Tuesday, April 21, 2009

FDH Lounge Show #55: April 22, 2009

By Rick Morris

As we announced in the last month, we’re seizing the mantle from NPR’s “All Things Considered” – because when they bring you a show that’s got this much variety (or is this random, depending on your preferred nomenclature), then they can have their freaking name back! The 55th edition of THE FDH LOUNGE (7-10 PM EDT on SportsTalkNetwork.com) brings a wide spectrum that those public radio poseurs can only dream of.

After The Opening Statements of The Dignitaries of The FDH Lounge and a look back at This Week In The FDH Lounge, we pause to review the 10th anniversary of the Columbine massacre. It seems unbelievable that a decade has passed since that horrible mark on American history. Through the lens of time, are there any lessons we can draw from it? Then, we bring in a special guest: Colin Delany from epolitics.com, a great website that views politics through a largely online lens. The first president in American history to be elected by harnessing the disparate uses of the Internet is approaching the end of his first 100 days in office and they have been probably the most transformative ones since Ronald Reagan stepped in to clean up after Jimmy Carter 28 years ago. How is this era unfolding and can we draw any lessons yet for the next few election cycles? We’ll talk it over. Towards the end of the first hour, we take a look at the start of the NBA Playoffs and ascertain whether there are any big surprises unfolding.

In Hour Two, we welcome in WFAN sports-talk radio host Evan Roberts for a perspective on sports from the Big Apple. With two new ballparks having just opened up, the NFL Draft in town this weekend and two of the three area NHL franchises in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, he’s got a lot to talk about these days and he’ll share with our Lounge audience. From there, we move on to geopolitics and take a look at the Obama jaunt to Latin America. Catching flies with honey, or projecting weakness to American adversaries? There’s probably going to be some disagreement with this topic. After that, Scout.com’s Giant Insider reporter Ken Palmer, the man who has been at the heart of the Braylon Edwards trade rumors, tells us about what is swirling on his turf with the NFL Draft. He also covers the New Jersey Devils and has some thoughts on their tough series with Carolina, one of the first round’s true toss-ups.

Then, in Hour Three, we move into our dedicated show-within-a-show segments of THE FANTASYDRAFTHELP.COM INSIDER and THE GOON SQUAD. On the fantasy show, we examine some early-season “Buy Low” and “Sell High” candidates, before delving into an examination of the 2009 fantasy value of the top skill position rookies in this weekend’s NFL Draft. Speaking of which, if you haven’t already, you really, really need to check out PRO FOOTBALL DRAFTOLOGY 2009, our free draft guide in conjunction with Sportsology and 1stDownScouting.com. Then, our “Goon” regulars are joined by Russ Cohen from Hockeyology to break down the Stanley Cup Playoffs – and we’ll go inside every series.

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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