treats it as something in which physical strength and endurance can help you win? In majors since 2000, the U.S. has won 26 and all other countries combined have won 17. It seems as though the idea of using strength and athleticism to win at golf is working on an overall scale. I know you're not much of a Tiger Woods fan, but he finished what Gary Player started in bringing fitness to golf and it has resulted in a whole lot of winning.

Vic: Why did you go back so far? I'll tell you why, because non-Americans have won three of the last four majors, six of the last nine, seven of the last 11 and nine of the last 14, so you needed to go back to 2000 to get stats to support your claim, which I'm not sure they do anyhow. This is, yet, another example of statistics being used to advance a myth. Five of the last seven U.S. Open championships have been won by non-Americans. Only one of the last four British Opens has been won by an American and the foreign contingent will attempt to shutout the U.S. for the third consecutive year in the PGA. Distorting the truth isn't going to fix the problem. Something is wrong.

Greg from Jacksonville:
Your stance is the emotions should be subdued in the game and shown in the player performance. Then you claimed the rest of the emotional stuff is strictly for the fans. OK, well, fans are the customers to your product. Doesn't it make sense that if you have no fans you have no league so, perhaps, giving the fans what they want is not a bad idea. I mean, without the fans there is no product. Personally, I like some emotion, not a lot, but some. Going out and seeing a bunch of emotionless players would make the game boring, I would think. Doesn't there need to be a balance for the league to succeed? I am very interested in your answer on this.

Vic: It's not a big deal to me. If celebrating every tackle will fill the stadium, then I'm all for it, but I don't need the show, so I'm only speaking for myself. I'm capable of seeing a player's emotion, his will to win, in the intensity of his performance. I hope you get the celebrations you need.

Charles from Toronto, ON:
Will Rashean Mathis report to training camp or is he expected to hold out?

Vic: I expect him to report for the start of training camp.

Chuck from Deland, FL:
Why is Otto Graham not the best quarterback of all time?

Vic: Because Johnny Unitas is. Seriously, had Graham played all of his career in the NFL and not the first four years of it in the All-America Football Conference, he might be at the top of a lot of lists.

James from Fleming Island, FL:
After reading an article on ESPN about Russell Allen, I started to wonder if there are any undrafted free agents the Jags signed that you think could make an impact this year?

Vic: Keep your eye on Ko Quaye.

Rob from St. Augustine, FL:
Here we are, right in the heart of the last-minute push for ticket sales and I have yet to see one commercial on TV. I have yet to see one billboard around town and I've heard the Boselli ad a grand total of about two times on the radio. Is this the Jaguars' idea of a marketing blitz? Just driving around town you'd never even know an NFL team exists here. "Team Teal" is a nice start, but a lot more could be done. Just an opinion.

Vic: Apparently you're waiting for Ponce de Leon to discover television, too. Are you kidding? Every time I turn on my TV I see Tony Boselli doing that "We Are Jaguars" commercial. Call the local television stations, ask for the advertising director and ask him how much he likes that commercial. The money that's been spent on that commercial could bankroll Tyson Alualu's signing bonus. Boselli and the "Team Teal" gang have been driving around northeast Florida since January begging fans to buy tickets. What the Jaguars have done in this offseason may represent the single-most aggressive ticket-marketing campaign in the history of the NFL. If I wasn't laughing so hard at your e-mail, I'd probably cry. I guess this is another new one: Blame it on Ponce de Leon.

Chris from Crestview, FL:
I remember playing football and running into that kid who was able to knock you on your butt. I remember hitting the weight room and dedicating myself to be the butt-knocker instead of the butt-knockee. It was that, not all the dancing, not any poster on the wall that made a difference. I agree. Football is a game of intimidation.

Vic: Why did you waste all that time lifting weights? All you had to do was get some swagger, baby. Cop an attitude, talk some trash, look mean, man. That's all you have to do. It's not about what's behind the pads. It's about the show, baby. You're too old-school for me.

Rob from Melbourne, FL:
I am so disappointed, Vic. I ordered a Mike Sims-Walker jersey from the Jaguars web site and it arrived today only to find gold paint splotches on the sleeve. Is there any quality control? I am going to return it and purchase my jersey at a store in the mall where I can perform my own quality control.

Vic: You didn't hear about the new paint splotches on the sleeve this year? It's the latest in uniform fashion. Seriously, I apologize for having disappointed you. Could I interest you in an "Ask Vic" coffee mug? They're great. Just don't put them in the dishwasher.

Lee from Jacksonville:
Who picks the musical selections heard at the stadium during the game?

Vic: This year, I will. I've got a Sinatra duets CD ready to go for the opener. "I've got a crush on you, sweetie pie. All the day and night time, hear my sigh." You're gonna love it.

Paul from Jacksonville:
A friend of mine keeps complaining about so many things of the Jaguars.

Vic: Have him give me a call.

Chris from Jacksonville:
I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about the excuse people have been giving me for not buying season tickets: They plan on buying single-game tickets. What can the Jaguars do to address this problem if they can't sell out season tickets?

Vic: Here are some ideas: 1. Put the "Monster Truck Show" in the "Teal Deals." 2. Call Tom Hagen. 3. Conduct a lottery of property owners. The first 33,582 selected are to have the cost of two season tickets added to their property taxes. 4. If they complain, call Tom Hagen again. The next "Ask Vic" will appear on Monday, July 26.

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