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:


The Maryland men whooped up on Colgate, 95-40, on Tuesday night. ... Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon is being held without charges in Dominican Republic, and an injured boy said that Simon is the one who pulled the trigger. ... The Orioles signed veteran reliever Kevin Gregg.

Hitting the links:

1. Mike Preston: The Ravens' offense isn't explosive, but the situation could be [Baltimore Sun]

2. The Ravens' inconsistency on offense is more worrisome than ever [Pro Football Weekly]

3. For Cory Redding, playoff football is a new -- and long-awaited -- experience [Baltimore Sun]

4. Are the Ravens the most feared team in the playoffs? [NFL.com]

5. John Eisenberg: Keep that strange team off the field [Ravens.com]

6. ESPN's Herm Edwards is happy to see his former players succeed in Kansas City [K.C. Star]

7. Here is a Q&A with Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison [Baltimore Sun]

8. The Ravens have the edge over the Chiefs [USA Today]

9. Football Outsiders likes the Chiefs [ESPN]

10. Five Ravens made John Clayton's All-Pro team [ESPN]

11. For Randy Edsall, it's ACC championships or bust at Maryland [CSN Baltimore]

12. Here are more details about Edsall's escape from Connecticut [Hartford Courant]


13. Three things learned about the Orioles from the Bill James handbook [Dempsey's Army]

14. Can Matt Wieters get his bat going in 2011? [MASN]

15. Adam Jones thinks the Orioles can be winners [Orioles Insider]

You said it:

"Being an 'elite game manager' is like being a 'really interesting tax professional.' -- @Peter_D_Lorenz responds to a Tweet from @FlavaDave10, who called Ravens QB Joe Flacco an "elite game manager" while giving his take on my post about whether Flacco is a elite

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

Who is more deserving of a spot in the Hall of Fame: Robert Alomar or Rafael Palmeiro?

Video of the morning:

Is this really how Rich Rodriguez's year-end review at Michigan went down? (And this got me thinking what Cam Cameron's review will be like, but, you know, in digital form. Any ideas?)

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.