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The great debate rages on

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

Tom from Jacksonville:
Another season and another year of Vic not letting science get in the way of his opinion. You are absolutely correct that color makes no difference in the conduction of heat. Where you continue to be grossly inaccurate is in the effect of color in the absorption of solar light waves and their energy. The color we observe is really the reflection of the light color wavelength that is not absorbed by the object. When you wear a teal shirt, the white light is absorbed and only the teal wavelengths are reflected to our eyes. White light is made up of all wavelengths mixed together. An object that appears white is reflecting all the light wavelengths (and their energies) and an object that appears black is absorbing all the wavelengths. Why do you think solar heaters and solar panels are dark in color? The bottom line is if it's hot and the sun is shining directly, dark colors are going to absorb more solar energy and white will reflect it. As always, I appreciate and enjoy this forum.

Vic: Did you stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night?

John from Jacksonville:
I had an idea for a science project when I was 10 years old. I took a piece of black cloth and a piece of white cloth and repeatedly exposed them to a light bulb for equal time periods. I measured the temperature under each and the temperature under the white cloth was always significantly lower than the temperature under the black cloth. I won first place at my grade school's science fair and won the regional competition at the "St. Louis Post-Dispatch" science fair for that project. But I never answered the real question: Do dark colors absorb heat or do light colors reflect heat?

Vic: I conducted my own experiment recently. For the "Ask Vic" golf tournament on Aug. 12, I wore a white golf shirt. It was a blistering hot day and I putted like a pig. I mean, I couldn't have rolled a ball in a bathtub from the sink. I cost my team a chance at victory. A week later, while in Tampa for the Jaguars' preseason game against the Bucs, I played golf and I wore a black shirt. It was an even hotter day but this time I putted lights out. I rolled in two bombs, challenged the hole with every putt and never missed a short one. I have never had a better putting round. So, based on the information you've provided and I've experienced, I'm going to make this deduction: I putt better when I'm wearing a "hot" shirt than I do when I'm wearing a "cool" shirt. Hmmm, maybe that explains why three of the last four games played in Alltel Stadium in September have been won by the team wearing the dark-colored shirt. In all seriousness, it's not about the color of the shirt, it's about the man in the shirt. What if he plays better when he's hot? Put that under a light bulb.

Daniel from Springfield, MO:
I was so happy to see that the Weavers had donated such a great sum of money to the United Way and I remember you saying earlier that the Weavers had done so much for the community. My question is this: What sports owner was the most civic-minded you can recall?

Vic: I don't know of any owners in sports who have done more for their community than Wayne and Delores Weaver have done for Jacksonville.

Charlie from Neptune Beach:
If there were 900 individual non-premium seats needed to lift the blackout and 450 people chose to buy pairs in the club section, would the game still be blacked out?

Vic: Club seats are premium seats and they do not count toward the blackout number. In Jacksonville's case, that's a good thing because the Jaguars have a lot more unsold club seats than they had unsold non-premium seats, as of yesterday afternoon. Club seats are a much more difficult sale.

Cory from Jacksonville:
I read your power rankings. You really think Moss is a negative? You can't tell me that you wouldn't take Moss if he was free.

Vic: Free? I think you need to take a look at Randy Moss' contract. He's hardly free. Do I think he's a negative? He was in Minnesota. Twenty teams passed on him in the 1998 draft. It wasn't because he lacked talent.

Brian from Terre Haute, IN:
I know you are probably sick of the color debate, but I just thought I would briefly describe why uniform color is overblown. The dark/light clothing debate has been somewhat simplified. Yes, if you are in the sun with no wind around, then dark clothing is more uncomfortable since it absorbs more radiation (heat). It also, however, emits more radiation so that heat can be pulled away from your body, which itself is a source of heat. In order for this to occur, you would be better off wearing loose-fitting dark clothing and have a bit of a breeze outside. This is why you often see pictures of desert nomads wearing dark, loose clothing. Overall, the material is much more important to the color, but I've never seen a team find it so important as to switch to linen uniforms. The color thing is mostly just psychological.

Vic: Maybe a desert nomad will read this column and settle the debate.

Billy from Iselin, NJ:
In response to the Jets moving back to New York City, it's a bad idea. If they do move, there will be no more tailgating since there won't be a parking lot. The majority of Jets fans are in New Jersey and they won't be willing to travel into the city for several reasons. A big reason the Jets sell-out every game is because they are in New Jersey. I would bet that in the long run, if the Jets moved to New York, they wouldn't have success selling-out games.

Vic: Are you telling me the Jets aren't Long Island's team? Come on, if they moved to Long Island today they'd be sold-out tomorrow.

Dave from Jacksonville:
Have you ever considered doing some real journalistic research? I challenge you to buy a ticket and sit in the stadium with the rest of us this Sunday. Then you can credibly report on how weather affects fan support. If you make it the whole game you can claim to know what it is to be a fan. If not, then you're just another wuss.

Vic: Let me tell you, sometimes I get so cold from the air-conditioning in the press box that I can hardly feel my fingers on the keyboard. Thank heavens for the free hot dogs, which I use for hand-warmers. You don't know how good you have it.

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