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 defensive coordinator Greg Mattison left the team Tuesday to take the same position at the University of Michigan. The Ravens acted quickly, naming secondary coach Chuck Pagano as his replacement.  ... The Orioles avoided arbitration with Felix Pie and J.J. Hardy, but couldn't come to terms with Luke Scott and Jeremy Guthrie. ... The Capitals lost to the Flyers, 3-2, in OT.

Hitting the links:

1. John Eisenberg: Saturday's loss was the second-worst defeat in Ravens history []

2. The Steeler way proved itself yet again versus the Ravens [SI]

3. Greg Mattison thinks that Michigan "is a special place" [Detroit News]

4. Could labor uncertainty be playing a role in Cam Cameron returning? [Ravens Insider]

5. Peter Schmuck: Orioles baseball could be a tonic for ailing Ravens fans [Baltimore Sun]

6. Baseball Hall of Fame voters who ignored Rafael Palmeiro's positive test are wrong [ESPN]

7. An unintuitive lesson: Why Mike Gonzalez should be the closer [Camden Chat]

8. The memory of the Duke comeback lingers a decade later [Tracking the Terps]

9. Terps fans, don't start panicking -- yet [Testudo Times]

10. Marcus Johansson is apprenticing in a pivotal pivot position [On Frozen Blog]

You said it:

"It's easy enough to bring in a blocking full-back via free agency or the draft and I'd rather have someone who relishes that role at a reasonable price than to keep McClain. His blocking was critical this year because of unimpressive line play, but if we can shore up the O-Line through the draft and free agency, any old fullback will do. -- Andrew thinks the Ravens can get by just fine without fullback Le'Ron McClain, who could soon be looking for work elsewhere


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

What's one schematic change you would like to see Chuck Pagano make to the Ravens defense?

Video of the morning:

Here's why you shouldn't text while walking near fountains

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