Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday. That way he’ll have an excuse to do the same to start his workday, too.
RUNNING IT BACK
The Ravens have a lot more to worry about right now than revenge. … Mike Preston thinks the Ravens should stop whining about the replacement officials. … Jamal Lewis talked about getting inducted in the team’s Ring of Honor next Thursday. … John Harbaugh was non-committal about Bernard Pollard’s status for Sunday.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
Is the no-huddle offense hurting the Ravens defense? … Rookie linebacker Courtney Upshaw was solid in his first NFL start. … Jamison Hensley says it’s hard not to question the offensive play-calling. … Lardarius Webb can do a little of everything.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
The New England Patriots are coming to M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday without Aaron Hernandez. … The Patriots were hurt last weekend by their reliance on Hernandez. … They signed Kellen Winslow. … Wes Welker’s limited use remains a mystery. … There are many theories on why Welker is in the doghouse.
SHAMELESS PLUG(S) OF THE DAY
We may not see another “dinosaur” like former Ravens back Jamal Lewis again. He believes he would be out of place in today’s game, with its prolific pass attacks and running back committees.
AWAY FROM THE GRIDIRON
The Orioles beat the Seattle Mariners on Monday night. … Buck Showalter is optimistic that injured starter Jason Hammel will return this season. … Jim Thome could be back soon. … Maryland is looking to bounce back against West Virginia.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
From a fan standpoint, did the officiating ruin Sunday’s game?Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times