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Denver game could be hump in schedule

Goal is to post this column earlier


Sean from Peotone, IL

Vic, last year you circled the Miami game. Which game this year has your attention?

The Miami game had my attention because of the heat challenge it would pose and because of where it sat in the schedule. I saw it as a possible hump kind of game. I see the game in Denver this year as that kind of game. The altitude challenge is real and it's the first game of three road games in a four-game stretch I see as the hump in the Packers' schedule.

Bill from Casper, WY

Are training camps as physically demanding today as they were in the Lombardi era?

This is a joke, right?

Ryan from Madison, WI

Vic, I don't play Madden. What am I missing?

You're missing a good video game that should be played for amusement. You are not missing something that translates in any way, shape or form to real football.

Ola from Buffalo, MT

Would it be possible to post "Ask Vic" a little earlier in the morning?

It's a goal I have for this season.

Zach from Pewaukee, WI

Is it possible a good writer is nothing without a good story to tell?

A good writer doesn't need a good story. He'll create one.

Michael from Grand Rapids, MI

It may seem like a far way off, but the Packers will be celebrating their 100th anniversary as a team in 2019. Besides a Super Bowl win, how would you like to see this milestone celebrated?

With grace, and it will be. It will, no doubt, be a season-long celebration that will return Packers alumni representing as many eras of Packers football as possible.

Mike from Waukesha, WI

Vic, I had a similar feeling at the end of the NFC Championship Game as I did after the heartbreaking playoff loss to the Cardinals in 2009. I remember thinking, "This is a good, young team with a quarterback on the verge of being great." Sometimes football gives us a flash of poetic justice. I won't predict a Super Bowl win this year, but it's fair to say the Seahawks loss would make a wonderful prologue to the story that will be the 2015 season. Thanks for the column!

Other than for the heartbreak, I don't see the connection. The 2009 team was taking its first playoff steps. Last year's team was, in my opinion, the best team in football.

Candido from Los Mochis, Sinaloa

Vic, what's in store for "Ask Vic Day" this year?

Dinner, a movie and a surprise. It's such a surprise I don't even know what it is.

Johnny from East Palatka, FL

Vic, I followed you from Jacksonville and I'm glad you get berated and accused by a championship-caliber team's fans. That said, I wonder what you would like on your tombstone?

"He never worked a day (after the sintering plant)."

Greg from Ashwaubenon, WI

What is your favorite QB folly you've seen in person?

Terry Bradshaw once crossed the line of scrimmage, as though he was going to run, and then ran back behind the line of scrimmage and threw a pass. We all laughed because we thought it was a violation of the rules, and because it looked funny. The joke was on us, however, when we discovered it was not a violation of the rules. After the game, we asked Bradshaw if he knew the rule. He said, "Sure," and then he smiled. He was a wild one.

Dylan from Amery, WI

No offense, but I giggle every time I picture you pumping gas on that winter day.

I couldn't feel my head.

Mark from Stewartville, MN

Vic, is it possible to have an ego and be humble at the same time?

Yes, it is, and Bart Starr is proof of it. What kind of self-worth must you have to come to the sideline and suggest to Vince Lombardi a play that would put the outcome of the most important game in franchise history on your shoulders? Now, when have you ever heard Starr tell that story with anything but a tone of humility and respect? It never ceases to amaze me what Starr did that day.

Mark from Pewaukee, WI

What position in football do you generally find your best overall athletes?

I would say it's linebacker, because linebackers are probably the best mix of run, jump and hit.

David from Los Angeles, CA

Vic, you know why we need you? You shoot straight and I like that. Everywhere else we turn, we are confronted by lies; Warren Commission Report, political candidates, etc. Don't ever forget where you came from. From your writings, I know you haven't. I dig that about you.

I come from a wealthy town on the Allegheny River.

Ken from Des Moines, IA

Vic, do you agree or disagree: The fewer the free-agent signings, the stronger the organization?

I don't want to turn draft-and-develop into some kind of stuffy, high-minded strategy that views free agents as diseased because they dared play for another team. That's not it. It's real simple: Draft-and-develop is good for your cap; free agency isn't.

Eric from Buhl, ID

How can you not know Hank Stram was the best-dressed coach? Reeves was quite dapper, as well.

I couldn't get past the toupee.

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