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

Mike from Jacksonville:
Good article on Toefield. I enjoy all of the pieces on our players and can't wait to read about more of the guys before the season officially begins. My question is in regards to the radio show and the "Reporters Corner." I listen and watch these every week on (cha-ching) and can't help but notice we haven't had a "Reporters Corner" in awhile and that Wednesday's radio show is currently unavailable. What gives? I ain't mad at ya' but I wake up every Thursday chomping at the bit for these two bits of multimedia genius and without them I'm starting to feel the effects of withdrawal.

Vic: We had a "Reporters' Corner" last week, at which time Brian explained there wouldn't be one this week because the production guy is working on "Vacation 101." Apparently that's why the audio from "Jaguars This Week" hasn't been posted, too. I don't know what to tell you. Have you tried filling the time with family interaction?

Tommy from Jacksonville:
My oldest son is eight years old now and wants to learn to play football. My wife will not allow him to play because it's too dangerous. I tore my ACL while playing collegiately. I am trying to convince her to let him play flag football but I'm hitting a brick wall on that as well. What would be a good angle for me to take on this one? I only ask because you seem to be the man when it comes to things like this.

Vic: How much do you love your wife? Just kidding, Tommy. All right, here's my advice. Bring her flowers; as many flowers as necessary. Don't make this more difficult than it is. Ply her with flowers, and when you feel you've softened her up enough, hold her hand and tell her how important it is for you to bond with your son and football is a means for doing that. She'll immediately brag to all of her friends about what a sensitive husband and caring father you are. Then hope the kid doesn't get broken in half. Remember my Valentine's Day advice? Flowers, always flowers; work a deal with the local flower shop. Give 'em the three dates and your credit card number. It's the best money you'll ever spend.

Lee from Jacksonville:
Why do you think fans are so anxious to see the Jaguars sign some of the players that were June salary cap cuts? If these guys were still productive enough for their old teams to want to retain their services, they wouldn't be available in June.

Vic: You're bringing tears to my eyes, Lee. Thank you for getting it.

Bill from Jacksonville:
Is Cole Pepper's barbecue sauce a mustard-based sauce or a red sauce?

Vic: Mine is complimentary-based.

K. from Saginaw, MI:
I recently moved to Jacksonville from Saginaw and I am currently doing dry wall over on the northside. I was driving to lunch the other day and I could have sworn I saw you slopping up some ribs at ole Blackjack's barbecue. I started to come over and say hi but I didn't think there was anyway that could be you. Tell me I'm wrong little buddy. That wasn't you getting your mouth greasy, was it?

Vic: All the way to my ears. You should've stopped. Cole was buying. It was free.

Cliff from Callahan, FL:
About the "sunburst" defense: Isn't that the same idea behind the goofy "UFO" defense the Browns tried a few years ago.

Vic: Yeah, it is. Good catch! But the UFO kind of hung around the line of scrimmage looking stoned. The "sunburst" stays in a tight huddle, then bursts into formation when the offense gets over the ball. I'm working on a new innovation right now. I think I'm going to call it the "zone spritz."

Mike from Jacksonville:
I hope you know it takes more time to say Fu (vowel rationing) than it does to just spell his whole last name out.

Vic: That's not true. You save one vowel.

John from Gainesville, FL:
Vic, I enjoy reading your responses and agree with the majority of them. Who's the best FB in the NFL, in your opinion, and do you think Fu is a better RB or FB?

Vic: In my opinion, Richie Anderson is the best fullback in the league and Fu is a much better running back than he is a fullback.

Cole from Jacksonville:
I'm on to you. Go buy the stuff. My question is this: What do you think it tastes best on, free pork, free beef brisket, free ribs or free chicken?

Vic: All of that is fine and I like it best after free golf.

Dino from Jacksonville:
When can we expect the next "Reporters' Corner?"

Vic: Next week.

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