June 1, 2010

Junior's Reading And Viewing List:
May 21 - 26, 2010

Last Update - June 1, 2010 at 9:50 PM EDT

Links to some of the places on the web that I visited from May 21 through May 26, 2010 are included the following 'Reading And Viewing List'.

If you're interested in hockey (Washington Capitals, Hershey Bears), racing (Formula One, World Rally Championship), music or television, you might want to check these out.

2010 F1 Turkish Grand Prix Preview and 2010 WRC Rally Portugal Preview articles make it into this list.

May 26, 2010

2009-10 Rink Wrap: Shaone Morrisonn
Posted by Stephen Pepper at Japers' Rink

Key Stat: Increased his Hits/G from 1.54 in 2008-09 to 2.4 last season.

Interesting Stat: Morrisonn's goal totals for each regular season since the lockout, in order: one; three; one; three; and one. Looks like ShaMo's good for three goals next season.

The Good: While Morrisonn used to be seen as the perfect foil for the more freewheeling Mike Green, he spent time paired with a number of other D during last season, including Brian Pothier, Tom Poti, and John Carlson. Finally, he settled in with Joe Corvo after the trade deadline...

Watch Ozzy In The Studio
By gbarton at Classic Rock

Here’s another Classic Rock video scoop for you – Ozzy Osbourne in the studio, talking about the making of his new album Scream.

Ozzy made the record at his Los Angeles home studio, dubbed The Bunker, over a period of 18 months with producer Kevin Churko...

Kankkunen renews old acquaintances
Posted at WRC.com

Juha Kankkunen will be re-united with two sounds synonymous with the early and mid-part of his hugely successful rallying career in Portugal this week.

The first will be the glorious noise of the two-litre Ford engine powering him along the Saturday and Sunday stages of this week’s sixth round of the World Rally Championship. And the second will be the voice keeping him on the right road, as Kankkunen is joined for his return to the sport by Welshman Nicky Grist, who co-drove for him between 1993 and 1996...

Team manager backs Ogier for Portuguese podium
Posted at WRC.com

The manager of the Citroen Junior team has tipped Sebastien Ogier for a podium in Rally de Portugal this week, after acknowledging the Frenchman has surpassed the team’s expectations.

Ogier and co-driver Julien Ingrassia finished second on Rally New Zealand three weeks ago - equalling the previous best WRC result they secured on the 2009 Acropolis Rally...

T127 to star at Classic Team Lotus Festival
Posted at Formula1.com

Lotus Racing have confirmed that their 2010 challenger, the T127, will be running at June’s Classic Team Lotus Festival at Snetterton in June. Lotus drivers Jarno Trulli, Heikki Kovalainen and tester Fairuz Fauzy will all appear at the UK event, adding to an already packed bill that will see an example of every single car Lotus raced in Formula One competition from 1957-94 on track together...

Rush Announce New Album Title
By mdome at Classic Rock

Rush have revealed the title of their new album – but it won’t be released until next year.

The record is to be titled Clockwork Angels and has been produced by Nick Raskulinecz. But a single, Caravan, is to be made available in digital form only from June 1, packed with another new song, BU2B...

The 2009-2010 season, by the "tens"
-- Goaltenders: Jose Theodore

By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

...Jose Theodore had a year that by any standard was as heart-wrenching as one could ever imagine. Having to embark on a year engaged in his profession – a very public one at that – after having endured a private tragedy that would have many retreating away from a public life had to be in a realm of difficulty that most could only dimly imagine.

That Theodore could perform at such a high level for long stretches this season speaks highly of his fortitude and resolve – 30-7-7, 2.81, .911, one shutout, a club record season winning percentage (.761), a club record for longest winning streak by a goaltender (ten games), club record for career winning percentage (.694)...

How Hershey Wins and Wins, and How Word of Its Winning
Is Spreading Fast

By pucksandbooks at On Frozen Blog

Radio, most particularly of the minor pro sports variety, isn’t supposed to be a money maker, let alone a cash cow. Try telling that to members of the Hershey Bears Radio Network this week, maestro-ed by John Walton. Late yesterday the Bears’ radio voice sent out word that his network had come to an agreement with an umbrella of new radio stations for 2010-11 that will have Bears’ game audio fairly blanketing the Keystone state...

May 25, 2010

Move to McNeill Pays Off For Bears
By Mike Vogel at Dump 'N Chase

Hershey Bears defenseman Patrick McNeill was second among the team’s rearguards in regular season scoring. Playing in his third AHL season, the 23-year-old Strathroy, Ontario native totaled eight goals and 35 points despite missing 18 games. That point total was good for 25th among all AHL blueliners.

McNeill got his first taste of Calder Cup playoff hockey at the conclusion of his first pro season in 2007-08 when he got into two games with the Bears after having played five postseason contests with the ECHL South Carolina Stingrays that spring...

Formula One returns to the United States
Posted at Formula1.com

Formula One World Championship Limited and Formula One Administration Limited (together, the F1 Commercial Rights Holder) and Full Throttle Productions, LP, promoter of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™, announce that a historic agreement has been reached for Austin, Texas to serve as the host city of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix™ for years 2012 through 2021...

2009-10 Rink Wrap: Brendan Morrison
Posted by J.P. at Japers' Rink

Key Stat: Morrison had 23 points in his first 29 games as a Cap, but just 20 points (and a measly three goals) in his next 50.

Interesting Stat: Morrison had a plus-23 rating on the road and an even rating at home in 2009-10.

The Good: Morrison's season started out well (as noted above), and helped propel him towards his highest point total since 2006-07 (when he had 20 goals and 51 points for the Canucks). His plus-23 rating was a career best...

Rush Documentary To Be Released On DVD
By mdome at Classic Rock

Rush are to release their acclaimed Documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage on Blu-Ray and DVD on June 28.

Before that, the doc is being released across Europe for one night only on June 7. Go here to see where you can catch the film in the UK...

Video Scoop! Joe Elliott Talks About High Voltage
Posted by gbarton at Classic Rock

Come inside to watch an exclusive video of Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott talking about his appearance with the Down ‘N’ Outz at Classic Rock’s High Voltage festival.

Joe also chats about his decision to allow Classic Rock to give away the new Down ‘N’ Outz CD as a free gift with the mag’s summer 2010 edition (on sale June 23)...

Triumph: We Will Play UK Again
By mdome at Classic Rock

Triumph are currently looking at their touring options for 2011 – and the band may decide to play at least one UK date.

“Next year is the 30th anniversary of our last show over there,” bassist Mike Levine told Classic Rock...

Hirvonen goes back to basics
Posted at WRC.com

Ford team leader Mikko Hirvonen will adopt a different style of driving on the forthcoming Rally de Portugal in an effort to get his bid for the FIA drivers' championship title back on track.

After starting the season with a win in Sweden, the Finn has made the podium only once on the following four rallies and ended the most recent round in New Zealand frustrated by his lack of competitiveness...

May 24, 2010

Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble Classic 'Couldn't Stand
The Weather' To Get Deluxe Reissue

Posted by Nightwatcher at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

MusicRadar is reporting that to help mark the 20th anniversary of Stevie Ray Vaughan's death (27 August 1990), Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble's 1984 breakthrough album Couldn't Stand The Weather will be reissued on 26 July as a remastered, deluxe two-CD set, featuring 11 studio outtakes from the original recording, three of them previously unreleased.

The second CD in the set premieres a previously unreleased, late-night concert from August 1984 at The Spectrum in Montreal, Canada...

2009-10 Rink Wrap: Quintin Laing
Posted by J.P. at Japers' Rink

Key Stat: At 30-years-old, Laing spent the entirety of the 2009-10 campaign in the NHL (with the exception of a brief conditioning stint), the first time he has done so in his career.
Interesting Stat: Both of Laing's goals came in the third period of tied games.

The Good: Laing doubled his single-season career high in goals in 2009-10 and he was well-disciplined (taking only one minor penalty in 36 games other than the instigator and unsportsmanlike conduct he received in St. Louis - more on that in a bit), but the real "good" for Quintin Laing starts and ends with his willingness to sacrifice his body for the team...

Caps' Jose Theodore nominated for King Clancy
By Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider

Capitals goalie Jose Theodore has been nominated by his teammates for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which is awarded annually "to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."...

Bears to Final, Czechs Win World
By Mike Vogel at Dump 'N Chase

Congratulations to the Hershey Bears, who advanced to the Calder Cup final for the fourth time in five years with their thrilling 3-2 overtime victory over the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday at Giant Center.

Boyd Kane’s goal at 7:06 of overtime enabled the Bears to oust the Monarchs in six games and move on to the final. Hershey now awaits the winner of the Texas-Hamilton series in the Western Conference...

Alice Cooper Works With Producer Ezrin Again
Posted by mdome at Classic Rock

Alice Cooper has been reunited with producer Bob Ezrin, the man responsible for so much of his success in the 1970s.

According to Blabbermouth, Ezrin is to produce Alice’s new album after a deal was agreed between the latter and the Bigger Picture Group, of which Ezrin is a director...

Debatable debuts? How 2010’s new drivers are faring
Posted at Formula1.com

First you fight your way up the ranks, using any means necessary to make it into Formula One racing and then you have to start all over again and prove your worth against the best drivers in the world. Life’s far from easy for F1 rookies. We assess how 2010’s crop of youngsters have performed over the opening six races, as Petrov, Hulkenberg, Chandhok, Di Grassi and Senna all vie to become the next big thing...

Consistency the key for Villagra
Posted at WRC.com

Argentinean Rally Champion Federico Villagra is hoping the consistent form he has shown so far this season will enable him to challenge Ford rival Henning Solberg at the forthcoming Vodafone Rally de Portugal.

The Munchi’s Ford World Rally team driver has finished in the points on each of the four rallies he has tackled so far this year...

Foreigner: New Drummer Confirmed
By mdome at Classic Rock

Foreigner have a new drummer, a replacement for Brian Tichy. He’s Jason Sutter, who’s spent the last three years touring with Chris Cornell...

Gary Moore Announces New Touring Band
By mdome at Classic Rock

Gary Moore has announced the line-up of his band for the High Voltage Festival.

This includes the return of keyboard player/rhythm guitarist Neil Carter, after a 20-year absence. Primal Scream’s Darrin Moody will be on drums, with the four-piece completed by bassist John Noyce...

Loeb out for a hat trick in Portugal
Posted at WRC.com

Thanks to victories in 2007 and 2009, Sebastien Loeb and his Citroen C4 WRC are unbeaten in Rally Portugal and this week the Frenchman is determined to make it three wins in a row.

Victory on Sunday would be the fifty-eighth of Loeb's record breaking career and would extend his lead in the Drivers’ Championship standings - a position he still holds despite finishing third on the most recent round in New Zealand...

Manhole cover behind Barrichello Monaco shunt
Posted at Formula1.com

A loose manhole cover was the cause of Rubens Barrichello’s spectacular crash during the recent Monaco Grand Prix, the Williams team have confirmed. Barrichello went out of the race on lap 31 while running in tenth place...

May 23, 2010

Rolling Stones Score First UK #1 In 16 Years With 'Exile' Reissue
Posted by Nightwatcher at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

According to the NME, The Rolling Stones have topped the UK album chart for the first time since 1994, scoring with the expanded, remastered double disc version of their 1972 classic 'Exile On Main Street'.

The chart placing marks the second time the album has hit #1 on the charts, the first time with the original release way back in 1972...

The 2009-2010 season, by the "tens"
-- Defensemen: John Erskine

By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

...Head over to the “real time stats,” and you’ll see where the value of a player such as Erskine lies. He finished fifth on the team in hits (third in hits per game), fifth in blocked shots. And on a team that lacked a true bruiser to keep the peace, Erskine was part of enforcement-by-committee, finishing second on the club in fighting major penalties. And he hardly took on any shrinking violets in his four bouts. The opponents he faced – Chris Thorburn, David Koci, Georges Laraque, and Shawn Thornton – combined for 45 fights among them.

Erskine’s was a tough role to play, one that does not necessarily show up in his 10-game segments...

The 2009-2010 season, by the "tens"
-- Defensemen: Tyler Sloan

By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

...Sloan is probably not a 70-game, 15 minute a night defenseman. He is, however, useful as a player who can plug a hole for a week or so at a time in the event of injury. Although he skated only two games in Hershey this season, the role he plays is somewhat typical of how the Caps have used the Bears. There are a lot of guys up the road who have come down the road to fill a role in a pinch. For example, last night’s Hershey lineup in their AHL Eastern Conference-clinching win over Manchester featured 12 players (of 20 who dressed) who played in DC over the past two seasons...

Hershey, Going Ugly, Earns a Beautiful Finals Date
By pucksandbooks at On Frozen Blog

For the fourth time in the past five years the Hershey Bears advanced to the Calder Cup finals, defeating the Manchester Monarchs 3-2 in game 6 Saturday night at Giant Center. They did so with what has become convention for this Hershey club this postseason: working overtime...

May 22, 2010

The 2009-2010 season, by the "tens"
-- Defensemen: Shaone Morrisonn

By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

...Morrisonn did perform well overall against those teams that made the playoffs this spring. In 31 games against the other 15 teams that made the playoffs, he finished 0-5-5, plus-7. However, it is worth noting that he was plus-5 against the Flyers and “even” against the other playoff teams from the Eastern Conference.

Morrison has been consistent over the years, but has he improved?...

'Doctor Who' Review: Episode 5.06, 'The Vampires Of Venice'
By Rick Marshall at MTV's Splash Page

Episode Title: "The Vampires Of Venice"

Written By: Toby Whithouse

Story: The Doctor and Amy Pond are joined by Amy's fiance, Rory, on what's intended to be a romantic trip to Venice in the year 1580. As with any adventure with The Doctor, all is not as it seems, and the trio soon find themselves investigating a series of murders in which the victims' bodies are drained of fluids...

A New Era in DC Sports Deserves a Proper Name
By pucksandbooks at On Frozen Blog

...Friday afternoon Leonsis answered a thorny question with deft heft, managing to acknowledge the sizable and long-standing discomfort many natives have had with the queer name of our basketball team while simultaneously reminding that the renaming involved no small amount of personal discomfort for the Pollin family. He staked out, and achieved, a higher ground for the populist discussion.

And yet, reading between the lines in a manner frankly Leonsis invited us to, the name ‘Wizards’ and its colors don’t seem long much more for Washington. Were he merely indifferent to the name he could have replied to my question with, ‘We have a perfectly fine name for our basketball team, so why change it?’...

Bruce Dickinson Announces Final 6 Music Show
By mdome at Classic Rock

Bruce Dickinson will broadcast his final show on BBC 6 Music on Friday, May 28. Dubbed The Friday Rock Show, this will go out from 9pm to midnight, and the Iron Maiden frontman will use this to pay his own tribute to Ronnie James Dio.

May 21, 2010

2009-10 Rink Wrap: Brooks Laich
Posted by Becca H at Japers' Rink

Key Stat: Laich's twelve power play goals trailed only Alex Ovechkin's thirteen for the team lead, and was good enough for 18th in the NHL.

Interesting Stat: This season marked the first campaign of his career in which Laich finished with a positive plus-minus rating.

The Good: Laich continued his steady development into a consistent point producer, posting his third straight 20+ goal season and the fifth highest point total on the team...

Joss Whedon, Morgan Spurlock And Stan Lee Team Up
For 'Comic-Con' Documentary

By Blair Marnell at MTV's Splash Page

Back in February, word began to spread that "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" creator Joss Whedon and Morgan Spurlock were joining forces to create a documentary about the San Diego Comic-Con International. And apparently, they won't be alone.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Whedon and Spurlock will produce "Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan's Hope" along with legendary comic book creator Stan Lee and...

Leonsis Says NHL In Better Financial Shape Than NBA
AP article posted at Comcast SportsNet - Washington, DC

..."There is a hard cap in the NHL. In the NBA, you can spend a lot of money and every dollar you're over this luxury tax you get fined. And there's a lot of basketball teams who are losing a lot of money."

The NBA is expected to push for changes in its flexible salary cap structure when its collective bargaining agreement expires after next season, and a lockout is possible if the players' union doesn't agree...

'Doctor Who' Q&A: Why The Tenth Doctor's 'Final Sacrifice'
Won't Be A 'Regeneration Prequel'

By Rick Marshall at MTV's Splash Page

..."Final Sacrifice" kicks off with issue #13 of IDW's popular "Doctor Who" comics, and promises to bring an end to both Tennant's time as The Doctor and the current series. While there's still some uncertainty about the form IDW's "Doctor Who" comics will take after this final adventure, it's been confirmed that the time- and space-traveling British hero will return in the likeness of new lead actor Matt Smith when things get rolling again in 2011.

I spoke to series writer Tony Lee to get some insight into "Final Sacrifice" and how it relates to Tennant's final episodes in the television series, as well as his thoughts on bidding adieu to The Tenth Doctor...

Bears Take Series Lead; Russia Clocks Canada
By Mike Vogel at Dump 'N Chase

In Thursday night’s pivotal Game 5 at Verizon Wireless Arena, the Manchester Monarchs were less than a minute from taking a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series against the juggernaut Hershey Bears. But Chris Bourque’s last-minute tally tied it for the Bears, and Francois Bouchard supplied the winner in overtime to send the Bears back to Pennsylvania with a 3-2 win and a 3-2 lead in the series...

First Ever Solo Release From Legendary Thin Lizzy Guitarist
Brian Robertson Due Out Soon

Posted by Nightwatcher at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

The Palace Of Rock website is reporting that Former Thin Lizzy/Motörhead/Wild Horses guitarist Brian Robertson has finished his long awaited studio album with the working title "Diamonds and Dirt"...

The Secret Life of Lewis Hamilton
Posted at Formula1.com

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. McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton is our latest target, as he reveals a fondness for eating sweets over a race weekend, a flair for Tex-Mex cuisine and a fear of our eight-legged friends...

Countdown to Vodafone Rally of Portugal
Posted at WRC.com

When the BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team arrives in Faro for the Vodafone Rally of Portugal they will usher in a new era in the sport. For the first time ever, Ford arrives as the most successful manufacturer in the history of the sport.

When Jari-Matti Latvala crossed the finish line of the final stage in Rally New Zealand earlier this month, the delight was etched across his face...

Bible-Bashing Fanatics To Picket Dio’s Memorial Service
By gbarton at Classic Rock

Religious extremists are threatening to disrupt Ronnie James Dio’s memorial service to protest against the late singer’s alleged links with Satan.

As previously reported, there will be a public memorial service for Dio on Sunday, May 30 at The Hall Of Liberty in Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles...

Turkey preview quotes - Lotus, Virgin, Force India, HRT & more
Posted at Formula1.com

Monte Carlo is a tough act to follow, but Istanbul Park, which will host the Turkish Grand Prix, is more than up to the task. A state-of-the-art facility, which features one of the most challenging corners on the calendar, the already legendary Turn Eight, an unusual anti-clockwise layout and plenty of gradients, it’s a real challenge. And it’s no wonder the drivers - and team personnel - can’t wait to get started on the 5.378 kilometre track...

Bret Michaels ‘Has Hole In His Heart’
Posted by mdome at Classic Rock

Poison frontman Bret Michaels is back in hospital after suffering what is termed a Transient Ischemic Attack – which basically means he’s had a warning stroke.

This is what the singer’s official website says:...

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