February 16, 2010

Junior's Reading And Viewing List:
February 12 - 14, 2010

Last Update - February 16, 2010 at 9:22 PM EST

February 12 through February 14, 2010 was a big weekend. The last pre Olympics NHL Hockey games were played, before players jetted off to Vancouver, Canada, and this year's World Rally Championship racing got underway in Sweden. Links to what was posted to the web are included in the 'Reading And Viewing List' below.

February 14, 2010

Ford team boss hails Hirvonen's Sweden win
Posted at WRC.com

BP Ford Abu Dhabi team director Malcolm Wilson has heaped praise on his lead driver Mikko Hirvonen for a performance in Sweden he believes was his best ever.

Hirvonen and his co-driver Jarmo Lehtinen started their 2010 WRC campaign by winning the opening round by 42.3sec from arch rival Sebastien Loeb. The win, Hirvonen's 12th, moved Ford level with Lancia at the top of the all-time manufacturer wins table - on 74 WRC victories apiece...

For the Caps’ GM, a Pause To Ponder
By pucksandbooks at On Frozen Blog

This morning commences perhaps the most interesting 15 days in the Capitals’ career of General Manager George McPhee. All NHL rosters are frozen until 11:59 p.m. on February 28, coincidental to the Vancouver Winter Olympics, at which time NHL clubs will have less than three full days to tinker with their rosters before the league’s March 3 trade deadline...

ELP's Keith Emerson & Greg Lake To Undertake
Unplugged U.S. Tour

By Nightwatcher at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

Rock legends Keith Emerson and Greg Lake are to tour the U.S. starting on April 1, 2010 in an exclusive intimate evening of musical retrospective highlighting the iconic music of Emerson Lake and Palmer, the Nice and King Crimson...

Hirvonen wins in Sweden!
Posted at WRC.com

Ford Focus RS WRC driver Mikko Hirvonen got his quest for the 2010 World Rally Championship drivers' title off to the best possible start today by winning the opening round of the series, Rally Sweden.

Hirvonen, team-leader of the BP Ford Abu Dhabi Team, took the lead on Friday and successfully fought off a two-day attack from defending champion Sebastien Loeb, who finished second, 42.3sec behind in a Citroen C4 WRC...

Axl Slams Slash Ban Rumours
By mdome at Classic Rock

Axl Rose has hit out at people who are perpetuating the myth that anyone wearing Slash merchandise was barred from venues on the Guns n’ Roses tour of Canada.It had been reported that fans turning up with Slash T-shirts were forced to turn them inside out...

SS17: Hirvonen fends off Loeb's attack
Posted at WRC.com

Rally Sweden leader Mikko Hirvonen did a successful job of defending his position on Sunday opening stage, preventing a hard charging Sebastien Loeb from taking any more than two-tenths from his 16 second advantage.

Running first and second through the 21.87km Rammen test, the pair left the other competitors trailing in their wake - with third fastest Dani Sordo 9.7sec further back...

The feeling is coming, says Raikkonen
Posted at WRC.com

Citroen Junior Team driver Kimi Raikkonen believes his times on the second day of Rally Sweden show progress is being made in his bid to make it as a top line WRC driver.

The Finn ended Saturday's second day of the rally more than 34 minutes behind the leaders after going off the road and getting stuck in a snow bank during Friday's competition. But after a series of promising stage times on Saturday, including one sixth-fastest time on SS15, the 2007 Formula 1 World Champion felt he was starting to get the hang of his new Citroen C4 WRC...

Boudreau: Bradley expected to be 'okay'
By Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider

The Olympic break has arrived, and not a moment too soon for the Capitals, who played their best game of the road trip but still lost, 4-3, in the shootout at Scottrade Center in St. Louis...

February 13, 2010

Postgame Notebook: Blues 4, Capitals 3, SO
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at WashingtonCaps.com

Break Time – The Caps finished off a three-game road trip with a 4-3 shootout loss to the Blues in St. Louis on Saturday. The Caps came from behind three times to gain a point, but picked up a loss when the Blues’ David Perron scored the lone goal of the shootout in the fourth round...

Washington Capitals Players Talk To Media After Loss
To St Louis Blues

Posted on Caps365 at WashingtonCaps.com

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Last One (Caps Game) Before the Olympic Break Tonight
In Saint Louis

By Usually Frustrated Caps Fan at Mark's Musings

...The Eastern Conference leading Washington Capitals (89 Points, 41-13-7) will meet the Western Conference 12th place Saint Louis Blues (63 points, 27-25-9) tonight at ScottTrade Center in Saint Louis tonight at 7:00PM Central Time. For both teams it is their last game before the 2 1/2 week break for the Olympics. It's also likely the only meeting this season between the two teams...

WRC: Hirvonen takes 16 second lead into the final day in Sweden
Posted at WRC.com

Ford team-leader Mikko Hirvonen will take a 16.6 second lead into Sunday's final day of Rally Sweden, an advantage his chief opponent, Citroen driver Sebastien Loeb, acknowledged will be difficult to overturn on the five stage which remain.

Saturday's second day of the rally featured two identical loops of four stages in the Varmland region of central Sweden, clustered around the Hagfors Service Park. Under clear blue skies and in temperatures than plunged to -22ºC, crews tackled 117.76km of ice and snow covered gravel stages...

The TV Numbers Don’t Lie
By pucksandbooks at On Frozen Blog

Word late this week arrived of just what all this stylized winning by Washington’s hockey team translates to: Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic delivered the highest-rated Washington Capitals game in network history for its coverage of the team’s game in Montreal on Wednesday night...

WRC: Hirvonen leads at Rally Sweden midpoint
Posted at WRC.com

With 12 of the 21 stages of Rally Sweden completed, Ford team-leader Mikko Hirvonen holds the overall lead by 4.2sec from Citroen's defending world champion, Sebastien Loeb.

The overnight leader, Hirvonen started Saturday's competition 6.2 seconds in front, and increased this to more than 10 seconds on today's opening stage, but gave away a little to Sebastien on Loeb on each of the three that followed...

SS9: Hirvonen flies through Saturday's opener
Posted at WRC.com

On Saturday's opening stage of Rally Sweden, overnight leader Mikko Hirvonen almost doubled his lead over second placed Sebastien Loeb, taking it to more than 10 seconds for the first time.

Day two of the rally began in darkness at 0600hrs, when drivers left Karlstad for the 85km drive north to Hagfors and a 15 minute service. With the sun rising, and in a temperature of -21 degrees Celsius, they then embarked on the 18km journey west to the start of Vargasen...

Caps Play The Blues
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at WashingtonCaps.com

Washington will conclude a three-game road trip and the pre-Olympic break portion of its 2009-10 schedule on Saturday night when it visits St. Louis for a date with the Blues...

February 12, 2010

SS8: Leaders clear the Super Special hurdle
Posted at WRC.com

Three and a half hours after the last forest stage, SS7, Friday's competition on Rally Sweden concluded with a second night-time blast around the Super Special in Karlstad.

As they had on Thursday night, thousands of spectators braved sub zero temperatures to watch the drivers tackle the ice covered figure-of-eight track two at a time...

Free Nelson Mandela
By Ted Leonsis at Ted's Take

Here is a great documentary film about the life and times of Nelson Mandela.

Watch this film this weekend. It is relevant as we celebrate the anniversary of his freedom...

SS7: Hirvonen holds day one lead in Sweden
Posted at WRC.com

With only the short 1.9km Super Special Stage to run tonight, Ford team-leader Mikko Hirvonen holds the day one lead of Rally Sweden, having overturned the early advantage of his Citroen rival Sebastien Loeb...

Stan Lee To Star In 'Super Seven' Comics And Animated Series
By Blair Marnell at MTV's Splash Page

Marvel Comics' living legend, Stan Lee will create and star in "Super Seven", a new comic property produced by Lee's Pow Entertainment, A Squared Entertainment and Archie Comics...

Gary Moore Ready To Rock Sweden
By mdome at Classic Rock

Gary Moore is to play Sweden Rock as well as Classic Rock’s High Voltage festival this year.

What’s more, the guitarist will perform a hard rock set at both events, concentrating on his albums from the 1980s and also Thin Lizzy songs. No blues at all...

Daltrey: I Didn’t Enjoy Who Super Bowl Show
By mdome at Classic Rock

While there’s been a mixed reaction to The Who’s performance at the Super Bowl in Miami last Sunday, one man was very unhappy with it all – Roger Daltrey...

SS4: Hirvonen fights back as crews reach Friday's midpoint
Posted at WRC.com

Ford team-leader Mikko Hirvonen ended Citroen's run of stage wins on SS4, taking his first fastest time of the rally and moving up to second overall.

The Finn rounded off Friday morning's loop of stages with a time through Torntorp four-tenths quicker than that of his closest rival, rally leader Sebastien Loeb...

SS2: Loeb takes the lead on Friday's opener
Posted at WRC.com

Defending World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb moved ahead of his Citroen team-mate Dani Sordo into the lead of Rally Sweden after setting the fastest time though the first forest stage of the event...

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