Friday update

Memphis is getting snubbed again. The Big 12 conference needs to add more teams if it is to remain a Power Five conference following the loss of Texas and Oklahoma. The Athletic reported yesterday that it’s looking at Cincinnati, Houston, UCF, and BYU as possible additions. If you’re a Daily Memphian subscriber, be sure to read this college administrators’ discussion of what Memphis needs to do to get respect. A victory in December’s AAC championship game would help, as would a Final Four appearance next spring.

The CA has a full list of who bid on the 100 N. Main redevelopment project. There are some well-known Downtown developers, including Chance Carlisle and Tom Intrator.

New Tigers assistant Rasheed Wallace believes young players rely too much on the 3. YES YES YES YES YES!!! I have wanted to SCREAM this at every Memphis Tigers player for at least 5 years. If the Tigers could learn to stop jacking up 3s from 25 feet out, and if they could learn to make their free throws, they could get to the Final Four.

Random fact I learned yesterday: DGX sells pinatas.

Full Moon Kayak returns to the Wolf River Harbor tonight. There will be free 30-minute kayak rentals and a DJ.

A new 2-day festival promoting small businesses, Main Street Festival, comes to Court Square Saturday 1-6 and Sunday 1-5.

Women of Soul featuring Keia Johnson, Tonya Dyson, and Rolynne comes to the Orpheum tonight. Tickets are $35.

Y’all, PLEASE go get vaccinated. Yes, it’s possible to catch COVID after you’ve been fully vaccinated, but these are the facts, plain and simple:

  • If you’re vaccinated, you’re much less likely to catch COVID than if you’re not
  • If you’re vaccinated and you do catch COVID, it’s much less likely to be a case that leads to hospitalization or death

I’m going to make one more statement: I really cannot understand why restaurant employees, who were hurt more than anyone by the ridiculously stupid restrictions in place for a year, are hesitant to get the shot. Do you want to return to the days of closing at 10 PM, requiring food to be purchased with alcohol, and no seating at the bar? Health Department director Dr. Taylor has said no option is off the table.

Back tomorrow with more news.