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Coffee Companion -- 4/19

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

Former Baltimore mayor and Maryland governor William Donald Schaefer, who was instrumental in the development of Camden Yards, died Monday. ... After Monday's 5-3 loss to the Twins, the Orioles are close to passing the Twins for the fewest runs scored in the American League this season. ... The Orioles called up Clay Rapada and put Chris Jakubauskas on the 15-day disabled list. ... Maryland football coach Randy Edsall has seen progress this spring, but there's a long way to go before the Terps meet his lofty standards. ... The Capitals must address their shortcomings before they lose their grasp on their series with the Rangers.

Hitting the links:

1. John Eisenberg: William Donald Schaefer was a sports giant [CSN Baltimore]

2. Peter Angelos on the death of Schaefer [Orioles Insider]

3. Waiting for Kevin Gregg to be great [MASN]

4. What has you most concerned during the Orioles' eight-game skid? [Orioles Insider]

5. The Baltimore rotation hits its first rough patch, as expected [NESN]

6. Who will win a Super Bowl first: Joe Flacco or Matt Ryan? [ESPN]

7. Art Modell on William Donald Schaefer's impact on Ravens [Ravens Insider]

8. Peter King breaks down the Ravens' draft needs [SI]

9. Terrell Suggs is ranked ahead of Ray Lewis in this list of the NFL's best 100 players [CBS Sports]

10. Suggs says that Troy Polamalu is the best player in his draft class []

11. Ray Lewis shocked the Elon football team with a recent visit [The Times-News]

12. The best first-round draft picks in Baltimore football history [PressBox]

13. How Carmelo Anthony brought excitement, and hope for a title, back to the Knicks [New York Magazine]

You said it:

"Teams are going to have their ups and downs throughout the season. The Orioles are in a funk now, but this lineup is going to have hot stretches. The rotation has some good arms, and will string together many strong weeks throughout the season. I'm still not sure about the bullpen, which has been a vulnerability for some time now." -- reader smittyATL is keeping the faith with the Orioles during their losing skid

Video of the morning: 

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