Wednesday update: Memphis Adult Sports League launched

Something very cool was announced yesterday: There is going to be a 4-weekend long Memphis Adult Sports League with play kicking off the weekend of March 22-24 and extending the following three weekends. The venues will be Carolina Watershed and Loflin Yard.

There will be over 20 sports total, and you can pick and choose the ones you like. Traditional bar games like beer pong and cornhole will be covered, of course, but there will also be sports like the ones you played in gym class in high school – volleyball, badminton, kickball, and the like. There will even be a sport you probably didn’t have in high school – competitive axe throwing. Plus many more!

The very interesting thing about this league is that you don’t have to find a team to be on. You’re already on a team based on where you live. The 7 teams will be

  • Nomads – People who live inside the northern half of the 240 loop and who are not in East Memphis (so north Downtown, north Midtown, North Memphis)
  • Somads – People who live inside the southern half of the 240 loop and who are not in East Memphis (so south Downtown, south Midtown, South Memphis)
  • Beasts of the East – People who live in East Memphis
  • Bougie Bourbonites – People in Cordova, Collierville, and points to the east
  • Put Some South in Your Mouth – People in Whitehaven, Horn Lake, Southaven, Olive Branch, Hernando
  • West Memphis Wackos – People in West Memphis, Marion, Jericho, Forrest City, or elsewhere in East Arkansas
  • Go Forth from the North – People in Frayser, Raleigh, Bartlett, Covington and points to the north of the 240 loop

So, based on my address, I believe I would be a Somad. That assumes they use Madison/Walnut Grove as the north/south dividing line the way the city does. I like it that if I played as a Somad, I might have teammates from South Memphis as well as my own neighborhood. Very inclusive. It’s not just limited to certain zip codes.

The reason I really like this is because you don’t have to be part of a little clique to enter a team as you do in some other bar sports competitions. Heck, you could move to Memphis on Wednesday, March 20 and be out there playing by the end of the week! This is a great way to meet people and make new friends, while being active outside during some of the nicest weekends of the year. Whoever thought this league up, well done!

Rabid soccer supporters Bluff City Mafia have announced their plans for this weekend and the first-ever Memphis 901 FC match at AutoZone Park.

The popular Drink-N-Draw drawing game returns to the Ghost River taproom this Friday at 7 PM.

People are raving about the Cousins Maine Lobster food truck. Here are some places you can catch the truck this week and weekend.

The inaugural Spirits & Soul Fest will bring the Tennessee Whiskey Trail to Downtown Memphis April 26-27. Distillers from around the state will join artists, tastemakers and local businesses of South Main Historic Arts District for a weekend of good music, good food, and the finest Tennessee spirits.

Friday, April 26 will be Spirits & Soul Trolley Night. The Trolley Night, as always, is free to attend, and with your 1 or 2 day pass you will be invited to sample Tennessee spirits at participating locations. Saturday, April 27 there will be a Distillers Block Party at Old Dominick. There will also be two other ticketed events, a cocktail class and a series of Tennessee Whiskey Trail stories.

Lansky at the Peabody is hiring. They’re looking for people to work 4:30-9:00 weekday shifts and Saturday and Sunday shifts, who are outgoing, energetic, and who have a passion for people. If that sounds like you, email them at

Check out this cool gift a liquor rep gave me Monday.

She was in Blind Bear dropping off some branded swag to owner Jeannette, but she saw me, recognized me as a regular there, and said, “I have something for you too.” It’s a Grand Marnier-themed journal with about 100 blank pages. I will use that for sure.

St. Pawtrick’s Day will happen at Lucky’s Social Club at 730 S. Main, Saturday and Sunday of St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Meet the staff and let them know what you want to see in a dog park. Live music, food trucks, local beer. Noon to 6 PM both days.

Mariposas Collective, an organization that supplies help and relief to refugees around the country, is in desperate need of winter gear, since the cold is sticking around longer than usual. Winter coats of any size, from baby to adult, would be appreciated. Three ways you can help them:

Pro wrestling is returning to Memphis TV. Dustin and Maria Starr will co-host Championship Wrestling presented by Pro Shingle, on CW30 (Jackson, TN CW39) every Saturday at noon beginning April 6.

In other wrestling news: Damn “The Man,” Screw “The Woo.” Ronda Rousey’s heel turn on Monday night was one of the best I have ever seen.

The best Mardi Gras beads ever are the ones with a Popeye’s chicken box hanging off the ends.

Lent has begun, and the Waffle Shop at Calvary Episcopal opens for lunch Tuesday-Friday 11 AM-1:30 PM beginning tomorrow. Here’s the menu. I want to stop in and give this a try a few times in the next 6 weeks. Corned beef and cabbage is what sounds good to me, but it’s on the same day as Court Square food truck Thursday. I’m a bit hesitant to try dishes like tomato aspic and fish pudding that I have never had before, but perhaps I will broaden my horizons.

There will be a performance for children of The Rainbow Fish at the Orpheum this Saturday, March 9 at 10 AM. Based on the books of children’s author Marcus Pfister, this is the story of a beautiful rainbow fish who learns to share his prized possession. There will be two other stories as well, “Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea” and “Opposites.” Run time of the show is about 50 minutes.

Diamond Dave is calling British Bingo tonight at Belle Tavern at 7, and this bingo night is a particularly special occasion. It’s his birthday!

Thai food truck Soi #9 will be the featured truck at Food Truck Wednesday tonight at Cordelia’s Market.

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