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
Now in his first Super Bowl, quarterback Joe Flacco has a new set of questions to answer. ... It has been a learning process for the Ravens under new offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell. ... As the NFL reviews Tom Brady's slide, the New England Patriots quarterback has apologized to safety Ed Reed. ... The Ravens are off Tuesday and Wednesday and will begin practicing for the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
The Ravens have Ray Lewis, so they don't need destiny. ... The trip to the Super Bowl isn't just special for Lewis. ... Flacco shrugged off his critics while taking the Ravens to the Super Bowl. ... The Ravens have fared well against teams from out west. ... A look at Jim Harbaugh's Ravens connections. ... Both the Ravens and the 49ers have leaned on their running games.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Former Maryland tight end Vernon Davis is again a force in the playoffs for the 49ers. ... Jim Harbaugh's boldness really paid off for the 49ers. ... San Francisco's former Super Bowl kickers are supportive of current kicker David Akers. ... San Francisco's first-round draft pick is not producing for the 49ers. ... Trent Baalke's fingertips are all over what the 49ers have done.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
Pass protection has been key on the run to the Super Bowl.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
Former Oakland Raiders coach Bill Callahan is outraged by Tim Brown's Super Bowl accusations. ... JaMarcus Russell wants to make a comeback to the NFL. ... Former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore vows to be ready for next season. ... Despite losing a teammate in an alcohol-related accident this season, Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff was arrested for a DWI. ... And there is another twist in the Manti Te'o saga.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun