Good Morning, RVA: No bad blood here

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Good morning, RVA! It’s 66 °F, and today’s the first day in forever where the weather’s not perfectly perfect. Clouds will fill the sky for most of the day, and there’s even a chance of rain this afternoon. Neither of these things, however, will stop the Big Bike Race™. NOTHING STOPS THE BIG BIKE RACE™.

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It’s Day 2 of the Big Bike Race™ and depending on where you work or live your travels may be impacted! Today’s races are mostly contained to Monument Avenue and downtown (but the Belvidere Bridge is also closed), so if you need to head through any of those areas, be alert, informed, and patient! Here’s almost everything you need to know about today’s individual time trials and how they will affect your life.

When a major international sports event draws thousands of people to your city, some of those people are going to be morons. Most everyone else will be perfectly pleasant and wonderful.

Richmond Magazine has a nice profile of Max Hepp-Buchanan, director of the Sports Backers Bike Walk RVA program. They also break down all the different classes of cyclists–like the Strong and the Fearless, the Concerned but Interested, the Sweaty and Smelly. That last one I made up.

Whoa! Al Sharpton was in Petersburg yesterday giving a sermon!

Viola Davis won the Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series last night–the first woman of color to ever do so. You’re gonna want to watch her acceptance speech: “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is oppourtunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.”

Btw, Emmy host Andy Samberg wore a Ledbury shirt last night.

Ryan Adams released a track-by-track cover album of Taylor Swift’s 1989. If you like any of the three proper nouns in the previous sentence, I bet you’ll like the new album.


  • With Charleston Battery’s win over the Charlotte Independence, the Kickers clinched a playoff spot!
  • Spiders rolled over the Keydets, 42-10.
  • Hokies put all the pieces together in dominate showing against Purdue, winning 51-24.
  • Wahoos narrowly avoided an upset by William & Mary, 35-29, in what turned out to be a classic trap game after last week’s heartbreaking loss to Notre Dame.
  • Nats swept the Marlins over the weekend, including a 13-3 victory last night. They’ll face the Orioles tonight at 7:05 PM.
  • D.C. United fell to the Columbus Crew, 1-2.
  • Washington beat the Rams 24-10! Unexpected!

This morning’s longread

‘Yankees Suck! Yankees Suck!’

I’m not a big baseball or Boston guy, but I could not put this article down.

LeMoine knew a guy in Sayreville, New Jersey, who ran the screen-printing business that made shirts for all the hardcore bands. On a whim, he ordered a small batch of shirts: “Ten Yard Fight” on the back, “Yankees Suck” emblazoned on the front. The night of Game 4, he headed to Fenway.

The T-shirts were an instant smash. In ’99, Boston was buzzing off the Sox’s appearance in the ALCS, and the streets were packed. The shirts started flying, not just to the hardcore kids waiting to say goodbye to their favorite band but to the masses heading into the park or spilling out of the bars of Lansdowne. They couldn’t tell you the first thing about Ten Yard Fight, but they knew that phrase, in that harsh sing-song cadence: Yan-kees Suck! Yan-kees Suck!

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Ross Catrow

Founder and publisher of RVANews.

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