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:
NFL owners unlocked the doors Thursday, but the players are reviewing the proposed 10-year collective bargaining agreement. The players now have until Tuesday to agree or pass on the proposal. ... After taking a couple of days off to rest his shoulder, Luke Scott continued his rehab assignment in Bowie and hit a pair of home runs. ... Meanwhile, Brian Matusz was knocked around for eight runs in three-plus innings while pitching for Norfolk. ... The Ravens were interested in hiring former Colts coordinator Tom Moore as a consultant.
Hitting the links:
1. Here are the terms of the owner's agreement [Ravens Insider]
2. A guide to the owner-approved CBA [Ravens Insider]
3. Ravens players feel pressured to sign the deal [Ravens Insider]
4. The players might not play the owners' game [FOX Sports]
5. John Clayton says the owners are making a power play [ESPN]
6. Peter King says a resolution could take a while [SI]
7. Haloti Ngata is the NFL's best defensive tackle [USA Today]
8. How much has Ben Roethlisberger's image changed over the past year? [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
9. Jim Johnson is the Orioles' renaissance man [Baltimore Sun]
10. What happens if the arms don't grow? [CSN Baltimore]
11. Talking Koji Uehara, Jeremy Guthrie and what's up with other Orioles trade candidates [Orioles Insider]
12. What is Guthrie's true trade value? [Dempsey's Army]
13. Nick Markakis is on fire [Carroll County-Times]
14. Floppy hat night is the Orioles' Game 7 [Baltimore Magazine]
15. The rise of 7-on-7 football raises questions, but proponents say it offers players a platform to colleges [Baltimore Sun]
16. Matt Bracken talks about Maryland recruiting [Baltimore Sun]
You said it:
"Absolutely Ed should shoot down future requests for interviews and boycott ESPN. They have a history of this nonsense. Maybe his voice, which is well respected in the NFL will influence other players to do the same. If they don't want to do a legitimate articles without putting a spin on everything, maybe the entire team should boycott them." -- reader fireguy51 thinks that Ed Reed should boycott ESPN after the Rex Ryan incident
Video of the morning:
Maryland football coach Randy Edsall threw out the first pitch at Tuesday's Orioles game and it was a little high. But it was nothing compared to the first pitch former MLB player Doug Glanville threw at a Cubs game.
Send me your funny and/or interesting links, photos, YouTube videos, blogs, Tweets, comments, emails, ideas, 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.