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Wikipedia Says the Redskins Are Unique

The Redskins used to have a GM. How'd that work out? (1981 AP photo)

Adding to the list of things to be proud of if you're a Washington Redskins fan: Wikipedia has dubbed your franchise nearly unique among the NFL's 32 squads. Each team has a line for "GM" on its Wikipedia profile. Thirty teams have a person's name in that slot. For the Redskins, the GM role is currently being filled by "none."

"I understand Vinny is technically not a GM, but the fact that it says 'none' has put me in a good/sad/depressed/hysterical/suicidal mood today," longtime Bog reader Cole e-mailed me last week. "Not sure, but I suspect the brain trust in Ashburn will blame 'none' if we have another awful draft."

Now, sure, this is sort of a creation of Wikipedia's warped collective mind. The Cincinnati Bengals' GM is listed as Mike Brown, although the team Web site doesn't suggest this to be the case. (He's described there as "President," and no one is listed as GM.) The Colts' GM is listed as Bill Polian, whose title is also officially "president." The Cowboys' GM is listed as Jerry Jones, which is true, but possibly not any less depressing than the situation in D.C. Al Davis is listed as the Raiders' GM, and whatever his real title is, it's not good.

And so, much of this is probably just semantics. But still, the Redskins have an executive vice president / football operations, but no GM. Can't exactly argue with Wikipedia on this one.

(Also, I'm sure I'm crazy, but I can't find Vinny Cerrato's profile on Could someone please locate it for me?)

Oh, and the other team that Wikipedia claims has no GM? That would be the Patriots, with a President (Jonathan Kraft), a director of player personnel (Nick Caserio) and a senior football advisor (Floyd Reese), but no GM. So maybe this set-up is the vanguard for outlandish future NFL success.

By Dan Steinberg  |  April 13, 2009; 10:29 AM ET
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I can't find a profile page for Vinny on the Redskins' site, but there are some terrifying pictures and video of him.

It's as if the photographers were instructed not to shoot until they saw the whites of his eyes.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | April 13, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Vinny Cerrato
By any other name still
Means "dysfunctional"

Posted by: HaikuMan | April 13, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I found Vinny's Facebook page a while back. When I first saw it he had 0 friends.

Posted by: alex35332 | April 13, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Just checked again, he now has 27 friends.

Posted by: alex35332 | April 13, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

'longtime bog read cole' is my old roommate and he told me that if he ends up in a basement at 6 flags to call axel foley.

Posted by: eggitmon | April 13, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Vinny's profile is located in the media guide, which is where the profiles of everyone who is not a part of the coaching staff is located.

Posted by: jbirzer | April 13, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that's some quality reporting: some of the information on Wikipedia is incomplete or incorrect.

And people wonder why the newspapers are failing?

Posted by: Keith19 | April 14, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

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