Each morning, Monday through Friday, 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:
In the first round of the ACC tourney Thursday night, Maryland beat N.C. State, 75-67. ... The Orioles rallied to beat the Pirates, 11-8, but they did it in spite of another rough outing by Brad Bergesen. ... Brian Roberts could return to the Orioles lineup on Friday. ... Sorry, fans of the three-man rush, but John Harbaugh said the Ravens plan on bringing the heat next season.
Hitting the links:
1. Health is a welcome relief for the O's bullpen [Baltimore Sun]
2. Breaking down the Orioles' injury situation [ESPN]
3. How much would losing Brian Roberts hurt? [Camden Chat]
4. The new 2011 Roberts injury timeline [Dempsey's Army]
5. Five Orioles who have helped their roster chances and five who have hurt them [Orioles Insider]
6. Craig Tatum or Jake Fox? That's the catch for the Orioles [CSN Baltimore]
7. Doug DeCinces had an indestructible mustache [The 4-1-Run]
8. John Harbaugh repeated his intentions to allow Joe Flacco to audible this year [Ravens Insider]
9. The Ravens are looking to add a big fullback [Ravens.com]
10. Dwight Freeney doesn't know why the Colts have owned the Ravens [Sports Radio Interviews]
11. Even when Chris Cooley talks about fan mail, he is hilarious (FYI, he also swears a lot) [Cooley Zone]
12. Here are some post-game thoughts from the Terps' win over the Wolfpack [Tracking the Terps]
13. The Terps are in need of an upset tonight against Duke [Testudo Times]
14. Former Towson linebacker Brian Bradford is trying to play professional football in Italy [Patch]
You said it:
"To say that something is the best out of so many good draft classes is always debatable, but there is a strong case for 2008. Ray Rice and the Ravens finally getting a franchise QB in Flacco gave the Ravens the shot in the arm they desperately needed at that time. Considering the needs of the team and the output from the players in that draft, I think I'd have to agree." -- reader grizzly228 agrees that the 2008 draft class was the Ravens' best of the aughts
Video of the morning:
Check out Carmelo Anthony playing basketball in high school
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.Vensel@baltsun.com and twitter.com/mattvensel.