The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.


-4 It’s neighbor vs. neighbor at Canterbury Lake, where residents voted to have the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Wildlife Services program kill geese overrunning the subdivision. Some consider them a nuisance and health hazard while others say they’re just beautiful, natural inhabitants. Kind of like Jeff Davis hookers.

+1 At the 14th running of the $600,000 Virginia Derby, Air Support wins by a neck over betting favorite Banned. Not that we’re bitter, but after our scorching exacta loss of $15, a certain horse owes us a few backyard rides at our niece’s birthday party.

+7 Watching that win were more than 10,000 race fans that descended on Colonial Downs — including Hooters girls, racing royalty, fancy-hat competitors, paddock insiders, Jell-O shot takers, horse trainers with foreign accents, one Mr. Bill Bevins and yacht-rock cover band Three Sheets to the Wind. We were one mint julep away from holding a séance to summon Secretariat’s ghost.

-5 Henrico County’s own Eric Cantor, majority leader of the House, is ridiculed for grandstanding while getting nowhere in the ongoing debt-ceiling negotiations. The upshot: Next year he’ll probably be both richer and re-elected.

-4 Speaking of politics, Richmond Times-Dispatch political reporter Tyler Whitley becomes one of 20 laid off at the paper, which continues to struggle amid tough times for the media industry. Whitley was there for 50 years — before Eric Cantor was even born. Oh, for the good ol’ days.

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