Christopher Russo has really been putting the “mad” in his “Mad Dog” nickname lately.
The longtime sports analyst and radio host has been joining ESPN’s First Take on a weekly basis this year, and to be honest, it has been nothing short of electric. “Mad Dog” has been borderline “Insane Dog” on the show, even at one point talking about doing a lot of edibles and putting $10,000 on Colorado.
And as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, you would think that Russo would be a little bit more relaxed, and possibly in the holiday spirit, but that wasn’t the case on today’s episode of First Take.
Not only is today the anniversary of the infamous Butt Fumble, it’s also marks 60 years since John F. Kennedy was assassinated in the streets of Dallas, Texas. That normally wouldn’t come up on a sports talk show, but then again, Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo is no normal sports analyst.
During his “What Are You Mad About?” segment, Russo decided to bring up the tragedy that took place in Dallas six decades ago, saying:
“I’ll give these guys…they know, but I’ll give them a little history lesson to get us started. Today is the 60th anniversary of JFK’s assassination.”
One of the show’s others analysts cut in after he said that and stated:
“Okay, that’s a depressing topic but go ahead.”
And go ahead “Mad Dog” did, because instead of remembering the tragic death of JFK, he instead decided to use the spotlight to discuss the conspiracy that there was a second shooter there that day that acted in tandem with Lee Harvey Oswald:
“Hold on, if anybody out there thinks that Lee Harvey Oswald did that by himself, you’re taking gummies with me.
Lee Harvey Oswald, he ugh…that was not a solo deal with the President of the United States.”
At least he didn’t say something about the “Magic Bullet” theory. I don’t think that would have gotten his First Take counterparts on board with the conversation either though.
Remember when ESPN was really careful with what they put out there? That era of the world wide leader in sports seems to be well in the past now, and if that means we get more moments like this with Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo, I’m honestly okay with it.
And he apparently got the always entertaining Stephen A. Smith to join in on the conspiracy theory peddling later on in the show:
Chris "Mad Dog" Russo just used his "What Are You Mad About?" segment on ESPN to acknowledge the 60th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, say Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone and get Stephen A on the record saying he also believes it was not a lone gunman.