By Rick Morris
THE FDH LOUNGE (Tuesdays, 7-10 PM EST on SportsTalkNetwork.com) is absolutely loaded with variety this week.
After The Opening Statements of The FDH Lounge Dignitaries and This Week in The FDH Lounge, we take a look at the NBA playoff stretch run, including the Miami collapse, the Laker resurgence and Chicago’s first legitimate contending team since Jordan.
From there, we bring on a heck of a one-two-three punch to talk some boxing: our good pal Rich Mancuso from The 21st Century Media Alliance and Keep It In The Ring, his good friend, the legendary writer/historian Bert Randolph Sugar and top TV analyst/trainer Teddy Atlas. Our program marks the 40-year anniversary of The Fight of the Century, Ali-Frazier I, and we’ll contrast that epic to the sad state of today’s heavyweight division – when the Wladimir Klitschko-David Haye “big unification match” passes for significance. Additionally, we’ll confront boxing’s big challenges, the rise of MMA and the splintering between governing bodies and TV networks that puts a strain on the signing of top matchups.
Hour Two brings us one of the most accomplished Major League pitching coaches of the last quarter-century, the man most closely associated with the development of the Zito-Mulder-Hudson “Big Three” around the turn of the century, Rick Peterson. He’s worked with those studs, Yovani Gallardo, Johan Santana and other notables and now he’s in “private practice” with 3P Sports, an organization dedicated to developing young pitching prospects. We’ll talk about the art of pitching, the greats he’s seen up close, the “Year of the Pitcher,” his organization’s ongoing work and other such matters with him. After that, FDH college sports expert Nate Noy comes on to talk about the projected NCAA hoops bracket he just unveiled and his Championship Week observations that will help you rake in the loot when you go to fill out your own brackets next week.
In Hour Three, cue up the “Odd Couple” music as one of our favorite combos returns to the show: our go-to guy on TV and technology, Simon Applebaum of the Tomorrow Will Be Televised podcast and blog and Lloyd Carroll of the Queens Chronicle and countless other New York publications. Who better than these two to dissect the insanity of the current Charlie Sheen media circus?
Then, THE FANTASY DRAFTHELP.COM INSIDER closes out the show with our preview of FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFTOLOGY 2011, which will be uploaded to the FDH family of websites this Friday, March 11. Several features were just serialized on the FDH fantasy blog and we’ll take an overview of many categories: sleepers, overvalued, undervalued, top prospects for this year, players worth way more in single-league formats and players with a wide range of opinion in the fantasy baseball media this year.
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.