Coffee Companion -- 2/23

February 23, 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:

Ravens linebacker Sergio Kindle is looking to get cleared for contact over the next couple of weeks.. ... Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon could be released from a Dominican prison soon. ... With these Orioles, parking behind the outfield fence is a bad idea. ... Carmelo Anthony is a different player and person as he returns to New York.

Hitting the links:

1. Peter Schmuck: Brian Matusz is mum about his expectations for the season [Baltimore Sun]

2. Former Orioles prospect Darnell McDonald is settling in with the Red Sox [Boston Herald]

3. Jim Bowden breaks down the Orioles [FOX Sports]

4. Jeremy Guthrie continues to lead the way for the Orioles' staff [CSN Baltimore]

5. Beards, Bell, videos: Five early spring thoughts [The Loss Column]

6. Comparing the Ravens' drafts over the past five years to the Patriots' [ESPN]

7. Is Joe Flacco a top-10 quarterback? [Pro Football Talk]

8  Are the concerns about Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco legit? [ESPN]

9. Breaking down the offseason for the four AFC North teams [FOX Sports]

10. A few Ravens are on this list of active players vying for the Hall of Fame [Pro Football Weekly]

11. John Eisenberg says the Terps are caught between generations [CSN Baltimore]

12. The Terps try to keep the dream alive against Florida State [Testudo Times]

13. Florida State's Bernard James polished his game on military bases [Baltimore Sun]

14. Bruce Boudreau reiterates his confidence in the Capitals' young goalies [Capitals Insider]

15. The case for dealing Alexander Semin [On Frozen Blog]

16. Mike Tyson finds peace from pigeons -- of course [Yahoo!]

You said it:

"Matt, when the Caps move to Baltimore I'll worry about Ovechkin and his groove." -- reader Fanger does not enjoy my hockey talk (but I won't hold it against him)

Video of the morning:

And there is a new QB trick shot video out, though I'm too lazy to contrast and compare with this one

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