- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 13, 2014


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

• How we know which quarterback will be better long-term.

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There’s no controversy because Washington yielded several firstborns for Robert Griffin III and he won Rookie of the Year. Kirk Cousins is a fourth-rounder with a 1-3 record as a starter. It won’t be here, but eventually Cousins will be a No. 1 and show how he compares. If Griffin can’t progress as a pocket passer or stay healthy, who knows?

Put your money on RG3, but don’t bet the house.

• Why more coaches aren’t truthful about dishonesty.

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Asked about recruiting, West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen told reporters Monday, “… I know you lie in recruiting a bunch, and that’s just part of it. You become a salesman. … Our job is to get guys on campus.” Later, a spokesman said the coach was joking. It didn’t sound like one, but thanks for clearing that up!

Next time a coach says he’ll never leave, we’ll still believe him.

• How the Wizards won’t have a merry Christmas.

Playing the Knicks on Dec. 25 instead of enjoying the holiday like most of us won’t be all bad, because it cements the Wizards’ arrival as a near-marquee team. John Wall and Bradley Beal on the U.S. men’s national team would’ve raised the Wizards’ national profile even higher, but winning in the playoffs and adding Paul Pierce have done the job just fine.

Besides, playing my beloved Knicks is almost a guaranteed win.

• Why it took MLB so long to achieve labor peace.

Hard to believe 20 years have passed since the Great Baseball Strike wiped out more than 900 games, including the entire 1994 postseason and World Series. But the owners lost to the players again — for the eighth consecutive time — and failed to establish a salary cap. Their only accomplishment was stalling the economic boon that baseball has experienced since.

The lesson was painful but the payout was humongous.

• How the Clippers sale could’ve worked out better.

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