Coffee Companion -- 6/15: Connor quits and another O's loss, eh?

Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with 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:


Life in Canada was no different for the Orioles on Tuesday, as the Blue Jays won, 6-5, in 11 innings when Adam Lind hit a walk-off home run against reliever Koji Uehara. ... Mark Connor, who has been with Buck Showalter in each of his four stops as manager, resigned as pitching coach, citing personal reasons. ... The drumbeat of an NFL labor resolution grew louder with rumblings that a deal -- or at least the framework of one -- could be reached within the next month. ... Despite three transfers, two early departures and two academic casualties in recent weeks, Maryland football coach Randy Edsall remains positive. ... The MRI on Orioles pitching prospect Dan Klein's shoulder was inconclusive and he will fly to California for further testing.

Hitting the links:


1. We've almost reached the point when the Orioles have to start making decisions about 2012 [Baltimore Sun]

2. Who will replace interim pitching coach Rick Adair? [MASN]

3. The Blue Jays are keen to keep feasting on the Orioles [CBC]

4. Let's show Orioles great Brooks Robinson how much he means to us [The Baltimore Sun]

5. Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is graceful on the field and complex off it [USA Today]

6. Losing record aside, the Orioles are enjoying a fine season, according to Rob Neyer [SB Nation]

7. Quantifying a catcher's ability to frame pitches [Hardball Times]

8. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco must find individual playoff success to be considered a franchise quarterback []


9. Breaking down Ed Reed's ability to make plays from the middle of the field [National Football Post]

10. Sergio Kindle has been cleared for contact, but can he get to the quarterback? [Ravens Insider]

11. Is Ray Rice the NFL's best dual-threat back? [Gridiron Grit]

12. Is Pittsburgh Central Catholic quarterback Perry Hills the future for the Terps? [Recruiting Report]

You said it:

"The 15-team, no division leagues make sense to me. Which is why it won't happen. Baseball rarely does anything that makes such obvious sense. It certainly would eliminate the unfairness to whatever teams are in the same divisions as the Yankees and Red Sox." -- reader easywriter01 gives his take on MLB realignment


Video of the morning:

This is a couple of days old, but still worth passing along: Stephen Colbert takes on LeBron James

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