Tonight is the Triple-A National Championship game, Pacific Coast League champions Memphis vs. International League champions Durham, to be broadcast on NBC Sports Network. What better place to watch the game than at the home of the Redbirds, AutoZone Park? The gates will open at 5 and the video board and the TVs in the Club Level will be tuned to the game. First pitch will be shortly after 6. Free admission, with food and beverages available for purchase.
Once the game is over, live music is a short walk away. South Side Supper Club plays their twice-monthly gig at Belle Tavern tonight from 7 PM to 10 PM. If you’re coming from the ballpark, walk south down Second Street and turn into the alley next to Las Margaritas. The tavern’s entrance is in the alley halfway to Main Street. Great whiskey and whisky selection. Also, they have PBR.
Help raise money for the Memphis Humane Society at Pints for Pups Saturday noon to 6 at Slider Inn. Come enjoy live music, $6 slushies, a pop-up craft beer tent, and tacos al pastor. The Humane Society will have some adoptable dogs out there, so if you have ever thought about adopting a rescue Saturday is your day! A dollar from every draft beer sale and Tito’s $4 you-call-it drink will be donated to the Humane Society.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe have a good report on how revenue sharing in the NBA costs small-market teams money. The article examines how a large-market team (L.A. Lakers) can do a poor job running their team as a business, yet still make money hand over fist; meanwhile a well-run small-market team (Memphis Grizzlies) is told again and again that they need to run their business better. The Lakers generate $148 million from local media rights, while the Grizzlies generate only $9.4 million.
I learned something Sunday at out burger cooking practice. World traveler/WordCamp speaker Otto told us, “Pickles are purely an American thing when it comes to topping burgers. When I traveled to Australia, the burgers there had a big brown beet on them.”
“So you’re saying Australians like to beet their meat?” I replied. That is definitely a burger idea we won’t be stealing from our friends down under.
President Trump spoke at the United Nations this morning. On the subject of Kim Jong-un, Trump said “Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime” and that the U.S. would have no choice to totally destroy North Korea if the U.S. is forced to defend itself or its allies. Shall we set the Doomsday Clock to 11:59:30 now? I sure hope Trump ran those remarks by Defense Secretary Mattis in advance. I have a feeling he didn’t though.
That’s it for today. Back tomorrow with more.