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:


Ravens OT Jared Gaither is frustrated that he isn't healthy yet. ... The Ravens' plans are unfazed by the Browns' issues at QB. ... The Ravens won't avoid kicking it to Browns super returner Joshua Cribbs. ... The Ravens cut Ken Hamlin. ... Kevin Millwood fell to 3-16 as the Red Sox beat the Orioles. ...

Los links!!!:

1. The Ravens dropped eight spots in SI's power rankings [SI]

2. Joe Flacco says that he's going to play well [CSN Baltimore]

3. Mike Preston: Countdown to Derrick Mason breaking his silence [Ravens Insider]

4. Unfortunately, we all have to sit through Buckcherry at Sunday's Ravens game [Ravens.com]

5. From reader Dan McDermott on Facebook, the BBC talks about the Ravens [BBC]

6. Milestones are in reach as the Ravens host the Browns  [CSN Baltimore]


7. As players develop, the 2007 draft class could be O's best in a decade or more [Baltimore Sun]

8. The race from the bottom [Camden Chat]

9. Buck Ball equals 100-plus wins [MASN]

10. The Terps face a tough two-game test [Tracking the Terps]

11. Maryland and Texas agree to play each other in football [Tracking the Terps]

12. Can Caps defenseman Mike Green take the next step? [ESPN]


13. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis says the Stanley Cup is "just a matter of time" [D.C. Sports Bog]

14. NHL to New Media: Go fly a kite [On Frozen Blog]

You said it:

"The Ravens have not had a first or even a second tier QB since the beginning. It is not realistic to keep depending on the defense to win games. Sooner or later we will need to score points offensively. Special teams and defense cannot carry the load forever." -- Mike vents about Cam Cameron's offense

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

Have NFL defenses figured out the Wildcat, or is it still viable?

Video of the morning:

The world's largest water balloon fight (of course they're playing Darude's "Sandstorm" during it)

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