Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with 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:
Terrell Suggs got the trash talk going on Wednesday, saying that the Ravens are "the enemy of the state" in Pittsburgh and that "we think their piss is going to be a little hot" on Sunday. ... The Ravens will have to cut down on penalties to beat the Steelers. ... Ben Grubbs returned to practice. ... The Orioles will interview a fifth candidate, Scott Proefrock, for their vacant general manager position. ... Somebody in the O's organization made roster moves on Wednesday. ... Alex Len was cleared by the NCAA to practice, but he will miss the first 10 games of Maryland's season. ... Is there a rift between Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau and Alex Ovechkin?
Hitting the links:
1. Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu changed defenses [Grantland]
2. This week's "hot button" topic: Is Joe Flacco elite? [ESPN]
3. Terrell Suggs says he still owns Big Ben's behind [ESPN]
4. Lardarius Webb talked trash about Hines Ward [MASN]
5. Don't count James Harrison out of this rivalry game -- even if James Harrison already did [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
6. The rivalry condemns the coaches to a hyper-intense concentration [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
7. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said the Ravens defense is the best in the world [Ravens.com]
8. Ray Rice is good at football [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
9. The GM search further tarnishes the Orioles' already-poor reputation [Baltimore Sun]
10. Do you find the Orioles to be embarrassing right now? If not, why not? [Camden Chat]
11. The Orioles were left at the altar by Tony LaCava [The Schmuck Stops Here]
12. Dan Connolly evaluated some of the top free agents on the market [Baltimore Sun]
13. Steve Gould gives his take on four free agents the O's could target [Orioles Insider]
14. Are the Orioles making improvements on the international front? [MASN]
15. Maryland faces mounting deficits unless corrective measures are taken [Washington Post]
16. Who is the best Division I men's basketball player from Baltimore? [Recruiting Report]
Video of the morning:
This video of Terrell Suggs after the Week 1 win will never get old [via CSN Baltimore]
Send me your funny and/or interesting links, photos, YouTube videos, blogs, Tweets, comments, emails, ideas, etc. and I’ll give you a plug. You can reach me at Matt.Vensel@baltsun.com and twitter.com/mattvensel.