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:


At a Wednesday news conference in which authorities said a body pulled from the Mississippi River was likely that of Ed Reed's brother, Reed served as a family spokesman. ... The Orioles have been chatting with Vladimir Guerrero. ... This year's Maryland team reminds Gary Williams of the one from two years ago. ... The Terps plan to honor Greivis Vasquez sometime this season.

Hitting the links:

1. Cory Redding made USA Today's All-Joe team [USA Today]

2. Here are the Ravens' top four draft needs according to Mel Kiper Jr. [Ravens.com]

3. James Harrison, a former Raven, acknowledges immaturity in his early years [Ravens Insider]

4. Donte Stallworth is "100 percent" open to returning to the Patriots [NESN]

5. The Ravens were the sixth-most exciting team in football this season? [Wall Street Journal]

6. Kevin Cowherd: The Orioles aren't exactly the talk of the town [Baltimore Sun]

7. Despite adding some pop, the Orioles face a steep climb [Yahoo!]

8. Looking into the crystal ball at Adam Jones [Dempsey's Army]

9. Gary Williams says the Terps must unite [D.C. Sports Bog]

10. Which player is the missing piece to the Terps' puzzle? [SI]

11. The Maryland seniors have provided leadership amidst the Terps' struggles [CSN Washington]

12. The All-Star break may come at a good time for the Capitals [Capitals Insider]


13. And here's Ozzie Osbourne ins a Capitals jersey [D.C. Sports Bog]

You said it:

"I believe you've made up for the cheerleader tweets." -- @lilasc on Twitter enjoyed my post about Willis McGahee posing in the buff for PETA

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

If you could pluck any player off their current team and put them on the O's, who would you pick?

Video of the morning:

This was a bizarre basketball bounce

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