Coffee Companion -- 7/28: Joe shows fire, Matusz unprepared

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:


Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco defiantly fired back at his critics Wednesday, saying, "I'm pretty damn good." ... Sergio Kindle, who missed all of last season with a severe head injury, will not start training camp on the PUP list. ... The Ravens will hold an open training camp practice for fans at M&T Bank Stadium next weekend. ... Ravens free-agent cornerback Josh Wilson agreed to a deal with the Redskins. ... One night after their best offensive output of the season, the Orioles were held to just four hits in a 3-0 loss to the Blue Jays. ... Brian Matusz acknowledged Wednesday that he wasn't "mentally prepared" for the start of the season. ... Senior linebacker Kenny Tate was Maryland's lone selection to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team.

Hitting the links:


1. Kevin Van Valkenburg says Joe Flacco finally said what fans have wanted to hear [Ravens Insider]

2. Kevin Cowherd says a fiery Flacco was a welcome sight [Baltimore Sun]

3. Before Flacco addressed his critics, he set the record straight on another issue -- his wedding photos [Ravens Insider]

4. The Ravens are in very good hands when it comes to the quarterback position [Shutdown Corner]

5. The Ravens need Nnamdi Asomugha [Ebony Bird]

6. Why getting Marshal Yanda's deal done became so important [Ravens Insider]

7. The Westminster Best Western misses the Ravens [Carroll County Times]

8. Should the Ravens be interested in Randy Moss to replace Derrick Mason? [Ravens Insider]


9. Or what about Malcom Floyd? [Ravens Insider]

10. Breaking down troubling positions [Baltimore Sports Report]

11. The Orioles had no answers for Ricky Romero on Wednesday night [Orioles Insider]

12. Koji Uehara is in a jam [AP]

13. Here are some Nolan Reimold stats [Camden Chat]

14. Roberto Alomar steals T-shirts [Deadspin]


15. Former Maryland players find homes as undrafted free agents [Terrapins Insider]

16. The Towson football team is confident that it will turn the corner this season [Baltimore Sun]

You said it:

"One too many hits on the bong...Kids, say no to drugs or you'll forget your speedo." -- reader walshajw speculates on why Michael Phelps forgot his suit at the world championships

Video of the morning: 

Thanks to reader Neil Blumberg for passing along this video of a pastor giving thanks for his "smoking" hot wife at a NASCAR race over the weekend 


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