Hurricane Irene, week-long blackouts, soccer, and football

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but: a hurricane hit Richmond, the Kickers lost in the US Open Cup, our leaders are acting like children, and your home is probably without power right now. What a week!


Hurricane Irene gusted into central Virginia and dumped a trillion gallons of rain on Richmond Saturday night. Many, many trees fell over. There was damage, there was even loss of life, but the big story this week was the incredible number of people left without power for an extended (and still extending) period of time.

Dominion hopes to have power restored to nearly all customers by today (hopefully)! But, as of right now there are still about 85,000 people in the region without power.

Also, some of the aftermath pictures of Irene are kind of intense.


The Kickers lost 2-1 in the semifinals of the US Open Cup to the Chicago Fire. The US Open Cup is pretty cool in that it pits soccer clubs from all three levels of American professional soccer (MLS, NASL, USL) against each other in one big fat tournament. While it’s not unheard of for a USL team (think AA) to make it to the semifinals, it is still a Pretty Big Deal. Great job on the season Kickers!


Another week, another disgusting bout of political posturing by our nation’s leaders. This time around, the Speaker of the House–John Boehner–denied (for the first time in the country’s history) President Obama’s request to give a speech to Congress at a particular time. Oh also, Obama wanted to give the speech during the GOP debates, NBD. Can’t wait for election season!


COLLEGE FOOTBALL. The season has finally begun! It has been an insane off season, and I’m just glad to finally get down to sports instead of rumors and scandals. The big opening weekend match-up to look forward to is Oregon vs. LSU on Saturday night; kickoff is at 8pm.


Just a reminder: while it is the first Friday of the month, there is no First Fridays Artwalk tonight. After all the recent shenanigans the organizers decided to skip September’s event and work on improving October’s event.

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Ross Catrow

Founder and publisher of RVANews.

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