Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 1:00 AM

+10 The UCI Road World Championships reach a spectacular conclusion Sunday, with dashing Slovakian cyclist Peter “Terminator” Sagan winning the world title. His victory dashed the hopes of many, especially when they realized he had a girlfriend.

+1 After crossing the finish line, Sagan tosses his helmet into the crowd, with the broadcast announcer declaring, “That’ll be worth about 100 grand in a few years.” That’s one lucky fan. All we got was a broken cowbell.

-2 Speaking of stars, what about this Bono quasi-lookalike? A man creates a stir during the race by posing with fans as the U2 star and declining to correct them about his true identity. He was spotted near Libby Hill Park, where the cobblestones have no name.

-4 Race organizers kick off a lively debate about race turnout, releasing an initial estimate that there were 645,000 spectators over 10 days of the event. Well, traffic cones, Port-a-Johns and trees count, right?

+1 And now, Richmond wonders: What’s next? A nap.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 1:00 AM

+7 Opening ceremonies attract nearly 12,000 people to Brown’s Island for pomp, circumstance and a free Richmond Symphony concert. The crowd was enthusiastic, diverse, and a reminder that only professional cyclists should be seen in spandex.

0 A grandiose Gov. Terry McAuliffe offers a welcome at the ceremonies, trumpeting Dwight Jones as the greatest mayor in America. And by America he means the stage they shared on Brown’s Island.

+4 The Dutch team’s stolen racing bike, valued at more than $10,000, is recovered by Richmond police, who arrest a man in connection with the theft. He’d better be glad the Dutch team didn’t catch him. Have you seen those arms on Tom Van Asbroeck?

-3 A man crashes into a bike barricade while speeding back and forth through Monument Avenue in a Camaro. We’re used to horsepower on Monument, but this is taking things too far.

-4 Jokes quickly circulate about the misspelling of a banner flown by a plane over race crowds that reads, “Confederate Heros Matter.” Which explains the T-shirts we saw that said “Heritage not hat.”

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Sep 8, 2015 at 1:00 AM

-4 The Labor Day weekend brings cookouts, back-to-school preparation and the unofficial end to summer. But if you’re worried you won’t have the heat to complain about, stay positive: The winter of our frozen discontent is right around the corner!

+1 City Council holds its annual retreat at the University of Richmond, hearing presentations and discussing broad goals for the coming year. First order of business: new chairs. Ya know, the swively ones with lumbar support?

+1 Speaking to the local Retail Merchants Association, the Federal Reserve Bank’s Jeffrey Lacker makes bullish economic predictions and pushes for higher interest rates. But he’s still perplexed about why Justin Bieber cried at the VMAs.

+2 Philanthropists Bill and Pam Royall put their Cary Street Road mansion on the market for $3.95 million, Richmond BizSense reports, citing it as the most expensive listing in the city. But will Pam be able to get Bill to part with his ratty old Barcalounger?

+3 Richmond breweries Hardywood, Midnight Creek and Lickinghole Creek win golds at the Virginia Craft Brewers cup competition, with the Answer bringing home best in show for its India Pale Ale. Yet mysteriously, this remains the city of PBR.

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