Saturday update

YOUR. MEMPHIS. GRRRRRRRRRRIZZLIES are back in town, hosting Utah for playoff games 3 and 4, and the promotional and entertainment lineup for those games is absolutely STACKED.

GAME 3: Saturday, 8:30 PM (TV: ESPN)

  • Halftime performance by Young Dolph
  • Growl towels on every seat
  • Plaza Party featuring music by Garry Goin & The Memphis Grizzlies House Band
  • Grizzline performances on Beale Street
  • DJ Mic Tee performing a set in the lobby
  • National anthem by Southern Avenue

If you can’t wait until tonight to get in the game-day spirit, hit the Memphis Farmers Market between 10 and noon today, where the Grizzlies and Mountain Dew will do a Street Corner Takeover.

Remember that there will be traffic checkpoints Downtown this weekend, but all you need to do is pull up next to the officer and tell him/her you’re going to the Grizzlies game. Allow extra time to deal with the checkpoints. Also remember you’re still required to wear a mask while in FedExForum.

The Grizzlies Den will be open Sunday 12-4. They’ve restocked classic player jerseys from the past 20 years. They also have stocked up on NXT UP playoff gear.

GAME 4: Monday, 8:30 PM (TV: TNT)

  • Performance by 8Ball & MJG
  • Performance by Eric Gales & Friends
  • Performance by Garry Goin & The Memphis Grizzlies House Band
  • National anthem by Eric Gales

If you go to the Farmers Market this morning to score some of that Grizzlies swag at their Street Corner Takeover, you’re going to want to take a light jacket. Weatherbug’s hourly Memphis forecast does not have our fair city cracking the 60 degree mark until 11 AM, with a north wind of 9-12 MPH.

Professional eater Randy Santel and three of his fellow professional eaters will take the Humonga Kookamonga Challenge at Kooky Canuck this afternoon at 3. They’ll receive their spot on the Wall of Honor if they devour the 25-pound burger in under one hour. Only two teams of four have completed the challenge.

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Free cookies? Wonder if the Nuh-Uh Girl will apply.

It’s National Biscuit Day. It’d be a good day to try the Biscuit Board at Sugar Grits, which has honey butter, blueberry, and cinnamon biscuits with house-made whipped butter, preserves, sausage, and bacon.

SEC baseball tournament action today: 2 Tennessee vs. 6 Florida at noon, 5 Ole Miss vs. 1 Arkansas at 3:30. Both games are on the SEC Network. If you’re looking for a place to watch the games Downtown, Max’s Sports Bar on G.E. Patterson is the place to go. A dozen TVs, affordable PBR, and occasionally a muscle car crashing into a building across the street.

A refrigerator malfunction was responsible for the fire at ReNew Riverview Thursday evening, WMC reports. One apartment was damaged by fire and about a dozen others had smoke and water damage. Four people, including one firefighter, had to go to the hospital.

The Downtown Memphis Commission published a map showing the best ways to get into and out of Downtown with the Great American River Run, the Grizzlies game, and traffic checkpoints. Use Riverside Drive and Danny Thomas Blvd. as your major north-south routes. The map suggests Adams, Vance, and Crump as your best entry points from Danny Thomas and Beale and Crump as your best entry points from Riverside.

Kaleidoscope plays Blind Bear’s patio this afternoon at 1. For those thinking, “name sounds familiar but I can’t place them,” the band is a subset of the members of FreeWorld.

Ja Morant doesn’t know if his family will return to Utah for Game 5 of the playoff series. For those who missed it, a Utah fan got ejected for shouting “Suck my dick” at Ja’s mother. It’s a shame that getting back out post-COVID restrictions has brought out the worst in some people.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigeg will visit Memphis next week to get a handle on the I-40 bridge situation. Thursday is expected to be the day with more details to follow.

A woman is in the hospital after being injured on Beale last weekend. About 2 in the morning, gunshots were heard on the street. The woman tripped and fell and was trampled by the running crowd. She can’t even feel one of her legs, and her mother is having to take care of her 3-year-old son. I betcha that’s why Beale Street Bucks are back this weekend.

There’s an event called Vegan & Vino on Harbor Town Square tonight.

The River Rat Rounders poker league has a fundraiser for Alive! Rescue today at 3 at Green Beetle.

That’s the news for today. Going to take a hard pass on walking down to the Farmers Market in sub-60 degree weather on Memorial Day weekend. I’ll lead off at Bardog then figure out the rest. Back tomorrow with more news.