Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009 | 3:38 p.m.
In the 1980s there was a hardcore American punk rock band called Husker Du. You may remember them. Or you may not.
Now, thanks to the UFL, there's Tusker do. Or don't.
Shaud Williams is a running back for the Florida Tuskers, which tonight will provide the opposition for the Las Vegas Locomotives at Sam Boyd Stadium. You should be able to get in for about seven bucks or with a clipboard and a confident wave, although, according to the newspaper ad, the Locos are asking for a $10 donation.
Anyway, Shaud Williams also was a running back at Alabama, which is sort of why I remember him. He once agreed to be interviewed by Bruno, a character on HBO's "Da Ali G Show" played by the outrageous Sacha Baron Cohen. Bruno is a gay fashion reporter from Austria, a made-up storyline of which Williams was unaware. And I mean totally unaware. More unaware than the Oklahoma defense when Boise State ran those gadget plays in the Fiesta Bowl a couple of years ago.
Bruno's line of questioning suggested he thought Williams was gay, too, and although I found the spot hilariously funny, Williams did not.
By now, after the movie "Bruno" has grossed more than $76 million worldwide, one can only hope Shaud Williams gets the joke.
There once was a gay football player named Dave Kopay who played for the 49ers, among others. He is one of three former NFL players to have revealed they are gay.
If you believe they are the only three, you are more naive than Shaud Williams.
Not that there's anything wrong with that.