The Grizzlies beat Flop City Saturday night to tie the series vs. the Clippers at 2-2. The first round playoffs have a 2-2-1-1-1 format for home games, which means Tuesday’s Game 5 is in Los Angeles, and Friday’s Game 6 is in the FedExForum. Since we now know at least 6 games will be needed to determine a winner, tickets for Friday’s game are now on sale.
ALERT if you plan on coming Downtown Friday evening: Friday is the first day of Music Fest, a playoff game for the Grizzlies, and a home game for the Redbirds. Downtown is going to be absolutely PACKED. Allow extra time to get where you’re going, and realize that you may not be able to park as close to your destination as you would like. Also, if you’re going to the Grizzlies game, you also need to allow extra time for NBA-mandated security scans at the front door.
The Grizzlies have also announced official watch parties for Tuesday night’s 9:30 game. There will be two Downtown locations: Blind Bear Speakeasy and Hooters. So you can watch the game at a place where the three managing partners are locals and three of the biggest Grizzlies fans you’ll ever meet, or you can watch at a chain restaurant that has the nerve to charge you for ranch when you order hot wings. Your choice. Parties in other parts of the city include Bayou Bar & Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings on Hacks Cross, and Skimo’s. If you’ve never been to an official watch party before, the Grizzlies’ Claw Crew will be there passing out car flags, headbands, and other goodies. Parties start a half hour before game time, which means 9 PM for Tuesday.
Look for a pop-up golf game tomorrow at lunch on Main Street. The FedEx Golfer will be “playing” golf on the street from 11:30 to 1 tomorrow, along with his caddie and standard-bearer. The first person who comes up to him and says “Come Play 2013” will receive a pair of one-day passes to the FedEx St.Jude Classic. People who come up to him will also receive FESJC swag and information on how to win a 2013 Ford Explorer from Landers Ford. “Like” the FESJC on Facebook here or follow the event on Twitter at @FESJCMemphis for more information. They just announced the Michelob Ultra Tent for Saturday-Sunday, June 8-9. For a $10 entry (tournament ticket must be purchased also) you get access to $1 beers.
Second and Beale, Inc., operators of Blues City Cafe, have pulled out of a plan to open a restaurant in Beale Street Landing. Sad to hear that, but the Second and Beale folks are experienced businessmen and I don’t blame them for their decision if there were red flags in their minds.
Memphis in May honored country Sweden has been ranked as the most socially advanced country in the world. It ranked high in personal safety; air, water, and sanitation; nutrition and basic medical care; and opportunity. Its only slip was a 37 rank in Ecosystem Sustainability. Love the pic of the Swedish hotties using their country’s flag as a makeshift tube top dress!
If you missed Memphis Brewfest on Saturday, FuzzyBrew has a recap.
I will have a Wine Race recap post up this week. I attended the parade, Queen of the Vine, and grape stomp, and I was upstairs briefly for the wine relay before I decided it was imperative that I go eat. So I ran to City Market (oops, might have stopped for a beer as I walked though, Flying Saucer is on the way you know) and by the time I was done eating, Wine Race was over. I took 262 photos, which I whittled down to 202 after removing bad photos and photos where my camera aim was off. I only had to remove one photo this year due to accidentally exposed body parts during Queen of the Vine (and it wasn’t a tube top malfunction. It was worse).
Apologies to the folks at Southern Hot Wing Fest for not making it by yesterday, and particularly to Seth of the Best Memphis Burger blog, who extended me a personal invitation to come try his team’s wings. It’s really hard to have two festivals in one day. I need to do a post about the narrow spring and fall festival windows given Memphis weather.
I had several people ask why the BBQ team I’m on didn’t enter the BBQ competition at Southaven Springfest this weekend. I went and looked at the festival’s website. I clicked on the “What Not to Bring” link and the first thing listed was “Alcohol.” Yeah I feel pretty confident saying we will never enter this event.
Plans for tonight: I didn’t make the final table for Bluff City Poker’s poker league, but many of the people who are my friends did so I am going to go watch. It’s at the Silly Goose at 8 PM. Prior to that I’ll probably hit the Flying Saucer and knock out some Pint Nite beers.