FanDuel - WFBC

September 07, 2007

Wow. And he's the homer announcer? Better luck on the next job. Junior is probably not a great target to call out.

posted by THX-1138 at 05:15 PM on September 07

I grew up in Cincy, and have met Cunningham on several occasions, as his son was a few years behind me (and Griffey, who was a year ahead of me) at Moeller High School. Nothing about him, either his public persona, or his private, is even remotely likeable. He's just another case of a loud mouthed wanna-be who, possessing no individual talent, sits in judgement of others. I actually find it hard to believe he hasn't been run out of town on a rail for the idiocy he spews (or at least spewed, I left town 15 years ago) on a daily basis. But hey, he's entitled to his own opinion, right? But the way I took the statement to be worded, he sounded like he really was accusing Dunn of being drunk in the field, whether he believed it or not. So, Bill, stick to your guns. To cop out and say it was tongue-in-cheek seems like a cop out.

posted by tahoemoj at 05:19 PM on September 07

I thought the colloquialism was "looks like a monkey fucking a football." At least that's what I've heard before. Cuz...after all, it's just not that odd, seeing a monkey holding a football, now, is it?

posted by diastematic at 05:43 PM on September 07

Having seen Adam Dunn run the bases and attempt to play left field, I'd say a .15 would be pretty generous.

posted by wfrazerjr at 06:11 PM on September 07

Wait, I am confused. Is the monkey drunk, playing football or engaged in some other activity?

posted by kyrilmitch_76 at 06:41 PM on September 07

Or if you prefer a mathmatical article that hypothesizes how college football rankings would vary if done by monkeys (here's a hint, not much. funny though).

posted by kyrilmitch_76 at 06:50 PM on September 07

I despise Cunningham with every fiber of my skyline-chili eating being.

posted by mick at 07:29 PM on September 07

Wow. And he's the homer announcer? No. That would be this guy.

posted by tselson at 09:28 PM on September 07

The son of a gun is drunk. And hes playing baseball in left field for the Redlegs. I'm pretty sure a slander lawsuit would go nicely right about now. Declaring on air that someone is drunk while performing their job is pretty bad. Especially since the people hearing this statement won't be able to discern if it is a joke or not because they can't see the man play (it's a radio broadcast).

posted by grum@work at 09:32 PM on September 07

Somewhere, Marge Schott is smiling.

posted by dviking at 11:00 PM on September 07

Especially since the people hearing this statement won't be able to discern if it is a joke or not because they can't see the man play (it's a radio broadcast). Unless I'm mistaken, Cunningham doesn't broadcast the games, but is just a low rate talk show host. I certainly agree that he should be vulnerable to a slander suit, but I've heard so much worse from talk show hosts that there must be something protecting them from suit.

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 11:24 PM on September 07

Crafty, that's probably because public figures have a much harder time winning slander lawsuits than the average joe.

posted by apoch at 03:45 AM on September 08

To cop out and say it was tongue-in-cheek seems like a cop out. Sorry about the redundancy, I was in a bit of a hurry to wind it up! I've heard so much worse from talk show hosts that there must be something protecting them from suit. I know a few accused nappy headed ho's who might disagree. No he doesn't broadcast the games, that honor goes to the great Brenneman, as tselson was good enough to link. That doesn't mean that talk show hosts have carte blanche to throw crazy accusations around. Sure, Cunningham is paid to stir things up. He can make the asshatted assertion that Griffey should never wear a Reds uniform again. An unpopular view, no doubt, but the kind of controversy he's paid to roil up. To assert that any player is drunk on the field isn't necessarily an opinion. To state an opinion, the wording is "Dunn is playing like he's drunk." But, like I said before, Cunningham is a lowbrow wanna-be. He made a statement that he will niether stand behind nor apologize for. So now he tells everyone they didn't get his joke. It's their shortcoming. I can't believe that guy is still in broadcasting on any level, especially on a station with a HUGE following in southwest Ohio and beyond. Also, Fraze, you're not being fair to those of us who are much more competent than Adam Dunn in left field and on the base paths at a BAL much higher than .15. But dammit, that guy can hit the shit out of the baseball (when he makes contact, I know.)

posted by tahoemoj at 03:55 AM on September 08

Tough to prove slander when you're a public figure. If the tabloids can claim what they like about starlets, the same amendment should protect members of the media who declaim fairly plausible theories about Dunn's outfield work. Say what you want about Dunn's BAC; when Wily Mo was still with the Reds, fans could have made a heck of a drinking game about their outfield exploits. No wonder Griffey was always straining a hamstring: you would to if you had to cover the entire outfield.

posted by yerfatma at 08:37 AM on September 08

Well,that's it.I am definitely changing my religion. The Hindus ARE right. Reincarnation is the NEW reality.Howard Cosell IS back in da booth. Dandy Dan, are ya listening?

posted by sickleguy at 10:35 AM on September 08

Wow. And he's the homer announcer? No. That would be this guy Sorry about the mistake. I live about 2000 odd miles away in the Seattle Mariners broadcast market. Brenneman is acknowledged as THE MAN, so no disrespect intended. This Cunningham fellow seems to be a royal dickweed, no?

posted by THX-1138 at 01:12 PM on September 08

Cunningham is also the station's program manager and responsible for these racist billboards.

posted by mick at 02:18 PM on September 08

I'm originally from Cincinnati and I can't believe that Cunningham is still around. He's an ass and always has been. Someone from Cincy correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't he or isn't he still a lawyer? Tahoemoj, when did you graduate from Moeller? My hubby is a 1983 grad.

posted by lil'red at 07:35 PM on September 08

Cunningham is also the station's program manager ..." No. I think that would be Darryl Parks. (Link borked sorry) Sorry about the mistake. No worries. I thought it was an honest question. He's just another case of a loud mouthed wanna-be who, possessing no individual talent, And yet he's won a Marconi award for being the "Big Market Personality of the Year." He made a statement that he will niether stand behind nor apologize for. He already did. In person. It didn't go over to well, but he did apologize. Especially since the people hearing this statement won't be able to discern if it is a joke or not because they can't see the man play (it's a radio broadcast). No offense, Mr. Grum, no one takes Cunningham that seriously and again he wasn't broadcasting the game but rather commenting on it.

posted by tselson at 10:18 PM on September 08

It seems to me that mr.dunn and mr.cunningham need to have a face to face!

posted by kanundrum at 12:42 AM on September 10

This article is about two different things. 1) Some dude in Cincy with a microphone gets paid when people listen to him. 2) Adam Dunn and Ken Griffey Jr had a rough day at the office. My response to (1); Well, alright. And (2); I would be happy to have either of those gentlemen play for my beloved Royals if they would be willing. I can promise them that if they ever have an off day, we will all forgive them.

posted by Slaptastic at 11:44 AM on September 10

Graduated in '89. So your hubby was there in the Jerry Faust years, back when the Crusaders were finishing atop the national polls on a regular basis? I believe he would have been in a class with Hiawatha Francisco who went on to star at Notre Dame (unlike his coach.)

posted by tahoemoj at 01:35 PM on September 11

Oh, yeah. That Barry Larkin guy, too.

posted by tahoemoj at 01:55 PM on September 11

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