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Ravens make power free-agent moves.
Maybe we can call them the three W’s or, perhaps, Triple-U? Regardless, it is clear after the signing of tight end Benjamin Watson last week, safety Eric Weddle on Monday, and wide receiver Mike Wallace on Tuesday, the Ravens front office is not playing around. Coming off its first losing season in eight years, the team (predominantly Ozzie Newsome) had to do some pretty aggressive wheeling and dealing to acquire the three players. First, they had to wrestle Watson away from the New Orleans Saints, then they apparently didn’t let Wallace leave the building before he signed, and a 90-minute phone conversation between Weddle and Ravens assistant GM Eric DeCosta did the trick. “The Ravens landed the best free agent remaining on Monday in Weddle, added the best deep threat available in Wallace and signed a tight end coming off a career season in Watson,” ESPN’s Jamison Hensley wrote. “These are significant steps to turn around a 5-11 team.”

We like President Obama’s March Madness picks.
Frankly it would ruin the fun to get political on Friday Replay. But, as loyal Terps fans, there is one thing we can agree on: We like President Obama’s bracket. For the second year in a row, and the third time while in office, the President picked the Terrapins to advance to the Sweet 16. This means he is predicting that Maryland will beat his home-state team, the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, only to fall to Kansas, who he has picked to win it all. Not a bad bode of confidence.