By Rick Morris
THE FDH LOUNGE (Tuesdays, 7-10 PM EST on SportsTalkNetwork.com) always brings the variety, but some weeks more than others. This is one of those weeks.
After The Opening Statements of The FDH Lounge Dignitaries and This Week in The FDH Lounge, we bring a very special guest in-studio: international checkers champion Richard Beckwith. Last October, he fought a great match for the Go As You Please (GAYP) championship of the world. He has won the US championship for that classification previously. He has played all over the world, from Barbados to Beijing and many points in-between. Additionally, he is the player representative for the American Checker Federation and is involved administratively in the world’s top events. In addition to learning about his path as a master of the game, he will also be telling us about the new independent film chronicling the big international tournaments called King Me. The movie is expected to be launched at one of the big international film festivals. We’ll end the segment on a light note as Richard decimates The Lounge’s own Rick Morris in record time in a checkers game in front of the brand-new HD cameras in the Sports Talk Network studios.
From there, we announce the results of The FDH Lounge’s Worst President Ever balloting, our oddly-appropriate salute to President’s Day. Our on-air and off-air show contributors weighed a vast array of criteria and submitted votes that were tallied accordingly. So one day after America salutes Washington and Lincoln, we “recognize” their counterparts.
Slightly into Hour Two, we bring back for his third appearance our pal, Truth in Government activist/leader Joe DioGuardi. He is a former New York congressman (the first practicing CPA to make it to Congress and one of the accountants who participated in the financial rescue of New York City in the mid-1970s) just coming off of a run for the US Senate and with all of the headlines from Madison, Wisconsin to D.C. these days, it’s very timely for him to share his perspectives on how this country has to get a grip on the spiraling national debt problem. He is supremely passionate about this issue, so if you can take the truth about where this country is going, nobody can break it down more clearly than him.
Coming up next, Entertainment Weekly Senior Writer Dave Karger delivers a definitive preview on Sunday night’s Oscars. There are a great many nuances to what might happen at this year’s Academy Awards and Dave will help us cover all of the most important angles. After Dave, we welcome in USA Today TV sports/sports business columnist Michael McCarthy for a look at the potential upcoming labor stoppages in sports and the other top hot-button stories of the day.
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 on iTunes. Also, you can sample THE FDH LOUNGE VAULT, a compilation of our best interviews and roundtables, now every weeknight from 6-7 PM, also on SportsTalkNetwork.com.