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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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Ravens coach John Harbaugh said on Tuesday that tight end Todd Heap is "in good shape" after a hit from Brandon Meriweather on Sunday. An NFL exec called the hit "flagrant" and "egregious,"  but Meriweather was fined and not suspended. ... Harbaugh is weighing his options in the return game, and Lardarius Webb is a possibility. ... The Capitals lost to the Bruins. ... The Terps see Saturday's matchup against Boston College as a must-win game. ... The Rangers have the Yankees on the ropes in the ALCS, and the Giants lead the Phillies, 2-1, in the NLCS.

Hitting the links:

1. After the Week 6 carnage, the NFL has no choice but to protect defenseless players [SI]

2. Peter Schmuck: It's about time the NFL cracked down on headhunters [Baltimore Sun]

3. Why policing "devastating" hits is going to be virtually impossible [Ravens Insider]

4. It's power ranking Wednesday, and the Ravens are sixth in this list [FOX Sports]

5. And fourth here [ESPN]

6. And sixth again here [CBS Sports]

7. The Bengals are 2-3, but Terrell Owens is on pace for a 1,500-yard season [Bengals.com]

8. Comparing the 2000 Ravens to the 2010 Ravens [Baltimore Sports and Life]

9. The Ravens were outcoached in the loss to the Patriots [Ravens 24x7]

10. The Orioles are again looking to Japan for talent [Orioles Insider]

11. Breaking down Brad Bergesen's up-and-down second season [Camden Crazies]

12. Watch out for batted balls? Not in 2010 [Roar From 34]

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13. Ralph Friedgen wants QB Jamarr Robinson to run a different offense [Terrapins Insider]

You said it:

"i think its ridiculous to blame any part of the defense, other than greg mattison. we were playing great until we decided to shy away from what was working...blitzing. you show me a team in the nfl that gets pressure with 3 linemen rushing and everyone else in coverage. the secondary has held up well this year. the lack of sacks and turn overs can be accounted to mattison and his vanilla d. the 300yd passing games...vanilla d. we have the best football team in the nfl and no one to coach it." -- I got a lot of good feedback on my Tuesday column about the Ravens' vulnerable pass defense, and this comment from bmore was one of them. Good hustle, everyone.

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

Can the Yankees come back and beat the Rangers in the ALCS?

Video of the morning:

Ron Artest would be proud of this player-fan brawl [hat tip to Hot Clicks]

Send me your funny and/or interesting links, photos, YouTube videos, blogs, Tweets, comments, emails, ideas, leads, etc. If I deem them to be worthy for the blog, I'll give you a plug. You can reach me at matt@bthesite.com, twitter.com/mattvensel and facebook.com/VirtualVensanity.

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