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
John Harbaugh has the Ravens in the right mindset as they head into the Super Bowl. ... Steve Bisciotti said the Ravens have a franchise quarterback in Joe Flacco. ... Perhaps the most improbable chapter in this storybook season was Ray Rice's conversion on 4th-and-29. ... A day after saying he could see himself playing for Bill Belichick, safety Ed Reed says it is his preference to stay in Baltimore. ... Linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo hopes the anti-gay comments by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver spark a positive discussion.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
This Super Bowl run is a testament to the skills of general manager Ozzie Newsome. ... Eric DeCosta is waiting for his turn with the Ravens. ... Sunday's game will be decided by Ray Lewis. ... It's not fair to give the University of Pittsburgh flak for losing Joe Flacco. ... Flacco is on the verge of becoming a great quarterback.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Colin Kaepernick is the biggest reason why the 49ers are in the Super Bowl. ... Opponents saw Kaepernick's promise early on. ... 49ers general manager Trent Baalke is nowhere to be seen. ... The 49ers offensive line can carry the offense. ... 49ers Pro Bowl guard Mike Iupati tries to not draw attention toward himself.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
Each day this week, I will break down a key matchup from Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII. Today, I looked at how defensive tackle Haloti Ngata could blast a big hole in the 49ers offensive line.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster might need to undergo a heart procedure. ... The Atlanta Falcons want tight end Tony Gonzalez to come back. ... DeMarcus Ware says the Dallas Cowboys need to be more consistent. ... Osi Umenyiora is open to playing for either New York team. ... The Philadelphia Eagles might switch up their defensive scheme under Chip Kelly.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times