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:


A pair of freshmen stood out as the Maryland men's basketball team slammed Seattle in their season opener. ... The 6-2 Ravens are preparing to play the 6-2 Falcons on short rest. ... A sideshow stemmed from the alleged spitting incident involving Ravens FB Le'Ron McClain and Dolphins LB Channing Crowder. ... Former Ravens QB Troy Smith is trying to stick as the 49ers' starter.

Hitting the links:

1. Mike Preston: The Ravens' balance will keep them in the Super Bowl hunt [Baltimore Sun]

2. A fired-up Ray Lewis sets the standard for the Ravens [NFL.com]

3. The Ravens top Pro Football Talk's power rankings [Pro Football Talk]

4. The Ravens are third in FOX Sports' power rankings [FOX Sports]

5. They are first in CBS Sports' rankings [CBS Sports]

6. Ray Rice says he avoided a ticket with an autograph [Inside Charm City]

7. Joe Flacco won't sell Brent Grimes short [ESPN]

8. Stick a fork in the Bengals [ESPN]

9. Ravens QB coach Jim Zorn is a "quiet, confident and personable leader" [BP Sports]

10. Will Adam Jones or Nick Markakis snag a Gold Glove? [Orioles Insider]

11. Brian Roberts is the 26th-best player in Orioles history [Camden Chat]

12. The new-look Terps delighted in their season debut [Washington Post]


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Video of the morning:

Another goofy high school trick play, courtesy of @lilasc on Twitter

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