Coffee Companion -- 3/3

March 03, 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:

The fading Maryland men lost to Miami, 80-66, on Wednesday night. "We just had a bad game tonight, that's for sure," coach Gary Williams said. ... The Orioles had 16 hits Wednesday and held off a late Phillies rally to win, 6-5. ... Ravens players and officials are bracing for a lockout as the deadline looms. ... Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski will fight on the undercard of a pro boxing event. ... The Indianapolis Grand Prix will give Michael Phelps an idea of where he stands.

Hitting the links:

1. Zach Britton is maturing, and his improvement could lead to the majors this season [Baltimore Sun]

2. Matt Wieters is a colossal disappointment? Not so fast [Dempsey's Army]

3. Renovations turned Ed Smith Stadium from a pit to a palace [Big League Stew]

4. Spring postcard: Improving Orioles still have a long way to go [SI]

5. Mark Reynolds looks for positives after his career is thrown a curve [Big League Stew]

6. An interpretive rendering of Cal Ripken Jr.’s young adult book [Deadspin]

7. J.J. Hardy talks ping pong, the Baltimore heat, and Cal Ripken [Camden Chat]

8. The Orioles' 2010 expenditures in international free agency [Camden Depot]

9. An Orioles reunion with Juan Samuel [Schmuck Stops Here]

10. A pass rusher is a logical intersection of the Ravens’ needs and the talents in the draft [CSN Baltimore]

11. Kevin Cowherd: Neither side is worthy of backing in the NFL labor battle [Baltimore Sun]

12. Here's a mock draft predicting the Ravens' first four picks [Ravens Gab]

13. You can put the Terps' loss on the list of Maryland's lousy games this season. [Tracking the Terps]

14. Looking at the immediate future for Maryland basketball [Baltimore Sports and Life]

15. Iconic basketball coach Fang Mitchell's future is unknown at Coppin State [Baltimore Sun]

16. Who said it: Charlie Sheen or the Ultimate Warrior? [Aggrogate]

You said it:

"Now that's why I call Cam Cameron 'The Tackling Dummy.'" -- reader Attila the Hon responds to my post about Peter King not knowing why the Ravens signed WR Donte' Stallworth

Video of the morning:

Check out this game-winning trick play in a NAIA women's basketball game

Danielle Clauson's Game-Winner @ Yahoo! Video

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