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 defensive end Paul Kruger has a strained knee ligament and will be sidelined for two weeks. ... The Ravens on Tuesday waived rookie cornerback Prince Miller. Again. ... Former Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel is drawing interest from a trio of big-league clubs.

Hitting the links:


1. Breaking down ESPN's power rankings, which have the Ravens at No. 6 this week [ESPN]

2. Even "elite" teams like the Ravens have weaknesses [Pro Football Weekly]

3. Kevin Cowherd: The Ravens are not worried about a letdown against the Broncos [Baltimore Sun]

4.The Broncos are getting physical like Olivia Newton-John to get ready for the Ravens [Denver Post]

5. Ravens CB Josh Wilson is expected to play against the Broncos [Ravens.com]

6. Anther argument for why Ravens-Steelers is the NFL's best [Wall Street Journal]

7. The Orioles hope their young rotation can continue to improve in 2011 [


8. Looking back at Buck Showalter v. Duan Tremuel [Camden Crazies]

9. During a trying season, Nolan Reimold turned to Brady Anderson for help [MASN]

10. Helping Orioles fans choose their playoff allegiances [Camden Chat]

11. Welcoming Tony Logan to the small pantheon of great Maryland punt returners [Testudo Times]


12. Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals are eager to challenge for Stanley Cup [LA Times]

You said it:

"Bradford is FAR better than Flacco. Flacco has NOTHING on Sam. I am sorry. Clayton finally has a good QB that's throwing him the ball. He's getting targets. Clayton hasn't dropped crucial balls, what are you talking about? The few drops he has were off target anyway." -- Responding to my post on Mark Clayton's hot start in St. Louis, David thinks Sam Bradford is better than Joe Flacco

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

Did Juan Samuel do enough while holding down the fort for the Orioles to warrant serious consideration for a major league managing job?

Video of the morning:

Another good video from the always-reliable Fail Blog

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