Saturday update

The Memphis Grizzlies are moving on up. Following last night’s win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Grizzlies

  • Are just two games under .500, at 20-22
  • Hold a two-game lead over the San Antonio Spurs for the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference
  • Are only three games back from the Oklahoma City Thunder for the 7th seed in the Western Conference
  • Hold the longest winning streak in the NBA, at 7

Let’s see what’s coming up next week for the Grizzlies:

  • vs. New Orleans Pelicans (16-26) Monday, MLK Game, 4 PM, at FedExForum
  • at Boston Celtics (27-13), Wednesday 6 PM
  • at Detroit Pistons (15-27), Friday 6 PM

So most likely the Grizzlies will be 22-23 a week from today, but having a winning season by the end of the week is possible if they go off on Boston.

ESPN has a video clip of Ja Morant checking out the peanut butter and banana sandwich, Elvis’ favorite, at the Arcade restaurant.

Downtown is getting a Dinstuhl’s Fine Candies location, the CA reports. They will be open no later than February 6 at 147 S. Main, in the store next to The Majestic Grille that at one time housed Shelton Clothiers. If you’re not familiar with Dinstuhl’s line of candies and chocolates, have a look at their website. Guys, if you pick up your sweetheart a box of Russell Stover’s at Walgreens for Valentine’s Day, you ain’t doin’ it right. Shop local at Dinstuhl’s, Phillip Ashley, and The Peanut Shoppe instead.

Yesterday I posted that the Downtown Memphis Commission is looking for retail businesses for its 2020 Open on Main initiative. I wonder where the storefronts are going to be? Because, both of last year’s storefronts are now occupied with long-term tenants. The future Dinstuhl’s space was one of the 2019 Open on Main spaces, and the other, the former Life is Good in the Peabody Place office building next to the post office, is now an Allstate office.

By the way, if you need insurance, go by that office and ask for my buddy Loud Ass Marc. Be sure to know what day of the week it is, because you will likely be asked. If you sign up for Allstate insurance, Marc might take you for a ride in his golf cart.

Oh my F’n God… Rahul and Tony have a podcast now. There are 10 episodes so far. In case you’re wondering what the content of this podcast is like, let me direct you to episode 7, Did Rah Rah have sex with a man? In other episodes, they interview well-known folks in the Downtown service industry, including Hanin from Blind Bear and B-RAD from Silly Goose. They also interview Pattie O’Furniture who calls drag bingo at Atomic Rose Sunday afternoons.

Trolley Stop Market is having a restaurant closing sale. If you need any kitchen or restaurant equipment, check it out.

Out-of-towners who come to Memphis to make money organizing bar crawls: Learn to spell the name of Memphis’ most iconic street correctly. “Beal.” Geez.

As your number-one source of news and information about The Edge District, it is my pleasure to tell you that you are invited to the Underground Cafe ribbon cutting and birthday celebration today at noon at Chef Tam’s Underground Cafe, 668 Union. They’ll have live music on stage all day, as well as new menu items and some special guests.

Willie Nelson returns to the Orpheum on Monday, April 20. I went to his 2019 performance and can tell you, it is worth going. It’s a fairly short set, clocking in at just over an hour, but the man is in his mid-80s after all. Remember, he gave up smoking weed, so don’t bring him any offerings.

Ughhhh… Vice-President Pence is scheduled to visit Memphis Sunday morning. He’ll visit the National Civil Rights Museum then make remarks at some church in Raleigh. Keep in mind that travel may be impacted in South Main Sunday morning. I guess he wants to tour the museum to get an idea of what kinds of civil rights he and the Trump administration can take away.

A new bill in the Tennessee legislature could protect drivers from red light camera tickets. I have heard lawyers (not lawyers in the firm I work for, but my Bardog friends) say that if you get a red light camera ticket, throw it away.

If you’re looking for a place Downtown to watch the Conor McGregor fight this evening, Loflin Yard will carry it.

Death: it’s been happening to humans for approximately 2.9 million years. Elmwood Cemetery will host A History of Death talk today at 1 PM. It will last about 45 minutes and you’ll hear the history of burials, funerals, and memorials. Cost is $20 and snacks will be served.

The Grindfather is once again employed by the Grizzlies organization. No, Tony Allen is not back on the court. He has taken a player development position with the Grizzlies G-League team the Memphis Hustle. He will be excellent in that role, developing players’ defensive skills and grit & grind mentality.

The Daily Memphian has a report on the St. Louis Cardinals Caravan that stopped in Memphis yesterday.

Also in The Daily Memphian today: Mud Island has a new Trail of Tears historical marker. Indian tribes passed through Memphis, making their way to the western territories after having been evicted from the land that then made up the states.

Finding a lot of cool stuff in my data science studies… question for you… for the period 1969-1988, what day of the year had the most births in the US? No fair Googling to cheat. I’ll give the answer tomorrow.

That’s it for now. The office is closed Monday, so I have a three-day weekend. Leading off at Bardog this morning, then playing it by ear after that. Back tomorrow with more news.