March 16, 2010

Junior's Reading And Viewing List:
March 10 - 12, 2010

Last Update - March 16, 2010 at 11:47 PM EDT

Well, I'm finally starting to catch up with things (I Hope) around here at Junior's Eyes. The back end of last week provided a lot of internet material for the likes of us who get most of our news and entertainment information from the web. A small sampling, from the realms of my own personal interests, awaits you below in the 'Reading And Viewing List' for March 10 through March 12, 2010.

March 12, 2010

Postgame Notebook: Lightning 3, Capitals 2
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at

Rare Setback – For the sixth time in as many games since the Olympic break, the Capitals jumped out to a 1-0 lead in Friday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. But for the first time in those six games, the Caps absorbed a regulation loss, falling 3-2 to the Bolts. The setback was Washington’s first in regulation time on home ice since Dec. 28. The Caps are now 26-4-4 on Verizon Center ice this season...

Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals Game Highlights
Posted at Comcast SportsNet - Washington, DC

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Walk-On Role To Be Auctioned For Undisclosed X-Men Movie
By Caleb Goellner at MTV's Splash Page

An online auction site dedicated to non-profit fundraising has announced a new prize that may excite fans of Marvel's merry mutant franchise: a walk-on role in an upcoming, but unnamed, "X-Men" film.

But which film could the walk-on role be intended for?...

Alan Cumming Says Spider-Man Musical Is 'Like A Lover
Who Dumped You'

By Rick Marshall at MTV's Splash Page

The troubled history of Julie Taymor's "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" musical took another hit this week with the news that Evan Rachel Wood, the production's Mary Jane Watson, had exited stage right after the premiere was pushed back. Currently scheduled for a Fall 2010 premiere, the massive production's future remains somewhat uncertain, despite assurances from many involved (including U2 bandmates Bono and The Edge) that Spider-Man will eventually swing into theaters.

Even the show's Green Goblin, Alan Cumming, seemed uncertain when we caught up with him on the red carpet at the recent Independent Spirit Awards....

Brooks Laich on Caps clinching playoff spot: 'We have bigger goals'
By Mark Giannotto at Capitals Insider

It was business as usual in the Caps' locker room here at KCI following today's morning skate, despite the fact that the team became the first in the NHL to clinch a playoff spot after they wrapped up their third-straight Southeast Division title when Atlanta lost to Columbus, 2-1, last night.

Forward Brooks Laich probably summed up the general feeling amongst his teammates when he talked about his emotions, or lack thereof, upon learning about the accomplishment...

HM's Random TGIF Musings and Other Sundry Items
By Hockey Mom at Musings Of A Hockey Mom

Welcome to the start of what's shaping up to be a rainy weekend here in D.C. sports fans! Speaking of storms, the Caps will host the Tampa Bay Lightning and their 42-goal scoring wunderkind Steven Stamkos at the Phone Booth tonight. The Capitals clinched the Southeast Division title last night (big Hockey Mom fist bump) as Atlanta fell to Columbus. Despite that crowning achievement, the boys still have to keep their eyes on the big prize (the one made of silver that's perfect for sipping post-victory champagne from, named after that Lord Stanley fellow)...

Looking Ahead... I Mean Sort Of Way Ahead ....
By Usually Frustrated Caps Fan at Mark's Musings

...I look into my crystal ball, besides Ovechkin, I for see a lot of the current core still here as long as the Caps keep producing and winning. Sure I understand that will put pressure on the roster because of the salary cap and some departures are inevitable but I still see much of the current core remaining intact for another two or three seasons...

Slash In Engelbert Disaster!
By mdome at Classic Rock

Have Velvet Revolver found a new singer? And could it be a 60s crooner? What are we on about? Read on...

Slash got together with none other than Engelbert Humperdinck to perform on Canadian TV show The Hour this week. They teamed up with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame under the name of Faster Disaster. Now, the rumour mill is suggesting ol’ Engelbert, known for such hits as Release Me and The Last Waltz, could be the man for Velvet Revolver.

It reminds us of the time that Tom Jones was linked with Black Sabbath all those years ago!

New York Doll And Dead Boy Team Up
By mdome at Classic Rock

Members of The New York Dolls and Dead Boys have teamed up in a new band called Batusis.

Sylvain Sylvain and Cheetah Chrome, the pair in question, will release a four-track EP on May 4. Titled simply Batusis, it will come in multi-coloured vinyl with a recyclable sleeve. It will also be released in digital form.

The rhythm section for the band is Enzo Penizzotto (bass) and Thommy Price (drums), both of whom have played in Joan Jett’s band.

Find out more at

Caps Close Homestand vs. Lightning
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at

Last Thursday night, the Capitals opened up a season-long five-game homestand with a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. On Friday, the Lightning comes to town again to close out Washington’s homestand. It’s the final visit to the District this season for the Bolts...

March 11, 2010

Sebastian Vettel exclusive: Luscious Liz must prove herself
Posted at

He is being hotly tipped for the 2010 title and many men his age might cave under the pressure. Not so Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, who has arrived in Bahrain looking cool and relaxed. This season there are four champions on the grid. For next season the German wants to make sure he is the fifth. His hopes rest with Luscious Liz, aka the Red Bull RB6, as he explained to

Exclusive Interview with Bernie Ecclestone
Posted at

Formula One fans are in for a treat this season. With 12 teams, 24 drivers and four world champions on the grid, it promises to be the most thrilling championship in years. The sport is clearly in rude health, and so it’s no surprise that Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One Management’s CEO, is upbeat ahead of this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix...

Q&A with Renault's Robert Kubica: We are ready
Posted at

Back in 2006, Robert Kubica was BMW Sauber’s promising rookie. Fast forward four seasons and Kubica is at a different team. But whilst Renault may still be struggling to regain the footing that brought them - and then driver Fernando Alonso - two consecutive titles, the Pole is hopeful everyone’s hard work will gradually pay off...

FIA considering new team selection for 2011
Posted at

The World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) met in Bahrain on Thursday and agreed a number of matters in relation to the FIA Formula One World Championship. Among them were a new selection process for a potential 13th team next season and the appointment of Mercedes GP’s Michael Schumacher to the FIA’s Circuits Commission...

Bears, Caps an ‘Extended Honeymoon of Achievement’
By pucksandbooks at On Frozen Blog

Tremendous overview of the Washington-Hershey affiliation in the Patriot News blog of Tim Leone today: ‘Hershey Bears, Washington Capitals a Dynamic Duo.’

The timing of Leone’s work is understandable; the Caps are mere hours away from clinching their third consecutive Southeast division title, while the Bears, also runaway leaders of the AHL’s East division, soon will secure their third division title in the past four seasons, and are putting together one of the greatest seasons in American Hockey League history...

Joan Jett And The Runaways Get Comic Book Treatment For 'Rock 'N Roll Comics'
By Rick Marshall at MTV's Splash Page

Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning are getting primed for their big-screen debut as "The Runaways" rockers Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, but comic shops will receive their own dose of '70s rock-and-roll later this month with "Rock 'N' Roll Comics: Joan Jett and the Runaways."...

Alex Ovechkin: Playmaker
By Becca H at Japers' Rink

In his five years with the Caps, Alex Ovechkin has without a doubt become the scariest and most prolific goal-scorer in the NHL. His goal totals already border on historic, both within the franchise and League-wide.

And yet for all the talk of his goal-scoring prowess, one of the more underrated aspects of his game has been his ability to set up plays, to find linemates with a perfect pass, to be a playmaker as well as a sniper. His assist totals are often right up there with his goals...

2011 WRC calendar under review
Posted at

Motorsport's governing body, the FIA, has delayed publication of the 2011 World Rally Championship calendar until it has been 'further considered' by a group of experts.

At a meeting today in Bahrain, the FIA World Motor Sport Council chose not to ratify the proposed calendar...

Ovechkin: 'We still have a good atmosphere'
By Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider

...Although Alex Ovechkin did not skate, he did speak to reporters. Asked about the mood in the dressing room now that some veteran players are being forced to sit out because of numbers, he said: "The most important thing is we still have a good atmosphere."...

Back of the envelope
by The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

Some quick number shuffling got us to thinking... it's not goaltending, it's not the defense (or perhaps at least defensemen) that could spell the undoing of the Caps. It's penalty-killing (but you probably suspected that)...

Caps Quell 'Canes 4-3 in OT
By Usually Frustrated Caps Fan at Mark's Musings

It was a 2 point night once again at Verizon Center last night as the Washington Capitals calmed the storming Carolina Hurricanes to capture points 98 and 99 of their 2009 - 2010 regular season...

March 10, 2010

Postgame Notebook: Capitals 4, Hurricanes 3, OT
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at

Get Me Rewrite – For the second straight game, the Capitals jumped out to a 2-0 lead. And for the second straight game, they squandered that advantage. But two nights after absorbing a 4-3 shootout setback at the hands of the Dallas Stars, the Caps rebounded to earn a 4-3 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at Verizon Center...

Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals Game Highlights
Posted at Comcast SportsNet - Washington, DC

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NHL GMs Propose Ban on Blindside Head Hits
By Hockey Mom at Musings Of A Hockey Mom

The NHL General Managers meetings in Florida concluded with unanimous agreement that blindside hits to the head will no longer be tolerated in the league and they intend to introduce a proposal to penalize such hits. The problem is that said proposal would not go into effect until next season so we'll have to all keep our fingers crossed that we don't see...

Road works ahead after freak storms lash Jordan
Posted at

After the fiercest storms to hit Jordan in a generation, organisers of the forthcoming WRC event have issued a defiant message that the ‘show will go on’.

Last week six months’ worth of rain fell in 72 hours to cause extensive damage across the Kingdom with chunks of the rally’s 348 kilometres battered by the torrential downpours and the resulting flash floods...

Brian Pothier discusses his homecoming
By Dan Steinberg at D.C. Sports Bog

"You're on a team and in a community, your kids are in school, you have a house, everything's normal," Brian Pothier said Wednesday morning at the Verizon Center. "And then in 10 seconds, you get the news that you're not gonna be there any more. And it's kind of upheaval. The world kind of goes out of control for a little bit, and you just find a way to deal with it."...

Mexico's 'Health Rally' scoops Abu Dhabi Spirit of the Rally
Posted at

The organisers of a rally-themed health initiative in the Mexican State of Guanajuato have been presented with the latest 'Abu Dhabi Spirit of the Rally' award.

The award, created by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, is presented at each WRC round to mark an outstanding feat of leadership, integrity, respect or teamwork...

Sucking Hell!
By mdome at Classic Rock

Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, Alex Lifeson, Henry Rollins and a load of rock’n'roll vampires – doesn’t get much better than that. It’s all happening in new movie Suck.

The storyline isn’t exactly original – rock band looking for fame, immortality and a record deal eventually get more than they bargained for – but it seems like good, wholesome, bloodletting fun.

Check out the trailer here.

EXCLUSIVE: Mikko Hirvonen Q&A
Posted at

Are you worried about what the Citroen drivers were able to do in Mexico?
"I'm really disappointed but I'm not worried. I'm sure we can still get back in the fight. No problems. For sure it’s not going to be straightforward in Jordan either, but I'm sure we'll have more pace over there, and it's not going to be as bad as it was in Mexico."...

Henning's pace a cause for optimism
Posted at

After setting stage times in Mexico which left the factory Ford team drivers trailing in his wake, Stobart M-Sport Ford Rally Team driver Henning Solberg is optimistic his good form will carry on to the next WRC round in Jordan.

The Norwegian was faster than Ford drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala on seven of Rally Mexico's 21 stages and his pace on Saturday - which included a second-fastest time...

Caps Look to Cool Canes
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at

Earlier this season, the Capitals forged a franchise record 14-game winning streak. On Monday night against Dallas, Washington failed in its bid to extend its franchise record home winning streak to 14 games in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Stars. On Wednesday, the Caps’ five-game homestand continues when the Carolina Hurricanes pay their final visit of the season to Verizon Center...

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