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Life Imitates Art: ‘Karl Swanson’ Had a Role in ‘Dumb and Dumber’?


courtesy of D.C. Sports Bog

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.

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  • JP

    Is there a link to the column with the 70 errors Snyder made?

  • Dave McKenna

    JP: that 70 errors piece was a story to go with Snyder's overblown 70th Anniversary celebration in 2002. here's the link:

    the print to digital stuff wasn't perfected by city paper in 2002, from the punctuation muffs on the page that i just found, but, hope it makes sense!

  • JP

    Thanks Dave! If you're stuck with a slow news day, an update to this would be magnificent. Could you keep it under 500 if you had to?

  • Rocky

    Man, I am very interested in it, just bookmark in my firefox, will check it later...Thanks man..