Last night was the final table at the Blind Bear, with the top nine point earners in the Bear’s 12-week poker league competing for the chance to win an iPad. By the end of the second hour I had a short stack and looked to be on the way out the door in 6th or 7th place. Then I hit a hand and tripled up, getting back in the game. I still had a fighting chance when it got down to three of us left, and an opponent went all in. My pocket Sevens seemed too strong to fold, so I called. Flop came 7-7-K, leaving my opponent drawing dead on the turn and river. It’s not very often you flop four of a kind! We took a break and then went to heads up, where after a couple of hands I went all-in with Ace-Jack, got called by King-Seven, and hit an Ace on the flop to win the iPad.
Thanks to the Bear for the prize and for giving us a place to play every Tuesday. Shout-out to my opponents as well. I’ve met many wonderful people playing these weekly poker games. A new 12-week league starts next Tuesday at 8.
I couldn’t be prouder to be a Razorback fan today. Jeff Long, Arkansas’ AD, didn’t try to cover up facts, and he didn’t put a possible national title ahead of ethics. He got right in front of the camera, laid out all of Bobby Petrino’s lies and inappropriate behavior for all to see, and then announced that Petrino had been fired. Take note, Penn State, Ohio State, Tennessee, and whoever replaces R.C. as Memphis’ AD. I don’t normally link to CA articles anymore because of their stupid paywall, but if you haven’t used your 10 articles this month, Geoff Calkins has an excellent take on Long’s actions.
The Peabody has announced a new way to keep cool during their rooftop parties: Frozen drinks. You’ll be able to choose from strawberry daiquiris, vodka mojitos, Pacific Breezes, maragaritas, banana daiquiris, and pomegranate cosmos. Of course, another good way to stay cool on the roof is to wear a tube top to the Thursday parties.
The rootfop party series starts next Thursday, April 19, at the Peabody. They’ve announced that Neon Trees has been added to the existing lineup of Free Sol and Chris Rene for that night.
The NHL playoffs start today. Kooky Canuck is serving $3 34 oz. Molson Canadian during all playoff games.
On Wednesday, April 25, eighty3’s executive chef Connor O’Neill will hold a dinner on the Madison Hotel rooftop. It will feature a menu of Southern small plates paired perfectly with bourbon and finished with a tasty cigar overlooking the Mississippi River and the Downtown Memphis skyline. It’s a celebration of bourbon from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Cost is $39, excluding tax and gratuity. Cigars sold separately. For more information and to make reservations, visit www.eighty3memphis.com or call 901-333-1224.
Do you have electronics sitting around that you want to recycle? The Commercial Appeal is partnering with the DMC for an electonics recycling event in the parking lot of their 495 Union office on Friday, April 20. There is no limit to the number of unwanted, obsolete, or broken electronics you can bring. 9 AM to 5 PM. Call 901-575-0555 if you have questions.
The Memphis Food Bank is still in desperate need of donations. If you’re attending Saturday’s Grizzlies game vs. Utah, bring money or canned goods to donate and get a buy-one-get-one-free voucher for a future game.
Looks like I’m going to get one more use of my PBR hoodie this spring. The Weather Channel has us at a low of 41 tomorrow morning, with temperature in the 50s at 9 PM. Weather has been great the past month, but you better put on more than a T-shirt and shorts if you venture out tonight. I’ll probably set up my new iPad on iTunes and then head out somewhere after work.