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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:

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Tuesday was Buck Showalter's first day on the job, and the Orioles won in his debut. ... Ravens WR Derrick Mason sprained his ankle. ... Jared Gaither cleared the air about his absence  and his crazy weight loss. ... Brett Favre might be retiring.

Los links!!!:

1. Buck Showalter takes his first steps toward improving the Orioles [Baltimore Sun]

2. One blogger thinks Showalter is worth the hype [Baltimore Sports Reporter]

3. Here are four questions that Showalter must answer [Orioles Insider]

4. Did you feel the good vibes at the ballpark last night? [2131 and Beyond]

5. Rick Dempsey is bummed out he didn't get the Orioles gig [Orioles Insider]

6. Jim Gentile is still waiting for the Orioles to get it right [Fanhouse]

7. The Ravens defense is banged up, but not all is lost [Purple Chaos]

8. Tom Zbikowski needs chaos [Ravens Insider]

9. The Ravens are looking to take to the air this season [Philly Daily News]

10. The Terps and the Mids are meeting up before they face off [Washington Post]

11. A look at John Beck's first day with the Redskins [Washington Post]

You said it:

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"I don't want any smiles. [Buck Showalter's] demeanor is exactly what I want to see in the dugout. Earl weaver didn't smile much either." -- wrr71 on Twitter doesn't care if Buck Showalter mean-mugged his way through his first game as manager

Today's water cooler question (your response could be published in b):

Is Brett Favre actually going to retire this time around?

Video of the morning:

In case you missed it, here's the footage from Showalter's first post-game presser (sick of Buck yet?)

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