Each morning, Monday through Thursday (and sometimes Friday, schedule permitting), 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 wide receiver Derrick Mason broke his finger again -- in a new place -- against the Falcons, but he's good to go for Sunday. Safety Ed Reed hurt his ankle in the same game, but he should be OK, too.  ... Ravens cornerback Josh Wilson has moved on from the Roddy White incident. ... Panthers back DeAngelo Williams is out for the season, which means he's out for Sunday. ... The Maryland men's basketball team is ready for Pittsburgh on Thursday. ... No love for Buck Showalter in the AL Manager of the Year voting.

Hitting the links:

1. What keeps the Panthers, this week's Ravens' opponent, going? [Baltimore Sun]

2. Derrick Mason: Playing hurt "is how I was brought up" [CSN Baltimore]

3. Ray Lewis: Greg Mattison blitzes as much as Rex Ryan did [Ravens.com]

4. Brian Billick's name oddly absent from NFL's coaching buzz [Fanhouse]

5. The Conversation: Michael Vick and the application of our morals [Toy Department]

6. Finding a big bat will be a tough search for Orioles [Baltimore Sports Report]

7. Are the Orioles interested in Adrian Beltre and Jorge de la Rosa? [MASN]

8. Looking at the Orioles' offseason plans [Eutaw Street Hooligans]

9. Are the Terps in for a rough night? [Tracking the Terps]

10. Bruce Boudreau and the Capitals' search for lines that "click" [Capitals Insider]

11. Mack Lewis offered troubled kids a way out through boxing [Baltimore Sun]

You said it:


"Matt, I am a huge Ravens fan, but what Suggs is saying here is ridiculous. Now, I do agree that the tuck rule was a joke, but NE has been a great franchise for some time. That said, if this helps to motivate Suggs to perform like he did against Atlanta...I say preach on Sizzle!!!" -- CRZA is OK with Terrell Suggs calling the Patriots' championships fake as long as he keeps producing

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

Would you trade Mike Vick for Joe Flacco straight up? (Thanks to @dropthree for today's topic.)

Video of the morning:

In honor of Chris Bosh's 35-point performance Wednesday night, here's his unofficial theme song via The Basketball Jones via Deadspin (note that there is minor use of profanity in the video):

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