Coffee Companion (8/22): Ray's longevity and the cornerbacks

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:


The Ravens made some moves on the offensive line this weekend. ... John Harbaugh also confirmed that moving forward, Oniel Cousins, a converted offensive tackle, will remain at guard. ... The Ravens got a little healthier Sunday with the return of Ray Lewis, Marshal Yanda and Chris Carr. ... Brian Matusz had a rocky start, but the Orioles failed in every facet of the game in Sunday's 7-1 loss to Angels. ... Manager Buck Showalter gave Matt Wieters his first big-league start at first base, and it was an uneventful outing.

Hitting the links:


1. Entering his 16th season, the key to Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis' longevity is hard work [Baltimore Sun]

2. We learned Friday that the Ravens are better this season at cornerback -- perhaps much better [Baltimore Sun]

3. Mike Preston thinks John Harbaugh did the right thing in the closing seconds of Friday's win [Ravens Insider]

4. So does ESPN's Bill Williamson [ESPN]

5. Cary Williams is trying to complete his journey from the middle of nowhere to the starting lineup [MASN]

6. Vonta Leach is exactly the type of fullback the Ravens needed [Baltimore Sun]

7. New faces have the Ravens breathing easier [Baltimore Sun]

8. Lee Evans adds a new dimension to the Ravens offense []


9. Checking in from Ravens camp [ESPN]

10. David Reed overcame a rough start Friday against the Chiefs [CBS Sports]

11. What will happen to president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail at season's end? [Orioles Insider]

12. A comic strip look at Felix Pie's recent misadventure in left field [Baltimore Sports Report]

13. Peter Schmuck thinks he'll win the Powerball before the O's reach the playoffs [The Schmuck Stops Here]

14. Mark Reynolds is making a run at a pair of Orioles records -- one good and one bad [Orioles Insider]


15. Basic goals for the rest of the Orioles season [Baltimore Sports and Life]

16. Despite what The Hockey News has predicted, the Capitals will not win the Cup this year [On Frozen Blog]

Video of the morning:

Here's some entertainment/inspiration for your Monday morning [via Hot Clicks]

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