September 20, 2021

This is the week. The last weekend of Summer couldn’t have been more perfect (including the perfect renewal of the OU-Nebraska rivalry), but the Fall season is officially here. For people whose favorite thing to do is sit around smelly, eye-watering fires eating nasty burned marshmallows while watching everything die, your season is here! Fortunately, the arrival of Fall also marks the very best boating season on Grand Lake – fewer boats, calmer water, cooler temperatures – it’s the ultimate time to be on the lake! And football. Okay. There’s football, too!

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If you’re boating, be careful out there. It’s not a huge difference, but the bottom of the lake is getting closer to your boat hull this time of year. Per the FERC-mandated “rule curve,” GRDA is currently dropping the lake level for the winter months. It’s already down about a foot, with another foot to go before it reaches the designated 742’ elevation by October 1. Watch out for shallow areas that might not have been shallow a month ago. If the shoreline looks a little closer to you, it’s not an illusion. It’s the actual plan. If Mother Nature cooperates, the lake level will begin it’s trek back up to 744’ elevation next May.

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It’s always nice when Oklahoma’s #1 tourism cheerleader chooses Grand Lake to lead his cheers. It was great to see such a huge turnout for Lieutenant Governor Matt Pinnell’s annual “Luau on the Green” and “Pinnell Classic Golf Tournament” at Shangri-La Resort last week! We’re lucky to have a Grand Laker in Oklahoma tourism’s #1 leadership role!

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Speaking of tourism, if you’re looking for an affordable metropolitan vacation, you won’t have to travel far. A national study by ParkSleepFly ranks Oklahoma City as the most affordable city in America. CEO Martin Jones points out “Oklahoma City tourists could extend their vacations almost three times longer than visiting New York for exactly the same price.” Other Top 5 Most Affordable Cities include Indianapolis, Tucson, Memphis, and San Antonio. Not surprisingly, New York City was the most expensive city to visit, followed by San Francisco, Boston, Brooklyn, and Philadelphia.

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Saturday night is L/C Law’s 150-Fest Showdown at the Will Rogers Rodeo Arena in Vinita (7:00). The Anchor at Shangri-La features Saturday Night Football this week – Kansas State at OSU and West Virginia at OU – at 6:00 Saturday.

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RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: Linda Ronstadt’s backup musicians for her 1971 tour included Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner, and Bernie Leadon, all of whom soon formed a group called The Eagles.

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FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: One big difference between men and women is that, if a woman says “smell this,” it usually smells nice.

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ODDEST FACT OF THE WEEK: Only in math problems can you buy 60 cantaloupes and nobody asks what the hell is wrong with you.

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: When you walk into a room and forget why you’re there, it could be because you ran into an alien, and he had to erase your memory so he could escape.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: Welcome to Florida. It’s not the heat. It’s the stupidity.  

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TWEET OF THE WEEK: I took that horse medicine Ivermectin. The doctor says I’m in stable condition.

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BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: Bread is a little like the sun. It rises in the yeast and sets in the waist.  

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Why do “overlook” and “oversee” have opposite meanings?

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OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: At my funeral, take the bouquet off the coffin and throw it into the crowd to see who’s next.

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FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Superstar Bruce Springsteen turns 72 this week. Actor/comedian Bill Murray turns 71 and actor/producer Will Smith turns 53. The highly syndicated “Andy Griffith Show” made its television debut 61 years ago – and was cancelled by CBS 53 years ago after 249 episodes.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots…but you have to play the ball where it lies.” – Bobby Jones

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Bill Howell, DeAnne McAbee, Juli Miller, Theresa McDougall, Bryan Timberlake, Susan Jones, Justin May, Vernon Ellis, Lyn Moore, Corey Black, Cindy Hess, Angela Good, Jerri Parrish, Conley Gay Cornell, Jill Kelly, Sheila Bond, Fred Northrop, Chloe Goff, Susan Moritz, Barbara Oden, Debbie Mitchell, Bill Durrett, and Mickey Tyrrell.

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BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, the Thursday Night Shrimp Boil and Karaoke with Jason Morgan kicks off the weekend on the patio at Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La. Friday night, Scott Musick entertains indoors at Doc’s. Terry Jordan entertains Friday & Saturday nights at The Summit. The Balcony Bar at The Shebang provides great karaoke fun with Kerry Kimmons Friday and Saturday nights; and just across the street, DJ K-Bandito leads the cavalcade of great DJs and dance music at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze. KJ Flip will lead the karaoke fun Thursday night at Blind Swine. Erin Fitzgibbon will perform early Friday at the Swine. Saturday night is great dancing and singing at Monkey Island Pub –  Karaoke with Tim.

On South Grand, Michele Warren and Cameron Mintz will perform Friday night at 7:30 at Blind Swine on Duck Creek. At Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney, the RocKFiscH Duo will entertain Saturday night followed by an early Jake Flint show Sunday afternoon (5:00-8:00).

In Grove, KJ Flip will lead the karaoke fun Friday night at The Regatta – and Faultline will be on stage Saturday night.

Indigo Sky Casino this week presents Jethro Tulsa in the Echo Bar Thursday night, followed by Morgan Squared Friday night and Bobby DeGonia Saturday. At Downstream Casino’s Legends Sports Bar, Superstar Mafia will be on stage Friday night and Jesse Joice will entertain Saturday night. Jesse Joice performs Friday night at Cherokee Casino Grove followed by The George Brothers Saturday.

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DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: Sharky’s Bar and Ugly’s Grill & Bar are closed for the season. Quarterdeck Café at Tera Miranda now has reduced hours of operation – 4:00-9:00 Thursday, Friday & Monday, 11:00-9:00 Saturday, 11:00-8:00 Sunday. The Grill at Indian Hills has cut back operation ours to 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. La Casita de Martin in Grove also has reduced hours – lunch and dinner Tuesday-Thursday, dinner Friday, lunch Saturday, closed Sunday & Monday. Stuff’ns Café in Ketchum is now closing at 2:00 p.m.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The new Fall Season is underway. Law & Order SVU starts a new season Thursday night at 7:00; and Law & Order: Organized Crime debuts Thursday at 9:00, both on NBC. The mini-series Midnight Mass is available Friday on NETFLIX.  The 74th Annual Tony Awards air live Sunday night at 6:00 on Paramount+. Sunday night also marks the return of The Simpsons for their 33rd season at 7:00; and Family Guy returns at 8:30, both on Fox. The Rookie premieres at 9:00 Sunday night on ABC; and La Brea debuts Tuesday night at 8:00 on NBC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Dear Evan Hansen opens in theaters this week. Cry Macho is available on HBO Max and in theaters. Intrusion is available on Netflix this week.

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SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, October 3 – Heart of a Lion Classic Presented by Armada Distributing at Shangri-La Golf Club (12:30 shotgun). Thursday-Sunday, October 7-10 – Pelican Festival at Wolf Creek Park in Grove. Friday, October 8 – South Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at The Coves Golf Club. Saturday, October 9 – Cedar Port Marina Customer Appreciation Party. Saturday, October 16 – Chuck Wagon Dinner & Dance Under the Stars at Har-Ber Village (6:00). Saturday-Sunday, October 16-17 – Members Pickleball Tournament at The Anchor at Shangri-La.

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SPORTS WATCH: What a sports week! College football is in week #4 – and conference play is underway. OU and OSU both play night games this week – OSU hosts Kansas State at 6:00 (only on XII Now and ESPN+) and West Virginia is at OU at 6:30 (ABC). There are great match-ups earlier in the day, though. Texas Tech is at Texas at 11:00 (ABC). Iowa State is at Baylor at 2:30 (Fox) while Arkansas hosts Texas A&M (CBS).

NFL Football is in the season’s third week. Carolina is at Houston to kick off the week Thursday night at 7:00 (NFL Network. Sunday, Chicago is at Cleveland (Fox) and the L.A. Chargers are at Kansas City (CBS), both at noon. The Rams host Tampa Bay at 3:30 (Fox); and Green Bay is at San Francisco Sunday night at 7:00 (NBC). Monday Night Football sends Philadelphia to Dallas (7:00 on ESPN).

In the world of professional golf, it’s a huge week. It’s Ryder Cup time. Coverage is all day long Friday on the Golf Channel beginning at 7:30 a.m. NBC picks up the all-day coverage Saturday at 8:00 a.m. and Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

There are some great MLB rivalries this week. The Cardinals face the Cubs Friday afternoon at 1:00 (ESPN), and the Red Sox host the Yankees Sunday night at 6:00 (ESPN). The Phillies travel to Atlanta Tuesday night at 6:00 (FS1).

NASCAR drivers are racing in the desert this week in the Round of 12 Playoffs. Coverage of the South Point 400 from Las Vegas begins at 6:00 Sunday night on NBCSN.

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With the arrival of a Fall cool front this week, the weekend weather forecast looks absolutely perfect! Mostly sunny, light winds, and high temperatures in the mid-80s. You’ll need a jacket if you’re going to be on the water at night, though, with lows in the upper 50s. There’s plenty happening around the lake this weekend, so get out an enjoy all you can – indoors or outdoors! Remember, though,  wherever you party, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you. It could be me!

GRAND LAKE BUM


September 13, 2021

We certainly had a beautiful weekend for the Mahogany & Chrome show of classic boats at Arrowhead Yacht Club. If you were out Friday, you got to see them on tour as they paraded down the lake for a leisurely lunch at Doc’s Bar & Grill as they prepared for the show. It’s always fun to look at the classic stuff – and the Heartland Classic Boat Club is a true treasure for those of us who love the old stuff!

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Speaking of classics – there was plenty of the automobile variety at the big Dusty Russell Memorial Car event put on by the South Grand Lake Chamber in Langley Saturday. In only its second year, that has become quite an attraction. Good timing, too. I went by Arrowhead to see the classic boats – then on to Langley to see the classic cars show off. Fun weekend!

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All boat owners are familiar with 2-foot itis – the urge to buy a 2-foot bigger boat soon after you take delivery of your dream vessel. Apparently, NFL superstar Tom Brady has 22-foot itis instead. Five months after he took delivery of his new Dutch-built Wager 55, he announced he has ordered a new Wager 77. I guess Florida waters are more challenging than Boston Harbor. And, what the heck? It’s only $6 million. Pocket change for the GOAT.

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Battle-cry of the week in Oklahoma: “The federal government can’t tell us what to do!” Hello? The federal government has ALWAYS told us what to do. If you don’t think you have to follow federal laws, I’ll save back some money to send you for your prison canteen account.

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The “Big 12 Conference” oddly enough only has 10 member universities. It looks like that may change. As OU and Texas bail out, that would leave 8 members of the “Big 12.” The conference has now approved adding UCF, BYU, Cincinnati, and Houston to the conference. With OU and Texas departing for the SEC, that would actually make 12 members of the Big 12 for a change. Dates for those schools joining the conference haven’t been determined yet, though; so if they join before OU and Texas leave, that’ll make 14 schools in the “Big 12.” College math is hard!

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Does anybody besides me wonder how the hell we get on email radar for soliciting companies? I got an email this week detailing “Seven retirement income strategies once your portfolio reaches $1 million.” Gee, that’s just what I needed. So, what’s a portfolio?

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Have you been on Monkey Island lately? In retrospect, the generous donors and volunteers who built the Monkey Island Trail might start thinking about making it a two-lane. I’m pretty sure there are now more golf carts on Monkey Island than there are cars!

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BEST EVENTS OF THE WEEK: Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Matt Pinnell’s “Luau on the Green” event is Thursday night at 7:00 at Shangri-La Resort followed by his annual golf tournament, The Pinnell Classic, Friday morning. Friday is also the Cherokee Classic Golf Tournament at The Coves (10:00). Saturday is the big REC Day Drive-Thru Event (Grove, Miami, Vinita, Pryor), as well as the Grand Lake Fireworks 5K Sunset Dam Run in Disney (3:00 at Cherokee State Park). Monday evening at 7:00 is the first night of the Men’s Pickleball League at The Anchor at Shangri-La.

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RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: Henry Aaron hit 755 home runs in a 23-year career, hit 40 or more eight times, led the league four times, and remains baseball’s all-time leader in total bases, yet never struck out 100 times in a season.

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FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: Marriage is just a nice word for adopting a fully grown man who can’t take care of himself.

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ODDEST FACT OF THE WEEK: ODDEST FACT OF THE WEEK: Some passengers traveling First Class on British Airways Boeing 747s are worried about a re-design which means some lavatories have windows.  A woman traveling to New York complained that there were no blinds. She was told by a stewardess, “Madam, if some pervert is clinging to the side of this aircraft at 35,000 feet, they deserve to see everything.”

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BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Dogs aren’t even allowed to hang out with other dogs until they’ve had all their shots.

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BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: The single star on the Texas flag is actually a review.

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TWEET OF THE WEEK: I just got fired from cleaning my house. I didn’t like my attitude and I got caught drinking on the job.

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BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: Someone threw a bottle of mayonnaise at me the other night. I was like, “What the Hellmann?”

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UNANSWERED QUESTION OF THE WEEK: Singing star Carrie Underwood is married to NHL star Mike Fisher. So, if she took his last name, she would be Carrie Fisher. Does that mean Princess Leia could be back on the Star Wars set? Singing?

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OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Tom Brady are the oldest coach/quarterback team in NFL history. Their combined ages total 112 years!

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FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: From “Death Valley Days” to “Gunsmoke;” “Room 222” to “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” Michael Constantine was the consummate actor. He died last week at age 94. We also lost iconic weatherman, clown, and TV personality Willard Scott last week. He was 87. Legendary “Queen” front man Freddie Mercury would have turned 75 this week; and Donny Osmond’s “Go Away Little Girl” was the number one song this week – fifty years ago!

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “My grandkids always beat me at Rock Band, and I say, ‘You may beat me at Rock Band, but I made the original records. So shut up!’” – Paul McCartney

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GRAND LAKE BUM SHOUT-OUTS: Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Butch Bruenger, Jennifer Jeffers, Jim Larimore, CeCe Mitchell, Diane Bruenger, Trent Richey, Rich Lillard, Angie Drake, Bob Waller, Marcie Wallace Hill, Philip Lancaster, Rami Masri, Joyce Duke, Barry Willingham, Melissa Patrick, Renee Diver, Nick Bentley, Josh West, Therri Wadel, Larry Bolton, and Emilio Arizpe.

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BEST WEEKEND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: On Monkey Island, the Thursday Night Shrimp Boil and Karaoke with Jason Morgan kicks off the weekend on the patio at Doc’s Bar & Grill at Shangri-La. Friday night, Caleb Fellenstein entertains indoors at Doc’s. After Party provides the music Saturday night on the patio at Doc’s. Terry Jordan entertains Friday & Saturday nights at The Summit. The Balcony Bar at The Shebang provides great karaoke fun with Kerry Kimmons Friday and Saturday nights; and just across the street, DJ K-Bandito leads the cavalcade of great DJs and dance music at Big Shots Rhythm & Booze. KJ Flip will lead the karaoke fun Thursday night at Blind Swine. Erin Fitzgibbon will perform early Friday at the Swine followed by The Downbeat late Friday night, and the Faulconer Duo Saturday night. Saturday night is great dancing and singing at Monkey Island Pub –  Karaoke with Tim.

On South Grand, Erin Fitzgibbon entertains every Thursday night at Blind Swine on Duck Creek (at Harbors View Marina), and Diversity will perform Friday night at 7:30. At Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill in Disney, the Steve White Group will entertain Friday night, and Garrett True will be on stage Saturday night followed by an early Jamey Hooper show Sunday afternoon (5:00-8:00).

In Grove, KJ Flip will lead the karaoke fun Friday night at The Regatta – and Alisha Fryar will be on stage next Wednesday night.

Indigo Sky Casino this week presents a Sweet Trouble Acoustic Show in the Echo Bar Thursday night, followed by Donnie Ray Stephens Friday night and Sweet Trouble Saturday. Buffalo Run Casino presents live Whitney Cummings in concert at the indoor Peoria Showplace Saturday night. Encore performs Friday night at Cherokee Casino Grove followed by The Brandon Butler Band Saturday.

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DINING AND DRINKING UPDATE: Road Hog Saloon is closed for the day Monday, September 13. Mooney’s Sunset Bar & Grill is closed for a few days due to Covid protocol. Sharky’s Bar at Hammerhead Marina is closed for the season. Ugly’s Grill & Bar at Thunder Bay will close for the season Sunday. The Grill at Indian Hills has cut back operation ours to 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Quarterdeck Café at Tera Miranda now has reduced hours of operation – 4:00-9:00 Thursday, Friday & Monday, 11:00-9:00 Saturday, 11:00-8:00 Sunday. La Casita de Martin in Grove will start new reduced hours next week – lunch and dinner Tuesday-Thursday, dinner Friday, lunch Saturday, closed Sunday & Monday. Stuff’ns Café in Ketchum is now closing at 2:00 p.m. The Anchor Sports Bar at Shangri-La will be closed for private events Monday and Thursday nights this week. Blind Swine Duck Creek is now serving breakfast only on Saturday & Sunday.

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BUM MUST-SEE TV: The new Fall Season gets underway this week. The Morning Show returns for its second season on Apple TV+.  The Prime Time Emmy Awards air live Sunday night at 7:00 on CBS. Monday night is really big. The Voice returns for a new season at 7:00 on NBC, opposite the return of Dancing With the Stars on ABC. The Big Leap debuts Monday at 8:00 on Fox, and a new season of NCIS returns at 8:00 on CBS, followed by the new series NCIS: Hawaii at 9:00. New Amsterdam returns for another season Tuesday night at 9:00 on NBC.

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BUM MUST-SEE MOVIES: Copshop, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, and Cry Macho open in theaters this week. Cry Macho is also available on HBO Max. Nightbooks debuts on NETFLIX. Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is available this week on Prime Video.

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SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, September 25 – L/C Law’s 150-Fest Showdown at the Will Rogers Rodeo Arena in Vinita (7:00). Sunday, October 3 – Heart of a Lion Classic Presented by Armada Distributing at Shangri-La Golf Club (12:30 shotgun). Thursday-Sunday, October 7-10 – Pelican Festival at Wolf Creek Park in Grove. Saturday, October 8 – Cedar Port Marina Customer Appreciation Party.

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SPORTS WATCH: What a sports week! College football is in week #3 – and there are some dandies. The OU-Nebraska rivalry is renewed Saturday morning at 11:00 on Fox, and OSU is on the road at Boise State Saturday night (8:00 on FS1). Tulsa tackles Ohio State Saturday afternoon at 2:30 (FS1) while Florida hosts Alabama (CBS).

NFL Football is in the season’s second week. Houston is at Cleveland (CBS) and Buffalo is at Miami (Fox), both at noon Sunday. Dallas visits the L.A. Chargers at 3:30 (CBS) and Kansas City is at Baltimore Sunday night at 7:00 (NBC). Monday Night Football sends Detroit to Green Bay (7:00 on ESPN).

It’s been over a week since the 2020-2021 PGA Tour season ended – so now it’s time for the 2021-2022 season. The Fortinet Championship kicks off the season in Napa, California this week. Coverage is on the Golf Channel beginning at 5:00Thursday-Sunday.

There are some great MLB rivalries this week. The Mets host the Phillies Sunday night at 6:00 (ESPN) and the Giants are at San Diego Tuesday night at 9:00 (FS1)

NASCAR drivers are at Bristol Saturday night in Prime Time for the Bass Pro Shops Night Race. Coverage begins Saturday night at 6:30 on NBCSN.

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The weekend weather forecast looks absolutely perfect! Mostly sunny, light winds, high temperatures in the low 90s and lows around 70. There’s plenty happening around the lake this weekend, so get out an enjoy all you can – indoors or outdoors! Remember, though,  wherever you party, be sure to buy a drink for the guy next to you. It could be me!

GRAND LAKE BUM


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