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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!
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 The Wilson House, or buy a shirt from Side Hustle Ts where every shirt is now under $20 or listen to Nerd Thug Radio. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to email@example.com.
Ronald Acuña Jr. and Corbin Carroll just got a little more dangerous. Same for Bobby Witt Jr., Elly De La Cruz and the rest of baseball's fastest players.
Major League Baseball wants umpires to crack down on obstruction, and the commissioner's office outlined plans during a call with managers this week. MLB staff also will meet managers in person during spring training to go over enforcement.
The increased emphasis is only on the bases and not at home plate. The focus is on infielders who drop a knee or leg down in front of a bag while receiving a throw, acting as a deterrence for aggressive baserunning and creating an increased risk of injuries.
“I think with everything, they’re trying to make the game a little safer to avoid some unnecessary injuries," Phillies shortstop Trea Turner said Friday at the team's facility in Florida. “The intentions are always good. It comes down to how it affects the players and the games. I’m sure there will be plays where one team doesn’t like it or one team does.”
With more position players arriving at spring training every day, the topic likely will come up more and more as teams ramp up for the season.
“We'll touch on that. We'll show them some video of what’s good and what’s not,” Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said. “You know, it’s going to be a little adjustment.”
Making obstruction a point of emphasis fits in with an ongoing effort by MLB to create more action. Obstruction calls are not reviewable, which could lead to some disgruntled players and managers as enforcement is stepped up, but it also means it won't create long replay deliberations.
A package of rule changes last season — including pitch clocks, bigger bases and limits on defensive shifts and pickoff attempts — had a dramatic effect. There were 3,503 stolen bases in the regular season, up from 2,486 in 2022 and the most since 1987.
MLB changed a different baserunning rule this offseason, widening the runner’s lane approaching first base to include a portion of fair territory. MLB also shortened the pitch clock with runners on base by two seconds to 18 and further reducing mound visits in an effort to speed games.
“Last year, you know, a lot of our preparation was around like, especially just the unknown of the clock and making sure like we’re really buttoned up on that," New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "These guys are so used to it in so many ways that sometimes I even forget.”
Increased enforcement could lead to more action on the basepaths. But a significant element of MLB's motivation is injury prevention.
Top players have hurt hands or wrists on headfirst slides into bases blocked by a fielder. White Sox slugger Luis Robert Jr. sprained his left wrist when he slid into Jonathan Schoop's lower left leg on a steal attempt during an August 2022 game against Detroit.
“It’s been happening for a while. It’s been getting out of control," Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “I know some of the players complained about it the last two years.”
While acknowledging his reputation as a significant offender, Phillies second baseman Bryson Stott didn't sound too worried about his play.
“We like to fight for outs at second base,” he said. "It’s never on purpose, blocking the base. For me, or someone covering second to the shortstop side, it’s a natural move for your knee to go down to reach the ball. It’s never intentional. I guess we’ll figure out how to maneuver around that.”