Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday. That way he’ll have an excuse to do the same to start his workday, too.
RUNNING IT BACK
A deal is done: The NFL’s regular officials are back. … Bill Belichick was slapped with a hefty fine for bumping one of the replacement officials last week. … The Ravens are a healthy team heading into Thursday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns. ... Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher is off to a good start this season. … Outside linebacker Sergio Kindle is staying patient, waiting for the next opportunity to prove himself.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
Cam Cameron says we should look at the offensive balance at season’s end. … Justin Tucker is a rising star. … Defense no longer rules the AFC North. … Jamal Lewis was honored at a jewelry store. … What’s wrong with Joe Flacco having a little confidence? … Even in Ravens territory, Orioles fever returns.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Can the Browns slow down the Ravens’ no-huddle offense? … Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson is eager to play against Ray Lewis and the Ravens defense for the first time. … Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi has been ruled out for Thursday due to an injured hamstring. … Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas says the Ravens’ front seven will be a challenge.
SHAMELESS PLUG(S) OF THE DAY
I wrote a story for Thursday’s newspaper on how the Browns are following a similar blueprint as the Ravens by becoming the first team since the Ravens in 2008 to start a rookie quarterback and rookie running back in Week 1. It worked out well for the Ravens.
AWAY FROM THE GRIDIRON
The Orioles hit a team-record seven home runs in a win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. … Deion Sanders took batting practice with the team before the game. … Shortstop J.J. Hardy played through pain in the win over the Blue Jays. … There is still a chance starter Jason Hammel could pitch again this season. … Randy Wolf is out for the rest of the season with an elbow injury.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Which Ravens player has impressed you most this season?Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun