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
The Ravens arrived on Monday in New Orleans for the Super Bowl. ... Four Ravens players with Super Bowl experience have passed on knowledge to the rest of the Ravens. ... Quarterback Joe Flacco was critical of cold-weather Super Bowls. ... Flacco's coach at Delaware believed that Flacco could one day lead the Ravens to the Super Bowl. ... Safety Ed Reed agrees with President Barack Obama on his concerns about children playing football. ... Mike Preston says that linebacker Ray Lewis shouldn't make himself the story this week.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
Are you a Ray Lewis believer? ... Can the Ravens learn anything from the 49ers' blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks? ... Playoff experience is a big advantage for the Ravens. ... The Ravens and 49ers see each other in the mirror. ... Bernard Pollard sees a bleak future for the NFL. ... Even Joe Flacco's dad thinks he is dull.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
49ers fans should slow down on the championship parade talk. ... Jim Harbaugh followed a recommendation from brother John Harbaugh. ... 49ers guard Mike Iupati took a long road to the NFL. ... LaMichael James has found a role in the 49ers offense. ... Backup quarterback Alex Smith wants the 49ers to release him.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
Each day this week, I will break down a key matchup from Sunday’s Super Bowl. Today, I looked at the battle between Bryant McKinnie and the offensive line and 49ers pass rusher Aldon Smith.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
Did the Atlanta Falcons choose the right quarterback? ... The Philadelphia Eagles have time to make a decision on Michael Vick. ... It has been a rough winter for Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub. ... The Jacksonville Jaguars could learn a thing or two about building a winner from the Ravens and 49ers. ... The Buffalo Bills will reportedly continue to play games in Toronto.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun