March 10, 2010

Junior's Reading And Viewing List:
March 6 - 7, 2010

Last Update - March 10, 2010 at 9:14 PM EST

Here's my 'Reading And Viewing List' for March 6 through March 7, 2010. This group of links will take you to what I was interested in over this past weekend.

March 7, 2010

The Rest of the Season In The Eastern Conference
By Usually Frustrated Caps Fan at Mark's Musings

The Capitals pace this season is blistering and they've picked up where they left off once the Olympics Break was over going 3-0 since play has resumed. The Caps now have a few interesting magic numbers. They still have 17 games left to play this season but because they lead the Southeast Division by 30 points and 14 games their magic number to clinch the Southeast Division is just 3 - any combination of 3 wins by the Capitals or 3 losses by the the Atlanta Thrashers and the Caps likely clinch the Division...

Backstrom Blocks
Posted by Gary Κriebel at On Frozen Blog

Nicklas Backstrom’s shot blocking heroics from last week against the Tampa Bay Lightning deserve another look.

Petter admits to a 'little regret' over his tactical choice
Posted at

After taking second place in Rally Mexico, and clinching his best WRC result for two years, Citroen driver Petter Solberg has admitted to feeling 'a little regret' over his decision not to employ road position tactics on Friday.

Having built a 17 second lead on Friday afternoon, Solberg had been expected to drop time on SS17 - the stage which determined Saturday's road order - to let one or two cars go though the stages before him on day two and sweep the road of loose gravel...

In the Midst of a Season to Remember
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

Tonight, the Hershey Bears defeated the Adirondack Phantoms, 4-2, to win their 23rd consecutive game on home ice, a professional hockey record. The win put the Bears ahead of the Muskegon Mohawks of the International Hockey League, who won 22 in a row in 1965-1966. It is the latest record in a record-setting season for the Bears...

Citroen team boss reflects on his Mexican 1-2-3
Posted at

Citroen Racing team principal Olivier Quesnel has paid tribute to the three C4 World Rally Car crews who today secured the first ever 1-2-3 result on a WRC gravel rally for a French manufacturer.

Victory in Rally Mexico for defending champions Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena puts them in the lead in the Drivers World Championship. While Sebastien Ogier and Petter Solberg drove their C4 World Rally Cars to second and third place...

S-WRC: Pons steals class win on his Fiesta S2000 debut
Posted at

With only three stages to complete on Sunday, overnight class leader Martin Prokop and Spain’s Xavier Pons were set for a showdown on the dusty Mexican plains to decide who took the S-WRC win.

Pons produced a remarkable time in Sunday's opening Special Stage (SS19) that was sufficient to push him back above Prokop and into an S-WRC lead he had lost with clutch problems on Saturday...

Let There Be (Good) Music and Dancing Amid All This Winning
By pucksandbooks at On Frozen Blog

When I think of the two most significant advances/evolutions in Caps’ hockey over the course of 35 years, and their impact on hockey culture here, I point to the rabid red atmosphere enveloping the team at home in Chinatown and the team’s new-age approach to cultivating media coverage...

Sebastien Loeb wins Rally Mexico!
Posted at

Citroen C4 WRC driver Sebastien Loeb sealed a crushing victory on Rally Mexico today, round two of the 2010 World Rally Championship, to leap into the lead of the FIA Drivers' standings.

Loeb, the defending and six-times World Champion built up a massive lead of almost a minute during Saturday's competition, and cruised through Sunday's three stages to finish 24.2sec ahead of Petter Solberg who claimed second place in another Citroen C4 WRC...

SS21: Fastest time for Petter sets up final stage thriller!
Posted at

A fastest time for Citroen privateer Petter Solberg on Rally Mexico's penultimate stage put him firmly back in the fight with Sebastien Ogier for second place - a scrap which will be settled on the final 4.42km Super Special.

Solberg completed the 17km Comanjilla 0.8sec quicker than Ogier, to trail the Frenchman by just six-tenths going into the decisive head-to-head test...

Christian Band Stryper to cover Black Sabbath
By Joe Siegler at Black Sabbath Online

Saw this morning (oddly enough as I was getting ready for Church myself) a story that surprised me a little. The Christian metal band Stryper's new album will be an album of covers. That kind of thing has been done a few times before, most recently Queensryche's album of covers "Take Cover", where they covered Sabbath's Neon Knights. I found it amusing that Stryper is covering Sabbath too, and the Dio Era as well with the title track of "Heaven & Hell". Here's the complete listing of tracks...

New York Rangers at Washington Capitals Highlights
From Saturday - March 6, 2010

Posted at Comcast SportsNet - Washington, DC

Right click on video to choose full screen option.

March 6, 2010

Postgame Notebook: Capitals 2, Rangers 0
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at

Baker’s Dozen – Caps goalie Jose Theodore stopped all 30 shots he faced to help the Capitals to their 13th consecutive win on Verizon Center ice, a 2-0 whitewash of the New York Rangers.

“I thought he was great,” exudes Caps coach Bruce Boudreau, when asked about Theodore. “I thought he was by far our best player… Any time they were putting pressure on us, Jose [Theodore] would get it and he would stop it and he would not let a rebound go tonight and that’s, I think, the key to his game. He’s brimming with confidence and we hope he can keep it.”...

Press Conference With Bruce Boudreau
After Beating New York Rangers

Posted on Caps365 at

Rally Mexico - Sunday's stage guide
Posted at

Sunday’s final day of Rally Mexico is a short, sharp affair comprising just three stages and 51.49 competitive kilometres after the pre-event cancellation of the day's second test, the 7.05km Sauz Seco, for safety reasons.

After a 0745hrs start, crews will face two tests in the countryside to the north and east of Leon before a final pass over the Super Special on the edge of the city. The finish ceremony is at 1300hrs...

Loeb takes a 55 second lead into Rally Mexico's final day
Posted at

Six-times World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb will take an 55.5sec lead into Sunday's third and final day of Rally Mexico after a dominating performance today during which he won eight of nine Special Stages.

The Citroen C4 WRC driver began today's competition in third place but attacked hard from the off, making the most of an advantageous road position to spring into the lead by the second stage...

I Am Ozzy
By Kameron at I May Have Been Born Yesterday
But I Stayed Up All Night

In fact, I am not Ozzy -- sorry if that's a disappointment. I'm referring to Ozzy Osbourne's autobiography I Am Ozzy.

I finished the book a few days ago, and thought it was very interesting and entertaining. Ozzy discusses his early life in a lower class family (their diet was so limited he jokes about dying of cabbage poisoning), his musical career with Black Sabbath and as a solo performer, and addictions. Having been a fan of Sabbath and Ozzy for most of my life, this book was a treat...

SS15: Solberg back up to second
Posted at

While rally leader Sebastien Loeb proved untouchable once again through the repeated Duarte stage (SS15), the battle between Petter Solberg and Sebastien Ogier for second raged on, with Solberg edging back ahead of his French rival...

SS12: Loeb heads a Citroen 1-2-3 at Saturday's midpoint
Posted at

With only the 1.5km sprint stage to run before midday service, Citroen C4 WRC driver Sebastien Loeb has been the class of the Rally Mexico field so far today.

Starting the day third, 27.5seconds off the lead, the Frenchman won each of the morning's three countryside stages to return to Leon in first place, 16.6 seconds ahead of overnight leader Petter Solberg...

SS10: Carnage on Saturday's opener
Posted at

Like Friday, the rally's second day dawned clear and dry and from 0700hrs, as the sun rose over Leon, crews filed out of the Service Park to head to the first of three gravel tests in the hills north and east of Leon.

Saturday's opening stage, Ibarilla, was the longest of the rally at 29.90km and also proved to be the most dramatic of the event so far - bringing about the retirement of three top 10 drivers...

Jimi Hendrix is playing the Pyramid Stage
at the Glastonbury Festival

By mdome at Classic Rock

Well, he is in a clever video clip created by Julien Temple for the song Bleeding Heart, which is on the new album Valleys Of Neptune, released next week. In it, the combination of Glasto fans and Hendrix onstage gives the impression of the legendary guitarist performing at the celebrated festival.

It’s all part of a mini fantasy, which ends with a cameo appearance from Glastonbury promoter Michael Eavis. Check it out for yourself here.
*Dan, Jr. / Junior's Eyes Note: Cute video fabrication of Hendrix at Glasto.

Black Country Forced To Change Name
By mdome at Classic Rock

Black Country are no more. But fear not, Glenn Hughes’ new band aren’t splitting up, just changing their name.

Hughes (vocals/bass), Joe Bonamassa (guitar), Derek Sherinian (keyboards) and Jason Bonham (drums) have to choose a new name, because there’s already band called Black Country...

Peter Frampton And YES To Come Alive This Summer
Posted by Nightwatcher at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

AntiMusic is reporting that two of the most influential and ground-breaking artists of the 1970s- YES and Peter Frampton- are reuniting for a twenty-five city national co-headline summer tour, which kicks-off in early June and runs through the middle of July...

Although Not Perfect, The Genius Of Hendrix Still Shines
Through On 'Valleys Of Neptune'

By Nightwatcher at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

...Reviewing any posthumous Jimi Hendrix album is a task undertaken with mixed emotions.

As a fan, any new release is waited upon with heightened anticipation, with the hopes that just possibly there will be a holy grail, something which hasn't been released before which will allow one to gain heightened awareness and insight into the guitarist's psyche, illuminating another facet which hitherto was previously buried...

Rally Mexico - Saturday's stage guide
Posted at

Day two will be the longest of the rally for the crews, as they take on 158.82km of competitive distance arranged over nine special stages.

As well as repeats of the fan-friendly Coca-Cola Street Stage and the Leon Autodrome Super Special Stage, the day’s itinerary also includes the longest stage of the rally, the 29.90km Ibarrilla...

Block 'stoked' after day one in the WRC
Posted at

Monster World Rally Team driver Ken Block says he is pleasantly surprised by his first day of WRC competition today which ended with him holding tenth place overall in Rally Mexico.

The American extreme sports star finished inside the top ten on all but two of Friday's nine stages and despite losing time after hitting a rock in the afternoon, he ended the day 13.5sec adrift of experienced WRC competitor Federico Villagra in ninth...

Saturday Night Date With Rangers
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at

Washington’s five-game homestand continues on Saturday when the New York Rangers visit Verizon Center. The game closes out the season’s series between the Capitals and the Blueshirts and it is also Washington’s final Saturday night home date of the regular season.

New York is one of only three teams to knock off the Capitals in regulation time in 30 games at Verizon Center this season. The Blueshirts handed the Caps their first home setback of the season on Oct. 8. The Rangers’ Marian Gaborik fueled that 4-3 New York win with a pair of third-period goals, but he has missed New York's last four games with an injury and is questionable for Saturday's game...

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