October 25, 2010

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

Last Update - October 25, 2010 at 7:58 PM EDT

Junior's 'Reading And Viewing List' for September 11 through September 15, 2010 contains title linked items from September 2010. If you visit them, or revist and review them, I think you'll find them interesting.

The topics covered below include films, music, hockey (Washington Capitals) and racing (Formula One and WRC).

A couple 2010 F1 Singapore Grand Prix Preview and 2010 WRC Rally France Preview posts made it into this list.

September 15, 2010

2010-2011 Previews: Goaltenders -- Semyon Varlamov
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

Well, it’s time. After a precocious beginning to his career in which he saw sparse, but effective action (4-0-1, 2.37, .918) in the 2008-2009 regular season; after he became the darling of the hockey media upon going 6-2, 1.51, .945, with two shutouts to open the 2009 Stanley Cup playoffs after relieving Jose Theodore in goal; after the effective (if somewhat unfulfilling) 15-4-6 record he posted in an injury-interrupted 2009-2010 regular season; after performing decently (if not particularly outstanding) in last spring’s disappointing loss to the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs (again, in relief of Jose Theodore); Semyon Varlamov is now poised to assume his place as the number one goaltender for a Stanley Cup contender...

Catching up with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitri Orlov
By Malin A (a.k.a. Ice Warrior) at Japers' Rink

Top Caps prospects Evgeny Kuznetsov (first round 2010 draft, 26th overall) and Dmitri Orlov (second round 2009 draft, 55th overall) are not attending rookie camp this year because their KHL seasons have already begun. Earlier this month they played for team Russia’s U-20 team in a tournament in Nyköping. Team Russia won all three games against Finland, the Czech Republic and Sweden respectively...

Singapore preview quotes - Virgin, HRT, Toro Rosso & more
Posted at Formula1.com - Updated on September 22, 2010

It may be one of the calendar's more recent additions, but the Singapore Grand Prix isn’t short on fans in the Formula One ranks. Not only does it present the unique challenge of being a night race, the track itself tests everyone to their limit too. The drivers and senior team members look ahead to the Marina Bay race and discuss their prospects...

DMACK and Michelin confirmed as WRC tyre suppliers
Posted at WRC.com

Chinese manufacturer DMACK has joined Michelin as an FIA appointed tyre supplier to the World Rally Championship in 2011.

The two brands applied to become suppliers following the FIA’s decision to open the championship to more than one tyre manufacturer - a position held by Pirelli for the last three years...

'Iron Man 2' DVD & Blu-Ray Bonus Feature:
Iron Man's Briefcase Armor Battle!

By Rick Marshall at MTV's Splash Page

We're just a few weeks away from the arrival of "Iron Man 2" on DVD and Blu-Ray, but we have yet another sneak peek at one of the bonus features you'll find on both versions of the film.

Last week, we brought you "Iron Man 2" director Jon Favreau's memories of working with DJ AM during the party scene at Tony Stark's mansion, and this week we have a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most memorable scenes from the film: the brawl at Monaco Grand Prix...

The Siren of Sparkhill
Posted by Katherine Godfrey at Home of Metal

Crumbling walls, ear-shredding noise, filthy punks and long-haired metal fans, just some of the attractions of Birmingham's Mermaid Pub during the 1980s. Two life-long friends and musicians, Nicholas Bullen, formerly of Napalm Death, and Johnny 'Doom' from Kerrang Radio, tell the story of an unlikely meeting place for anarchist punks and heavy metal fans, and explain how getting really, really drunk can sometimes lead to something beautiful in, 'The Siren of Sparkhill'.

The Siren of Sparkhill by katherinejhgodfrey

Ray Gillen Eternal Idol to be Released - FOR REAL!
By Joe Siegler at Black Sabbath Online

I've been running this site now for a little over 15 years. In all that time, I get a LOT of requests for bootlegs and whatnot. I generally don't participate in that stuff, since I do not have time for it. However, it doesn't stop people from asking. And in all that time, by far the thing I've been asked by people if I can send them is the version of the 1987 album "The Eternal Idol", but with Ray Gillen on vocals...

September 14, 2010

Brooks Laich on What Makes a Leader
By Elisabeth Meinecke at On Frozen Blog

...“I’m not a super vocal guy, but as far as wearing different hats, I think as a veteran guy, you want to hold players accountable, and you also want to set an example,” Laich said. “So those are two things that I think I’ll be doing this year.”

Laich said his approach to leadership in the locker room has been shaped by a number of Capitals over his six years with the franchise — Chris Clark, Olaf Kolzig, Jeff Halpern, and current teammate Mike Knuble...

Capitals 2010 Training Camp Primer
By Becca H at Japers' Rink

It's been a long summer of depression speculation, discussion and dissection, of delving into the minutiae and trying to figure out just what went wrong - while trying to forecast what lies ahead, as well. Trade rumors, free agent conjectures, salary cap manipulation...it's been a fun five-and-a-half months. Twenty weeks. 140 days. 3360 hours. 201,600 min-...ahem.

Did we mention it's been a long summer?...

Generally Speaking
By Mike Vogel at Dump 'N Chase

Of the 24 rookies in town for the Caps’ 2010 rookie training camp, only 11 are Washington draft choices. A similar ratio holds for the team’s summer development camps. In order to flesh out a camp roster so there are enough players for scrimmages and games (like Thursday’s rookie game against Philly), the Caps’ scouting department has to constantly cast an eye about for players who might be a good fit.

When the Caps concluded their summer development camp less than two months ago, we sat down with Caps director of player development Steve Richmond...

Mott The Hoople Film Premiered Next Month
By mdome at Classic Rock

...on October 4 ,a four-CD box set is to be put out by Angel Air. It’s called Mott The Hoople In Performance 1970-74. This is limited to 500 copies, and will include a booklet featuring rare photos supplied by the band themselves.

Buffalo Springfield Are Back
By mdome at Classic Rock

Buffalo Springfield are to reunite after over 40 years for a charity show next month.

Surviving members Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Jim Messina are to play at the 24th annual Bridge School Benefit, which happens on October 23 and 24...

*Dan, Jr. / Junior's Eyes Note: Here is the lineup
for the 2010 concert.

September 13, 2010

ZZ Top, Perry Farrell, Alice Cooper & many more played John Varvatos' 10th Anniversary @ the Bowery store (pics & video)
By Benjamin Lozovsky at Brooklyn Vegan

While many designers tagged trendier (see younger) performers to appear at their Fashion Week soirees, many of which happened the day before for Fashion's Night Out, John Varvatos and show curator/drummer Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver, Guns N' Roses) stayed true to the spirit of the Bowery store located where CBGB once stood, picking a lineup that would make Wayne and Garth tremble with a lack of self worth (Mike Meyers sitting on the side of the stage with a giddy grin would seem to confirm that).

Alejandro Escovedo performed first on Saturday night (9/11), churning out garage crunch with no less than 4 guitarists blazing on the Varvatos store's small stage. Ian Hunter (lead singer of Mott the Hopple) followed and was joined by Escovedo for a performance of glam cornerstone anthem "All The Young Dudes"...

*Dan, Jr. / Junior's Eyes Note: Found link to article above
this post at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

2010-2011 Previews: Defensemen -- Mike Green
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

He’s a forward in defenseman’s clothing. He’s weak in his own end. He’s a no show for the playoffs. Say things often enough, and folks might believe them. And these sorts of things get said often enough about Mike Green. Perhaps it is the price one pays for being a Norris Trophy-finalist caliber defenseman for the past two years, but not having the same level of success in the post season...

Quiet Riot Reunite
By mdome at Classic Rock

Quiet Riot are back – with a new line-up.

The band, who stormed the US charts with their version of Slade’s Cum On Feel The Noize in 1983, stopped in 2007 following the death of vocalist Kevin DuBrow. But now they’re back...

Exclusive interview - Nick Heidfeld on Pirelli
Posted at Formula1.com

Once you are consigned to the bench it can be very hard to get back in the game. The old sporting adage applies as much in Formula One as it does in any sport. Upping your value can help get you off the bench and that is exactly what former BMW Sauber racer and Mercedes GP reserve Nick Heidfeld has done by becoming Pirelli’s test driver, ahead of their F1 return next season. As the only driver with in-depth knowledge of the Italian firm’s new tyres, it’s no surprise that the German is already negotiating a possible race comeback...

Ogier: I was surprised to win in Japan
Posted at WRC.com

Citroen Total World Rally Team driver Sebastien Ogier has talked of his surprise at capturing a second World Rally Championship victory on Rally Japan, an event he had never even visited before...

Ford takes positives from Focus pace on Rally Japan
Posted at WRC.com

Ford team principal Malcolm Wilson has refused to be downbeat about the result from Rally Japan - where Jari-Matti Latvala finished third.

Both Latvala and his team-mate Mikko Hirvonen were pushing for victory on the event before they both suffered technical problems with their cars which caused their challenge to falter in the second half of the event. Wilson added that neither of the issues with the Fords had ever been seen before...

The Deliverers of This Diary Have Delved into the Heart
of Our Sport

By pucksandbooks at On Frozen Blog

“Peeling back the layers” is how the Capitals’ Mike Knuble described his involvement with, and the ultimate success of, ‘Hockey Diaries: The Almost Season,’ the one-hour documentary on the Capitals’ 2009-10 season meticulously and lovingly assembled by independent producers Gemma Hooley and Chris Nelson. Knuble and teammate Tyler Sloan went into last season equipped with audio recorders handed off to them by the duo, just as Karl Alzner and Brooks Laich had been a season earlier, and the record-smashing history and sudden season-ending trauma of last year are laid bare in sixty riveting minutes...

2010-2011 Previews: Defensemen -- Tom Poti
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

Tom Poti will enter the 2010-2011 season with more than twice as many games of NHL regular season experience as that of any other Caps defenseman. He and John Erskine are the only Caps defensemen who played in the NHL prior to the lockout. When he took the ice for the first time for the Edmonton Oilers on October 10, 1998, John Carlson was eight years old...

September 12, 2010

It's September .... It's September.....
By Usually Frustrated Caps Fan at Mark's Musings

It's September .... It's September..... Hey, Rookie Camp is starting today, summer is almost over, and Hockey Season is almost once again upon us. Last week, I received the hard copies of my Season Tickets, etc. So all that must mean that it's almost time to once again begin the frequent visits to Verizon Center and the occasional visits to KCI to follow the "bestest" professional sports team in the Washington, DC metro area. So what is there to say...

Race - Alonso back in title hunt after Monza win
Posted at Formula1.com

For 36 of the 53 laps at Monza on Sunday a silver car led the reds of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, but when McLaren’s Jenson Button ducked into the pits then it was Ferrari’s Alonso who led from Massa until he stopped on Lap 37. When he resumed, Alonso just made it to the first chicane ahead of Button, and thereafter there was never any question about who would win...

Compliments aplenty for rising star Ogier
Posted at WRC.com

Sebastien Ogier has been described as a "super talent" by Petter Solberg, the man who he beat into second place on Rally Japan today.

Ogier, who was competing in Japan for the first time and admitted afterwards that he did not expect to win, started the final day of the gravel event 5.4 seconds behind Solberg in third position overall...

September 11, 2010

2010-2011 Previews: Defensemen -- Jeff Schultz
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

Plus-50. Alex Ovechkin didn’t do it, Nicklas Backstrom didn’t do it, Mike Green didn’t so it. Nicklas Lidstrom? No. Chris Pronger? Nope. Duncan Keith? Nuh-uh.

Say what you will against the maligned statistic, but plus-minus is an indicator that more good things than bad things happened when a player is in “plus” territory. And Jeff Schultz had a better ratio of good things happening to bad things than any player in the league last year...

A Flock of Sheeple.
By Brian at Rumblings from the Man Cave

...I like debate. And I like to see who defriends me on Facebook because I have an opinion that they may disagree with.

So this dipshit in Florida called off his Quran burning today, amidst fears of someone actually following through with one of their death threats...

You Are Simply Uninformed
By Ted Leonsis at Ted's Take

...We would never shut out a journalist from coming to our games. We would never shut out anyone from writing anything about us. We just won’t cooperate with promoting the book in question. We will tell our side of the story to our fans. That is all we will do. And when we deal with the writer in question we will simply be more on guard as we now know how he operates regarding our star player, whom we adore...

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