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 are wary of the Texans even though two of their best players are sidelined. ... The Ravens are anxious to see how Derrick Mason fits in with the Texans on Sunday. ... Michael Oher's little brother, Sean Tuohy Jr., got a basketball scholarship at Loyola University. ... Patricia Modell, a former actress and the wife of former Ravens owner Art Modell, died on Wednesday. ... Orioles director of amateur scouting Joe Jordan is leaving the organization to become Philadelphia's director of player development. ... The Orioles have put together a list of general manager candidates. ... Mark Turgeon is happy to have freshman Nick Faust, a City graduate, in a Maryland uniform. ... Randy Edsall still won't name a starting quarterback for Saturday.

Hitting the links:

1. The Ravens offense is as unpredictable as ever [Ravens.com]

2. The Ravens want to attack and attack and attack [MASN]

3. Will Houston try to exploit safety Bernard Pollard? [ESPN]

4. Terrell Suggs praises Vonta Leach and pokes a little fun at Le'Ron McClain in the same sound bite [Ravens Insider]

5. Jacoby Jones needs to step up [Houston Chronicle]

6. Mike Preston says there was no room for Derrick Mason's big mouth in New York City [Ravens Insider]

7. The Ravens cornhole league has official T-shirts [Baltimore Sports Report]

8. No matter which GM Baltimore decides to hire, the Orioles will have an uphill battle [FanGraphs]

9. Terry Francona is paying a dear price for deviating, however briefly, from the script [ESPN Boston]

10. There is no shortage of concerns for Mark Turgeon and the Terps [Baltimore Sun]

11. It's never easy being the guy who is following a legend [USA Today]

12. Turgeon and the Terps are eager to move on from last season [The Diamondback]


13. Maryland's outlook is no laughing matter [Washington Examiner]

14. Sean Mosley is seeking redemption [CSN Washington]

15. Ashton Pankey could be the team's best rebounder [Tracking the Terps]

Video of the morning:

A flash mob danced and sang "Happy Birthday" to Hall-of-Fame quarterback Steve Young [via Hot Clicks]

Send me your funny and/or interesting links, photos, YouTube videos, blogs, Tweets, comments, emails, ideas, etc. and I'll give you a plug. You can reach me at Matt.Vensel@baltsun.com and twitter.com/mattvensel.

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