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Astros, Rockets and streaking

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Born 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!

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What's up everybody, it's Monday. This is the day to set up the week for domination! Make your plans and get them done, we got this guys!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Alright guys, I found a great one this week. The Epilepsy Foundation is hosting a Walk to End Epilepsy with the Houston Zoo. It's Saturday April 13th at 7am with registration at the front gate of the Houston Zoo. They're promising 95% of proceeds will be donated and this whole event will be held at zero cost to the community, that's awesome. After the walk there's an after party at The Houston Zoo Masihara Pavillion with cosplaying superheroes, this one's got it all!

AS SEEN ON TV

Saturday night has an interesting possibility this week, The Official Comedy Central Roast Battle comes to Houston. This Saturday at Rockefeller's Houston, there's an 8pm show and an 11pm show, featuring the Los Angeles based roasters coming here to Houston to battle the Houston roasters for your entertainment. Hosted by Brian Moses this show is going to be some fun improvisational insult comedy, if you haven't seen any of the insult battles from British television you've truly missed out, but now's your chance to get on the bandwagon, I suspect this is going to be some pretty funny stuff. Check it out at Rockefeller's on Saturday, the Comedy Central Roast Battle.

THE BOYS OF SUMMER ARE EARLY

This evening at 6pm, the Astros start a home series with the Yankees right at Minute Maid Park with Verlander going on the mound and ESPN airing it. The season is off to a rocky start but don't worry it's a very long season and it only matters how you finish in baseball, and if there's one city that will never again write off their team it's Houston. The one big complaint I have about baseball is the length of the schedule and just the insanity of it, for example this three game series is your last chance to see Houston at home for almost two full weeks, it'll be April 22nd before The Astros return home. That being said, better see them while they can.

PLAYOFFS BABY

As Boys II Men told us we've come to the end of the road in the NBA season and that is a very good thing. This year couldn't end fast enough for The Rockets who have kind of been holding their breath for the better part of the year. They started at the bottom of the standings then as they were fighting their way back into relevancy, injury after injury struck key players, then we became the James Harden show which is amazing, no doubt, but it's very existence seems to irk basketball purists. All of that is now behind us though as the roster was adjusted, the injured players are back, the season is winding down and The Rockets are the three seed in what is believed to Golden States West to lose. The Rockets are a team out for revenge and James Harden has been playing like a man with something to prove which honestly is a nice change in his demeanor, and for this team with all its successes the only result of relevance is winning the west. James Harden had developed a bit of a reputation for shrinking in the playoffs and the only thing that's going to remove that stain is playoff success. Good luck Houston!

WHAT IS UP WITH THAT

This weekend during Brett Hart's Hall of Fame speech in the ring before WrestleMania a fan jumped into the ring and tackled him. Security jumped in and kicked the crap out of the guy and honestly I don't feel bad for the guy because I don't understand why people do this. Who are these people running onto fields and interrupting events in an effort to get attention? You know the outcome of these run ons, you know security is going to grab you, probably roughly, and then you're going to be banned from that venue and likely face some real criminal and financial penalties, so what's the point? Nobody is cheering for you, nobody is glad you did it and honestly it's going to hurt when they catch you. Stay in your seat and heckle like the rest of us.

I PICK YOU

The Draft is coming up and you're going to see a bunch of mock drafts come out and people are going to try and predict what teams are going to do. But here's the deal, it's all educated guessing, this is lying season. It's a term I've heard before from NFL analysts and the reality is it is so true. There is no telling what is going to happen in this NFL Draft because we don't even know what The Cardinals are going to do at #1, so if we don't know who is going to go at #1 then everything else is literally a guess. A story came out this week that Arizona could take Kyler Murray and keep their second year quarterback Josh Rosen and financially speaking, yes they could, but honestly, that would be a locker room nightmare. They could trade Rosen and many teams would gladly take on a young QB with a favorable contract, but would they give you another first round pick? Tough to say, especially since no one is telling the truth.

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Monday and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back Tuesday 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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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF CRENNEL'S COACHING

Now my job: Texans feast on Lions

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Thanksgiving is full of tradition. There's the typical family gathering, large meal, and of course, football. Sometimes, new traditions are added and old ones are retired. I think the Texans did both in their impressive 41-25 win over the Lions in Detroit. Old traditions were carried on (Lions losing on Thanksgiving), some were put to rest (Texans not being able to get turnovers), and new ones were started (multiple passing touchdowns by Deshaun Watson in six straight games).

The fact that this defense got three turnovers in the game was unbelievable! They got all three in the first quarter within the span of eight plays. JJ Watt's pick-six was insane. He went for a batted ball, ended up catching it, and ran it in. They forced Jonathan Williams to fumble on the Lions' very next play from scrimmage and recovered it. On the Lions' next possession, the Texans recovered yet another fumble after the challenge was reversed. Great call by the coaching staff to challenge and win. The defense looked good. Tyrell Adams stood out because he was in on those two fumbles, made 17 total tackles with 14 of them being solo tackles. They also brought pressure that seemed to make Matthew Stafford very inaccurate and resulted in four sacks. I give defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver credit for knowing he needs to blitz to get pressure, but the run defense has to improve.

The offense kept the tempo up in this game as well. The spread and hurry-up were used to keep the Lions already staggered defense off balance. Knowing the Lions were without a couple defensive backs, I thought it would be the perfect marriage of their defense and the Texans' offense. A buddy asked before the game about the line (Texans -3.5) and the over/under (52.5). I told him bet the Texans and the over because neither team can play defense and both have good quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly put together another good game plan and Watson executed it flawlessly. One route combo I saw later on in the game I particularly enjoyed. Two receivers were tight to the left side. Cooks ran a hook/curl and settled in the middle of the zone while Fuller ran a vertical route. Duke Johnson ran a swing route to that same side. It left Cooks wide open as the attention went to Johnson in the flat, Fuller deep, and the action to the other play side. Route combos are important because it gives the quarterback different reads as he goes through his progressions and lets him pick apart the defense based on what he sees. Combine that with Watson's play and the way Kelly has changed his play calling now that he's liberated from he who shall not be named, we're seeing a beautiful thing.

As good as things were, there's still room for improvement. The defense gives up way too many easy yards, both run and pass. They can't get pressure bringing only four and will often give up big plays if the blitz is picked up. Plus the run defense is still an issue as evidenced by the Lions' first possession of the second half. The Lions ran the ball 10 plays straight for a total of 58 yards on that drive. Utterly ridiculous! Watson was good (17/25 318 yards and four touchdowns), but he missed two more touchdowns with passes slightly off, and continues to hold onto the ball too long at times. The difference between these two issues I've presented here is the fact that Watson has so played well, his "issues" are minor and very correctable, while the defense is terrible and there's no easy fix in sight. But let Romeo Crennel and Anthony Weaver tell it, they're getting the most out of these guys and they're playing disciplined.

The thought that this team may actually creep into the playoff picture may take shape better after next week if they can beat the Colts. I doubt it, but it is getting interesting. Let's see what else happens around them because they need help getting there.

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