Sunday update

Good news for the fans of popular second-year Memphis Grizzly Kenneth Lofton Jr., who was waived last week in order to open a roster spot for the returning Ja Morant: Lofton Jr.’s playing career is not over.

Let’s have a look at Memphis sports on TV this week:

  • Tuesday, December 26, Grizzlies away at New Orleans Pelicans, 7:00 PM. TV: Bally Sports
  • Thursday, December 28, Grizzlies away at Denver Nuggets, 8:00 PM. TV: Bally Sports.
  • Friday, December 29, Tigers football vs. Iowa State, Liberty Bowl, 2:30 PM. TV: ESPN
  • Friday, December 29, Grizzlies away at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 PM. TV: Bally Sports.
  • Saturday, December 30, Tigers at home vs. Austin Peay, 6:00 PM. TV: ESPN+.
  • Sunday, December 31, Grizzlies at home vs. Sacramento Kings, 7:00 PM. TV: Bally Sports.

The Tigers got it done vs. Vanderbilt yesterday but it wasn’t pretty. They improved to 10-2 and will likely move up from their number-23 spot in the AP poll.

Birdie’s, the virtual golf bar in the South Main District, is now offering memberships. Members will get significantly discounted golf rates as well as food and merchandise discounts. Bitdie’s will be open until 6 PM today if you want to swing by and get someone a membership for Christmas.

I love JEM Dining already and it’s not even open yet. The new restaurant, to open in The Edge District in January, wants to offer a fine dining experience to Memphis “without fancy dress codes, high prices, or formal expectations.” Dress codes don’t work in this city. The restaurant design was kept moderately-sized so the chef could be hands-on. The restaurant will have a monthly supper club.

The Greater Memphis Chamber says that replacing the 1949 Memphis-Arkansas Bridge is preferable to building a third bridge across the Mississippi River at Memphis. 2026 is the target date for the opening of the replacement bridge.

The Detroit Pistons tied the record for single-season NBA losing streak with their 26th straight loss last night.

The Liberty Bowl parade will roll down Beale Street Thursday starting at 2 PM. ABC 24 will livestream the parade here.

In Sweden, it’s a tradition to watch Donald Duck cartoons on Christmas Eve.

The number of venues now participating in the South Main New Year’s Eve bar crawl has expanded and now includes

  • Bar Ware – one complimentary Bar Ware Royale cocktail for ticket holders; DJ Kyle from 8 PM to 1 AM
  • Birdie’s – $8 Arnold Palmer slushies all day
  • IBIS – live music downstairs 6-9 PM; DJ upstairs 9 PM-1 AM; $20.24 food specials and $7 cocktail specials
  • Lucky Cowboy – Computer will DJ 10 PM-2 AM; $5 drink specials and 2-for -$7 seltzers
  • Slider Inn – DJ DanceAlone 9 PM-1 AM; $5 Jameson and Jameson Orange
  • Longshot – holding a separate ticketed event to which attendees of this bar crawl get in for free. 20% menu discounts and an exclusive drink special, with full menu available until 10
  • Eight & Sand – one complimentary “Here’s to Tomorrow!” cocktail per ticket holder

Bar crawl tickets are $40 per person. Proceeds raised will be used to purchase neighborhood security cameras and connect them to MPD’s Real-Time Crime Center.

That’s it for now. Headed to Bardog for Christmas Eve cocktails slung by James and Butt Slut #1. Out to Eads for the holidays after that. Back tomorrow or Tuesday with more news.