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:


Five Ravens were selected to the Pro Bowl on Tuesday. ... The Ravens worked out long snappers. ... The Ralph Friedgen era at Maryland comes to a close in Wednesday night's Military Bowl. ... 2009 Orioles first-round pick Matt Hobgood's 2011 season will be delayed by shoulder injury.

Hitting the links:

1. John Eisenberg: A psychologist could conclude that Baltimore likes the hard road [Ravens.com]

2. Joe Flacco is in line for some extra loot if the Ravens win the Lombardi Trophy [ESPN]

3. This Patriots beat writer says the Ravens are the scariest potential playoff foe [Boston Herald]

4. The Ravens are fourth in these power rankings [ESPN]

5. The Ravens are sixth here [Yahoo!]

6. FOX Sports has the Ravens at No. 3 [FOX Sports]

7. Jason La Canfora ranked them third [NFL.com]

8. The Ravens are third here, too [Pro Football Talk]

9. Here's a Q&A with Ravens rookie tight end Ed Dickson [Baltimore Sun]

10. Donte' Stallworth is proud of his Ed Block Courage Award [Ravens.com]

11. Sam Koch got snubbed [B-more Birds' Nest]

12. A "sports-bedding" website for football groupies? [NY Post]


13. Rafael Palmeiro's case for the Hall of Fame [Dempsey's Army]

14. What to watch for in the Military Bowl [Tracking the Terps]

15. The Capitals are going ugly (because they have to) [On Frozen Blog]

You said it:

"The Harbaugh bashers are the same so called fans who would be complaining if the Ravens went 16-0 and won all their games by 21 or more points because Harbaugh can't win a close game." -- johnnyboy doesn't think Ravens coach John Harbaugh can ever get credit from some fans

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

Who was the Ravens' biggest Pro Bowl snub?

Video of the morning:

Apparently, this is how Ravens fullback Le'Ron McClain parties

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