+7 Hometown star and Collegiate grad Russell Wilson throws two touchdown passes in leading the Seattle Seahawks to a Super Bowl win. Collegiate students are filled with hope that they don’t have to settle for a career as a doctor, lawyer or Wall Street exec.
-1 Speaking of the Super Bowl, Times-Dispatch headline writers get somewhat hyperbolic about the Richmond connection, with a front page that blares: “RVA Powers Win.” Just think how much credit they would have taken for a Redskins victory!
+2 In another big face-off, the Richmond Spiders and VCU Rams draw a passionate crowd courtside to the Battle for the Capital, with the Rams winning 81-70. There was no actual battling, though the VCU Peppas come armed with weapons of brass destruction.
+3 Richmond lands on CNN’s list of the “10 Hottest Housing Markets for 2014.” We aren’t sure whether that means it’s a good time to buy or sell, but we do know the Realtors win either way.
+1 Mayor Dwight Jones delivers his State of the City address, playing up financial figures from the Redskins training camp, the need to improve schools and pushing for a ballpark-led redevelopment of Shockoe Bottom. He remains mum about whether we’ll ever see the arrival of cronuts.
-7 Before pleading not guilty to corruption charges in federal court, former Gov. Bob McDonnell says he's on cholesterol medication, while his wife says reveals she's on prescriptions for "concentration and anxiety." So much for retail therapy.
-1 A new thread on the social news website Reddit called "Your Daily Annoyances in RVA" gains traction quickly, drawing gripes mostly about bad driving in Richmond. Posting pictures of snow covered patio furniture came in a close second.
+1 The Budweiser Clydesdales make majestic appearances locally at Stony Point Fashion Park, West Broad Village and Carytown. And they still couldn't find shoes that fit.
+4 Timed for the legend's birthday, classical music floods the streets and businesses of Carytown on Sunday for the Mozart Festival. Unfortunately our requests to hear "Rock Me Amadeus" went unanswered.
+1 Staking its claim in Short Pump, Tom Leonard's Farmer's Market unveils the official change of its street to Tom Leonard Drive. Not bad, though it would have been way more fun to give directions to an E-I-E-I-O Way.
+3 A college-guide website called Unigo ranks the University of Richmond as the country's 10th most-wired campus. And that's just counting the tennis racquets.
+1 The Center for Responsive Politics issues a report that lists Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia as the second-richest member of Congress. But hey, let's give him a break, the guy puts on his pants one titanium-plated, bionic leg at a time.
-2 For a story on CBS-6, Mark Holmberg explores some 145-year-old, underground beer vaults, during which he accidentally falls into a hole. Some reporters have Deep Throat, others have mud stuck in places they'd rather not disclose.
+2 VCU holds its homecoming parade along the streets of downtown Richmond. Participants may pick up their Celebratory Studies in Urban Geography and Physical Expressions degree at the end of the route.
+5 Richmonders commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in part by volunteering during the National Day of Service. And no, spending the day napping doesn't count toward "keeping the dream alive."
+1 In his outgoing address, Gov. Bob McDonnell apologizes for the gift-giving scandal, saying he followed law but was "deeply sorry for the problems and pain I've caused for you." Fortunately, he adds, you can fight the pain by heading to your nearest drugstore to buy a bottle of Star Scientific's Anatabloc™.
+2 Bill and Hillary Clinton roll into Richmond for the inaugural festivities of their friend, Gov. Terry McAuliffe. On a completely unrelated note, the cheerleading squad for the VCU Rams is temporarily sequestered.
+4 The inaugural events hit a party crescendo at the Siegel Center, where a black-tie ball gets McAuliffe on the dance floor. After watching his attempts to "raise the roof," we demand a recount.
+5 The Richmond Public Schools kick off the year under new leadership, with Superintendent Dana T. Bedden taking the reins and Donald L. Coleman being elected as School Board chairman. But they've already confirmed that snow days will be called as often and early as possible.
-1 A mysterious Facebook page emerges called the "Mob Wives of Richmond," saying its members are "married queens" who know how to party, make it rain and hold the best house parties in town. Let's just hope a turf war doesn't break out with "The Real Babymamas of Richmond."
+7 Richmonders ring in the new year at bars, hotels and house parties across the city. We've been flipping through the pics on all these lost cell phones, and from the looks of things you guys went wild.
-4 A thief breaks into Carytown Burger and Fries, stealing a laptop, register and safe, and making a getaway in the restaurant's logo-emblazoned Land Rover. Hamburglar has really escalated his M.O.
+1 Former ad agency exec and hair stylist Daviece Clement throws a party at Balliceaux complete with a vodka sponsor to kick off her year of 54 dates to find a mate. We're not sure how she's coming along, but some dude proposed to the vodka bottle.
-5 Richmond loses a music venue with the closing of Kingdom in Shockoe Bottom, which thanked supporters on Facebook and wrote, "It's been rad." See? If we'd only had a baseball stadium down there, none of this would have happened.
+2 Sophia Nadder, an 11-year-old from Midlothian who's performed at Flying Squirrels and VCU basketball games, is tapped to sing the National Anthem for Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe's inaugural. Oh, say, can she sing!
+4 After a horrible season that includes eight straight losses, the Washington Redskins fire Mike Shanahan as coach. Maybe Nutzy the Flying Squirrel is available?
-5 In the days after Christmas, holiday decorations start coming down across town. What are we without tacky lights? A poor man's Charlotte.
+2 This is the week that Colorado becomes the first state to allow the sale of marijuana for uses other than medical. We know this has nothing to do with Virginia. Except for that giant sucking sound you hear portending the Great Exodus of RVA.
+1 An online contest names the Richmond Cheetah Cam cubs, shown by the T-D and the Metro Richmond Zoo, for localities — Chester, Richie, Rico, Hanna and Amelia. It's really the only place you can see the localities get along.
+2 The No BS Brass! band's show at Balliceaux in May is named one of the 10 best concerts in 2013 by the entertainment blog of the Wall Street Journal. Just what we need, another Fan bar ruined by an invasion of investment-banker doofuses.
+4 The National Weather Service reports a record-setting temperature of 76 degrees on Dec. 22, the warmest it's been on that day since 1923. Santa can finally rock those red and green Speedos he got from Mrs. Claus.
-2 Radio personalities Bill Bevins and Shelly Perkins say goodbye to listeners in their farewell morning show on Lite-98, after more than a dozen years as an on-air team. Anyone struggling with their emotions may send dedications to 1-888-6-DELILAH.
+5 Youth of all ages and abilities from SPARC bring a crowd of more than 3,300 people to their feet at the Landmark Theater, sharing the stage with local music stars and such performers as Jason Mraz, K.D. Lang, René Marie and Christina Perri. Was it an incredible show, you ask? Does Jason Mraz wear a fedora?
-4 Citing liability concerns with security and crowd size, Carytown announces that it won't hold its New Year's Eve countdown and ball rising on the roof of the Byrd Theatre. C'mon, it's 2013. We're much more civilized than the time we partied like it was 1999. In 2012.
+1 The Richmond Flying Squirrels announce that their new beer with Center of the Universe Brewing Company, described as "a smooth, easy-drinking lager," will be called Chin Music. Where there is Chin Music there is a party in your mouth and ringing in your ears.
+5 Holiday office parties swing into high gear across Richmond. Which explains the spike in service calls to Xerox for cracks on the copier.
0 On his way out of office, Gov. Bob McDonnell unveils his proposed $95.9 billion state budget for the next two fiscal years. Doing the budget for a job you don't have anymore? That's almost as fun as doing your ex-wife's taxes.
+3 Bruce Springsteen spottings emerge from social media and local news outlets, with the Boss seen in Carytown, Mamma 'Zu, the Jefferson Hotel and VCU graduation ceremonies. We're still crossing our fingers for a rendition of "Born in the RVA."
+2 In other celebrity news, Molly Ringwald comes to town for a four-day run singing jazz to audiences of her show, "A Winter Wonderland." Missed it? Don't worry, you can still catch Judd Nelson in his off-off-Broadway run of "The Breakfast Monologues."
+1 In its guide to "America's best cities for hipsters," Travel + Leisure omits Richmond altogether. Whatever. Hipster guides are so 2013.
-2 Richmond battens down the hatches to experience the first ice storm of the season, two weeks before the arrival of winter. And by ice storm, we mean it was our excuse to avoid people, dust off the slow cooker and lie on the sofa for hours.
+5 Downtown turns up the wattage for the Grand Illumination, with thousands of lights, revelers and reindeer at the James Center. Fun fact: The event's crude origins in the 18th century led to a disastrous investment bubble in the Shockoe candle industry.
+7 In another holiday tradition, balloons, floats, marchers and tens of thousands of spectators join in the 30th annual Dominion Christmas parade. Add one guy in his underwear and you have the stuff of our junior-high nightmares.
-3 Hardywood Park Craft Brewery shares the dismal news that a clamp failure on a fermenter led to the loss of 50 barrels of Bourbon Gingerbread Stout. Or at least, that's how Doug the overnight brewer explained it.
+1 The committee running Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe's inaugural events launches an online guide at Inauguration2014.com. Big donors who want to spend the night in the Jefferson Bedroom are urged to act now!
+3 A 12-foot Fraser fir from Sweet Providence Farm in Floyd County becomes the Christmas tree at the Executive Mansion. And you just know the gifts under that tree are gonna be good.
-4 The Richmond mom who turned her "Girls Night Out" song into a viral music video pulls it from YouTube after having to deal with a deluge of negative online commenters. Some critics were so vulgar they'd turn any mom 50 shades of red.
+2 After a security guard is assaulted at the site of the RVA Street Art Festival, an online campaign is launched to help pay his medical expenses. Now let's find the culprits and do things to them that only Salvador Dalí could dream of painting.
-1 Richmond police install cameras designed to catch red-light runners at Elkhardt and Hull Street roads in the South Side. Add a host, a slot on cable access and you have all the makings of ratings gold.
+3 Skaters including a surprisingly graceful Nutzy the Flying Squirrel take to the first week's opening of the seasonal downtown rink RVA on Ice. All was well until some of his nuts got smashed in an unfortunate Zamboni mishap.