NFL franchises are pieces of gold

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

Todd from Beaufort, SC:
While I may not like an all-Colts day here at jaguars.com, it doesn't surprise me coming from you and it shows to the rest of the fan world that you are not afraid to be outside the box. What other site would do something like that?

Vic: Probably not many, and that's why I think Wayne Weaver and the Jaguars deserve a lot of credit for the freedom they've given jaguars.com.

Matt from Wadsworth, OH:
Boycott? Never coming back? Come on, I have an "Ask Vic" son. My wife got pregnant at the first "Ask Vic" weekend. I can't wait for him to meet you.

Vic: It would seem you took full advantage of the many forms of entertainment the first-ever "Ask Vic Golf and Game" offered.

Mike from Summerville, SC:
"Bob, I will not be censored. I treasure the right to free speech and I will not be bullied into betraying it." But you will censor the rights of Jaguars fans on that day and serve your own needs? Colts fans have their own website. If they are exclusive here on Thursday, I'm done. I will miss it, though.

Vic: Come on, Mike, that's wimpy.

Olly from Oxford, England:
Just wanted to show my support for a Colts day in "Ask Vic." I'm a Jags fan but, more importantly, a thinking human being.

Vic: A thinking human being? So, you're saying those two things are not mutually exclusive of each other?

Jonathan from Jacksonville:
Just read that London will host a regular-season game and I heard the Jags are a prime candidate to be the home team. Just want to know what you know and what your opinion is on regular-season games outside the U.S.

Vic: I haven't heard any rumor that the Jags would be one of the teams selected to play overseas. Frankly, I would expect the NFL to pit two of its highest-profile and most popular teams in an international game. The NFL won't be treating such a game as a preseason goodwill experiment. The NFL will be all-out to make a regular-season international game a hit. I'm not against the NFL expanding its territory. For it or against it, it's going to happen. I think you'd have to be visionless not to see the day when the NFL has an international team or teams. The NFL has worldwide appeal. These franchises are pieces of gold and there are only 32 of them. Los Angeles isn't the only city in line for an NFL team. London and Frankfurt are also possibilities.

David from Northridge, CA:
Would you say the real challenge of "NFL Network" is making it profitable during the offseason?

Vic: No, I wouldn't say that. The "NFL Network" business model provides for year-round profitability because subscriptions aren't likely to be seasonal. The network's challenge is making the product worthwhile year-round.

Ed from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL:
If your column gets boring, we'll let you know.

Vic: Please do that.

Mike from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL:
Your column never gets old. I look forward to it every morning and I'm disappointed when the weekend comes because that means that for two days I get no "Ask Vic."

Vic: I'd be lying if I said I don't enjoy doing the column.

Mike from Pensacola, FL:
I'm looking forward to the all-Colts column. It seems that one of those guys always says that you have man-love for Tom Brady. Well, I would assume that Colt fans will show that they have huge man-love for (Peyton Manning).

Vic: Man-love is a euphemism I have come to really detest. Can we just use the word "favor," or is that not insulting enough? I'll tell you this, I think from now on, when I see the words "man-love," I'm just going to hit delete. It's just too cute for my tastes.

Steve from Jacksonville:
Why are so many Jaguars fans upset about the Colts-only day? Frankly, I think it's great the Jaguars have such a good site and writer that Colts fans come here. Personally, I check out the other teams' sites every so often and, frankly, I think we have the best in the league. What other teams' sites and writers do you enjoy reading?

Vic: John Oehser of Colts.com and Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com are doing great jobs.

Eric from Columbus, IN:
I like your Colts-day idea.I'm a lonely Jags fan in Indiana and I think it will be very interesting to hear what they have to say. It's one column out of 250; relax people.

Vic: And I'm getting tired of being asked who I think the Jaguars' quarterback should be and whether or not the Jaguars will trade for Randy Moss.

Luke from Jacksonville:
John Madden's analysis? Are you kidding? Madden might be the worst analyst in all of sports. Cris Collinsworth is clearly the best.

Vic: I forgot about Collinsworth. Yes, I love his work. I guess I forgot about him because I forgot about "NFL Network" getting into game broadcasting this season. I still think Madden is outstanding. He's informative and relaxed. His style is similar to Bill Raftery, who's my favorite basketball analyst.

Jason from Jacksonville:
Blah, blah, blah … free speech … blah, blah, blah. The truth of the matter is that an all-Colts fan day is idiotic and, hopefully, you're being blasted for it. Do whatever you want and then claim some righteous free speech nonsense but this is a Jaguars website intended for fans interested in the Jaguars. Your arrogance is, while laughable to a certain extent, annoying and turns fans off to reading this website. Get over yourself, old man.

Vic: Wow! You, too, are an angry man. It's too bad you're not a player, either.

Sam from Cardiff, Wales:
Your wife better have been giving birth during those games you missed. You've got some explaining to do, Mr. K.

Vic: No, that wasn't it.

Mike from East Smithfield, PA:
Specifically, who do you think Jacksonville should look for in the upcoming draft?

Vic: The best players they can find, regardless of position. I honestly mean that, Mike.

Bob from Neptune Beach, FL:
Where was Keenan McCardell? I thought he played for the Chargers?

Vic: He does. It's a young man's game.

Ed from Jacksonville:
If you could change anything about televised football broadcasts, what would it be?

Vic: There are too many commercial breaks. They have, in my opinion, reached the point of hurting the product.

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