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
Four events turned the Ravens season on their path to the Super Bowl. ... Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo is looking to bring his same-sex marriage cause to the Super Bowl. ... New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was fined for his high slide against safety Ed Reed in the AFC championship game. ... Wide receiver Torrey Smith says Patriots fans have taunted him about his dead brother on social media since Sunday.
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RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
A month after his firing, Cam Cameron understands why it happened. ... Terrell Suggs has the biggest mouth in Maryland. ... ESPN, reportedly Ray Lewis' next employer, will devote a half hour of air time to the 2000 murder case. ... Here's an early look at the San Francisco 49ers. ... And here are five things that have changed since the Ravens and 49ers met last Thanksgiving.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
One San Francisco area columnist says the 49ers are going to win the Super Bowl. ... Benched quarterback Alex Smith admits that this trip to the Super Bowl has been bittersweet. ... A look at how the 49ers fell in love with quarterback Colin Kaepernick. ... Kaepernick plans to trademark Kaepernicking. ... Linebacker Aldon Smith has been effective, even if he doesn't have the sacks to show for it. ... The 49ers are staying cool under pressure.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
Here are five Ravens stats that stand out for the Super Bowl.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
The New York Jets will explore trade options for star cornerback Darrelle Revis. ... The Patriots played their worst game of the season in the loss to the Ravens. ... Matt Schaub believes he can take the Houston Texans to the Super Bowl. ... The Indianapolis Colts have so many needs, it's surprising they made the playoffs. ... A fear of failure could fuel the Denver Broncos next season.