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Fawcett comicsBorn with a comic book in one hand and a remote control in the other, Cory DLG is the talent of Conroe's very own Nerd Thug Radio, Sports and Wrestling. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio show at www.nerdthugradio.com!

Hey Nerds!

It's Wednesday and for all you guys working for the weekend, you're almost there.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

So we've all been there, work is killing you, the phones are ringing, someone's out sick on a Monday (like anyone ever believes that) you got that big meeting later and that's why you tried to get in early today to prep for it, but there was traffic on 45 so you actually got in the office a few minutes late and your boss made a motion to his watch as you passed him in the break room and you just want to scream! But you take 20 minutes for lunch and you head out to the Memorial Park, you walk around a few minutes you sit and listen to the sounds of people being happy, and suddenly you're calm again. That's what Memorial Park does for you, so what do you do for it? The 2019 Brunch Run presented by Green Mountain Energy benefitting The Memorial Park Conservancy is April 6th at 8am and proceeds go towards the parks conservatorship in order to help keep the park looking nice and lovely. I'm not saying you owe it, but… well you kind of owe it.

WHO NEEDS TO ROCK OUT

This weekend is a quiet weekend in live music, so to speak. Citizen Cope is playing Friday night at the House of Blues, and if that doesn't ring a bell then you didn't watch a movie in the early 2000s. They had the song "let the drummer kick" in the movie Accepted. Basically, if there was a scene where the main character was thinking about something important in a key moment then Citizen Cope was likely playing in the background. So go listen to them on Friday night and reconsider all your life choices. On Saturday the music choice gets a little more interesting, at White Oak Music Hall the Bouncing Souls stop by to celebrate their 30 year musical journey.

IS THIS A REMAKE

So this Friday Shazam comes out. Honestly if you're a comics guru like myself, this is the kind of thing that is so crazy. Shazam was originally Captain Marvel of Fawcett comics, Fawcett eventually gets bought by DC comics, during that time while Fawcett wasn't publishing though, Marvel makes their own Captain Marvel comic. Now DC owns a Captain Marvel but the trademark belongs to Marvel so DC comics can publish their own Captain Marvel character but they can't put the name of their hero on the cover of their book, so for literally the last 50 plus years DC would call the book anything but Captain Marvel eventually landing on Shazam!, the magic word Billy Batson yells to become Captain Marvel. When DC comics relaunched with the new 52 a few years back, someone FINALLY convinced DC to abandon the name of Captain Marvel since they couldn't put that name on the cover of the books. They now called him Shazam, and his movie comes out less than a month after Marvel's Captain Marvel came out in theatres. Always the second fiddle…

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN THIS BAD

So have you ever been so bad at your job that you accidentally quit? This is a legit question, like how bad are you at your job that you break an automatic termination rule in your first three months? We've all had bad jobs before and we've all had jobs that maybe we weren't perfectly suited for but the idea that you screw up so bad that you are now done in the first three months is pretty crazy. Well a Judge in Harris County just did that. So for some reasons Judges are elected by the people, not sure how that makes any sense, in theory judge should be like a rank that prosecutors earn eventually by serving the interests of the people long enough, but now even district attorneys are political figures so who knows. I bring all of that up because the judge in question released online his plans for running for a higher position later on in his career, however in the Texas Constitution it says once you are a candidate for another office you automatically resign your current position, which he has had for all of three months. Not so smart.

WHAT THE HECK

So that's it for the AAF? What the heck just happened? It seems that Tom Dundon the new chief of the league after investing $250 million into the league about a month ago has no interest in continuing the league under its present conditions. The NFL seemed super gung ho to have this league in a minor league position which the AAF seemed to be courting by asking the NFLPA to let the practice squad players play in this league, with the increased exposure giving players more chances to make an active roster in the NFL. Honestly there's a lot of things going in different directions in this story, the NFLPA doesn't really want to give practice squad players more chances because they want more active roster spots to create more wealth for players and a minor league actually threatens the push to expand NFL rosters. The AAF had been developing some interesting technology with big sports implications and Dundon having access to that might be worth more than the idea of growing a minor league NFL that has a long fight with the NFLPA ahead of it. On top of all that, there were some first year issues including the Florida team practicing in Georgia, and not having signed the contract to hold their championship in Vegas even though the stadium in question was selling tickets for it, the thing that makes me think this is a permanent closure is how they handled the players, they literally just left them all where they were and the players had to arrange their own way home. Not cool.

EVEN THOUGH NOBODY ASKED ME

Another refinery fire? It's interesting now to hear so many people complaining about regulation and enforcement of the rules considering that we as a state have long been in favor of deregulation including recently an odd push to drop the licensing requirements for cosmetologists. This new plant fire at KMCO is apparently not a big surprise as it seems KMCO has numerous violations in its past, this lax attitude towards rules and regulations leads to issues like this, so maybe it's time for a cultural shift on regulations.

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Wednesday and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back tomorrow and we'll be bringing more good times your way. Feel free to check out my digital short story The Wilson House, or buy a shirt from Side Hustle Ts where every shirt is now under $20 or listen to Nerd Thug Radio or support our Patreon Page. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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Texans training camp observations from 8/10. Still footage by Cody Stoots.

The Houston Texans inched closer to their preseason debut. Here are 11 observations from a hotly contested practice.

1. Derek Stingley did it again. The rookie continues to get more and more work. It had been rare to see Stingley win a big rep against Brandin Cooks, but that changed Wednesday. Cooks planted and turned for a comeback route as Davis Mills was letting the ball go. Stingley planted himself, and I didn’t think he would make it to the ball. Well, not only did he make it, but he also had an interception bounce off his hands. The defense had a little buzz to it after the play from the rookie. It was an example of the eye-popping potential and continued growth for Stingley.

2. A few plays later, Stingley showed his agility and closing speed on a play where he ended up defending Nico Collins. It was a different task for Stingley, but he recognized where the ball was headed and went to close on Collins. Collins dropped the pass, but even had he caught it, Stingley was there to keep it a short gain.

3. Jalen Pitre was named a starter on the team’s unofficial initial depth chart. He’s earned it. Pitre flashes constantly and some of the early hiccups from camp are no longer present. Pitre skied over Brandin Cooks, didn’t interfere, and knocked a ball away. He’s going to be a must-watch in the preseason games.

4. Dameon Pierce has a nice burst and he’s stocky, but on Wednesday I saw some patience and vision from him. The rookie running back darted through a slow-developing hole for a big gain. Pierce catches the ball a fair amount as well, despite the fact his college games didn’t feature that a ton when you watched him play at Florida.

5. I was concerned about Dameon Pierce’s pass blocking, and I still want to see what it looks like at full speed. Wednesday showed he has a decent idea of what to accomplish. Pierce chipped a rusher that was about to beat the offensive tackle, allowing Davis Mills to complete a huge play to Brandin Cooks.

6. Davis Mills and Brandin Cooks finally hooked up on a long pass and made it look easy. It was in stride, on target, and went for a gain of over 30 yards. Mills had to step up a little to make the throw. It was a tight pocket, and he dropped it right into the bread basket of Cooks. It elicited the biggest cheer of the day from the fans in attendance.

7. Towards the end of practice, it was Davis Mills and Brandin Cooks again. The situational football was in full effect as the offense was drilling a 4th and 10 from the 20-yard-line setup. Mills had to buy a little time, and the offensive line held up well, but he saw Cooks coming open and fired to the back corner of the end zone. Two feet for Brandin Cooks and a touchdown. The defense was exasperated. They’d done almost all they could to contain Cooks.

8. It wasn’t the best day overall from the offense. In part, the defense had some nice plays. There was a little sloppiness from the offense overall. Some were almost connections. I will say though, that one bad play doesn’t feel like it dooms the offense anymore. There is hope if there is ever a negative play or an incomplete pass. It didn’t feel that way last season.

9. Maliek Collins might be a problem this year. For opposing teams, I mean, not the Texans. Collins had a couple of bad penalties last year and came up close on a few plays. He again had a nice play that would have resulted in a sack. It’s fun to see his potential show in camp, I am excited to see him and All-Pro guard, Quenton Nelson, in week one of the season.

10. Kevin Pierre-Lewis is healthy and ready to contribute. He was step for step on a Brandin Cooks wheel route that ended up being an incomplete pass. With some injuries in the linebacker group, the veteran has a chance to start or at least play a lot.

11. The preseason game is on Saturday against the Saints. Here are four players on offense and four players on defense I will be watching very closely. On offense guard Max Scharping, running back Dameon Pierce, wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, and wide receiver Chad Beebe is who I will be looking for the most. On defense edge rusher Rasheem Green, defensive tackle Kurt Hinish, linebacker Neville Hewitt, and any rookie who plays.

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