If the Cleveland Browns wanted to grab the attention of midweek sports buffs they couldn't have done it with more finesse than to earn delicious headlines for their latest quarterback acquisition. Backup quarterback, that is. He's Alex Tanney, who, it says here, is a "trick shot artist" formerly of the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.
He's what?/?/? His ability to throw footballs into moving pickup trucks, among other fetching off-the field feats, is said to be revealed in a two-year-old YouTube video that has been witnessed more than 3 million times.
Not experienced in being first in anything else, the Browns shouldn't be criticized for adding intrigue to their playbook. Their new guy reportedly can throw a football from some distance into a basketball hoop. (You'd think the Cavaliers would have bid on his talent first.)
Still, we confess to some doubt about Tanney's potential on an open field. Can he throw a football into the hands of a friendly receiver with three or four pickup trucks in his face?
But the Browns are hopeful. As Yogi Berra once explained why he liked baseball more than football:
"It ain't like football.You can't make up no trick plays."