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:


The Ravens are getting healthy, and they expect to play with a sense of urgency from here on out. ... Derrick Mason wants to return punts. ... Cliff Tucker had a double-double as the Maryland men's basketball team won its exhibition opener on Monday night. ... Former Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz joined the Astros. ... Thanks to eight strong innings from Tim Lincecum, the Giants won the World Series.

Hitting the links:


1. The Ravens' soft second-half schedule isn't so soft [CSN Baltimore]

2. Randy Moss to the AFC North? [ESPN]

3. If Mike Preston was Todd Heap, he would have retired by now [Baltimore Sun]

4. Remember when Miami was hated, not Pittsburgh? [Press Box]

5. Fabian Washington says he has moved past the Bills game [Ravens Insider]

6. Luke Scott: The invisible slugger, Part 2 [Dempsey's Army]

7. Will the Red Sox pursue Koji Uehara? [NESN]

8. Rick Kranitz, Brad Bergesen and Jeremy Guthrie talk about Kranitz leaving [Orioles Insider]

9. The Terps may have saved Ralph Friedgen's job, if Maryland fans care to notice [Washington Post]

10. Brief thoughts from the Terps' exhibition win [Baltimore Sports and Life]

11. Alex Ovechkin was named the best left winger of the modern era [CBC]

You said it:


"We won several more games than we should have a couple years ago because of McClain's unreal ability to keep drives going. Yes the probability that Rice breaks off a longer run is greater, but the probability that one gains ten yards in 3 carries and keeps doing it is greater for McClain. We are stupid not to use him more. Its cost us several games since. He'll leave when he becomes a free agent and gain a lot of important yards for a smarter team." -- Dave seems to be in favor of "McClain for RB"

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

Which team is the best fit for Randy Moss, who was released by the Vikings on Monday?

Video of the morning:

Randy Moss remixed

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