In Which Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo Goes Ballistic Over Cincinnati Gorilla Story
June 1 / Rick Chandler / SportsGrid
Sociologists, psychologists and the occasional veterinarian have for years tried to explain the appeal of Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, with zero success. But David Letterman hit the nail on the head in a 2010 edition of The Late Show, when he introduced Russo as "The human vuvuzela".
That's just perfect. Loud, abrasive, annoying -- just like America.
Russo indeed seems to be a reflection of our dumbest instincts. When it comes to sports we love to scream opinions, basing our positions on our passions with little room for facts. And that makes Russo our spirit animal. Letterman understood this and had him on his show multiple times, just as he did Brother Theodre, Richard Simmons and Larry "Bud" Melman -- they were pure entertainment and not to be taken seriously. Russo is a human comedy bit, as if listeners and guests are ushered into the Monty Python "Argument Sketch" and can't get out.
Today on Mad Dog Radio, Russo was blustering about the gorilla story, in which a gorilla was shot by officials at the Cincinnati Zoo after a child fell into its enclosure. It may seem like an odd thing for him to get worked up over, but if it's trending, it's Russo fodder. That's what sports talk radio is about.