- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 19, 2011

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

• Why John Beck embarked on a media tour.

The Redskins’ would-be starting QB hasn’t been shy in expressing his confidence - or his gratitude Donovan McNabb didn’t work out. Beck should believe in himself and be happy for a shot, but he’s yapping too much for someone with four NFL starts.

Or else he knows the truth and he’s auditioning for his next career.

• How the NFL players can beat the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Momentum from initial victories has swung to the owners’ side after this week’s ruling by the 8th Circuit, a bench that makes the tea party look liberal. The same court will make another ruling June 3, probably resulting in another sack.

At that point it’ll be fourth-and-long for the players: “Punt team!”

• Why more owners aren’t like Ted Leonsis.

The Capitals/Wizards owner gave a long interview Thursday on the Caps’ website. “If I did [hire and fire the coaches], we’d all be in trouble,” he said. “Because what do I know?” He also gave a long radio interview when the Wizards unveiled new uniforms. And he’s open on his popular blog, “Ted’s Take.”

His teams might disappear, but he’s present and accounted for.

• How LeBron James can engender so much hate.

The origin is unclear. The decision to leave his hometown Cavaliers (via free agency)? The decision to join Dwyane Wade on South Beach (and chase titles)? The decision to conduct “The Decision” (and raise $3 million for charity)?” Even a combination doesn’t justify the vitriol outside of Ohio.

It’s enough to make you pull for him, out of spite.

• Why the No.1 pick would want to play in Cleveland.

Nick Gilbert looks like a nice kid, and maybe his dad, Dan Gilbert, had a bad day with that juvenile rant when LeBron left. But Kyrie Irving can’t look forward to playing for those unbalanced fans and a childish owner who personally guaranteed the Cavs will win a title before James.

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