- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 21, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION

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

• How Steve Williams can complain about the timing of his firing.

He earned an estimated $20 million on Tiger Woods’ bag alone, which would place him around 32nd on the PGA Tour career money list. Yet, Williams had the nerve to whine about being dismissed, saying “I’ve stuck by him through thick and thin” and “I’ve wasted two years of my life, the last two years.”

Please. Elin showed more class, and she was actually aggrieved.

Washington Nationals' Jayson Werth is batting .218 with 11 home runs and 33 RBI this season. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Washington Nationals’ Jayson Werth is batting .218 with 11 home runs and ... more >

• Why anyone’s surprised that Albert Haynesworth plans to show up.

He’s already in danger of losing $847,000 unless he wins the appeal of last season’s four-game suspension for “conduct detrimental to the club.” There’s no way he’d risk losing more money — while making himself less desirable to interested teams - by failing to report when training camp opens. He’ll probably be on his best behavior.

Not because everyone’s watching, but to drive Mike Shanahan crazy.

• How investing with an AAU guy made sense for college hoops coaches.

About a dozen high-profile coaches did business with David Salinas, who ran the Houston Select summer team and a Ponzi scheme, too. He committed suicide amid a growing federal investigation, and the NCAA is looking for recruiting violations by the coaches, who may have gained an unfair advantage.

Of course they did, unless they also asked Warren Buffett for basketball advice.

• Why Shaquille O’Neal took a shot at Chris Bosh.

O’Neal referred to the Heat’s “Big 2” instead of its “Big 3,” the common nickname for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Bosh. He isn’t as great as James and Wade, but Bosh has averaged 20 points and 9 rebounds through eight NBA seasons and he’s among the league’s best at his position.

But he’s as sensitive as a scratched cornea, which makes him easy pickings.

• How NFL teams and free agents will find the right matches.

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