Chris “Mad Dog” Russo of SiriusXM Satellite Radio and the MLB Network hopped on the HAN Cruiser early Tuesday morning, Nov. 24, to talk Turkey. The Turkey Bowl that is. The longtime New Canaan resident breaks down Thursday’s FCIAC Football Championship with HAN Sports Director Rob Adams.
You can watch the annual Thanksgiving rivalry game, which is also the 50th FCIAC Football Championship, live on HAN’s pay-per-view platform at championship.han.network.
As usual, Russo comes prepared and offers up a prediction that might not win him any new friends in his hometown. He and Adams also talk high school basketball and delve deep into their collective baseball-almanac brains that leads to some interesting tidbits about the 1962 World Series between the Yankees and the Giants.
Russo is a sports talk personality who co-hosted the popular New York radio show, “Mike and the Mad Dog.” He now has his own channel on SiriusXM. Russo has also written two books: “The Mad Dog 100: The Greatest Sports Arguments of All Time” and “The Mad Dog Hall of Fame: The Ultimate Top-Ten Rankings of The Best in Sports.” He also hosts “High Heat” every afternoon on the MLB Network.
For just the third time in its 50-year history, the biggest football rivalry in Connecticut will decide the FCIAC football championship. And you can watch it from wherever you end up on Thanksgiving morning on championships.han.network.
Both Darien and New Canaan come into the championship with 8-0 records. The neighboring rivals, who have been playing football against each other since 1928, will meet at Boyle Stadium in Stamford on Thanksgiving morning at 10:30.
HAN Network’s coverage will begin at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving with a pregame show that features interviews with players and coaches from both teams, along with town officials and other notables, followed by a look across the state at all the rivalry games going on on Thanksgiving and a preview of the state football tournaments. That will all appear on live.HAN.network for free. The game, which kicks off at 10:30, will be available as a pay-per-view event on championships.han.network. You can subscribe now for $7.50 to access to the game on Thanksgiving morning. The HAN Network has exclusive live video and audio rights to the FCIAC Championship. Part of the money from subscribers goes to the FCIAC to support its member schools.
In the days leading up to the Turkey Bowl the HAN Network will be spending each day focusing on the players and rich history of not only the Darien-New Canaan rivalry but the 50-year history of the FCIAC Football Championship — the only football league championship in Connecticut.