Runners this morning, Santas tonight, and the SEC championship game in between

The St. Jude Marathon is taking place as I type this. I looked out my window this morning and saw the runners lined up down Fourth Street. Then, when I went on my Mountain Dew run to Walgreens, I looked down Madison and saw them running up Third Street. Best of luck to all the runners!

It’s a big day down here. This morning you’ll see runners all over Downtown. Tonight it’ll be Santas. Stumbling Santa starts at the Flying Saucer tonight. Hundreds of pub crawlers dressed as Santa will stumble from bar to bar over the course of the evening. If you want to participate, show up at 6:30 in a Santa suit with a toy to donate.

In between, there’s the SEC championship game. LSU vs. Georgia, on CBS at 3 PM. I guess I’ll show up early at the Saucer to watch. I’ll be cheering for LSU in this one. That’ll make my friends Zane, Air Traffic Mike and Lil’ Kim happy… not so much a certain MILF who I’m not sure still reads my blog.

There’s also a Tigers game tonight. Memphis hosts Austin Peay at the FedExForum, 7:30 PM. If you’re coming Downtown for this or any other event today, I’d allow a little extra time to get down here. Streets will be jammed.

Marathon runners: The Brass Door, the Irish pub on Madison across from the First Tennessee building, has happy hour prices for you all day, as well as free hot tea and coffee.

There’s another gift card sale coming to Downtown Memphis that is an incredibly awesome deal. On Monday, December 12, Kooky Canuck will sell $50 gift cards for $25 each. The format is very similar to the sale at the Majestic that happened last Wednesday: You have to be there in person to buy them (no phone orders), so if you can’t make it, find someone to go buy the cards for you. Cards can’t be used until after the first of the year. Sale starts at 11 AM. Well, I guess the Nuh-Uh Girl will be driving people crazy on the 12th, calling everyone she knows, going, “Can you buy some cards for meeeee?”

Insider tip: Kooky has a lot of menu items kids like, such as s’mores you make at the table, skillet cookies a la mode, and giant ice cream sundaes. You could spend $25 on one gift card and be able to take the family out for a fun dinner!

Tickets for the Red Hot Chili Peppers February 3 concert at FedExForum are now on sale. Get ’em here.

Resting up and hydrating this morning and early afternoon. According to the weatherman’s forecast, the probability of a shitshow is quite high tonight. Gotta get ready.