Starting next Tuesday, 32 teams throughout the state will set out to win CIAC championships in four classes.
So for most football teams in Connecticut, Thursday morning (or Wednesday night) is their Super Bowl, the chance to play their biggest intra-town or -city rival.
That is true in the FCIAC. On Thursday, 18 of the 19 schools (Bassick plays a non-league game with Bullard Havens) will meet in a game that will draw a few thousand people, be the setting for the renewal of friendships, and lead to one team establishing bragging rights for the next 365 days before sitting down for turkey.
To each of the 18 schools, this will be the biggest, or one of the biggest, games of the year. Five of them match teams that live within the same town. Two feature border rivals and two games feature recent traditions. The New Canaan-Darien game attracts SRO crowds and usually has a lot (like this year) riding on the outcome. Staples and Greenwich have played for the FCIAC title on the holiday the last two years.
Which game you feel is the best rivalry probably depends on where you live. But we ask today: which is the best Thanksgiving rivalry? You have until 10 a.m. on Thursday to vote.