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Poll: What is the FCIAC’s best sports rivalry?

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If you’ve spent anytime following my opinions over the years, you know I have always considered the New Canaan-Darien Thanksgiving football game the best rivalry in the FCIAC in any sport.

And if you’ve spent even five minutes on Twitter over the last 24 hours, you know that I’ve changed my mind, and now consider No. 1 to be Trinity Catholic and St. Joseph in boys basketball.

You can read my reasons why here.

Which led me to ask our sports staff and readers today: What is the best sports rivalry in the FCIAC? I still believe the two mentioned above are clearly 1-2. I got a lot of interesting suggestions that I ruled out: everything between Darien and New Canaan, as well as intracity games, which are natural, but often don’t pit teams with longstanding success, which I believe is a key ingredient. Wilton-Ridgefield in football and hockey just missed the cut.

In the end I decided on five that pit teams with longstanding traditions, consistent excellence and, well, don’t necessarily like each other: Trinity Catholic-St. Joseph boys basketball, New Canaan-Darien football, Staples-Greenwich football, Danbury-Staples boys track and New Canaan-Greenwich girls tennis.

And if you don’t agree, you can pick the “Other” category and leave a comment with your choice. (PLEASE: keep the comments clean or I will remove and close them off.)

So you have until noon on Sunday to decide: What is the FCIAC’s best sports rivalry?

Categories: General

6 Responses

  1. I believe Dave is right I find New Canaan-Darien thanksgiving football game the best rivalry in the FCIAC in any sport. The play is very exciting and unpredictable.

  2. jeb says:

    The New Canaan vs Darien football rivalry is second to none. They continually outdraw the FCIAc championship game with so so records.

  3. Dave Ruden says:

    It was definitely considered. I could have chosen Darien-New Canaan in boys lacrosse too and many sports. In the end I chose to only pick one and football is by far the biggest. But you are right.

  4. Puck Fan says:

    I think you have to consider the Darien vs New Canaan hockey rivalry, these two teams have battled for FCIAC championships so frequently over the past few years and are arguably the 2 best programs for hockey in the FCIAC. For anybody who has been to the Darien NC hockey games the atmosphere is like no other in CT sports. Huge amounts of fans overflowing the Darien Ice Rink, the teams battling for who owns the rink (as both teams call it home). The fight in 2008 there is no more passionate or intense sporting spectacle in the state.

  5. Avery says:

    NC-Darien is a fantastic rivalry. All you need to do is look at the days leading up to the Turkey Bowl and you will see how spirited it is. Spray Painting, Urinating on equipment, arrests, this stuff gets intense!

  6. fciac fan says:

    By far TC vs SJ is the best rivalry in fciac sports. Nothing will ever top this rivalry.