Operation Grit Grind and Shine is in full force.
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton hopes to help get the Grizzlies out of an 0-2 hole in the Western Conference Finals against San Antonio.
The mayor, mascot Grizz and Elvis arrived on a boat at Mud Island River Park in a public show of support for the Grizzlies' success in the NBA playoffs and franchise's first conference finals appearance.
For the first time ever, six yellow and blue Grizzlies flags were raised on the south side of Mud Island River Park to show team spirit.
Mayor Wharton will temporarily raise six Memphis Grizzlies flags at the Southern tip of Mud Island, the American flag will remain flying at the center of this collection of seven flag poles.
With support from the Beale Street Merchants Association and the Greater Memphis Chamber, Mayor Wharton said the city plans to place large LED screens in the downtown area for outdoor public viewings of Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.
"It doesn't cost you anything to get in and watch the game," the mayor said. "All you got to do is make sure you come in there and full of that Grizz spirit and you have to say three magic words to get in: 'Grit, grind and shine. Can y'all say that? Grit! Grind! And Shine!"
Keep your eyes to the skies Friday and throughout Memorial Day weekend because the Goodyear blimp is also scheduled to circle Memphis.
"When folks come in here, think of all the good stuff happening this week," the mayor added. "Thousands will be out for the Sunset Symphony. We're inviting them to stay over and think about that. Just an all day, all night party."
Mayor Wharton is also urging everyone to wear their Grizzlies colors Friday for Grizzlies Friday.
Game 3 is Saturday at 8 p.m. at FedExForum.
Game 4 is also at FedExForum on Monday, Memorial Day night. Gametime is also 8 p.m.