As your number-one source of news and information about The Edge District, it is my pleasure to link you to this Memphis Business Journal article about axe throwing coming to The Edge. Craft Axe Throwing is based in South Carolina and has six locations. Their new location in The Edge will be their largest yet, and the first to have a retail store in the front. They’ll also have a craft beer bar. Follow Craft Axe Throwing on Facebook
Well the Tigers’ basketball season officially went down the crapper with a home loss to USF yesterday. They’re probably not totally out of the conversation for an at-large spot in the NCAA tournament yet, but they’re on the wrong side of the bubble, probably in “second four out” range. Let’s have a look at games left against teams that were listed as “Should be in” or “Work to do” in the last ESPN Bubble Watch, updated after Friday’s games:
- Road game at Cincinnati (work to do) February 13
- Home game at Houston (should be in) February 22
- Home game vs. Wichita State (should be in) March 5
- Road game at Houston March 8
If the Tigers go 3-1 in the games listed above and avoid any bad losses, that would probably get them back on the right side of the bubble. But, let’s face it, the Tigers are unlikely to do that and are probably playing for a top 4 NIT seed at this point.
How will this affect recruiting? My guess is potential recruits will look to see where Precious Achiuwa goes in the 2020 NBA draft. He was projected as a late lottery pick, probably around number 14, at the beginning of the season. If he falls out of the first round, there could be a perception that players come out of a year with Penny less NBA-ready at the end than they were at the beginning, and that could hurt the ability to get the elite one-and-dones in future classes. Then again, the days of one-and-dones are probably coming to an end for college basketball as a whole.
If you were a fan of “Soul Man” Rocky Johnson during his days in the Memphis territory, have a look at the eulogy delivered by his son, The Rock. In attendance at the service were his uncles Afa and Sika, The Wild Samoans, and his cousin Roman Reigns, as well as Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Jimmy Hart, Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon, and Triple H.
The Beach Boys come to the Orpheum Tuesday. Tickets are $49.50-$125. Only one member of the original Beach Boys, Mike Love, still performs on stage with the band.
The Grizzlies travel to D.C. to play the Washington Wizards. The game will be on Fox Sports Southeast at 5. Perhaps we will get to see some of our new players in action. Justise Winslow, however, is not expected to be healed from injury until the end of the month at the earliest.
Celine Dion plays FedExForum tonight.
For those who have asked, YES there will absolutely, positively be a Moody Ques team competing at BBQ Fest in 2020. Disbanding the team has never, at least to my knowledge, been discussed. We have not yet sent out a notice about dues because we are still figuring out what dues should be this year. Expect to hear from us soon, though.
Early voting starts Wednesday, and at this point I have no idea who I am going to vote for.
- Joe Biden – far and away the most qualified candidate, but his support seems to be dwindling. Candidates who get selected because “it’s their turn” often lose (Hillary, Gore, Bob Dole, Mondale). His campaign is running short on funds, too.
- Pute Buttegieg – the more I read about him the more I like him, and I can see him becoming the newcomer, relatively unknown at the beginning of the year, who sweeps the imagination of the Democratic party the way Obama, Clinton, and Carter did. However, he is not nearly as strong among African-American voters as Biden.
- Michael Bloomberg – not afraid to match Trump in verbal sparring, and we know he’s not going to run out of money. If Biden slips much more, Bloomberg may emerge as the candidate most likely to beat Trump in November, which is the number-one thing I care about in this election. I wonder if he’ll also provide the number-two thing I care about, having coattails long enough for the Democrats to take control of the Senate.
- Elizabeth Warren – I like the idea of a woman president, and her agenda most closely matches what I would like to see. However, I realize that I am more liberal than the average American, and I worry about her electability.
- Amy Kloubchar – I would be happy with her as president, but does she have the name recognition and the funding to win the nomination?
- Bernie Sanders – this is who Russia wants to see run against Trump. There is no way I am voting for him in the primary.
In the political quiz I took yesterday, I scored as a liberal libertarian. People ask, “Has there every been such a thing as a liberal authoritarian who was successful in American politics?” Yes. Huey Long. And I see Bernie turning in that direction if he becomes president. I’ll vote for him over Trump if I have to, but I won’t like it.
All right. Time to head to D-RANKS with B-RAD at the Silly Goose. We have a visitor from out of town who I am happy to get to see. Back tomorrow with more news.