Monday, April 18, 2011

FDH Lounge #144: April 19, 2011

By Rick Morris

THE FDH LOUNGE (Tuesdays, 7-9 PM EST on proves again in our second week of the new two-hour format that we can still fit more variety in than most shows that are significantly longer.

After The Opening Statements of The FDH Lounge Dignitaries and This Week in The FDH Lounge, we start with a story that the major news media is wildly underplaying: Friday’s stunning shutdown by the feds of the US online poker industry. Just like that, millions of poker players are out the money they had in their accounts – and this largely apolitical group will be fuming and looking for retribution. We’ll discuss the ramifications.

From there, one of our favorite regulars comes back to The Lounge: Evan Roberts of WFAN in New York. He’ll be on to preview the NBA Playoffs, which are just underway at this point.

At the top of Hour Two, we bring in one of modern cinema’s most versatile actors in terms of experience, Curtis Armstrong. Even since he established his jumping-off points back in the day with Revenge of the Nerds and Moonlighting, he’s parlayed his abilities into many great comedic roles – but has also had some dramatic roles that played off of that comic persona in an interesting way. He’s also one of the premier voiceover talents in the game today, serving on shows such as American Dad and The Emperor’s New School. We’ll talk about how his career has evolved and what he’s got coming up next.

Before we move on to the next subject, did somebody say “Revenge of the Nerds?”

Also, Curtis is a huge fan of singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson, who once recorded a song very appropriate for The FDH Lounge!

At the bottom of the hour, our Seventh Inning Slouch roundtable panel examines baseball’s on-field issues a few years after the peak of the steroid epidemic. Manny Ramirez’s cowardly retirement has brought the issue to the forefront once again. Is the reduction in power democratizing the game somewhat, in terms of allowing smaller-market teams to compete better without having to bid for the game’s most expensive skill set? We’ll break it down.

Then, THE FANTASY DRAFTHELP.COM INSIDER concludes with a our early season Buy Low, Sell High list for fantasy baseball.

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.

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