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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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Mattress Mack and the Astros host Pearland Little League at Wednesday night's game. Photo by LittleLeague.org

Sure, it’s impressive that the Astros have made four World Series appearances in recent years, but they’re not alone. There’s another baseball team around here that’s also headed to its fourth World Series since 2010.

Pearland defeated Oklahoma, 9-4, on Tuesday to win the Southwest Regional and qualify for the Little League World Series starting Aug. 17 in South Williamsport, PA.

Most fans and media say the Little League World Series is held in Williamsport, but it’s South Williamsport, just a 5-minute stroll across a bridge over the Susquehanna River in north central Pennsylvania.

Pearland is on a torrid 13-game winning streak that swept through district, sectional, state and regional tournaments to earn the Little League World Series bid.

Here’s how difficult the road to the Little League World Series is. There are 15 teams in MLB’s American League. If the Astros finish with one of the two best records, they’ll have to win two playoff series to play in the World Series.

Little League is a little bigger than MLB. Little League is the largest youth sports organization in the world, with 2.5 million kids playing for 180,000 teams in more than 100 countries on six continents.

Pearland, representing East Texas, had to defeat All-Star teams from West Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arkansas and Colorado to win the Southwest Regional. The Little League World Series will host 20 teams - 10 from the U.S. and 10 from international regions.

If you have children that play Little League, or you’re just a fan, attending the Little League World Series should be high on your baseball bucket list.

I covered the Little League World Series in 2010 when Pearland made its first appearance and made it all the way to the U.S. championship game. It may have been my most fun assignment ever.

The Little League World Series is played by 11 and 12-year-olds in Little League’s major division. When ESPN and ABC air these games, they’ll present the players as innocent little kids, like Beaver and Wally or Tom and Huck. They’ll show the kids playing Simon Says with the Little League mascot called Dugout. They’ll ask the kids who’s their favorite big leaguer.

I was a Little League coach. I followed Little League All-Stars across Texas all the way to South Williamsport. These kids are absolute baseball maniacs with $400 gloves, $500 bats and Oakley sunglasses. I thought the Astros might call and ask where they got their super neat equipment.

Especially in Texas, these kids are built tough with long ball power and play year-round travel baseball with high-priced private coaches. This isn’t a choose-up game in the park where kids play in their school clothes, one kid brings a baseball and the players share bats. I looked at some of the Little Leaguers and wondered if they drove to the stadium.

I half-expected, when ABC asked who their baseball idol was, they’d answer “me!”

Here’s how seriously good these kids can play the game. Justin Verlander throws a 97-mph fastball. That’s pretty fast. It’s not rare anymore for a Little League pitcher to reach 70-mph on a fastball. The Little League mound is 46 feet from home plate. A 70-mph pitch in Little League gets to home plate in the same time as a 91-mph pitch from 60 feet 6 inches in MLB.

In 2015, a pitcher named Alex Edmonson fired an 83-mph heater at the Little League World Series. The reaction time a Little League batter had against Alex’s pitch was equal to a Major Leaguer trying to hit a 108-mph fastball. Good luck with that. Alex pitched a no-hitter and struck out 15 batters in six innings at the Little League World Series. Now 20, Alex is a relief pitcher for Clemson.

The Little League World Series is a trip. The easiest way to get there is to fly into Philadelphia and drive to South Williamsport. I sat next to CC Sebathia’s mother on the plane.

Admission to all Little League World Series games is free and snack bar prices are reasonable. A hot dog is $3. Alcohol and smoking are prohibited.

The first Little League World Series was held in 1947. Only 58 players have played in the Little League World Series and later played in MLB. The most famous are Cody Bellinger and Jason Varitek. Only two players from the Houston area made the leap: Brady Rodgers and Randal Grichuk both played on the 2003 team from Richmond, about 30 miles from Houston in Fort Bend County.

While you’re in South Williamsport, you should visit the Little League museum and Hall of Excellence. Among the inductees: Presidents Joe Biden and George W. Bush, Astros manager Dusty Baker, Kevin Costner, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dick Vitale, Rob Manfred and someone who’d later play stadiums in a different way, Bruce Springsteen.

Speaking of Springsteen, I shattered a record at the 2010 Little League World Series. The record was Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. I was talking to a Little League executive while teams were warming up on the field. Born in the U.S.A. came over the stadium loudspeakers.

I told the executive, I’m a big fan but maybe this isn’t the best song you should be playing. The executive asked why not? Well, you might want to listen to the words. Born in the U.S.A. is a depressing song about a U.S. soldier who is sent to Vietnam and can’t find a job when he gets back home. It’s not exactly Yankee Doodle Dandy. You have teams from Asia here (Japan won the tournament that year). The executive said, please tell me you’re kidding. Here’s one verse:

Got in a little hometown jam

So they put a rifle in my hand

Sent me off to a foreign land

To go and kill the (what is considered a slur for Asians).

Later I got an email from the president of Little League International.

“Quite honestly, I've never listened closely to the words of Born in the USA. I see clearly how it is offensive to our Little League friends from Asian nations. I have directed our folks who coordinate the stadium music to discontinue playing it in the future.”

Play Centerfield by John Fogerty instead. The message of that song is, “put me in coach.” Little League couldn’t say it any better.

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