Coffee Companion -- 2/23

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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:

Ravens linebacker Sergio Kindle is looking to get cleared for contact over the next couple of weeks.. ... Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon could be released from a Dominican prison soon. ... With these Orioles, parking behind the outfield fence is a bad idea. ... Carmelo Anthony is a different player and person as he returns to New York.

Hitting the links:

1. Peter Schmuck: Brian Matusz is mum about his expectations for the season [Baltimore Sun]

2. Former Orioles prospect Darnell McDonald is settling in with the Red Sox [Boston Herald]

3. Jim Bowden breaks down the Orioles [FOX Sports]

4. Jeremy Guthrie continues to lead the way for the Orioles' staff [CSN Baltimore]

5. Beards, Bell, videos: Five early spring thoughts [The Loss Column]

6. Comparing the Ravens' drafts over the past five years to the Patriots' [ESPN]

7. Is Joe Flacco a top-10 quarterback? [Pro Football Talk]

8  Are the concerns about Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco legit? [ESPN]

9. Breaking down the offseason for the four AFC North teams [FOX Sports]

10. A few Ravens are on this list of active players vying for the Hall of Fame [Pro Football Weekly]

11. John Eisenberg says the Terps are caught between generations [CSN Baltimore]

12. The Terps try to keep the dream alive against Florida State [Testudo Times]

13. Florida State's Bernard James polished his game on military bases [Baltimore Sun]

14. Bruce Boudreau reiterates his confidence in the Capitals' young goalies [Capitals Insider]

15. The case for dealing Alexander Semin [On Frozen Blog]

16. Mike Tyson finds peace from pigeons -- of course [Yahoo!]

You said it:

"Matt, when the Caps move to Baltimore I'll worry about Ovechkin and his groove." -- reader Fanger does not enjoy my hockey talk (but I won't hold it against him)

Video of the morning:

And there is a new QB trick shot video out, though I'm too lazy to contrast and compare with this one

Send me your funny and/or interesting links, photos, YouTube videos, blogs, Tweets, comments, emails, ideas, leads, etc. If I deem them to be worthy for the blog, I’ll give you a plug. You can reach me at Matt.Vensel@baltsun.com and twitter.com/mattvensel.

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