May 27, 2010

Junior's Reading And Viewing List:
May 15 - 20, 2010

Last Update - May 27, 2010 at 8:55 PM EDT

Below, you'll find Junior's 'Reading And Viewing List' for May 15 through May 20, 2010. It's filled with title links and snippets from a variety of items published to the internet during that time period.

Unfortunately, I've fallen a bit behind here lately. The plan right now, is to catch up within the next few days.

May 20, 2010

Foghat To Return To Their Blues Roots On 'Last Train Home'
By Nightwatcher at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

Foghat is often linked to the classic rock genre, due to such anthems as “Slow Ride” and “Fool for the City,” but the band has always had their roots in vintage blues.

So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to longtime fans that Foghat has reconnected with the blues on their latest release, Last Train Home, due out June 15th...

2009-10 Rink Wrap: Mike Knuble
Posted by J.P. at Japers' Rink

Key Stats: Knuble scored goals at a higher rate in 2009-10 (.42 per game) than in any other season in his career.

Interesting Stat: Knuble's shooting percentage by period (first-to-third): 23.3, 20.3, 12.8.

The Good: At the tender age of 37, Mike Knuble led all NHLers 34-and-above in goals scored (actually, Martin St. Louis, three years Knuble's junior, also had 29 goals, but in 13 more games played). More importantly, Knuble topped 25-goals for the third consecutive season, despite missing 12 games with a broken finger...

Listen To Ronnie James Dio’s Final Recording
By gbarton at Classic Rock

One of the last known studio recordings by late vocalist Ronnie James Dio has been unearthed...

Click here to listen to Elektra. We think it’s pretty damn good; Dio still at the height of his powers.

...And click here to see what may have been Ronnie’s last ever interview.

Interview With Bruce Boudreau
By DC Sports Chick at On Frozen Blog

Justin Cohn and Ben Smith are sports writers for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, and they have a Blog Talk Radio show, “We’ve Got Game.” On Tuesday, they featured an interview with Bruce Boudreau, who was a former Fort Wayne player and coach. Click below to listen (Gabby comes on around the 38-minute mark, with 22 minutes remaining):...

The 2009-2010 season, by the "tens"
-- Defensemen: Jeff Schultz

By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

...We all know that the plus-minus statistic is worth less than a plugged nickel, but try this on. Since the plus/minus statistic was first officially recorded in 1968, 16 different defensemen have won the Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenseman. Of those 16 defensemen, only five of them had better plus/minus number in any of their first four seasons than the plus-50 Schultz put up this season (his fourth) to lead the league. And what a who’s who that short list is:...

Jenson Button Q&A: I can’t afford another DNF
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A small oversight - a foam bung left in one of his car’s sidepods - sealed Jenson Button’s fate at the Monaco Grand Prix. After being forced to pull over to retire on the third lap, Button left the Monte Carlo race with zero points and thus lost his top spot in the championship standings. Although there are still plenty of races left and plenty of points still up for grabs, the British driver knows perfection is key and another mistake could quite easily rob him of the chance to defend his 2009 title. He explains more in an interview with his official website...

May 19, 2010

Bears and Monarchs even at 2-2
By Mike Vogel at Dump 'N Chase

Last night’s Calder Cup playoff action ensures that there will indeed be hockey in Hershey this weekend.

The Manchester Monarchs edged the Hershey Bears 1-0 in Manchester to even the best-of-seven set between the two teams at 2-2. Jonathan Bernier made 18 saves for Manchester to record his league-leading third shutout of the season...

2009-10 Rink Wrap: Milan Jurcina
By Becca H at Japers' Rink

Key Stat: During his time in Washington, Milan Jurcina registered over three times as many hits in a Caps uniform as Joe Corvo, while appearing in only nine more regular season games.

Interesting Stat: His teams had a combined record of 5-1-1 when Juice registered a point.

The Good: Jurcina's past reputation of being undisciplined began to fade this year, and he was whistled for just seven minor penalties in twenty-seven games with the Caps. That time spent out of the box was put to good use...

'Captain America' To Be Filmed In London
By Blair Marnell at MTV's Splash Page

Back in 2008, Marvel Studios signed a long term lease at Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach, California and promised that Marvel's next four feature films would be filmed there.

And while Marvel has kept to its promise for "Iron Man 2" and "Thor," "The First Avenger: Captain America" will be filmed almost entirely in London, without any scenes of the film to be shot in Los Angeles...

Alonso: Monaco was a missed opportunity
Posted at

Monaco could easily have been Fernando Alonso’s weekend. After dominating the timesheets in Thursday’s opening practice sessions, it looked as though victory was already in reach, but then a small mistake on Saturday morning damaged his Ferrari beyond repair and ruled him out of qualifying...

Heaven & Hell Members Pay Tribute To Ronnie Dio
By mdome at Classic Rock

The members of Heaven & Hell have now issued their own individual tributes to Ronnie James Dio, who died from cancer on May 16.

Tony Iommi – “I’ve been in total shock, I just can’t believe he’s gone. Ronnie was one of the nicest people you could ever meet, we had some fantastic times together. Ronnie loved what he did, making music and performing on stage. He loved his fans so much...

Prost confirmed for Race of Champions
Posted at

Formula One legend Alain Prost will make his Race of Champions (ROC) debut later this year. Prost, who won 51 Grands Prix and four drivers’ titles during his glittering F1 career, will be among the stars appearing at Dusseldorf’s Esprit arena in Germany in November.

The ROC is an annual end-of-season competition that brings together the world's greatest drivers from various motorsport disciplines and pitches them head-to-head in identical machinery. Among the F1 names already confirmed for 2010 are Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher...

Gravel stages to feature on Rally de España
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The organisers of Rally de España have revealed that in a break from its traditional all-asphalt format, this year's event will feature a mixture of road surfaces with more than 70 per cent of Friday's mileage run on gravel.

The RACC Automóvil Club has confirmed a series of changes for this year's event, the penultimate round of the World Rally Championship, which will be held from 22 to 24 October...

Kubica: Renault must keep up the momentum
Posted at

Renault’s Robert Kubica willingly admits that before the 2010 season began in earnest, many had given up hope of seeing the French team return to race-winning ways anytime soon. But following his third-place finish at Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix - his second podium of the year - Kubica is pleased he has gone some way to placating the cynics...

The 2009-2010 season, by the "tens"
-- Defensemen: Tom Poti

By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

In case you hadn’t noticed, Tom Poti had a pretty solid season for the Caps. And on a team that had the high-wattage offensive performance of a Mike Green, chances are that a lot of folks didn’t notice. If you look at Poti’s ten-game splits, there isn’t much of anything that leaps off the page, but that’s the point...

May 18, 2010

Geezer Butler Speaks out on Ronnie James Dio
Posted by Joe Siegler at Black Sabbath Online

Geezer Butler has posted a statement on his own website regarding the death of Ronnie James Dio. It's no secret that I've done Geezer's website for awhile, and during this time, I've learned that he's a pretty private person. When you get to know him, he's pretty cool, but generally he's a pretty private man. That's why the statement he posted on his site is extremely cool, as it goes into a lot of detail regarding Ronnie's last days, and Geezer's own thoughts on Ronald (I never heard Geezer call him Ronnie)...

Looking Ahead - Caps 2010-2011 Roster
By Usually Frustrated Caps Fan at Mark's Musings

Well yesterday's big news announcement is in the books and now we can take a minute to look ahead a where the Capitals are with regards to 2010 - 2011 roster and what I personally think they ought to do with making signings and adjustments as well as what I think they will do and why...

World Championship, Hershey Updates
By Mike Vogel at Dump 'N Chase

The 2010 IIHF World Championship continues in Germany today when the eight remaining teams in the tourney finish preliminary round play. Slovakia goes up against Germany, the Canadians clash with the Czechs, Russia faces Finland and Switzerland takes on Sweden...

2009-10 Rink Wrap: Mike Green
Posted by Stephen Pepper at Japers' Rink

Key Stats: Nominated for the James Norris Memorial Trophy, and led all defensemen in the NHL in goals and points, for the second consecutive season.

Interesting Stat: His +/- in Southeast Division GP (22) was just +4, versus +35 in his other 53 games played in 2009-10, by far the largest +/- discrepancy between in-division and out-of-division games amongst Caps' D...

Open For Bon Jovi At O2 Arena
Posted by mdome at Classic Rock

Bon Jovi are looking for five unsigned UK bands to open for them at London’s O2 Arena next month.

The New Jersey brotherhood are currently running a contest, asking interested bands to upload video content and info about themselves...

Early Van Halen Cover Of Rainbow Song Made Public
Posted by mdome at Classic Rock

A previously unheard recording of Van Halen covering Rainbow’s Man On The Silver Mountain live has just been made public.

This is in tribute to Ronnie James Dio, who died from cancer on May 16...

Washington Has Its Forsberg
By pucksandbooks at On Frozen Blog

What if he really turns out to be Foppa II? (But with better feet.)

The comparison Nicklas Backstrom has most commonly endured pretty much since he arrived on the acclaimed international prospect scene some five or six years ago has been with his countryman, Peter Forsberg. I confess, I never saw the basis for the comparison — until this past season...

Ozzy Pays Tribute To Dio
Posted by mdome at Classic Rock

...“I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Ronnie James Dio. Metal has truly lost one of its greatest voices...

Vodafone Rally de Portugal entry list announced
Posted at

The organisers of Vodafone Rally de Portugal have published the entry list for the forthcoming event, round six of the FIA World Rally Championship season, which starts on 27 May.

One of the highlights of the 2009 season, the event returns this year with the largest number of entries of the season so far featuring 75 crews from 33 countries...

The Secret Life of Rubens Barrichello
Posted at

Ever wanted to know your favourite Formula One driver better? Ever wanted a glimpse inside their lives outside the cockpit and see what really makes them tick - away from the race track? You can with the help of our series, The Secret Life. Williams’ Rubens Barrichello is our latest target, as he reveals a talent for cooking a mean Brazilian barbeque, his past as a teacher’s pet and a penchant for practical jokes...

May 17, 2010

The 2009-2010 season, by the "tens"
-- Defensemen: Mike Green

By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

...Hildegard Knef probably never played hockey – she was a German actress – but she might have described Mike Green’s 2009-2010 season many years before the fact. Green had what, by the usual statistical measures, was one of the most impressive seasons – not counting his own the previous season – in recent memory. He became the first defenseman to lead all defensemen in points in consecutive years since Brian Leetch did it in the 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 seasons, and he had the most combined points in consecutive years in almost two decades. And, he had generally solid ten-game segments...

Hendrix Exhibition In London
By mdome at Classic Rock

The house where Jimi Hendrix lived in Central London is to be opened to the public, to mark the 40th anniversary of his death.In 1968, the legendary guitarist lived at 23 Brook Street in Mayfair. This has now been knocked into one property with 25 Brook Street, which is now run by the Handel House Museum; classical composer George Handel lived at number 25 for 36 years...

Contract details for Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson
By Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider

Nicklas Backstrom's contract escalates from $6 million to $8 million, I'm told. It breaks down like this: $6 mil., 6, 6, 6, 6.5, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 7.5 and 8.

Marcus Johansson's three-year entry level is for $900,000 ($810,000 salary plus $90,000 signing bonus) each season. There are no team-paid performance bonuses...

2009-10 Rink Wrap: Boyd Gordon
By David M. Getz at Japers' Rink

Key Stat: Gordon's 10:17 of ice time per game was the lowest number of his career - by almost ninety seconds.

Interesting Stat: For the third consecutive season, Gordon played fewer games than he did the previous year.

The Good: Gordon was as advertised on the defensive side of things this year: he won 61% of his faceoffs, only gave the puck away three times in the regular season, saw more penalty killing time than any forward other than David Steckel, and blocked shots far more often (at 5-on-5, at least), than any other Capitals forward...

Latvala and Al Attiyah complete Nurburgring 24 Hours
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Ford driver Jari-Matti Latvala enjoyed his Nurburgring 24 Hour race debut over the weekend but was held back by mechanical problems, while Volkswagen’s Nasser Al-Attiyah won his class.

Nonetheless, Latvala posted class-leading lap times in front of an estimated 220,000 fans at the epic German event...

Download Festival To Honour Dio
By gbarton at Classic Rock

The Download Festival is to honour Ronnie James Dio this year.The second stage, which is sponsored by our sister magazine Metal Hammer, is to be renamed The Ronnie James Dio Stage.

In addition, the man stage will be called The Maurice Jones Stage, named after the man who founded the Monsters Of Rock Festival at Donington in 1980. Jones died last year.

Find out more at

The 2009-2010 season, by the "tens" -- Wingers: Quintin Laing
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

...Quintin Laing – once upon a time a fourth round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings (1997) – will turn 31 years old in a few weeks. As this season draws to a close, Laing has not yet compiled a season’s worth of NHL game experience (79 games). While Laing might be the sort of player whose career is spent on the margins of the NHL and AHL, his having played as few games as this (76 games with the Caps over the past three seasons) is as much a product of ghastly luck as it has been his talent...

Ronnie James Dio, RIP
By mdome at Classic Rock

...An all-time great, Dio was born in 1942. He first released a record in 1958 under the band name of Ronnie & The Red Caps. But he made his name in the early 1970s with Elf. From there, he achieved legendary status with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. Dio was also the person who brought the devil horn sign into metal, when he joined Sabbath...

...Tributes have poured in from the world of rock and metal. Here is just a selection:...

The 2009-2010 season, by the "tens"
-- Wingers: Jason Chimera

By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

...Then, just before New Years this past season, he was traded to the Capitals for forward and team captain Chris Clark, and defenseman Milan Jurcina. At the time, Chimera was leaving a team wallowing among the Western Conference also-rans at 14-18-7 and in the midst of a nine-game losing streak (0-7-2), while the team he was joining was 24-8-6 and sprinting toward a President’s Trophy...

May 16, 2010

The 2009-2010 season, by the "tens"
-- Wingers: Matt Bradley

By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

...Matt Bradley might not be the greatest fighter in the NHL; he might not be the biggest hitter. But if you’ve ever watched “Band of Brothers” or “Saving Private Ryan” or “The Pacific,” he’s the guy in the foxhole or the beachhead the other guys want by their side, because he’s going to be the guy who will lay all he has on the line for his teammates...

Metal Legend Ronnie James Dio Passes Away At 67
By Nightwatcher at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

After a night wrought with wild rumors hastening his demise - ones dismissed by a statement by his wife/manager Wendy, the rock world was devastated today by the news that indeed metal vocal legend Ronnie James Dio has passed away at the age of 67...

Ronnie James Dio has Died
By Joe Siegler at Black Sabbath Online

This was confirmed to me within the last half an hour by both Wendy Dio and Geezer Butler. He died this morning - May 16, 2010...

The 2009-2010 season, by the "tens"
-- Wingers: Eric Fehr

By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

...There is, perhaps, no more efficient goal scorer in all the NHL than Eric Fehr. Fehr finished the season with 21 goals. Of the 86 players who finished ahead of him in the goal-scoring standings, none had less average time-on-ice than Fehr (12:07), and the closest to him in that regard – Tampa’s Steve Downie and Dallas’ Jamie Benn – skated an average of 14:42 a game...

May 15, 2010

Hershey Bears Players After AHL EC Final Game 2
Home Win Over Manchester Monarchs

Posted on Caps365 at

Coach Mark French After AHL EC Final Game 2
Home Win Over Manchester Monarchs

Posted on Caps365 at

The 2009-2010 season, by the "tens"
-- Wingers: Tomas Fleischmann

By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

If you looked at a stat line for a 25-year old winger that said 23-28-51, plus-9, with seven power play goals and four game-winners in 69 games, you might think you had a budding star on your hands. And if you looked at that same player and saw a progression in goals scored over four years of: four, ten, 19, 23, you would think that this was a potential 30-goal/70-point player.

Meet Tomas Fleischmann...

Pre-Order Ozzy's "Scream" Album
By Joe Siegler at Black Sabbath Online

...the album comes out in the US on June 22nd (and in Europe on June 14th, according to Amazon's UK site). The track listing is below, and as with the last studio album isn't without some controversy. Here's the track listing:...

'Doctor Who' Review: Episode 5.05, 'Flesh And Stone'
By Rick Marshall at MTV's Splash Page

Episode Title: "Flesh and Stone"

Written By: Steven Moffat

Story: Surrounded by Weeping Angels and trapped on an alien world, The Doctor must come up with a plan to escape the terrifying creatures and save the lives of Amy Pond, River Song, and the soldiers sent to eliminate the Angel that brought them there...

The 2009-2010 season, by the "tens"
-- Wingers: Mike Knuble

By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

...He is no stranger to hard work, and it is that ethic – and the style with which he applies it – that made him an attractive free agent to the Capitals last summer.

As you can see from Knuble’s progress in ten-game segments, success was not swiftly coming this past season, and it involved a few detours along the way...

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