Coffee Companion -- 3/14

March 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:

Maryland didn't receive an NIT bid, meaning the Terps won't appear in a postseason game for the first time since 1993. ... The Tigers rocked Brian Matusz and the Orioles' bullpen Sunday, pounding out 17 hits en route to a 9-1 victory. ... Hip soreness casts Orioles pitcher Justin Duchscherer's regular-season readiness into further doubt. ... The NFL lockout could send economic and emotional ripples throughout the area, from Ravens players to fans to business owners.

Hitting the links:

1. Luke Scott says he won't talk politics because it becomes a distraction to the Orioles [Baltimore Sun]

2. Jayson Stark says a positive vibe is clearly surrounding the Orioles [ESPN]

3. Jake Fox has to make an impression behind the plate to win the backup catcher job [Baltimore Sun]

4. Life in a post-Roberts future [Loss Column]

5. Can Zach Britton makes the Orioles now? [MASN]

6. Matt Wieters should not be written off [ESPN]

7. For Buck Showalter's Orioles, Wieters is a work in progress [Washington Post]

8. What a relief! The Orioles bullpen looks strong [CSN Baltimore]

9. The Ravens are looking at second-round offensive tackle prospects [Ravens Insider]

10. Tom Zbikowski, who is now 2-0 as pro boxer, plans to fight later this month in Atlantic City [Tribune]

11. Jeff Barker's take on Maryland's NIT snub [Tracking the Terps]

12. The Terps have hit rock bottom [Testudo Times]

13. Bruce Boudreau is running with the hot hand in Braden Holtby [Capitals Insider]

You said it:

"Gary needs to join the unemployment line with the Fridge." -- reader agherndon is dismayed after the Terps failed to make the NIT tournament

Video of the morning:

Here's video of Kyle Boller in high school

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