This week it's all about V! C! U!
So, STYLE Weekly’s publisher decided to go against the grain and let Goldman out of his padded cell. With a cover story about what it called “An improbable, unthinkable weekend," the magazine filled its Back Page with an anti-sports screed that would be a reach any week.
Perhaps STYLE wanted to throw a bone to its readers who hate sports, but there's just no reason to connect Joey Rodriguez and Shaka Smart to any of the problems Goldman mentioned.
It's hardly news that Goldman is still pissed off because the city’s government still hasn’t solved the problems on his list of pet peeves. However, it seems what has really gotten Goldman’s goat this time is that like so many people all over the metro area, Richmond’s elected officials seem to be enjoying VCU’s miracle run in the tournament.
Despite spending millions of dollars on more studies and commissions, the city has no workable plan, in terms of a real-time document officials could produce if subpoenaed into court, for creating jobs and improving education, transportation, housing and health care. But the mayor and City Council say not to worry — Richmond basketball makes us a first-tier city.Click here to read Goldman’s “Fantasy Camp.”
We have no economic development plan for Shockoe Bottom, the Boulevard, downtown or any place in the city that would pass muster in any of Richmond’s many successful businesses’ planning offices. But the mayor and City Council say not to worry — Richmond basketball makes us a first-tier city.
This piece could easily have run two or three weeks from now and it would have done just as much good, whatever that good might be.
Instead, the magazine’s decision-makers saw fit to air out Goldman‘s laundry list of familiar I-told-you-so grievances this Wednesday, three days before VCU (28-11) will play Butler (27-9). Saturday’s semifinal game (6 p.m on CBS) will be the most important sporting event any team from the City of Richmond has ever been a part of … in any sport.
Well, given the timing of this thing, I'm calling Goldman’s latest demand for attention a deliberate foul. I'm kicking Goldman and his goat out of the game.