- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 11, 2012


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

Why Davey Johnson already decided to retire after the 2013 season.

There was no need to announce that next year would be his last as Washington Nationals manager. GM Mike Rizzo certainly shouldn’t be in a rush to push Johnson into a consultant role, and Johnson might feel like returning at the end of next year’s campaign. They should’ve characterized 2014 as “open.”

In any case, the stage is set for a storybook ending.

How five games were long enough for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Petulant toddlers exhibit more patience than the Lakers showed with coach Mike Brown. The team still was adjusting to newcomers Dwight Howard (still recovering from back surgery) and Steve Nash. The new offense was slow to take hold, though you could argue it never belonged in the first place.

That’s it! Taking the ball and decisions out of Nash’s hands is a fireable offense.

Why Comcast Center can’t resemble Barclays Center this season.

College basketball was held at the Brooklyn Nets’ arena for the first time Friday, but you couldn’t tell based on the Maryland-Kentucky game. There was a touch of March in the energy and enthusiasm from a sellout crowd of 17,732 fans, most rooting wildly for the Terps.

Morehead State won’t generate the same fervor Monday, but more is in store this year.

How any team can slow Oregon’s quick-strike attack.

Eyes blink slower than this no-huddle offense puts points on the board. It happened again Saturday, with three TDs scored in less than seven minutes to rout Cal 59-17. Oregon averages 54.8 points, despite coach Chip Kelly routinely removing his offensive starters in the second half.

Now that Alabama has been exposed by Texas A&M, the new No. 1 team walks and quacks like you-know-whats.

Why the Washington Wizards haven’t won a single game.

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