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Chicago Sports Studs and Duds of 2011: Punk'd & Dunn'ked

The votes have been cast, now meet your Chicago sports studs and duds of 2011

December 29, 2011

A champion beat the champions while the strikeout king became king of the hill in Chicago sports Thursday.

Otherwise known as WWE Superstar CM Punk and White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn, the two were crowned Chicago sports stud (Punk) and dud (Dunn) in RedEye's annual look back at the year in sports.

How did they get here? Try to follow along.

Punk, a Chicago native, became the WWE champion in a match at Allstate Arena over the summer, not long after he seemingly went off-script with a rant about WWE owner Vince McMahon. It was the talk of the wrestling world for several weeks.

Punk enlisted his legion of fans on Twitter, and they responded, giving him more than 90 percent of the votes cast. He fended off a legion of Chicago Bandits fans, who voted en masse for the National Pro Fastpitch champions.

Dunn was a runaway winner too. Or would that be loser? In any case, he was the clear choice for dud of the year. The White Sox designated hitter was often a designated "out" for the opposition, batting .159 with just 11 homers this past season. Oh, and he also set a Sox record with 177 strikeouts.

Congratulations, fellas. Er, fella.

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