Join jaguars.com Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Brian from St. Johns, FL:
What constitutes a good field goal above the uprights? Does the entire ball have to pass inside of the inside edge of the upright projected upward, or at least half the ball? Please clarify.
Vic: "The entire ball must pass through the vertical plane of the goal, which is the area above the crossbar and between the uprights or, if above the uprights, between the outside edges of the uprights. In case wind or other forces cause it to return through the goal, it must have struck the ground or some other object or person before returning."
Chase from Milwaukee, WI:
It's sad to see you go from my beloved Jaguars, but it's great to see you come to Wisconsin. Will you be writing blogs and such for Green Bay?
Vic: I'll be doing a lot of the same things I've done on jaguars.com.
Conner from Arlington, VA:
As a lady, it's hard to find people to explain sports to you in a fashion that isn't utterly condescending or dismissive (sometimes dudes assume you are trying to hit on them or are beneath their notice as sports aficionados). I wanted you to know that your column has been integral in my gaining a better grasp of the intricacies of football, a sport I didn't know much about two years ago.
Vic: Condescending? Dismissive? Me? Never.
Mark from Green Bay, WI:
Bring your coat. It's only getting to -8 tonight.
Vic: How are the greens rolling?
Ric from Jacksonville:
One of the great stories in MLB has always been when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, but I have never heard of a story of that situation in professional football. Was there ever an issue of color keeping a man from playing? And if so, what is the story behind the integration of the NFL?
Vic: Pro football has its pioneers, too, and their courage is as much a story as Robinson's is, it's just that pro football was a second-class citizen to baseball in those days and didn't get the attention baseball did. Fritz Pollard and Bobby Marshall broke the color barrier in pro football and they did it in 1920, long before Robinson did the same in baseball. Think about that. There are a lot of other African American men, however, that need to be mentioned for their pioneering roles in racial equality in pro football. Bobby Mitchell immediately comes to mind. He played for the Washington Redskins, the team of the South; he may have broken the greatest barrier of all. I encourage everyone to read on the subject.
Jason from Honolulu, HI:
Following some players from Hawaii is what brought me here, but it is you, Vic, that kept me here. I have gained such an appreciation for what you do here that I created a bucket list item, which is to one day play golf in your annual "Ask Vic Golf Tournament." Are you taking your tournament with you? I might just have to follow you to Green Bay.
Vic: I've got an idea. How about a couple of the "Ask Vic Golf Tournament" faithful keeping the tournament going? Why do I have to do it? Use the same name. Send me pictures. Hey, send me an invitation. Here's what you do: Call Austin Towery at Hampton Golf and tell him you want the same deal he gave to Vic. He'll take care of the rest. Why does this have to die? It doesn't. Just do it in July, before training camp, so I can come down and play in it, please.
Debbie from Indianapolis, IN:
Did you know it's a lot colder in Wisconsin than Florida? You will be greatly missed by me and many others.
Vic: Debbie, it has always been my fondest wish that you and Vince would find each other and marry. Look for him, please. You're perfect for each other.
Xander from Jacksonville:
Realizing that it would be a collector's item, I went to order the "Ask Vic" mug but they were out of stock. Any chance there will be a new shipment coming?
Vic: Why not? Frank Sinatra is dead but I keep buying his CDs.
Bob from Neptune Beach, FL:
The food in Wisconsin will kill you.
Vic: I'm gonna go for the low-fat cheese.
Tyler from New Orleans, LA:
Speaking as someone who has played football, I can tell you that even when down 35-7, when you make a big tackle, only letting them run a yard, it can get you pumped; let the other team know you're still alive and fighting. So, yeah, some players celebrate and taunt, but you know what, they're caught in the moment; they're excited and it happens. There isn't anything wrong with it.
Vic: Why did you have to ruin today's feel-good column with another one of these boorish double-chinstrap pull moments? Yuk!
Kevin from Arnold, MD:
For us younger fans, what made Joe Montana so good?
Vic: He was a great athlete. The perception of him amazes me. So many fans see him as a frail, weak-armed quarterback who succeeded because he had a magic wand. Let me tell you something about Montana: He was one of the great athletes, not just quarterback magicians, of his time. At the same time he was being recruited to play football at Notre Dame, he was being recruited to play basketball at North Carolina State, and both schools were coming off national championships. You don't get recruited to the best football and basketball programs in the country at the same time if you're not a great athlete.
Kamen from Bethel, CT:
What if more people went to home games because they were no longer able to read your fantastic in-game blog each week?
Vic: Blame it on Vic?
Tim from St. Petersburg, FL:
Thanks for all your great insight over the years. More teams seem to be transitioning to the 3-4 defense. Is that because of the rules changes emphasizing the pass and do you see the 3-4 as the standard defense of the future?
Vic: Think of it this way: The standard defense of the 1950's was a five-man front, until Tom Landry introduced the 4-3, which then became the standard front through the 1960's and into the '70's. Then there was a move to the 3-4 that built through the next three decades. What's next, a two-man front?
Glen from The Philippines:
Do any of the players or staff read your articles here on jaguars.com? For some reason I can see MJD logging on everyday just to read "Ask Vic."
Vic: Let's find out. Hey, Mo, you out there? How about you, Fred? Still read "Ask Vic?"
Mike from Jacksonville:
Fess up, are you going to Green Bay because technically a bratwurst is not a hot dog?
Vic: No, I can't eat them, either. I ordered walleye there last week.
Jack from Jacksonville:
My wife says I have a man crush on you. Can we still write to "Ask Vic" up in Green Bay?
Vic: I'll be hurt if you don't.
Saif from Marietta, GA:
I googled "IJPMPLAY" to see what the definition was and all the results were from this website, so no help. What does it mean?
Vic: I won't say. It's a secret that'll be locked in Jacksonville forever.
Dwayne from Jacksonville:
I'm a 17-year season ticket holder, but the first season I did not give up my Dolphin Digest subscription. I saw no reason to subscribe to Jaguars Inside Report; wasn't that what the local paper was for? But occasionally I'd pick up an issue and got hooked on the Vic Ketchman articles and subscribed after the second season (and dropped the Dolphins). I've read every "Ask Vic" on the website, but I still miss having the hard copy.
Vic: Jaguars Inside Report will always be the love of my professional life. I've never put more heart into anything. It just came along at the wrong time, as the country was moving from newspapers to the Internet. The walls of my office bear the JIR covers posters, which I framed. They will be the last thing I pack.
Ben from Colmbus, OH:
I have to say that I had a lump in my throat reading the news on espn.com this morning.
Vic: I've had a lump in my throat for over a week. It's a good lump. It's the same lump I brought with me from Pittsburgh and I'll probably take with me from Green Bay someday. Our lives are about lumps; the more, the better.
John from Jacksonville:
You are going to what I would call football heaven. You are so lucky; Lambeau Field, the Packers, the history.
Vic: Vicbow goes to Lambeau. Who'd a thunk it?