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
Safety Ed Reed does not plan to retire after the Super Bowl. ... G.M. Ozzie Newsome told The Baltimore Sun that he does not plan to retire either. ... The Harbaugh family is not taking sides when it comes to John Harbaugh's Ravens and Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers playing in the Super Harbowl. ... The Ravens steered clear of the Lombardi Trophy at the Castle on Thursday. ... The Ravens will hold a rally at the Inner Harbor on Monday.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
The Ravens will draw on their RGIII experience to plan for the 49ers offense. ... O.J. Brigance inspires the Ravens. ... John Harbaugh has never lost a game when getting two weeks to prepare. ... There are two camps of thought when it comes to how Ray Lewis is perceived in his hometown in Florida. ... Left tackle Bryant McKinnie helped stabilize the Ravens offensive line.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is aware of the threat that Joe Flacco poses. ... Center Jonathan Goodwin has become a quiet leader for the 49ers. ... Linebacker Aldon Smith got pass rushing tips from Charles Haley. ... The Harbaugh family is unlike any other. ... Quarterback Colin Kaepernick wants to create more 49ers championship lore. ... Kaepernick ordered pizza for media.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
Here are five things I got right and five I got wrong this year.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
Will the New England Patriots pursue Ed Reed in free agency? ... Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey is rooting for the Ravens in the Super Bowl. ... John Idzik brings an adult approach to the New York Jets circus. ... Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis is speechless about trade rumors. ... Jerry Jones met with Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff about his arrest. ... Green Bay Packers center Jeff Saturday will decide his future after the Pro Bowl. ... Detroit Lions wideout Titus Young isn't very bright.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times