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
Linebacker Ray Lewis denied using performance-enhancing drugs at Tuesday's Super Bowl media day. ... Quarterback Joe Flacco apologized for his insensitive slip-up. ... Otherwise, the Ravens were relaxed at media day, and linebacker Terrell Suggs was an entertainer again. ... Coordinator Dean Pees led the Ravens defense through a challenging season. ... Right tackle Michael Oher is tired of hearing about "The Blind Side."
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
Ray Lewis is making the Super Bowl all about himself. ... Lewis can't escape the cold truth. ... Safety Ed Reed has been hiding in plain sight. ... It's been a long, strange trip from Delaware to the NFL for Flacco. ... Cornerback Chris Johnson endured a family tragedy to get to the Super Bowl with the Ravens. ... The Ravens have undergone an image makeover under John Harbaugh.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Despite boasting that he is the best wide receiver ever, Randy Moss has gone from a star to an afterthought with the 49ers. ... By his standards, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick opened up on media day. ... Alex Smith was a good soldier on media day. ... A look at how Jim Harbaugh saved his father's college program.
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 how the Ravens defensive backs might handle standout 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil has no regrets about his Super Bowl prediction. ... New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones does not need surgery. ... The St. Louis Rams decided that they didn't want to hire Rob Ryan. ... Brian Urlacher may need to take a pay cut to stay with the Chicago Bears. ... Former Ravens assistant Jim Zorn might be headed to the CFL.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun