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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:

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Maryland's Ralph Friedgen was named the ACC's Coach of the Year on Tuesday after turning around the Terps. His freshman quarterback, Danny O'Brien, was named the conference's rookie of the year. ... Steelers coach Mike Tomlin expects Ben Roethlisberger to play against the Ravens on Sunday night. ... The Ravens signed fullback Jason McKie, cutting safety Ken Hamlin to open up the roster spot. ... Former Orioles SS/3B Miguel Tejada will be the Giants' shortstop in 2011.

Hitting the links:

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1. Hines Ward is looking forward to playing the Ravens [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

2. John Eisenberg: The air attack is the key to beating the Steelers [Ravens.com]

3. Joe Flacco and the rest of the 2008 draft class went from unremarkable to remarkable [LA Times]

4. The Ravens dropped to No. 4 in ESPN's power rankings [ESPN]

4. The Ravens are fourth in these rankings, too [CBS Sports]

5. And they are fourth here, as well [Pro Football Talk]

6. Again, fourth [FOX Sports]

7. OK, this is getting awkward [NFL.com]

8. Mike Tomlin says James Harrison might have to change his style [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

9. Age is taking its toll on the Steelers defense [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]

10. Here's a good Q&A with Ravens cornerback Josh Wilson [Baltimore Sun]

11. Kevin Cowherd: Forget purple towels -- Ravens fans need to wave purple thongs [Baltimore Sun]

12. Derek Jeter's contract stalemate with the Yankees is reminiscent of Cal Ripken and the O's [SI]

13. The Orioles are searching for some relief [Orioles Insider]

14. The offseason plan for Matt Hobgood [MASN]

15. Ralph Friedgen and Debbie Yow do battle again -- for a spot in a bowl game [Terrapins Insider]

16. Get to know new Caps defenseman Scott Hannan [Capitals Insider]

You said it:

"I find it pretty ironic that Ugg chose Tom Brady as the epitome of manhood. As a marketing pro, it seems to me they missed the boat on this one. Now...Suggs in Uggs...THAT is a campaign I'd like to see. For all it's Dr. Seussian flare, it would do more to brute things up than Brady ever could." -- reader slg thinks Terrell Suggs would make a better UGG boots poster boy than Patriots QB Tom Brady

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

Ditch the bias on this one: Who would you rather have on your team -- Ed Reed or Troy Polamalu?

Video of the morning:

Matt Millen deserves some credit -- finally -- for calling out Stuart Scott on his unfortunate slip-up while talking about Derek Anderson's outburst on Monday night

Send me your funny and/or interesting links, photos, YouTube videos, blogs, Tweets, comments, emails, ideas, leads, etc. If I deem them to be worthy for the blog, I'll give you a plug. You can reach me at matt@bthesite.com, twitter.com/mattvensel and facebook.com/VirtualVensanity.

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