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
For the Harbaugh brothers, a lifetime of competition will come full circle at the Super Bowl. ... The Ravens are drawing inspiration from O.J. Brigance. ... The Ravens got big contributions from their rookie class this season. ... The San Francisco 49ers arrived in New Orleans on Sunday night. ... The Ravens are flying out Monday afternoon, but only after they say goodbye to their fans at a rally down at the Inner Harbor.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
Regardless of whether the debate is over, Joe Flacco is about to get paid like an elite quarterback. ... The Delaware coaching staff saw greatness in Flacco right away. ... Tight end Dennis Pitta added a dimension to the passing game. ... It's now or never for Anquan Boldin. ... Ray Lewis is preaching, but is anyone listening?
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Colin Kaepernick stole the starting quarterback job from Alex Smith. ... One San Francisco writer is eating crow for criticizing the QB switch. ... The 49ers will be ready for the moment Sunday. ... Frank Gore is the 49ers' spiritial center. ... 49ers safeties Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner have always been physical.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
Each day this week, I will look at one of the many intriguing matchups from the Super Bowl. Today, I wrote about how the Ravens may try to stop Kaepernick and the pistol offense.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes as the NFC beat the AFC in the Pro Bowl. ... Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams missed the Pro Bowl because he got hit in the face with a bottle at a club. ... Josh McDaniels deserves credit for the 2010 Denver Broncos draft class. ... Age is not the only number that should concern New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.