Wednesday update

It was a sad day yesterday as we learned of the death of Charlie Watts, drummer for the Rolling Stones since 1963. Here are 10 facts you probably didn’t know about Charlie Watts.

This Saturday afternoon, Carolina Watershed will host round 2 of The Battle of the Beers. Memphis Made will face off against Crosstown Brewing, with 6 beers from each. There will also be 6 bands performing a free show.

Saturday Down South has a look at the rule changes for college football this season. The big one concerns overtimes.

  • First OT: Teams start from the 25-yard line, and after a touchdown they can kick an extra point or go for a 2-point conversion
  • Second OT: Teams start from the 25-yard line, and after a touchdown they must go for a 2-point conversion
  • Third and successive OTs: No more starting from the 25-yard line, just back-to-back 2-point conversions

Sounds kinda like the football version of soccer’s penalty kick shootouts. I’m not sure I like it.

Week 1 of college football runs all the way from this Saturday to next Saturday. There are 5 games this Saturday but none of them sound that exciting. The only game featuring two Power Five schools is Nebraska vs. Illinois at noon on FOX.

I’m sure some of you are wondering what cream puff football team the Tennessee Vols will pay a million dollars to come to Knoxville and beat the Vols at Neyland Stadium for opening week? This year that honor goes to Mid-American Conference powerhouse the Bowling Green Falcons. That game will be at 7 PM Thursday, September 2 on the SEC Network.

Mayor Lee Harris’ office will present Summer Ag Day on the Civic Center Plaza Friday 11 AM-1 PM. It’ll be a celebration of agriculture with a fresh produce market, live farm animals, farm-themed games, and live music. There will be plenty for children to see and do.

The Brass Door will host a watch party for Memphis 901 FC’s away game at FC Tulsa tonight at 6:30.

Southwest Tennessee Community College’s hospitality program offers the chance to put in hours at some of Downtown Memphis’ elite businesses. These include the Renasant Convention Center, the Peabody Hotel, and local restaurants. Students studying Hotel or Restaurant Management also get to go on informative tours with Welcome to Memphis or Backbeat Tours. Sounds like a great way to not only learn, but to build contacts within the industry.

Outstanding advice from Lifehacker: Always order too much fried chicken

The Flying Fish announced that they have grouper back on the menu. It’s available on a grilled platter or a grilled or fried po’boy.

News from the NCAA: 5 men’s basketball teams poised for historically great seasons in 2021-2022. Memphis is predicted to be its best since the 2008-2009 season.

Interesting read from POLITICO: The five-day scramble as Afghanistan fell quickly to the Taliban

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