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Vinny Cerrato Invited to the White House

(By John McDonnell - TWP)

Jim Zorn's White House cred is already well-established, after multiple mountain biking trips with the President. That apparently made it Vinny Cerrato's turn; the team's Executive VP for Football Ops and his wife Rebecca appeared on the guest list for Monday night's Columbus Day dinner honoring Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Highlights included performances from the hit musical Jersey Boys, and Berlusconi breaking the podium.

Interestingly, this development came during a time when both Berlusconi and Cerrato have made radio news, Cerrato by announcing his punter had lost his job on his radio show, and Berlusconi by upsetting international financial markets with incorrect news he later said he "heard...on the radio."

Cerrato wasn't the only guest from the world of sports, as is the custom at these shindigs.

Others included Mr. and Mrs. Mario Andretti, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Colangelo, Mrs. and Mr. Mary Lou Retton-Kelley, Gene Washington and Alicia Sacramone (and her brother), plus a whole bunch of political all-stars, plus Rudolph Giuliani, Fred Malek and Frankie Valli. (No, despite his heritage, Jason La Canfora apparently didn't make the cut.)

Of course, as the composer of various anthems having to do with his various sporting interests, we can only hope that Berlusconi may have inspired Cerrato to dip into the melodic well and provide a 2008 theme song. I'm thinking "Brooks, and Done" might work for him.

Oh, and pretty please let Greg Blache get invited to one of these events sometime. I want him to try out his "there's no half-pregnants" line.

(For the record, there are no instances of Cerrato making a $200-plus political contribution in his adult life, and these events are vaguely non-partisan, and you should thus resist the temptation to wonder whether everything is all-Right with this franchise.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  October 14, 2008; 10:27 AM ET
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Steinberg, will you be blogging from Georgetown basketball media day today??

Posted by: Ed | October 14, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I wouldn't even invite Cerrato to MY house.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 14, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Is the GOP this desperate?

Posted by: | October 14, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

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