- The Washington Times - Monday, August 29, 2011

Once again, it’s time to check off some items on my “TIDU List” - Things I Don’t Understand:

• How John Beck or Rex Grossman can distinguish themselves before Sept. 11.

Coach Mike Shanahan said he’ll continue to assess the closely-matched candidates, possibly until the opener against the New York Giants. “It all depends on if someone separates themselves,” he said. “We’ve got a few more days of evaluation.”

If Shanahan bases his decision on the next several days, it means he’s just like the rest us - he has no idea what either QB will bring.

• Why one false start means automatic disqualification.

Usain Bolt, track’s only superstar, was tossed from the 100 meters final at the World Championships because he started .104 seconds early. Just like that, the sole reason that casual fans pay attention was gone, thanks to a 19-month-old rule that DQs runners at the first infraction.

In terms of the sport’s mass appeal (scant as it is), the rule on false starts will hasten the true end.

• How Danica Patrick’s sex appeal hurts her credibility.

Besides posing as a scantily-clad hood ornament, appearing in steamy, Internet-only commercials, and revealing string bikinis underneath her racing suit, Patrick is just another driver. However, in moving to NASCAR full time, she faces renewed criticism about style over substance. She has won just once in 112 IndyCar starts.

But after 61 top-10 finishes, there isn’t another also-ran we’d rather see.

• Why Tiger Woods shouldn’t be invited to the Presidents Cup.

When Fred Couples added Woods to the U.S. team, the hue and cry was heard in Australia, site of this year’s event. There’s no denying that Woods has played terribly in his freefall from No. 1 in the world to No. 36.

But whether you root for more wreckage or a remarkable turnaround, Woods remains eye candy on TV eye - and that’s reason enough.

• How LSU football players could brawl after breaking curfew.

You’ve got to be a real knucklehead to leave after a 10:30 p.m. bed check and get in a 2 a.m. altercation. More than 20 players allegedly were at Shady’s Bar and two have been charged with second-degree battery (a felony), including starting QB Jordan Jefferson. Coach Les Miles said he suspended the two players for “a bunch of reasons.”

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