A Husakian Daily Babble

Don't recognize that uniform? That's the Berlin Thunder, and the demonstrative fellow behind center is named Todd Husak, who appears to be the newest Cleveland Brown. More on him, and the usual nonsensical blather from Art in today's <I>Rumor Central Daily Babble</I>...

Todd Husak's signing didn't exactly shake the rafters this weekend. It wasn't featured in the Sunday papers, and it hasn't even been acknowledged by the team as of Sunday night.

Guys like Husak are reported in minor transactions on page 6-E of the Plain Dealer. They aren't seen in the NFL's endless self-promoting TV commercials, and they don't get melodramatically featured by frantically shouting analysts during pre-game shows. But they keep on trying, even after most football fans have forgotten their moments of glory.

Husak has had some moments of glory. He was a record-setting quarterback for the Stanford Cardinal, leading them to the Pac-10 championship in 1999. He was drafted in the sixth round by the Washington Redskins in 2000. In June of 2002, he led the Berlin Thunder to a World Bowl championship, connecting on two scoring throws with Dane Looker.

Dane Looker is now a starter in the NFL, overcoming his less-than-spectacular speed with smart route-running and savvy that is acquired only by learning at every opportunity. That NFL Europe season, Husak beat out Todd Hasselbeck for the starting QB job. Even Hasselbeck has had some NFL moments, being one of this year's victims of the Fun and Gun and Sack in Washington.

Husak now finds himself in his fourth NFL season. He has had numerous trips to the New York Jets practice squad and has spent time with the Broncos as well as the Jets and Redskins.

The Browns are another stop, another chance to make a mark, another chance for a successful NFL Europe quarterback to join Kurt Warner and Jake Delhomme as alumni who have made it in the NFL.


WITH HAL MONGERS, PEOPLE LISTEN: Hal Lebovitz's Sunday column, which remains steadfastly off the web, has a couple little nuggets regarding the Browns. Hal says that bad weather kept Randy Lerner from taking a plane into Berea so that the Ron Wolf consulting deal and Butch Davis' two-year contract extension can be finalized.

Hal also says that Dennis Northcutt will stay if the money is right and that he thinks Orlando Pace will wind up with a franchise tag on him (again). Finally, Hal says that Dennis Green's job in Arizona means that he may try to pull Browns fast-rising pro personnel guy Jeremy Green to the great southwest, but that the junior Green likes how things are working out in Cleveland. Hal is usually money.

Hal's local competition, Roger Brown, has swung-and-missed on a few stories recently, in my estimation, but today's column on the Browns perks gets me a little steamed. It bugs me to see a team and its players live this lavishly when many fans have been priced out of seeing the games live.

At least the $6 beers makes them too expensive to waste by throwing at the field when the same pampered pros cave in and lose 35-0 to the hated Ratbirds. 


LETTERS, WE GET LETTERS: Or email at any rate. A recent email relayed a post off of the Pure Football forum from a "friend of Kellen Winslow's girlfriend", that says Davis has talked to Larry Coker and Winslow numerous times this past season and is hot to draft the Canes tight end.

Hearsay. Third-hand. Unverifiable. That makes it only 45% more reliable than the recent story that Lerner was selling the team.


IDLE THOUGHTS:  How in the world will the NFL hype a Patriots-Panthers Super Bowl? "Low scoring! Patience! Field goals!".... The happiest guy to see the Eagles get knocked out has to be Rush Limbaugh... Get ready for the lionization of Bill Belichick as the smartest human being on the planet - there's not much else for the media to lather over during the next two weeks...

Seeing the Eagles fail once more in the NFC Championship reminds me of a time in 1999 when I met up with some friends at Chammps in Beachwood. Ty Detmer came in with another guy and one of my pals went and got his autograph. Detmer's friend asked him if he wanted his autograph as well and my friend laughed and said "No". Turned out that was Ty's brother, Koy...


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Todd Husak's signing didn't exactly shake the rafters this weekend. It wasn't featured in the Sunday papers, and it hasn't even been acknowledged by the team as of Sunday night.

Guys like Husak are reported in minor transactions on page 6-E of the Plain Dealer. They aren't seen in the NFL's endless self-promoting TV commercials, and they don't get melodramatically featured by frantically shouting analysts during pre-game shows. But they keep on trying, even after most football fans have forgotten their moments of glory.

Husak has had some moments of glory. He was a record-setting quarterback for the Stanford Cardinal, leading them to the Pac-10 championship in 1999. He was drafted in the sixth round by the Washington Redskins in 2000. In June of 2002, he led the Berlin Thunder to a World Bowl championship, connecting on two scoring throws with Dane Looker.

Dane Looker is now a starter in the NFL, overcoming his less-than-spectacular speed with smart route-running and savvy that is acquired only by learning at every opportunity. That NFL Europe season, Husak beat out Todd Hasselbeck for the starting QB job. Even Hasselbeck has had some NFL moments, being one of this year's victims of the Fun and Gun and Sack in Washington.

Husak now finds himself in his fourth NFL season. He has had numerous trips to the New York Jets practice squad and has spent time with the Broncos as well as the Jets and Redskins.

The Browns are another stop, another chance to make a mark, another chance for a successful NFL Europe quarterback to join Kurt Warner and Jake Delhomme as alumni who have made it in the NFL.


Hal Lebovitz's Sunday column, which remains steadfastly off the web, has a couple little nuggets regarding the Browns. Hal says that bad weather kept Randy Lerner from taking a plane into Berea so that the Ron Wolf consulting deal and Butch Davis' two-year contract extension can be finalized.

Hal also says that Dennis Northcutt will stay if the money is right and that he thinks Orlando Pace will wind up with a franchise tag on him (again). Finally, Hal says that Dennis Green's job in Arizona means that he may try to pull Browns fast-rising pro personnel guy Jeremy Green to the great southwest, but that the junior Green likes how things are working out in Cleveland. Hal is usually money.

Hal's local competition, Roger Brown, has swung-and-missed on a few stories recently, in my estimation, but today's column on the Browns perks gets me a little steamed. It bugs me to see a team and its players live this lavishly when many fans have been priced out of seeing the games live.

At least the $6 beers makes them too expensive to waste by throwing at the field when the same pampered pros cave in and lose 35-0 to the hated Ratbirds. 


Or email at any rate. A recent email relayed a post off of the Pure Football forum from a "friend of Kellen Winslow's girlfriend", that says Davis has talked to Larry Coker and Winslow numerous times this past season and is hot to draft the Canes tight end.

Hearsay. Third-hand. Unverifiable. That makes it only 45% more reliable than the recent story that Lerner was selling the team.


  How in the world will the NFL hype a Patriots-Panthers Super Bowl? "Low scoring! Patience! Field goals!".... The happiest guy to see the Eagles get knocked out has to be Rush Limbaugh... Get ready for the lionization of Bill Belichick as the smartest human being on the planet - there's not much else for the media to lather over during the next two weeks...

Seeing the Eagles fail once more in the NFC Championship reminds me of a time in 1999 when I met up with some friends at Chammps in Beachwood. Ty Detmer came in with another guy and one of my pals went and got his autograph. Detmer's friend asked him if he wanted his autograph as well and my friend laughed and said "No". Turned out that was Ty's brother, Koy...

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