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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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Houston now trails in the fall classic

Astros fall in World Series Game 1 as Braves come out swinging

Framber Valdez had a forgettable start in World Series Game 1 as the Braves tagged him with five runs. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

After a dominant end to win the ALCS and American League pennant, the Houston Astros welcomed in the National League champion Atlanta Braves for World Series Game 1 at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday. With Houston favored to win not just this game but the entire series, the Braves shook up those expectations by finding early success at the plate to build a lead they would hold to take a 1-0 series lead.

Final Score: Braves 6, Astros 2

World Series (Best of Seven): Atlanta leads 1-0

Winning Pitcher: A.J. Minter

Losing Pitcher: Framber Valdez

Valdez unable to replicate ALCS Game 5 success as Braves mount early lead

For the optimist, not having home-field advantage in an MLB postseason series affords you a benefit: you can score first and take captive momentum first in the series. The Braves did that against Framber Valdez, as Jorge Soler became the first player in league history to hit a homer in the first plate appearance of a World Series, putting Atlanta out to an immediate 1-0 lead. They would get another in the first frame, getting a one-out infield single by Ozzie Albies, who would steal second to get in position for an RBI double by Austin Riley.

Houston had the chance to respond in their first inning against former teammate Charlie Morton, getting a single and two walks to load the bases with no outs. They'd strand all three runners, though, as Morton made it through unscathed but having used 26 pitches. Atlanta kept putting stress on Valdez, extending their lead to three runs with back-to-back singles to start the second before later getting an RBI groundout.

Valdez gave up two more in the top of the third, once again allowing a leadoff single, this one setting up a two-run homer to make it a 5-0 Braves lead and forcing Houston's starter out of the game early. Yimi Garcia entered and was able to retire the three batters he faced to end the frame.

Braves lose Morton to injury as both bullpens begin long night

After stranding the bases loaded in the bottom of the first to keep the Astros off the board, Morton followed it up with a 1-2-3 second. He started the bottom of the third by retiring his fifth batter in a row, getting a strikeout of Jose Altuve. He would immediately call trainers to get him out of the game, though, as he would later be diagnosed with a fractured fibula, presumably from a ball that ricocheted off his leg in the prior inning, ending his season in a disappointing turn of events for the Braves.

That set up a long night for both bullpens, and next up for Houston was Jake Odorizzi. He started with a scoreless fourth, working around a two-out error to keep it a five-run game. The Astros began a rally in the bottom of the fourth, getting runners on the corners with one out on a Kyle Tucker double and Yuli Gurriel single. Chas McCormick brought in the first run of the board for Houston, but that's all they would get as Atlanta's lead remained four runs.

Astros drop Game 1

Odorizzi kept going on the mound, tossing a 1-2-3 fifth, then getting one out before a one-out single in the top of the sixth would prompt Dusty Baker to move on to Phil Maton, who finished the inning. Maton returned in the top of the seventh, getting a strikeout before a double and a walk would result in the call to bring in Ryne Stanek.

A double play against his first batter allowed Stanek to finish the seventh, and then he returned in the eighth. He faced three batters that frame, getting one out before a walk and a single would put runners on the corners as Houston moved on to Brooks Raley. A sac fly by Freddie Freeman off of Raley made it a five-run lead again, but a leadoff triple by Yordan Alvarez in the bottom of the inning would set up Carlos Correa for an RBI, a groundout to make it 6-2.

Atlanta's bullpen continued to do well, though, limiting the damage to that one run in the eighth, then returning to hold on to the four-run lead in the bottom of the ninth to give the Braves the upset win to start the series. The loss extends their home losing streak in the World Series to five games (having lost all four at home in the 2019 World Series against the Nationals) and puts them down 0-1 and in need of a win in Game 2 to try and reset the series into a best-of-five.

Up Next: World Series Game 2 will be another 7:09 PM Central scheduled start time on Wednesday from Minute Maid Park. The expected pitching matchup is Max Fried, who is 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA in three postseason starts, for the Braves, and Jose Urquidy, who went just 1.2 innings while allowing six runs (five earned) in his start in the ALCS.

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