Coffee Companion -- 2/14

February 14, 2011|By Matt Vensel

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:

An investigation by The Baltimore Sun shows that Maryland's search for a new football coach was tense and competitive. ... Andy MacPhail believes the Orioles' strong finish to 2010 and a busy offseason should give fans reason for optimism. ... Despite being an underdog, Chris Tillman says he is ready for the challenge of making the Orioles' Opening Day roster. ... A canceled NFL season could reportedly cost Maryland $3.8 million.

Hitting the links:

1. Here are 10 questions for the Orioles entering spring training [Baltimore Sun]

2. Kevin Cowherd: Buck Showalter and Vlad Guerrero will be feeling pressure this spring [Baltimore Sun]

3. Is Jeremy Guthrie an all-time Orioles great? [Dempsey's Army]

4. How much can the Orioles improve? [Orioles Nation]

5. Revisiting the Orioles' international effort [Orioles Depot]

6. Dan Connolly's memories of the late Ernie Tyler [Orioles Insider]

7. The Ravens' top offseason priority is fixing the running game [Baltimore Sun]

8. Offseason moves could determine if Michael Oher returns to right tackle [Ravens Insider]

9. The Ravens are still searching for a weapon at wide receiver [CSN Baltimore]

10. Domonique Foxworth talks about the labor situation []

11. Could more joint minutes for Pe'Shon Howard and Terrell Stoglin salvage the season? [Terrapins Insider]

12. The Capitals' players-only meeting underscores urgency [Capitals Insider]

You said it:

"if reimold is healthy and his timing is back he is the best KF the orioles have. reimold is a good defensive player who was improving throughout his rookie yr. a potent hitter with power. good speed and he plays hard, always running everything out. ... pie is not a patient hitter, not a good base runner and though he has a strong arm he isn't the greatest fielder. pie lacks baseball sense" -- reader fkterp thinks the Orioles should give the fourth outfielder spot to Nolan Reimold instead of my boy Felix Pie

You tell me:

What is the Orioles' biggest question mark entering spring training?

Video of the morning:

Ray Lewis and Drew Brees team up to do battle with the new Pepsi Maxx bottle

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