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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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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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