Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine.
Running it back:
Maryland honored Greivis Vasquez on Sunday then picked up a big win over N.C. State. ... Buck Showalter is ready to get down to business. ... The Capitals beat the Sabres, 2-1. ... Only 20 years old, Trevor Bayne held off a charge from Carl Edwards to win the Daytona 500.
Hitting the links:
1. After bouncing back late in 2010, Michael Gonzalez aims to pick up where he left off [Baltimore Sun]
2. Once shut out of baseball, Jay Gibbons is living his dream again [SI]
3. Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold must force their way onto a roster full of new talent [Baltimore Sun]
4. OK, who is batting where? [CSN Baltimore]
5. Peter Schmuck: Adam Jones hopes for a break-through year thanks to a revamped lineup [Baltimore Sun]
6. Buck Showalter's surprise trip to the movies [Orioles Insider]
7. Derrek Lee's optimism continued to rise as he met new teammates over the weekend [Baltimore Sun]
8. Kevin Cowherd: In a fitting tribute to Greivis Vasquez, Maryland put up big numbers [Baltimore Sun]
9. The chances that the Ravens draft a quarterback in the first three rounds is very low [Ravens Insider]
10. James Walker doesn't see the Ravens being players for Santonio Holmes [ESPN]
11. Mike Mayock says the first round of the NFL draft will be stocked with pass rushers [Ravens.com]
12. The odd tale of Donte' Stallworth [SB Nation]
You said it:
"Jamal Lewis was a beast. A big back with breakaway speed is rare (see Bo Jackson). To call him a wasted pick is absolutely moronic. A 2,000 rusher when there was no threat of a passing game after tearing an ACL! If Priest Holmes was better how come he got beat out at Texas and then went undrafted? I think he deserves more respect than that!" -- reader RavenzRule makes a case for Jamal Lewis being one of the top five picks in Ravens history Video of the morning:
Too much Bieber
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ting tribute to Vasquez, Maryland puts up big numbers