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 quarterback Joe Flacco isn't dwelling on his big win over the Steelers. ... In his Monday press conference, Ravens coach John Harbaugh didn't second-guess the play-calling and gave us some injury updates. ... The Ravens will wear pink Sunday to support breast cancer awareness. ... The Orioles will pick fourth in the 2011 draft. ... Terps big man Jordan Williams was named to the Wooden Award watch list.

Hitting the links:


1. Mike Preston's first-half report card for the Ravens [Baltimore Sun]

2. John Clayton thinks Joe Flacco cemented his elite status Sunday [ESPN]

3. James Walker's seven AFC North observations from Week 4 [ESPN]

4. Rex Ryan predicts a playoff rematch between the Ravens and Jets [ESPN]

5. Bob Ryan thinks the AFC is up for grabs [Boston Globe]

6. Fanhouse thinks the Jets, a team the Ravens beat, are the best team in the NFL [Fanhouse]

7. And so does Mike Florio [Pro Football Talk]

8. But hey, at least FOX Sports has the Ravens atop their power rankings [FOX Sports]

9. Jeff Zrebeic was feeling report-cardy, too, and handed out Orioles grades for 2010 [Baltimore Sun]

10. Camden Crazies' 2010 Orioles retrospective [Camden Crazies]

11. Baltimore Sports Report looks back on the brief Juan Samuel era [Baltimore Sports Report]

12. Buck Showalter and the Orioles hope to extend their late-season success into 2011 [USA Today]


13. Alex Ovechkin made his NHL debut five years ago today [Japers' Rink]

You said it:

"This drive, while not The Drive(Broncos vs Browns) or The Catch (Montana to Clark) , but for our point in time, this was Flacco's finest hour and is not his greatest of finest hour. He is only 2 1/4 years into a hopefully long and successful career and this tosses a large monkey off his back (full Steeler defense, Polomalou was present) and he drove into the face of the number 1 scoring defense in 2k10, not last years defense." -- upper deck bird brain gives us his perspective on Joe Flacco

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

Who was the Orioles' most valuable player in 2010? And who was their least valuable player?

Video of the morning:

Don't tase Barry Cofield, bro

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