• I’m not sure how many hockey fans we have reading this blog. Probably a few, since I hear the sport is a big deal in Canada, but we still deal primarily with football. Or at least that’s what I’ve been told. But if you thought Rex Ryan has a poop mouth, take a gander at Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau, whose penchant for profanity debuted last night on Penguins/Capitals: Road to the winter classic, HBO’s newest edition of their 24/7 series. (We’re not usually big fans of posting NSFW content, but there are exceptions, and this is one of them. You’ve been warned).
  • The Vikings’ season has been like one long, painful weekend at Bernie’s. So it’s fitting that the status of where their final home will be played is in a “fluid state,” and it takes a 1,300 word ESPN story to explain all the hurdles waiting to be jumped for a kickoff to happen at TCF Bank Stadium on Monday night.
  • I try not to ever look at the comments on ESPN stories, mostly because I feel like keeping my brain cells. But there’s some true hilarity in the story linked above. One commenter asks why the Vikings players, coaches, and staff aren’t grabbing a shovel and helping to clear off TCF Bank Stadium.
  • We’ve been busy wondering if Michael Vick will ever be able to spread some puppy love again, but Matt Mosley thankfully shifts the conversation back to football by asking if Vick can overtake Tom Brady for the MVP.
  • Is there anyone out there capable of moving the Vick talk back to dogs and animal cruelty again? If only there was a major animal rights group of some kind, one that lobbies for the ethical treatment of animals.
  • But don’t worry, Lance Briggs, you’re still a friend of the animal kingdom.
  • Oh, and for anyone who assumes Vick has a lifetime ban on owning a dog, it’s not quite that simple. Vick can own his puppy if he wishes once his “supervised release” ends in 2012.
  • Football fans are all worked up over Vick’s dog comments too. Yep, that’s why he’s currently leading the NFL Pro Bowl fan balloting, which is essentially a glorified popularity contest.
  • The Bengals stink. That much is no secret. But a wise, very clich├ęd loving man once said that practice makes perfect. This fictional man would be astounded to learn that Cincinnati’s most lavish practice facility doesn’t belong to the Bengals, and is the primary practice turf for one of the area’s powerhouse high school football teams.
  • We’ve seen the last of one Vikings quarterback this year. He’s inaccurate, unreliable, and throws ill-timed interceptions. His name is Tarvaris Jackson. Godspeed, Joe Webb.
  • For the first time in his career, Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan plans to be the peacemaker in his rematch with Andre Johnson Sunday.