Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 11:06 AM


+8 After its 36-hour burst of fundraising, the Amazing Raise reports generating 18,106 gifts and $1.5 million for 465 local charities. Much more productive than the 36-hour buffet binge we once attempted called the Amazing Graze.

+5 Richmonders raise their glasses to the arrival of fall, with two weekend Oktoberfests and Gov. Bob McDonnell tapping Legend Brewing Co.’s 20th anniversary firkin. This usually isn’t what comes to mind when you think of government taps.

+1 Radio station 103.7 The River re-brands as 103.7 Play, launching a more contemporary music format. The change is the result of complex calculations, which included fiddling with the hypotenuse of Katy Perry and dividing by the square root of One Direction.

-4 The Virginia Flaggers commemorate the birth of the Confederate battle flag by posing at the State Capitol with a 15-by-15-foot version, which will be raised near Interstate 95 on Saturday. Too bad controversy can’t fly farther south for the winter.

+2 An online petition to the NFL for Richmond-grown metal band Gwar to play the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show surpasses 30,000 signatures. The only glitch is the lack of technology available to get fake intestines out of AstroTurf.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Score

Posted on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 1:42 PM


+3 The Richmond Flying Squirrels end their season with a franchise attendance record, announcing an average of 6,689 fans per game over 65 openings. What's that saying? It isn't whether you win or lose, it's how many people watched you do it.

-4 Perly's, the downtown institution of a restaurant known for hearty breakfasts and power lunches, closes without notice. It's more shocking than finding out what's in the sausage patty at McDonald's.

+6 It's race weekend in Richmond, with driver Carl Edwards making news with his split-second win and Clint Bowyer drawing headlines for a controversial spinout. So Bowyer might have faked to give his teammate a win? Ah yes, he's the New York Giants of NASCAR.

+2 Longtime Richmond singer and songwriter Susan Greenbaum is named Virginia Press Women's Newsmaker of the Year. And she never had to twerk for it. Are you taking notes, Miley?

+1 Starbucks puts pumpkin spice back on the board and Center of the Universe Brewing Co. releases its Oktoberfest beer. So much fall in the air before summer ends — as confusing as hipsters wearing scarves with V-necks.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Score

Posted on Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 12:56 PM


+1 A Washinton group announces that it's exploring a bid to hold the 2024 Summer Olympics in the nation's capital, with Richmond as a potential hub for related events. But is the world finally ready to see PBR chugging become an Olympic sport?

-3 Summer vacation comes to an end, with students, parents and teachers waking up to the reality of back-to-school season. We can finally play "Call of Duty" online without 12-year-old potty mouths "pwning" us.

-5 Richmond learns that reggae singer Frederick "Toots" Hibbert has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the promoters of the Dominion Riverrock festival, stemming from the injury he suffered from a flying vodka bottle while performing here. Man, David Arquette suffered worse damages from liquor bottles here and never asked for a dime.

+3 The inaugural RVA Wake N' Sun Fest draws riverside revelers to Rocketts Landing over the holiday weekend for DJs, water sports and beer trucks. This was almost called the Wake N' Bake Fest, but Best Friends Day has that covered.

-2 The Richmond Flying Squirrels play their final four games of the regular season. Go see how many peanuts Nutzy can fit in his cheeks before hibernation.

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