The euphemisms are flowing freely from the broadcast booth in Indianapolis. But the winner so far has to be Rich Eisen and Warren Sapp breaking down the notion of "a blind dog in a meat house" — Dee Ford's description of Jadeveon Clowney — with PhD level discussion.
"It's like putting a blind dog inside a butcher shop," Sapp clarified.
Oh, so that's what a "meat house" is. Wait a minute, it's the whole thing I'm wondering about.
"He can smell the meat, he knows it's right by him, but he's just barking and woofing. He can't bite anything because he can't see it."
Ah, that's better. Now I understand that it's a fancy way of saying "all bark, no bite."
But, wait, I have another question. If the dog knows there's meat inside the "meat house," why doesn't he just start biting randomly, and eventually he'll get some meat, right?
Man, football sure is confusing, from a purely semiotic standpoint.