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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!

Hey Nerds!

What's up Thursday! That's right, you're almost my favorite day of the week! Honestly I love Mondays, I think if you have the right attitude about your week, you can get stuff done, but man a nice weekend is nice. Right?

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Art is a funny thing. You don't always know what it is, you don't always know where it's going to come from but the reality is that in many ways art is what makes life worth living. Those nights you just drove around with the radio turned up thinking about the things that were bringing you down, the painting you stared at for hours and it changed the way you thought or saw something. Maybe those aren't examples for everyone but they are examples of the affect of art, and the reality is simply this, art matters. For over 40 years the Art Colony Association has raised over $3 million dollars in support of local non-profits through among other things, the Bayou City Art Festival which is this weekend. The Arc of Greater Houston will be hosting a children's center there and is looking for volunteers, help out everyone by helping out someone.

HAVE YOU TRIED THESE YET?

I recently went on a trip to Burger King and I tried their revamped grilled chicken sandwich and it was pretty good, while I was there I also got their Bacon Cheesy Tots. They are fried balls that contain within them, both Bacon & Cheesy, allegedly. This sounds like one of the most important meetings a man can possibly attend, a battered, deep fried ball of bacon and cheese. What it actually is though is a sad, gross thing. Essentially inside the deep fried ball of lies is a less than satisfactory goo that is both cheesy and flavorless at the same instant. I didn't really detect any strong elements of bacon and honestly was totally underwhelmed by this item. I'm sure in the kitchen labs of BK Corporate this turned out great, but in the process of freezing them, shipping them, delivering them, re-frying them and serving them to me, something got lost in translation. Over all this is a poorly executed mess, zero out of four rumbly tumblies.

MY BAD GUYS.

The title says it all, I screwed up big time. I forgot to inform you my trusting audience that yesterday was the debut of season 2 of Happy! The first season of this show, based on a comic book by Grant Morrison and Darrick Robertson, was an absolute madhouse of a show. It had sex, action, violence, cartoons, crazy people, broken heroes and literally everything that should be a good or even a bad television show. Patton Oswalt voices the imaginary friend of a young girl who gets kidnapped, she sends her imaginary friend to go get her estranged Father, someone her mother had long lied about and said was a great man, turns out he's a disgraced cop, who is now a booze chugging, drug taking, hitman with tons of problems and a bad heart played by Chris Meloni of Law & Order SVU fame. Seriously the first season was so crazy and so much fun, it's on Netflix and the second season debuted last night on Syfy. Find it on Wednesday's on your DVR and record this one, trust me.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS WEEKEND?

Friday has some interesting things we've already talked about but if a burlesque show doesn't do it for you, there's always the 13th annual H-Town Blues Festival. There are some fairly big blues acts scheduled, this isn't my thing but I'd be a terrible lover of H-Town if I don't point out the things that get other nerds going, like the blues. Also Sunday, the Supercross Futures will be going on starting at noon, both of these are NRG Stadium and as of now tickets are still available for both. Get out there and try something new if you aren't sure what you should be getting up to. Blues or Supercross, you got options.

REMEMBER RICK MORANIS?

Absolutely one of the most iconic people from my 80s childhood was Rick Moranis, who stared in the film version of Little Shop of Horrors. Right now at Stages Repertory Theatre they're putting on a production of Little Shop of Horrors, Wednesday through Sundays until April 28th. SO make sure to go check that out if this is a slow weekend. I flipping loved the 80s as far as these kind of movies went, they used to make these weird, star driven movies that weren't superheroes or remakes or action movies, but that were just these weird stories about being a young person and then symbolism and metaphors and whatever but Adventures in Babysitting, Weird Science, Real Genius, Say Anything, Mannequin, they just don't make those movies anymore, but you can still see Little Shop of Horrors on stage right at Stages Repertory Theatre, check it out.

SUPPORTING PEOPLE IN HOUSTON

Apparently this Friday is something called Food Truck Friday! It's hosted by Urban Academic Village and is offering free food and drink for those who are interested in going. I don't know about you guys but I definitely consider food trucks a legitimate local artist, hey I'm a fat guy, what am I supposed to say? I find new things and discover stuff I never would have tried from food trucks all the time. They do stylized versions of traditional dishes but it opens up new genres of food to people, right? Indian food and Greek food are two things I discovered initially in food truck form and have no problem saying I'm down for Greek food all the time, they love their meat and so do I. So get out there and try the free food and drinks and take part in a Food Truck Friday!

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Thursday 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

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Former Astros manager Andrew Jay Hinch is on a short list of candidates to become manager of the Detroit Tigers in 2021.

The question is, after being suspended and later fired for his role in the Astros sign-stealing scandal, does A.J. Hinch deserve to manage again in baseball?

It's weird to think because so much has happened in 2020, but Hinch was suspended and fired only nine months ago. His banishment, however, ends in a matter of weeks with the final out of the upcoming World Series. At that point, he will be available to manage the Tigers or any other team. There's a possibility that the Mets are interested. Some were hoping it'd be the Astros, but the Astros are committed to manager Dusty Baker for next year. After that … never say never.

Shortly after getting the Astros ax, Hinch went on MLB TV and apologized for his role in the Astros cheating scandal. Although baseball's investigation said the garbage can banging scheme was "with the exception of (Astros coach Alex) Cora, player-driven and player-executed," Hinch took responsibility as manager and didn't challenge his punishment. No players were punished.

"I still feel responsible and will always feel responsible as the man out front," Hinch said. "As the leader, I was in charge of the team. I put out a statement to apologize. But there is something different to doing it on camera and putting a face to an apology, and saying I'm sorry to the league, to baseball, to fans, to players, to the coaches.

"It happened on my watch. I'm not proud of that. I'll never be proud of it. I didn't like it. But I have to own it. And the commissioner's office made very, very clear that the GM and the manager were in position to make sure that nothing like this happened. And we fell short."

In effect, while Hinch didn't authorize or participate in the sign-stealing scandal, he didn't do enough (really anything) to stop it. He is the rare case of being a guilty bystander.

To be clear, Hinch has not been offered the Detroit manager job. However, he has more experience and more wins under his belt than most of the other candidates being considered.

Hinch's reputation is blemished, but his credentials can't be disputed. During his five years as Astros manager, the team never had a losing season, won 100 or more games three times, including a team record 107 wins last year, made the playoffs three times and won a World Series.

Has baseball forgiven Hinch, and does he deserve another chance to manage in the big leagues? This is America, the land of forgiveness and second chances.

As Mahatma Gandhi said, "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."

Hinch knew his team was cheating and didn't do enough to stop it. There's no defense for that. But I think he's paid enough of a price to get back in baseball.

Mike Tyson raped a woman, went to jail, and now he's practically America's sweetheart. Hillary forgave Bill. We not only forgave Confederate leaders, we built schools and statues to honor them. Martha Stewart went to jail for insider trading, now she's back on TV baking crumpets. Ozzy Osbourne was arrested for pee'ing on a monument outside the Alamo, there is no more sacred place in Texas, and now he sells out concerts at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Pee-wee Herman, well, let's not say what he was caught doing, but he's planning to tour the U.S. celebrating the 35th anniversary of Pee-wee's Big Adventure movie.

Remember, Hinch was suspended for a year. It could have been worse. Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has the power to ban people for life. Since becoming the commish, Manfred has permanently banished two people: former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa for hacking into the Astros computer database, and former Atlanta Braves general manager, John Coppolella for signing international players illegally.

Manfred also has temporarily banned Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman for shouting inappropriate comments at female reporters last year. Taubman is eligible to apply for reinstatement after this year's World Series. However, if he commits one more violation of baseball rules, he will be banned for life.

Lifetime bans aren't as unusual as you might think. Since baseball's beginnings in the 1800s, dozens of players, managers and team owners have been banned, mostly, like Pete Rose and the Chicago Black Sox, for gambling-related offenses.

A.J. Hinch copped to his crime, suffered the consequences, now it's time for him to manage a baseball team again. It's not like he'd be landing a plum job with Detroit. The Tigers are out of this year's playoff picture. They lost 114 games last season. And were 64-98 the two years prior. Managing the Tigers will be punishment enough.

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