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They sit in the cold for love


Jeff from Alameda, CA

Vic, what are your midweek guilty TV pleasures?

After dinner, I watch Seinfeld from 6:30 to eight o'clock, and then I go to bed and read. Next week, I'll begin finding out what's on TV after eight o'clock.

Mike from Mount Prospect, IL

Vic, I respect a man who is not only unafraid to end a chapter, but who looks forward to the next one. Well done!

Monday, we begin a new chapter. How will it be different? Will the questions be better? The answers better? Will we value each column more because there will be fewer of them? Will we find new value in what Mike and Wes will contribute? Change demands a difference.

Eli from Boston, MA

Vic, would you consider doing "Ask Vic" on a day other than Monday? During the season, it will just be a whole column of play-calling questions.

I regret having let that happen last year. It was idiotic. It was a contagion that tore the heart out of last season, and I'm not going to let it happen this season.

Jeff from Brooklyn, WI

Will you pay to go watch games now?

That's funny.

Ryan from Atlanta, GA

It's surprising you don't know how we sit in the cold, Vic. We love the team that much.

Beautifully stated. Yes, of course, that's the answer. I would sit in the cold for my family, and the Packers are family. Love is always the answer. It's why we do everything.

The Green Bay Packers have called legendary Lambeau Field home since the 1957 season. Take a look at how the stadium has evolved through the years.

Dan from Ottawa, ON

Vic, I just wanted to send you a quote that reminded me of you and this column. "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." – Dr. Seuss.

Where do you think you're going? Nobody's leaving. Nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned football column. No, no. We're all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm "Ask Vic" emergency here. We're gonna press on and we're gonna have the hap, hap, happiest "Insider Inbox" since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny Kaye. And when Mike McCarthy sounds the horn to begin training camp, he's gonna find the jolliest bunch of Packers fans this side of the nuthouse.

Dan from Arlington, VA

Vic, I am entering my first season as a high school football coach this fall. You've covered many great coaches throughout your career. If one of them could impart wisdom on a coach beginning his career, who would say it and what would he say?

Coach Noll would say before your players can believe in you, you have to believe in yourself.

Ben from De Pere, WI

No risk, no reward! Go take a shell, Vic!

Why take a shell from the expensive beach, when you can find the same shell at the free beach? It's a philosophy for life.

Nick from Fort Atkinson, WI

You may not remember but I wrote into your column in what must have been your first or second year in Green Bay. I wrote in because I was a sickly, scrawny kid who was passionate about football but wasn't taken seriously by anyone because I could never know what it was like to truly play the game. You answered me and said it was one of the most touching questions you'd ever received and you could tell I honestly loved the game of football. It was such a simple gesture, but it opened up my world to the power that words can give us, the kind of power the weight room can't provide.

Before others can take you seriously, you have to take yourself seriously.

Jeff from Madison, WI

Enjoyed your column; will miss your insights. The best one you gave me was "all we can do is watch."

When we accept the futility of worry, we free ourselves to enjoy.

Joseph from East Moline, IL

Sometimes I feel like you have to adjust statistics for inflation. Yards aren't as hard to earn as they were.

I'd like to see an attempt to adjust stats for inflation. How would Jim Brown's rushing totals adjust to today's game? I don't know how you adjust passer ratings according to rules changes, but I'd like to see somebody try it. The notion that Johnny Unitas was a 78.2 career passer is ridiculous, relative to today's standards.

Randy from Medicine Hat, Canada

Did you ever try running shoes with the Velcro straps on them? Our old guys here like them because they are so easy to put on and take off.

I'm not a Medicine Hat kind of guy, Randy. When I'm not wearing flip-flops, I'm wearing those light, slip-on canvas shoes you can buy for 10 bucks. I have several pair. I use them for yard work, biking and kayaking. I'm a drawer guy now. I seldom go into my closet, but when I do and I see my wing tips lying on the floor gathering dust, I get a little sad. The wing tips are dead. Long live the wing tips.

Jessi from Sterling, KS

I know you're not a fan of the Green Bay cold, so what is something you enjoyed?

I love the closeness of the town. You can get anywhere in 10 minutes and there's no rush hour. I loved my home. Living in Green Bay gave me a greater sense of control. I felt safe in Green Bay. I felt a sense of order and direction. I knew what I was going to do and when I was going to do it. The choices aren't many, but what you need is there and it's easy to find. That part of Green Bay was perfect for me.

Russell from Madisonville, LA

I lived in Wisconsin all my life until I retired and moved south. My question is have the Packers figured out, yet, they need a couple of great tacklers with speed to cover a running back or receiver that they go to for big yardage when the receivers go long are covered? The teams that score on us usually take that for granted as a way to gain 30-plus yards. I'm sure I'm not the only fan that's been upset big time by this problem.

Missing tackles on the check-down receiver? It's a leaguewide problem.

Randy from Des Moines, IA

Will you take a larger volume of questions now that your column is only once a week?

I think I will.

Dan from New Berlin, WI

Write it down, Vic, Lombardi is coming home this year!

When you believe in the team, you become part of the team.

Darren from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Looking back on a career so far, how do you measure success in yourself?

Never sell, only buy. Celebration is useless.

Volkmar from Gainesville, FL

What will you do on Monday morning?

That's easy. What will I do on Tuesday morning?

Matt from Lincoln City, OR

Vic, I'd be honored to be the fourth head.

I am the fourth head. This is how "Ask Vic" daily ends. I'm banned. Can it be any other way? Monday, we start anew. When I left Jacksonville, I ended my final column with a link to Dandy Don singing "The Party's Over." This party isn't over. It's going to continue and with new people coming to the party. You're gonna love it. Thanks for being my friend.

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