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Allen-Cunningham: All in good fun, I hope

12/10/2011

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen's annual stink bomb toward Detroit found a target this week.

Allen has made clear on a number of occasions over the years that Detroit is not his favorite road trip. This week, he told KFAN-1130 in the Twin Cities (via the Detroit Free Press) that Detroit is "gloomy" and added: "If I had to live in Detroit, I think I’d just drown myself in the river that was across the way."

I haven't noticed much outrage, at least on this blog, and so I largely have stayed away from what seemed to me to be clearly sarcastic sentiments. You all know that Allen can be a troublemaker and that he's made a sport of this before. But Friday, Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, who coached Allen for four seasons in Kansas City, told reporters: "He’s not good enough to live here. I know him well, he should go back to California, Los Gatos, where all those nice people live. This is too tough of a town for him."

Cunningham also suggested Allen would be in danger if he wound up in the wrong Detroit neighborhood.

The uninitiated might be alarmed by some of the back-and-forth. The savvier of you will recognize the Lions have had enough "tough guy" episodes for one year. I consider this exchange nothing more than fun, and hope that those of you who will be at Ford Field on Sunday will treat it accordingly.