Saturday update

Some big things are happening at the Mississippi State vs. Memphis at the Liberty Bowl this afternoon. Former Memphis Tiger Isaac Bruce will participate in the Tiger Walk, and prior to the walk he will do a two-hour autograph session. At halftime he will be honored for his 2020 induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Prior to the kickoff there will be a moment of silence for the late, great former Tiger Danton Barto, who passed away last month from COVID.

A rumor has been floated by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst that Grizzlies power forward/center Jaren Jackson Jr. is in line for a contract extension in the 4-year/$100 million range.

Keith Potter, Executive Chef at Cimas, the restaurant inside the new Hyatt Centric Hotel, joined WREG Live at 9 this week. He demonstrated how to make blackened cobia with sweet pea hoppin’ john.

An FDA advisory panel recommended yesterday not to advise giving a COVID booster shot to most people. The data supports recommending the booster for those 65 and older and for those with severe illnesses, but not the population at large. Gotta be fair and call him out: It was a mistake on President Biden’s part to talk so much about booster shots in last week’s speech before the scientists had a chance to announce their ruling.

The Risky Whiskey Boys bring their We’re Not Posers Tour to Slider Inn Downtown at noon tomorrow.

Tonight is the final fireworks night of the season at the Memphis Redbirds. First pitch vs. the Louisville Bats is at 6:15 with fireworks following the end of the game.

If you go to the Cooper-Young Festival today, please be safe. Wear a mask, distance yourself from other people as best you can, and if you’re not fully vaccinated, please consider taking a year off from the festival.

Also be aware that it is going to be damn near impossible to get a Lyft or Uber between about 1 and 7 today, and if you manage to score one you’re gonna pay a hefty surge charge.

One more thing – the cell phone networks tend to get overwhelmed at Cooper-Young Fest, so if you plan on meeting up with others, better not rely on a call or a text.

It’s highly unlikely I will go to Cooper-Young today. Going to lead off at Bardog and catch up with friends I didn’t get to see last week when it was closed for renovations.