Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 3:09 PM


+5 Meeting for its first same-conference matchup in more than a decade, the Richmond Spiders and VCU Rams face off in a thrilling, sold-out men's basketball battle that goes into raucous overtime. It's a good game all around, though the Spiders emerge victorious, ending VCU's 13-game winning streak. That's gotta Smart.

+2 Speaking of VCU, James Finley, the women's volleyball coach who says he was fired because of his sexual orientation, lands a new job as head volleyball coach at Seattle University. Now he'll just have to deal with discriminating coffee drinkers.

-1 Tappahannock native and singing star Chris Brown is investigated for an alleged assault on Frank Ocean outside a West Hollywood club. First he hits a woman, now he may have jumped a gay R&B star? At least he's an equal opportunity jackass.

-2 Known as one half of the "Real Housewives" couple who crashed a White House state dinner, Tareq Salahi announces a visit to Richmond as a "celebrity candidate" for Virginia governor. Get used to him. Even the Secret Service can't keep him away.

+4 Aditya Kannoth of Moody Middle and Tejas Muthusamy of Rivers Edge Elementary go head to head for 25 rounds of a district-wide spelling bee, ending in a late-night tie and the need to extend the contest another week. Talk about a long spell.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 4:47 PM


-4 A Swift Creek Elementary School teacher makes headlines after being arrested and charged with possession of heroin on school property. Hey, when you're trapped with a bunch of kids expecting a snow day, you gotta find a way to cope.

-5 Richmonders grapple with their first miniscule snowfall of the year, closing schools, emptying grocery stores and generally driving like maniacs. It's like we're a bunch of Mayan timekeepers.

+7 Some Richmonders travel to Washington to participate in the festivities surrounding President Barack Obama's second inauguration. We'd ask them how things went, but they're still on Interstate 95.

-3 Another communication breakdown at City Hall causes confusion and outrage over altered plans and tree removal at the construction site of the Redskins training camp. At this point, are we sure we haven't been negotiating with the Dallas Cowboys?

+1 Jorge's Cantina announces that it's opening in the Fan with a peculiar concept that pairs "authentic Mexican cuisine" with George Washington, pictured in its logo wearing a sombrero and moustache. Finally, someone finds a way to link the father of our country with Speedy Gonzales.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 1:33 PM


+2 Senators and delegates from across Virginia gather in Richmond for a new session of the General Assembly. Also known to the writers at "Saturday Night Live" as Fresh Material Fest 2013.

0 Gov. Bob McDonnell delivers his State of the Commonwealth address in the Capitol, noting that the General Assembly has met in the building for 220 years. More old white guys have played here than at the Country Club of Virginia.

-2 Season hopes are dashed for Richmond native Russell Wilson, the young star quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, whose playoff game is spoiled by the Atlanta Falcons. Chin up, rookie: You still have your knees.

-3 The Richmond-filmed "Lincoln" takes a beating at the Golden Globes, with Daniel Day-Lewis landing the only win among seven nominations. It's all good. When it comes to the Civil War, Richmond knows how to lose like a winner.

+1 State toxicology scientist Sophfeia Roberts wins a $20,000 wedding in the Richmond Bridal Showcase's "Ultimate Bridal Survivor" contest, drawn from eight contestants who spend a week in a limousine bus. You call that torture? Next year throw in the future mothers-in-law.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 5:37 PM


+3 Richmond native and Collegiate School grad Russell Wilson continues his ascent as a rookie quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, leading a takedown of the Redskins on Sunday. Dear Mr. Wilson: You've made us proud. Now would you consider donating to your alma mater? We need a new arena for our JV lacrosse team. XOXO, Collegiate

+1 NBC-12 reports on the archaeologists excavating the future site of the Redskins training camp behind the Science Museum for historical artifacts that might be buried. Our best guess: a few Civil War-era musket balls and maybe a dinosaur femur. So are we done here? RG3 IS COMING TO TOWN.

+5 The T-D reports on the sale of 43 acres near the Bass Pro Shops off Interstate 95 to build an outlet mall with 392,000 square feet of shopping bliss. Meet Richmond's newest gold mine: overstocked J. Crew sweaters.

+4 Steven Spielberg comes to the Richmond Forum for a discussion about the making of "Lincoln." Among the revelations: During her down time on set, Sally Field crocheted stray beard hair into an infinity scarf!

+1 New eatery A2 opens on Main Street, featuring the bento dog — a tempura-fried hot dog with Japanese mayo, nori flakes and teriyaki. Hey, we only eat our bento dogs with Duke's!

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