Wednesday, June 17, 2009

FDH Lounge Show #62: June 17, 2009

By Rick Morris

The 62nd edition of THE FDH LOUNGE on (Wednesdays, 7-10 PM EDT) is the show where “nothing is off-topic,” but this week’s episode could perhaps be known as “bestseller night” with our two authors.

Even before The Opening Statements of The FDH Lounge Dignitaries and a look at This Week in The FDH Lounge, we welcome in a big-time guest who previously graced our marathon fundraiser show in 2006: none other than Will Leitch! From his days founding and running Deadspin (where he still writes, by the way) to his work with The Sporting News, New York Magazine and other platforms, he has informed opinions on pretty much anything everyone cares about these days. Oh, and did we mention his bestselling book? It’s God Save The Fan and it is tremendous.

Next, we will take a sneak peek at our ginormous project that we are collaborating on with Sportsology and Card Corner Club: HOCKEY DRAFTOLOGY 2009. It will be released for free download by the end of the week and we have begun to serialize our guide to the 2009 NHL Entry Draft right here at The FDH Lounge Multimedia Magazine. We’ll preview our coverage in-depth in this segment. Also, remember what we said a few paragraphs ago about HOCKEY DRAFTOLOGY 2009? From the timeframe to the collaborative nature to the material, the same holds true for HOOPS DRAFTOLOGY 2009! We’ll preview our coverage of the 2009 NBA Draft in this segment.

Now, our FANTASYDRAFTHELP.COM INSIDER show-within-a-show is presented this week in expanded form because of all of the events presently transpiring that require coverage, but it will not all be airing in the first half of Hour Three as per usual. We’ll now go to the fantasy sports coverage with a look at a fascinating counterintuitive piece from the brainiacs (we mean that affectionately!) at Hardball Times. It urges fantasy owners to think beyond our usual mantra of “Buy Low, Sell High.” Do they make any points that we could possibly embrace? We’ll let you know.

Next on The Lounge, in the usual fantasy sports slot at the top of Hour Three, we get a chance to stretch ourselves in terms of content and we always enjoy that opportunity. William Cohan, author of the bestseller House of Cards: A Tale of Hubris and Wretched Excess on Wall Street, joins us to talk about his timely tome. It covered the collapse of Bear Stearns and what that story had to tell us about the larger calamity in the financial sector that brought low our entire economy. How did we get to the sad state that we are in financially in this country and where do we go from here? William Cohan will help answer those questions and more.

We then go back to fantasy sports for the final time tonight by taking a look at the players who will be counted upon to carry their respective fantasy football squads this fall. The top two rounds aren’t what they used to be – even as recently as two or three years ago – and we’ll help you to navigate this period of increased uncertainty.

Next, in its usual spot in the second half of Hour Three, THE GOON SQUAD wraps up our Stanley Cup Finals coverage. Uber-Wings fan and FDH Lounge Dignitary Rick Morris is sure to be in a foul mood after the outcome of the series! We’ll examine the way the playoffs ended and preview the NHL Awards – and be joined in the process by former STN hockey analyst and current Mahoning Valley Phantoms play-by-play broadcaster Paul Teeple. Surely Teeps the Leafs fan will be teaming up with fellow Leafs and current GOON SQUAD co-host Kyle O’Rourke to rub it in on old Ricky!

It’s going to be a great program and we hope you can be a part of our audience. As always, we urge you to watch the show live (or listen if you’re on dial-up), but if you can’t catch this as it’s happening, you can always catch the FDH archives 24-7 right here or catch us now on iTunes!

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