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:


Nick Swisher hit a walk-off home run to keep the Orioles from a rare Bronx sweep. ... Reliever Matt Albers isn't worrying about his future with the Orioles. ... Ravens CB Lardarius Webb isn't expected to play in the season opener against the Jets. ... Le'Ron McClain is staying out of the trash talk with Rex Ryan.

Los links!!!:

1. Kevin Cowherd: For the Ravens, it's Super Bowl or bust [The Baltimore Sun]

2. Peter Schmuck: It's too early to start planning a Super Bowl parade in Baltimore [The Baltimore Sun]

3. Sports Illustrated's Don Banks has the Ravens at No. 2 in his power rankings [SI]

4. And ESPN has the Ravens at No. 6 [ESPN]

5. Experience from 2009 has Tom Zbikowski at the top of his game [MASN]

6. Who will return punts for the Ravens? [Ravens Insider]

7. Will the Ravens turn to Plan D at right tackle? [CSN Baltimore]

8. The Terps still have a two-QB plan [Baltimore Sun]

9. Hitting 30 home runs used to mean something [Roar From 34]

10. Has Matt Albers turned a corner? [Dempsey's Army]

11. The NFL's official new concussion awareness poster (warning: it uses offensive language) [The Onion]

You said it:


"I think Ray gives Terry Crews(another Old Spice pitchman) a run for his money! As a matter of fact, Stallone should team him and Crews up in The Expendables II! Ray's an action hero movie star in the making!" -- Darth Raven thinks Ray Lewis should head to Hollywood with these acting chops

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

Does the Orioles' recent success in the AL East give you hope for 2011?

Video of the morning:

Another reader submission, this one from Sam Cramer via email (let's keep this going, folks). Oh, it's a panda dancing to Soulja Boy. Enough said

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