June 19, 2010

Junior's Reading And Viewing List:
June 11 - 15, 2010

Last Update - June 19, 2010 at 11:52 PM EDT

This 'Reading And Viewing List' entry includes title links and teaser snippets for web items posted June 11 through June 15, 2010. It's just a sampling of what caught Junior's Eyes during that time.

The topics covered this time include music, hockey (Washington Capitals and Hershey Bears) and racing (Formula One and WRC).

A few more 2010 F1 Canadian Grand Prix Preview posts made it into this list.

June 15, 2010

So What Does The Fact The Hershey Bears Repeated
As Calder Cup Champs Mean For the Caps and Other Musings....

By Usually Frustrated Caps Fan at Mark's Musings

Last night, the Hershey Bears repeated as AHL Calder Cup Champions. The Bears claimed the 2010 Calder Cup at home with a fairly impressive, and fairly dominating 4-0 victory over the Texas Stars. I watched the majority of the game on NHL Network and had several musings at the time that I've thought some more about this morning and might be worth sharing.

During the game it occurred to me that it's clear there is likely little to be gained through another season in the AHL for the development of the following players: John Carlson, Karl Alzner, Mathieu Perrault, and Michael Neuvirth. All four of these guys should be on the Capitals rooster for the entirety of next season...

Kubica to take Renault Roadshow home to Poland
Posted at Formula1.com

Poland will become the latest stop for the Renault’s Roadshow event when national hero - and Renault driver - Robert Kubica visits the Poznan circuit for a special exhibition of his Formula One car on 17 July.

The event will be Kubica’s first opportunity to put an F1 machine through its paces in his home country and will be a rare opportunity for Polish fans to experience the thrill of a Formula One car being driven at speed...

2009-10 Rink Wrap: George McPhee
Posted by David M. Getz at Japers' Rink

J.P.: Alright, let's wrap our raps with the master architect of this year's team, General Manager of the Year finalist George McPhee. Simple question with probably a not-so-simple answer: from a personnel perspective, were the pieces there for the Capitals to achieve their ultimate goal this past season?

David M. Getz: I certainly think so. Don't get me wrong, I don't think the Capitals were the archetypal Stanley Cup team, that they didn't have holes, or that they should be happy enough with their personnel that they don't make changes this offseason, but I do think they had the talent to be a legitimate Stanley Cup contender...

The Secret Life of Nico Rosberg
Posted at Formula1.com

He races for Mercedes GP, his best finish was second at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, he’s scored 149.5 points from 78 starts and he’s the 24 year-old son of a former world champion. These are just a few things we do know about Nico Rosberg. A driver, however, is more than his statistics, his team or even his famous father. We delve a little deeper to find out about Rosberg’s fear of heights, his love of backgammon and cycling, and his youthful obsession with The Lion King...

Manufacturers plan for four cars in 2011
Posted at WRC.com

Both Citroen and Ford are aiming to start next year’s World Rally Championship with at least four of their all-new World Rally Cars competing.

Despite the fact that neither manufacturer has completed a new car yet - Ford expects to be running its Fiesta RS WRC and Citroen its DS3 WRC in finished form in September - both manufacturers are aiming to have their two factory cars and two customer cars ready in time for the season-opening Rally Sweden in February...

Eleventh Heaven: Bears 4 - Stars 0
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

The Hershey Bears defended their Calder Cup championship won last year in style last night, shutting out the Texas Stars in Game 6 of the Calder Cup final, 4-0, to earn the eleventh Calder Cup in franchise history...

Ronnie James Dio Tribute Concert Announced!
By Joe Siegler at Black Sabbath Online

Today I'm proud to bring to you the details of the Ronnie James Dio tribute concert that have just been announced. Heaven & Hell have issued a press release (shown below) of the one off tribute show they're doing for Ronnie. It will be held on Saturday July 24, 2010 at the High Voltage Festival in London.

This actually was a gig that Heaven & Hell had planned to play with Ronnie, but it was canceled with the rest of the dates a few weeks before Ronnie died. It apparently has been revived...

June 14, 2010

Bears Win 11th Calder Cup
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at WashingtonCaps.com

Lather, Rinse, Repeat – Drama played a part in each of the first five games of the Calder Cup final series between the Hershey Bears and the Texas Stars, but there was no drama in the house for Monday’s Game 6. Hershey imposed its will upon Texas from the get-go, rolling to a 4-0 win and the 11th Calder Cup championship of the franchise’s storied history.

Hershey becomes the first team to repeat as Calder Cup champions since the Springfield Indians in 1990 and 1991. It also becomes the first team in AHL history to win the Calder Cup after dropping the first two games of the final series on home ice...

Neuvirth, Bourque and French After Winning Calder Cup
at Hershey With Final Game 6 Win

Posted on Caps365 at WashingtonCaps.com

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2009-10 Rink Wrap: Bruce Boudreau
Posted by J.P. at Japers' Rink

JP: Let's start with the regular season. The Caps ran away with the Eastern Conference and won the Presidents' Trophy handily. How much of that do you attribute to the guy behind the bench?

Stephen Pepper: I think Coach Boudreau deverses most all of the credit typically given the bench boss of a Presidents' Trophy winning team, by getting his players to perform to their regular season abilities, and consistently...

Download Festival: The Classic Rock Report (Day Three)
By Emma Johnston at Classic Rock

...Saxon, albeit in their umpteenth incarnation, are still sounding huge after three decades on the touring hamster wheel.

But it’s Slash who provides the first genuine ‘moment’ of the day though. Proving a deep understanding of festival crowds, his set is stuffed with Guns N’ Roses hits such as Rocket Queen, Sweet Child O’ Mine and Paradise City which are howled along to by the happy drunks in the pit. He’s found a perfect foil in Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy, who’s beaming so widely he looks he’s won the lottery, found a cure for cancer and pulled Angelina Jolie all in the same day...

Download Festival: The Classic Rock Report (Day One)
By Jerry Ewing at Classic Rock

...Given that the rumours that abounded around about AC/DC’s performance on Friday night, in the run-up to the event itself – the band had their own stage, their logo would be missing from event merchandise, that they were under the belief this was an AC/DC gig and not a festival, that they’d demanded a two-hour gap between Them Crooked Vultures and their own performance – then the big question on everyone’s lips was: would the veteran rockers deliver?...

Download Festival Photo Special
By gbarton at Classic Rock

Come inside for some choice images from this past weekend’s Download festival.

Well, Classic Rock’s festival stragglers finally made it back into the office this morning...

Ozzy’s Genetic Code To Be Analysed
By mdome at Classic Rock

Ozzy Osbourne is to have his genetic code analysed and mapped – in an attempt to find out how he’s managed to live for so long.

No, it’s not a spoof – this is really gonna happen...

Ogier edges Raikkonen in practice rally
Posted at WRC.com

Sebastien Ogier continued his winning run behind the wheel of a Citroen C4 WRC when he claimed victory on last weekend’s Rally della Lanterna, a national event in Italy he was using to prepare for Bulgaria’s forthcoming World Rally Championship qualifier.

However, the Rally de Portugal winner left it late after snatching victory from Citroen Junior Team stable-mate Kimi Raikkonen on the final special stage to win by 5.7 seconds from the former Formula One world champion, who settled for an impressive second overall...

June 13, 2010

Vocal Icon Pat Benatar To Release Memoir 'Between A Heart
And A Rock Place' In Stores And Online June 15th

By Nightwatcher at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

Four-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist Pat Benatar is one of the top selling female artists of all time. If you were around in the 80's, her music was everywhere.

On the radio, MTV, clubs - everywhere you turned, it was a good bet that before too long, you would hear one of her songs played. The mega hits "Heartbreaker", "Hit Me With Your Best Shot", "Love Is A Battlefield", "Shadows Of The Night" and more...

Hershey Hopes to Hoist Cup at Home
By Mike Vogel at Dump 'N Chase

...Can the Stars come back to Hershey and win the series by winning the last two games on the road? They did exactly that to take Calder Cup playoff series wins from both Chicago and Hamilton earlier in the postseason. Texas has proven itself a formidable foe, but it’s hard to see the Bears losing four home games in a playoff series.

Hershey can claim its 11th Calder Cup title simply by winning one of its next two games. Bears fans scarfed up more than 10,000 tickets to Monday’s Game 6 when they went on sale last week; the game sold out in a matter of hours...

June 12, 2010

Final practice - four teams in the top four
Posted at Formula1.com

Things settled down a little in Montreal on Saturday morning as teams found better ways to generate grip in the continuing cold conditions on the Ile Notre Dame. And McLaren got back on top courtesy of Lewis Hamilton, but Red Bull were again close and things look good for an exciting qualifying session this afternoon...

Coulthard honoured with MBE
Posted at Formula1.com

Former Williams, McLaren and Red Bull driver David Coulthard has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. The Scot, who retired from F1 competition at the end of 2008, remains the most successful Briton in terms of points scored...

Ozzy Helps Break Screaming World Record
By mdome at Classic Rock

Osbourne led a baseball crowd to a world record on Friday, June 11. It happened in a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels at Dodgers Stadium, when a successful atempt was made to come up with the longest and loudest scream ever by an audience...

Bears Take Third Straight in Texas
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at WashingtonCaps.com

One Win Away – The Hershey Bears spent the 2009-10 regular season breaking AHL records and doing things other teams had never accomplished in league history. They seem bent on doing the same in the postseason.

Alexandre Giroux’s goal at 13:28 of overtime gave the Bears a 2-1 win in Friday’s pivotal Game 5 and a 3-2 lead in the series as the scene shifts back to Hershey for Monday night’s Game 6...

June 11, 2010

Head Coach Mark French After Calder Cup Final Game 5 Win
at Texas Stars

Posted on Caps365 at WashingtonCaps.com

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Friday analysis - Red Bull keep their cool in Montreal
Posted at Formula1.com

Lower than expected ambient and track temperatures caused a lot of head-scratching on Friday afternoon in Canada as teams found Bridgestone’s super-soft option tyre sliding around and therefore graining badly because they could not generate their operating temperature, whereas the medium-compound primes had been fine in the morning. We take a team-by-team look at progress in Montreal ahead of this weekend’s Canadian event...

Friday practice - selected team and driver quotes
Posted at Formula1.com

After his frustrating time in Istanbul, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel seemed determined to take make an impression during the first day of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend, leading Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in Practice Two. Vettel, his rivals and senior team personnel reflect on their early progress in Montreal...

Practice Two - Vettel pips Alonso in Montreal
Posted at Formula1.com

Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time in Friday afternoon’s second practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver lapped in 1m 16.877s, and only Fernando Alonso with 1m 16.963s for Ferrari got anywhere close to him.

The indications were, however, that most were centred on race running, as the majority of the remaining fast times were set early in the 90-minute period...

Practice One - McLarens split by Schumacher
Posted at Formula1.com

There was plenty of action as Formula One cars once again hammered round the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Friday morning, as Jenson Button set the pace for McLaren in opening practice for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The reigning champion was on strong form with a lap of 1m 18.127s in overcast but dry conditions, but it was tight at the top as Mercedes were also in the fight. Button’s lap was 0.158s quicker than Michael Schumacher’s best of 1m 18.285s, and right behind the legendary German came Lewis Hamilton...

So You May Have Noticed and A Few Musings ...
By Usually Frustrated Caps Fan at Mark's Musings

...Of note to me as a Capitals fan is the fact that Patrick Sharp, in addition to UFA John Madden might be available. While neither Sharp nor Madden are likely available for a price that the Capitals can afford under the Salary Cap without other moves, but who knows. Either would be a great addition and a super fill for the second line center here in DC. Sharp would be, IMO awesome. Of course, bringing in Sharp would likely mean that after next season that Young Gun Alexander Semin won't be affordable so in the planning perspective that might not make sense to GMGM. Here's my thinking...

Pre-Canada analysis - team mate tensions
Posted at Formula1.com

The art of racing your team mate is very much under the microscope this weekend in Montreal, following the clash in Turkey between Red Bull's Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, and the ensuing wheel-banging fight for the lead between Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button at McLaren.

On the one hand the first person you have to beat is the guy in the same car as you; on the other, crashing into your team mate is never popular with the team management...

Raikkonen takes on the tar
Posted at WRC.com

Former Ferrari Formula 1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen will get his first taste of the asphalt-specification Citroen C4 WRC in competition this evening.

He and recent Rally of Portugal winner Sebastien Ogier will contest the Rally della Lanterna, which starts with a superspecial stage close to Genoa in northern Italy this evening. The Citroen pair will then tackle eight stages and 124 kilometers tomorrow. The event ends tomorrow tomorrow night. Prior to this rally, Raikkonen has only ever competed on one asphalt rally...

Le Grand Soir celebrates Montreal’s F1 return
Posted at Formula1.com

Montreal hosted ‘Le Grand Soir’ or ‘Grand Evening’ on Thursday to welcome Formula One racing back to the Canadian city after a one-year absence. The spectacular event, staged in the old Windsor train station, saw one of the biggest ever gatherings of drivers and team principals outside of the F1 paddock, with numerous other luminaries, including Bernie Ecclestone, also in attendance...

Mills calls time on co-driving
Posted at WRC.com

Petter Solberg will start his next World Rally Championship event without Phil Mills alongside for the first time since 1999, following the Welshman’s decision to leave the Petter Solberg World Rally Team.

Mills’ decision, announced this morning, brings to an end a 152-event unbroken run of the pair competing together. In their time they have driven for Ford, Subaru and for their own Citroen team, winning 13 individual world rallies and the 2003 world title...

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