Two important basketball games are on TV today. The 8-seed Memphis Tigers tip off against the 9-seed George Washington University Colonels at 5:55 on TBS. Winner will advance to face 1-seed Virginia on Sunday (well, unless Coastal Carolina pulls off the first-ever 16-over-1 upset). At 6:30 the Grizzlies tip off a road game vs. the Miami Heat. The Grizzlies are in sole possession of 7th place in the Western Conference right now. The top 8 at the end of the regular season go on to the playoffs. 9th-place Phoenix is only a game and a half behind the Grizzlies, so every game is important.
In case you haven’t seen it: Statistics site FiveThirtyEight’s probabilities of every team left in the NCAA Tournament winning the championship. Mouse over a team’s name to see its probability of winning each remaining game.
The Memphis Farmers Market has posted a really cool interactive map of their booths for 2014. You can click on any vendor name in the panel on the left, and the map will highlight that vendor’s booth. I notice among the vendors there is an alpaca ranch. The market opens for the season Saturday, April 5.
The South Side Supper Club plays Cafe Keough tonight at 8. If you can’t make it tonight, they’re at the Blind Bear tomorrow at 10.
There’s a call for artists for a temporary art program for South Main. Get paid to show your work.
VIP tickets packages for the Redbirds have gone on sale. The packages include tickets for the Battle of the Birds (Redbirds vs. Cardinals) on March 28. You also get tickets to four other games, including opening day and a day when there is a beer stein giveaway. As of this morning, only 247 club level packages, 93 dugout box packages, and 148 right field picnic area packages remained. Go to memphisredbirds.com to purchase.
Stay tuned… there’s a second post to come on today’s lunch break. Major news about the BBQ team, and it’s good news. VERY good news.