Dan Gross: Vick, Brady are chow pals

Vinny Guadagnino of "Jersey Shore" and a few of his friends at Great Adventure.
Vinny Guadagnino of "Jersey Shore" and a few of his friends at Great Adventure.
Posted: October 20, 2011

WHY WERE MICHAEL VICK and U.S. Rep. Bob Brady dining together at Chops (401 City Ave.) in Bala Cynwyd Tuesday night?

The Eagles quarterback and the congressman have become friendly. Brady accompanied Vick to a Humane Society event Tuesday afternoon at the Hunting Park Recreation Center.

We asked Brady what the pair talked about over dinner.

"I'm helping him work some things out. He's got this bankruptcy thing he needs some help with, whatever," Brady said. He denied that he was personally involved in Vick's bankruptcy case and said, "We just talk about things; we became friends." He added that joining Vick on the Humane Society trips to rebuild his reputation was what he meant by helping him "work some things out."

"He's a real genuine guy who deserves a second shot," Brady said yesterday. The two were joined by a few other friends and had steaks, swordfish and more in a private dining area at the restaurant, where Vick signed autographs for kids on his way out and Brady picked up the tab.

National exposure

Good news for patrons of Legends in Reading who always wanted to see more of bartender Lacey Zartman. She's in the barmate feature in November's Playboy. Zartman says that once at work she thought she could stretch the too-tight shirt she was wearing by pulling it across her chest. "But I pulled too hard and ripped it in half. My customers were so excited that they finally took their eyes off the game."

Two-thirds MVP

"Jersey Shore" star Vinny Guadagnino stopped by Six Flags Great Adventure yesterday to fist-pump with the zombies from the park's Fright Fest. The 20th anniversary of the Halloween event runs weekends through Oct. 30. No word if any of the monsters were "DTF," but they were all "grenades."

* The men's basketball team at Temple doesn't spook easily. The team and coach Fran Dunphy and his assistants took some Boys and Girls Club kids to the Eastern State Penitentiary's Terror Behind the Walls tour. Onlookers say it was cute to see giant basketball players with scared kids holding them by the waist as they toured the exhibit, which runs through Nov. 12. For info, visit easternstate.org/halloween.

With sympathy . . .

Condolences to 93.3 WMMR DJ and Sixers in-arena host Matt Cord on the loss of his father, John "Jack" M. Cord, who died Monday. He was 82 and lived in Glen Mills. 'MMR listeners may remember Jack from the Christmas day appearances he and his wife, Betty, made on Cord's broadcasts. An MIT graduate, Jack worked for 28 years as an engineer executive for Boeing before retiring in 1995. Besides Matt and Betty, Jack is survived by son Michael; daughters Nancy, Kathleen and Carolyn; a sister Margot, and 11 grandchildren.

Darrow rocks hard

People's Paper reporter Chuck Darrow's band, Nytrous, performs at 8 tonight at the Hard Rock Cafe at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City as part of an unsigned band showcase. Admission's free; donations to the Shirley Mae Cancer Fund are encouraged.
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