October 30, 2010

Junior's Reading And Viewing List:
September 21 - 25, 2010

Last Update - October 30, 2010 at 8:40 PM EDT

Junior's 'Reading And Viewing List' for September 21 through September 25, 2010 contains title links with article snippets from items posted to the web during that period of time. I think there are plenty of things here that are worth checking out, as we get into the Fall of 2010.

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

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

September 25, 2010

Postgame Notebook: Capitals 2, Predators 1
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at WashingtonCaps.com

Two For The Road – Washington won its second road pre-season game in as many outings when it shaved the Predators 2-1 in Nashville on Saturday night.

After a 6-2 win over the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Wednesday, the Caps tightened up defensively, allowing the Preds just 25 shots on goal. That’s 14 fewer than the Blue Jackets registered...

Final practice - Vettel stays ahead at Marina Bay
Posted at Formula1.com

Red Bull continued to hold sway after the final free practice session this evening at Singapore's Marina Bay Circuit. Sebastian Vettel was the quickest man on a track that was still damp in places after lunchtime rain. Vettel finished over half a second clear of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who was separated from team mate Felipe Massa in the times by McLaren's Lewis Hamilton...

Notes from a Subdued Friday After Thursday’s High Drama
By pucksandbooks at On Frozen Blog

Friday at camp offered a striking contrast in atmosphere relative to Thursday. No big-news presser, no buzz over a free agent’s hat trick from a game the night before, and when Gabby met the media near 2:00 there was only the Washington Post’s Katie Carrera and yours truly there with questions for the coach. The exchange lasted all of about 5 minutes...

2010-2011 Previews: Forwards -- D.J. King
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

...King performs one of the most difficult jobs in any sport. He fights. In four NHL seasons and 101 games played, King has spent 553 minutes on the ice. He also has spent 135 minutes in the penalty box as a result of having engaged in 27 fights. And it isn’t as if he takes on lesser mortals. Of the five fights he had last year, none of his opponents had fewer than nine fights of their own last season...

John Bonham Remembered
By mdome at Classic Rock

On September 25, 1980 John Bonham, one of the all-time great drummers, died at the age of 32. That’s exactly 30 years ago today!

On December 4, 1980 Led Zeppelin announced they were splitting up, unable to continue without their driving force. And, despite the occasional one-off reunions for special occasions – the last being in December 2007 at the O2 Arena in London – that’s the way...

September 24, 2010

Caps Off To Music City
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at WashingtonCaps.com

Three nights after they opened their 2010-11 pre-season slate with a 6-2 victory over the Blue Jackets in Columbus, the Caps take to the road for the second of their six-game schedule of exhibition tilts. Washington heads to Nashville for a Saturday night date with the Predators...

Friday analysis - normal service resumed at Red Bull?
Posted at Formula1.com

A track that was still damp in places, where it had been resurfaced, kept the times slow in the first Singapore session on Friday, and it remained slippery in the second as oil seeped through that new surface. It was enough to keep most teams guessing through the 180 minutes of running time. One thing that was clear was that Red Bull, back in more comfortable high-downforce territory, seem to have rediscovered some serious speed. We take a team-by-team look at the early running at Marina Bay...

WRC countdown: Rallye de France
Posted at WRC.com

...Next week, the World Rally Championship will visit the banks of the Rhine for the first time, as the Rally de France switches a Corsican base for the mainland city of Strasbourg.

And, with a fairytale storyline in the offing, the event’s switch could coincide with Sebastien Loeb’s finest hour. Victory for the Frenchman at home next week would mean 60 world rally wins and seven world rally titles. And he’d do it all within cheering distance of the streets he was brought up on. And on the banks of the Rhine...

Raikkonen weighs up 2011 options
Posted at WRC.com

...Raikkonen has shown encouraging progress throughout his debut season in the World Rally Championship with Red Bull and the Citroen Junior Team, but his best result of the year so far remains fifth place on the Rally of Turkey back in April.

Now Raikkonen has been linked with other options for next year, both in rallying and Formula One...

2010-2011 Previews: Forwards -- Boyd Gordon
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

...You can talk all you want about the goaltender having to be the team’s best penalty killer, but a lot of the heavy lifting is done by the guys in front, too. And this is Boyd Gordon’s workshop. Gordon does not have the offensive punch to make many contributions at that end of the ice, so his ability to play defense, help kill penalties, and win faceoffs is where he is going to earn his salary...

September 23, 2010

Bad Company To Say Goodbye?
Posted by Nightwatcher at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

The Times Record is reporting that Bad Company might be waving goodbye to U.S. fans in a couple of weeks.

The British rock group's concert on Oct. 7 at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Catoosa, Okla., near Tulsa, will be its last U.S. date on its 2010 reunion tour, and the show could be the band's swan song to American fans, said lead singer and co-founder Paul Rodgers...

Exclusive Nick Heidfeld Q&A: I feel honoured to be back
Posted at Formula1.com

At the recent Italian Grand Prix, Nick Heidfeld was a hot candidate for a 2011 drive because of his recent tyre testing for Pirelli. But just days later, Heidfeld is back racing again, replacing Pedro de la Rosa at BMW Sauber for 2010's remaining five Grands Prix. Even though he doesn't know the C29 at all, and despite having completed very little mileage this year, the German is sure he can deliver in Singapore and keep his rookie team mate Kamui Kobayashi at bay...

FIA Thursday press conference - Singapore
Posted at Formula1.com

Drivers: Nick Heidfeld (BMW Sauber), Heikki Kovalainen (Lotus), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Vitaly Petrov (Renault), Mark Webber (Red Bull).

Q: Vitaly, a lot of new circuits coming up that are new to you. This is the first one. What do you do to prepare for a new circuit like this?
Vitaly Petrov: Play PlayStation. Then I try to watch as much as possible the videos from on-board cameras and the team helps me a lot to prepare. I do some simulator work at home and watch a lot of videos from the on-board camera and bits like this...

100 Club Could Close Down
By mdome at Classic Rock

...Says current owner Jeff Horton: “It makes me so angry. The Government, Westminster council and even some of the commercial landlords say they want to help small businesses, they say they want to preserve London’s uniqueness, they want to help multi-cultural venues.

“Yet we’re all that and all these organisations have all dumped on us from a great height.”

NHL to New Media: Go Fly a Kite
By pucksandbooks at On Frozen Blog

This news, delivered last night by AOL Fanhouse, incensed me. In the epitome of Neanderthal progressivism, the NHL, beginning this season, is going to implement a ban on access by bloggers to visiting locker rooms at all arenas. Because you know, the collective work of hockey bloggers the past five-plus years has been, on the whole, so counterproductive, so destructive for the league, generated so precious little additional interest in the sport...

2010-2011 Previews: Forwards -- Eric Fehr
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

...What Fehr was last year, though, was extremely efficient as a goal scorer. Among forwards dressing for at least 50 games, only three averaged more than Fehr’s 1.48 goals per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (behindthenet.ca). And that is a who’s who of scorers – Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, and Sidney Crosby. Among those same forwards dressing for at least 50 games he ranked in the top 20 percent in goals-allowed/on-ice per 60 minutes (behindthenet.ca)...

Singapore preview - time to reveal the true contenders
Posted at Formula1.com

As Formula One returns to high-downforce tracks, the Singapore Grand Prix will reveal what individual team form can be expected over the five remaining rounds as the world championship fight builds to its climax. Spa and Monza were both low-downforce venues, on which the effect of the tightening up of the rules on flexible wings and undertrays was minimised. This weekend will give a much clearer view of any changes on that front, and the likely pecking order from Singapore to Abu Dhabi...

Dio’s House Up For Sale
By mdome at Classic Rock

...It also has wooden floors form France and a bar brought in from the King’s Arms in Chigwell, Essex. The house is priced at $3.333 million.

You can check out a selection of photos of Dio’s former abode here.

September 22, 2010

Postgame Notebook: Capitals 6, Blue Jackets 2
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at WashingtonCaps.com

A Sixer – Washington popped the top on its six-pack of pre-season games with a six-goal offensive outburst and a 6-2 road win over the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Wednesday.

Free agent camp invitee Matt Hendricks paced the Washington attack with a hat trick, aiding his uphill bid to crack a deep and diverse group of Capitals forwards. Center Tomas Fleischmann, looking to put a chokehold on the No. 2 pivot job in the District, had a pair of goals and an assist...

Citroen almost reveals its new World Rally Car...
Posted at WRC.com

Citroen has revealed a few tantalising glimpses of its new DS3-based World Rally Car in a pre-launch teaser video...

...Follow this link to see the clip.

The Latest Classic Rock Podcast Is Live!
Posted by gbarton at Classic Rock on September 22, 2010

The Classic Rock Podcast is back with its latest instalment – come inside to have a listen.

The Classic Rock Podcast is back with its fourth, and arguably finest so far, instalment.

Geoff Barton, Malcolm Dome and still-sultry newbie Kylie Olsson discuss Guns N’ Roses’ disastrous Dublin show; Axl Rose “not being up to the job”; the diminishing role of the record company in the modern-day rock world; the deaths of Jimi Hendrix and John Bonham… and a whole lot more besides.

Have a listen here!

*Dan, Jr. / Junior's Eyes Note: Looking at their podcast page, it seems this was actually from the 17th. Since there are seven in the list, they may have miscounted the number of podcasts as well.

Burns to be honoured by special gathering
Posted at WRC.com

Fans and friends of Richard Burns, who died from brain cancer four years after winning the World Rally Championship in 2001, will remember the British hero during a special gathering at the base of the former Subaru WRC squad on September 25th...

2010-2011 Previews: Forwards -- Jason Chimera
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

...Chimera also possesses is speed. So much, in fact, that on a team that has more than a bit of flash he might be the fastest skater among the Capitals. It is a quality that serves him well barreling off the wing to put himself in a position to score. And, it keeps defensemen on their heels and goalies with a watchful eye toward his freight-training through the crease...

Organisers reveal further details about Austin track
Posted at Formula1.com

Race organisers for the forthcoming United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, have released further details about the new circuit, which will stage the event from 2012, when Formula One racing returns to the country for the first time in five years...

Slash Releases Expanded Edition Of Album
By mdome at Classic Rock

Slash is to release a deluxe edition of his self-titled solo album next week.

This has been expanded to three discs. There are to be two CDs, including 13 bonus tracks such as demos, plus a 52-minute DVD with behind the scenes footage on the making of the album, and also live performances from Los Angeles and Australia...

September 21, 2010

Behind The Thunder : An Exclusive Interview With Drummer Jason Bonham Of Black Country Communion
By Nightwatcher at Nightwatcher's House Of Rock

...Recently we had the wonderful opportunity to catch up with Jason to discuss the powerful new album he has recorded with vocalist Glenn Hughes, blues guitar god Joe Bonamassa and keyboardist Derek Sherinian, collectively known as Black Country Communion. In a band filled with masters of their craft, his drumming on the record stands out as a robust example of classic British rock power, and is a performance which would surely make his dad proud.

In part two of our exclusive series of all the members of Black Country Communion, the topics covered include not only his thoughts on the new album, the tour he's embarking on his own next month, The Led Zeppelin Experience - a multimedia tribute to the band, and most of all his late father John, living with the legacy of being the son of one of rock's all time great drummers, and more. Read on as we have a chat with one of rock's true powerhouse drummers, Jason Bonham...

Caps Head to Columbus for Pre-Season Opener
By Mike Vogel - Senior Writer at WashingtonCaps.com

Goaltender Michal Neuvirth and defensemen John Carlson and Karl Alzner are all virtual locks for the opening night roster in Washington this season. Each of those three players was a member of the consecutive Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears teams of 2008-09 and 2009-10.

Several forwards on those Bears Calder Cup clubs are also trying to crack a deep depth chart of forwards in the District. Starting Tuesday night in Columbus, some of those forward candidates will get their first pre-season showings...

The Constructive Purpose of Anger In Five Steps
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

If there is an early watchword to the eve of a new Capitals season, it is "anger." The Caps are angry over losing early in last spring's playoffs. Fans are angry because, well, that's the natural state of Caps fans (when they're not wallowing in the team's misfortune). The team adopted a "Stay Angry -- Believe in Yourselves" motto. Even getting back to business involves staying angry...

2010-2011 Previews: Forwards -- Matt Bradley
By The Peerless at The Peerless Prognosticator

Matt Bradley has been a Capital for five seasons, during which he has compiled 33 goals and 85 points in 366 regular season games. He also has recorded 37 fights in that time. His win-loss record in those bouts isn’t as important as his willingness to engage in the practice. Bradley is what many might call an “energy” player, the sort who in a 45- second shift might get a couple of good hits, forecheck aggressively, and generally make a nuisance of himself. But he is not, by any definition of the term, an enforcer. But no one in the NHL seems more willing to sacrifice himself by stepping in for a teammate...

Power to survive? 2010 engine usage revealed
Posted at Formula1.com

...One aspect that will play an increasingly important role as we reach the season’s end is engine usage. The 2010 regulations specify that each driver may use no more than eight engines during a championship campaign, and most drivers are getting near the end of their allocation, meaning reliability will become ever more critical as we progress through the final five rounds...

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