12.26.11 THE GAME PLAN

THE BUZZ It just goes in line with the 2011 Vikings that even when they win, they both lose their best player to injury and displease their fans by hurting their draft position.

REMOTE PATROL Our attention returns to Target Center, where we get to see for real what the Timberwolves will look like with Adelman, Rubio and Williams (7 p.m., FSN).

CLICK PICK The Cincinnati Enquirer's website cincinnati.com has a slideshow of nine photos of Jerome Simpson's ridiculous somersault touchdown for the Bengals on Saturday.

STAR GAZING NBA Commissioner David Stern was predictably booed before the Heat-Mavericks game in Dallas.

FAST FACT Since getting called up to the NHL, Rangers defenseman Stu Bickel has four assists in three games; in 27 AHL games this season, the ex-Gopher has three assists.