Wed update: Mudbugs in March, logo trivia, EmergeMemphis emerging, Peabody Place Mall, basketball news, Blind Bear poker final table next Tuesday

The Mudbugs in March crawfish festival is coming back Saturday, March 29. Yesterday I snapped this photo of a festival poster hanging in the Silly Goose:

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It will be held from 2:30 to 7:30 PM in Court Square. Last year I went to Mudbugs in March, and had the best crawfish I had at any spring festival in 2013. They were good and spicy and there was sausage in the box as well as crawfish and taters. I recommend this one if you’re a crawfish fan.

How well do you know your corporate logos? There will be logo trivia hosted by Kevin Cerrito tonight at Tamp & Tap (7-9) and tomorrow at Green Beetle (8-10). There will be $3.50 Memphis brewed draft at Tamp & Tap and $10 Bud Light buckets at the Beetle.

Small business incubator EmergeMemphis is unveiling a new look and plan. They will have an informal cocktail hour on April 10 where everyone can “take a look forward.” RedRover, Obsidian PR, and Carter Malone are among the businesses that have graduated from the incubator and gone on to enjoy success.

Mayor Wharton has a new idea for the Peabody Place Mall: turn it into a convention center satellite.

Lots of basketball stuff in today’s post. First of all, the University of Memphis Alumni Association has organized watch parties around Memphis for Friday’s Tigers vs. George Washington NCAA tournament game. The Downtown one is at Alfred’s and starts at 6:00.

Coach Josh Pastner says he’s not going to listen to the “Negative Nellies” anymore and instead focus on the “Positive Pauls.” There’s a Positive Paul T-shirt going on sale at the Tiger Bookstore this morning. Hey, that doesn’t look anything like me! Now that I think about it, it looks like the cartoon character Archie.

Bruce Pearl will make $2.2 million in his first year at Auburn. That’s about $450,000 less than Pastner makes. Good to see a nice guy doing better than a douchebag. $2.2m is still plenty of money to buy burgers and hot dogs to throw on the grill for high school juniors.

The Tigers may have played their last game of the season, but we still have one more big weekend of college basketball to look forward to at the FedExForum. The NCAA South Regional will be held at the Forum Thursday, March 27 and Saturday, March 29. The South is considered by many to have the best of the four brackets, with Florida, Kansas, Syracuse, UCLA, VCU, and Ohio State among the teams that could be here. It should be a big weekend for the businesses near the arena.

Last night at poker at the Blind Bear, Jamie announced that the league final table will happen next Tuesday. The 9 players who have accumulated the most points over the 16-week league will be invited to play for some substantial prizes. You get one point for showing up to the Tuesday and Sunday games, an additional point if you check in on Foursquare, three additional points for every first-place win, two for every second, and one for every third. Players on the final table bubble are in the mid-to-upper 20s range in points, so if you’re on the bubble you might want to play Sunday which is the final regular game before the final table. I have 68 points so I am going to sit out Sunday’s game and let people who need the points have them. One player who has qualified for the final table, the Nuh-Uh Girl, has moved out of town so an additional player on the bubble will get in.

The Bear posted/tweeted that they had $1 green PBR last night. They’re trying to kill the keg. A few minutes after they announced the $1 PBR, they announced $10 all-you-can-drink green PBR from 6:30 to 8:30. Why would anyone buy into that when they’re only $1 apiece? No one is going to drink ten beers in two hours.

Before poker at the Bear, I stopped by Silly Goose, where I had a BBQ teammate at the bar and another behind the bar. The socially inept guy who shows up wherever I am incorrectly guessed Flying Saucer as my first stop. After about an hour there, he put his two brain cells together and figured out I wasn’t there. So he walked over to the Goose and hovered around awkwardly and hardly anyone talked to him. Ugh. I hate stupid people. By the way this kind of thing happens 3-4 times a week.

I’ll be back at the Goose tonight (and unfortunately, so will he, probably) around 6 for happy hour at Jessica’s bar. I may have some good news about the BBQ team to share soon.