Monday update

Cheers to heroes! This coming Saturday, December 2, thousands of people will run the St. Jude Marathon, Half-Marathon, 10K, 5K and 1-mile family walk, raising millions of dollars to help ensure that no child’s family ever receives a bill for cancer treatment at the children’s research hospital. Expect delays if you have to drive… a better idea would be to leave the car at home and come out and show your support for the runners.

Expect the bars to fill up quickly on Saturday, with runners post-gaming and people turning up to watch the American Athletic Conference Championship, Memphis vs. UCF, on ABC at 11 AM.

Then the Memphis Holiday Parade happens at 2 on Beale Street.

After the parade the bars will fill up again for Georgia vs. Auburn in the SEC Championship. It will be broadcast on CBS starting at 3 PM.

The Memphis Tigers host Mercer at FedExForum at 4 Saturday.

The food hall at 409 S. Main has its grand opening Saturday.

And then at 7 the annual Stumbling Santa pub crawl assembles at the Flying Saucer, with more than 1000 Santas stumbling from bar to bar.

In summary, Saturday is going to be a huge day Downtown. If you plan on coming down here for any of the day’s events, allow extra time for traffic and parking. It will be busy!

On to other news… local BBQ team Porkosaurus has a marketplace on Amazon where you can order their sauces, spices and rubs. Great holiday gifts if you know a person who loves BBQ.

The U of M is negotiating a new contract with Mike Norvell. Smart move.

Stats site FiveThirtyEight has an interactive college football playoff predictor where you can give teams wins or losses and see how it affects their chances of being one of the chosen four.

The Blind Bear has Wonderful Wednesday this Wednesday night, with trivia at 8 (free to play; chance to win a $40, $20, or $10 gift card) and then Charvey Mac at 10. Wait a minute, that means Charles is actually going to have to get trivia done by 10!

LOLing at the situation with Schiano being hired and then not hired at UT. You remember those prank matches that won’t stop burning? The Vols’ football program is the dumpster fire that won’t stop burning.

That’s it for now. Back at work after a long and eventful weekend. Back tomorrow with more news.