Tuesday update: Green Beetle reopens today

Construction work is complete at the Green Beetle and they will reopen at 11 AM today. They have a few new menu items and some old favorites.

St. Jude employees: Cocozza is set up inside Kay Kafe on campus this week serving red sauce favorites. Cocozza is an Italian restaurant that started as a ghost restaurant in the Majestic Grille space during the pandemic. It recently got a brick-and-mortar location on Mud Island.

On Thursday, October 6, AutoZone Striders will present Cards for a Cause at the Blind Bear at 6 PM. It will be a Texas Hold’em tournament on real poker tables, with all donations going to the American Cancer Society. Here’s how it will work:

  • $20 donation gets you 2000 in chips
  • $30 donation gets you 3000 in chips
  • There will be an optional rebuy

The Grizzlies had their annual media day yesterday. They reported that forward/center Jaren Jackson Jr. is still scheduled to return on the originally published timeline, which would have him back on the court sometime between Halloween and Christmas.

Be careful not to park at meters in the Downtown core with orange bags over them this week. They’re filming a TV series this week (I think it’s Young Rock) and have permission to use those spaces. I saw them aggressively towing cars on Monroe yesterday.

Toast thinks STIX and Molly’s La Casita serve the best chicken fried steaks in Memphis. This is what happens when you (poorly) program a bot to make restaurant teccomendations.

7:40 AM: Well damn… a report of a man attempting to rob a woman at gunpoint just came in at 40 S. Main. I think that’d be One Commerce Square. I just got home from a walk to Walgreens, a block to the north.

Hurricane Ian will be a Category 4 hurricane when it strikes Florida later this week. A direct hit on Tampa/St. Pete is still looking possible. I wonder if any Tampans will travel to Downtown Memphis to take shelter. (Is that what they call themselves? Or does that sound too much like “tampons”?)

The Pro Bowl is dead. Long live flag football.

A man is accused of vandalizing businesses in The Edge District. Oh, man, he damaged some of the equipment at the new Memphis Made brewery location. That sucks!

The DM reports that Memphis Tigers basketball will learn its fate at 10 this morning. The basketball program was investigated for infractions related to money Coach Penny gave James Wiseman’s mother so the family could move to Memphis, allowing Wiseman to play for Penny at East High.

FiveThirtyEight’s college football playoff forecast is back for 2022.

It’s National Crush a Can Day. Who can guess what kind of can I’ll be crushing later today? (Assuming the Blind Bear FINALLY ordered enough to not run out before its next end-of-week delivery. Stop drinking all my beer. EJ!)

This story is SO Memphis: Woman who lost her baby has car stolen from the ER’s parking lot

It’s time for our weekly look at Saturday’s college football games of interest to Memphians:

  • 7 Kentucky at 14 Ole Miss, 11:00 AM, ESPN
  • Temple at Memphis, 11:00 AM, ESPNU
  • 2 Alabama at 20 Arkansas, 2:30 PM, CBS
  • 9 Oklahoma State at 16 Baylor, 2:30 PM, FOX
  • 22 Wake Forest at 23 Florida State, 2:30 PM, ABC
  • 17 Texas A&M at Mississippi State, 3:00 PM, SEC Network
  • LSU at Auburn, 6:00 PM, ESPN
  • UL Monroe at Arkansas State, 6:00 PM, ESPN+
  • 1 Georgia at Missours, 6:30 PM, SEC Network
  • 10 NC State at 5 Clemson, 6:30 PM, ABC

Arkansas will most likely lose to Bama, fall to 2-2, and drop out of the Top 25, However, this year’s Crimson Tide has not looked as infallible as teams of the past, and the game is in Fayetteville. I think there’s about a 20% chance Arkansas wins this and shoots back into the top 10.

Overranked 8 Tennessee will be idle this weekend.

I don’t have a dog in the Kentucky-Ole Misss fight, but I will say that I don’t hate Ole Miss anymore. Lane Kiffin is just too damn funny to hate.

I’ll be cheering for NC State in the evening game. Cluck Femson.

The word of the day is “thaddledo.” Used in a sentence: Thaddledo it for this post! Back tomorrow with more news.