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Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerrato, the poster children of the Prague Spring for Redskins fans, have been dubbed “Dumb” and “Dumber” in much of the agit prop that Redskins security has worked so hard to keep out of FedExField.
Awesome trivia: In “Dumb and Dumber,” 1994 movie that informs the insurgency, there’s a character named “Karl Swanson.“
Really. You can look it up.
And in real life, as outlined by Paul Farhi in today’s Washington Post, there’s a Karl Swanson who’s the third wheel in the Snyder/Cerrato continuum. (Full disclosure: I’m briefly in the story.) The flesh-and-blood Swanson has been Snyder’s spokesperson since before he took over the Redskins. Swanson and Cerrato are the longest-tenured Skins staffers in the Snyder regime. They ride golf carts with the boss, and Swanson drives.
I don’t know Karl Swanson much at all, but over the years he has returned a huge percentage of my phone calls and emails, even though long ago he grasped the likelihood was that Snyder wasn’t going to come out great in whatever City Paper wrote about him. So I’ve come to admire Swanson a good bit. He’s got the toughest job in Washington.
But dang if I didn’t giggle when I Googled upon the “Dumb and Dumber” character with his name. Makes his voyage to Redskins Park seem like destiny.