Friday update


What a win last night for the University of Memphis football team. Sky’s the limit now… Double-digit win season? Trip to the AAC championship game? Top 15 ranking? Peach Bowl? Chance for Memphis to blaze the trail that leads the AAC to equity with the Power Five? All within the realm of possibility, and most analysts didn’t see those things in the Tigers’ future before the season started.

My plan was to watch the game at the Blind Bear, but I was reminded that their big annual charity poker tournament was last night. It’s a great cause and I’m thrilled they have it, but it also meant the place would be super-crowded with people I don’t know. I decided I would have to come up with Plan B for the Tigers game.

Luckily for me, I have a very resourceful troll.

(there was supposed to be a photo of my troll here but WordPress keeps giving me “HTTP error”)

My troll found us a place with the Tigers on a huge TV over a bar, with sound. There were 9 more TVs and they had the NFL Network. Where were we? More details coming soon…

Headline in one of the news feeds I check: Peabody, ducks go pink for breast cancer survivors. “Surely they didn’t dye the ducks!” I thought. No, but the ducks march on a pink carpet instead of the usual red one.

Guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen plays the New Daisy tomorrow night for his World on Fire tour. Doors open at 7, show at 8.

The Memphis Flyer has details on the Memphis Bigfoot Festival happening tomorrow night at Memphis Made Brewing Co.

The third in the series of Ghost River Dock Parties happens tonight at 8 at Main and Crump. Tonight: Crockett Hall & the Infidelles. “What do they sound like? Think late ’60s Beatles,” writes the Ghost River staff. The Infidelles were one of the last bands to record with Willie Mitchell before he died. Family-friendly, pet-friendly patio, and the Gourmade food truck will be on site. $5 cover.

Ghost River, by the way, is once again hiring for their taproom. They’re looking for someone who loves people, music, food, trivia, and good vibes. Nice to see a taproom where “being awesome” is a requirement to work there.

Here’s a photo of that Kalua Pig hot plate Ghost River has every Friday at its One Poke Pop-up Lunch:

Keep on truckin’ is the theme at the Memphis Farmers Market this Saturday. It’s late in the season, but farmers are still truckin’ their fall produce to the Market for you to purchase. There will be farm fun at the kids’ craft table 8 AM to noon. If you won an auction item at Farm Fest, it will be at the Market for you to pick up. Go to the information table to claim your item. Live local music all day long. The Market runs Saturdays through the end of this month under the pavilion at Front and G.E. Patterson, 7 AM to 1 PM. Although next week is the last regular market of the season, they will be back with a Holiday Market December 9.

Look for dynamic light shows on the Big River Crossing bridge at 7, 8, and 9 PM Saturday, the one year anniversary of the crossing’s opening. It was accessed 250,000 times in its first year.

In related news – Riverside Drive between Union and Beale will be closed 5 to 9 AM Saturday for the Big River Crossing race.

The Flyer has an article about the 1.2 mile paved section of the Wolf River Greenway that opens at the north end of Mud Island Saturday. By 2020 the Greenway will span 36 miles, connecting the Mississippi River to Fayette County.

For those of you who care about my whereabouts, I’m not going to lead off at Bardog tomorrow as I usually do on Saturday. I have to be at Bardog at 2 for a pub crawl, so I will lead off at D-RANKS with B-RAD at Blind Bear at 11 tomorrow instead. Later in the day I will be at Max’s Sports Bar where there will be plenty of people dressed as Bozo the Clown in Tennessee Vols attire.

That’s all for now. Back tomorrow with more news.