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 one more mission to accomplish this season. ... The Ravens coaching staff deserves credit for getting the Ravens to the Super Bowl. ... The fact that the Ravens are in the Super Bowl still hasn't set in for some players. ... The Ravens removed the interim tag from offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell and added Juan Castillo to the coaching staff. ... Bernard Pollard thinks New England Patriots QB Tom Brady should be fined for kicking fellow safety Ed Reed. ... Wes Welker's wife apologized for the comments she made about Ray Lewis.
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RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
Here are eight underrated Super Bowl storylines. ... Joe Flacco's play in these playoffs might be enough to get his critics off his back. ... It will be a double standard if the NFL doesn't fine Brady for his high slide on Reed. ... Sorry, but Terrell Suggs says the Ravens bandwagon is full. ... The Ravens persevered through a crazy season. ... That billboard counting down to Ray Lewis' retirement party owned up to the false prediction. ... Is it time for Hall of Fame voters to change their minds about Art Modell?
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Jim Harbaugh's method paid off huge for the 49ers. ... Like his brother, Jim Harbaugh was not eager to talk about the Harbowl on Monday. ... The brothers will win points from their players for making the story about them and not their sibling showdown. ... Linebacker Aldon Smith said the 49ers didn't hit the panic button after falling behind against the Atlanta Falcons early. ... Harbaugh downplayed his sideline exchange with running back Frank Gore. ... The 49ers are sticking with David Akers as their kicker.
SHAMELESS PLUG OF THE DAY
Pollard was a Patriot-seeking missile in the AFC title game.
OUTSIDE OF BALTIMORE
The Philadelphia Eagles gave former Oregon coach Chip Kelly a ton of money to change his feathers. ... Tim Brown thinks Bill Callahan tried to sabotage the Oakland Raiders in the Super Bowl a decade ago. ... The Falcons hold out hope for the "five-percent chance" that tight end Tony Gonzalez does not retire. ... The Cincinnati Bengals want to run the ball better. ... The New York Jets have interest in former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu.