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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!

It's a glorious Monday and we've got a week to nail, am I right? I'm right, right? Right. Let's get this week going. I always believe Mondays are the most important day of the week because they are the day you use to plan and build and organize your whole week.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

So never let it be said that I, Cory DLG can't take criticism and advice, so we're making an adjustment to the GOOD DEED OF THE DAY, we'll try and focus on something all week, so we do MORE good for one thing at a time. So this week we're focusing on helping two things with one section, The Arc of Greater Houston (who does great work with families with disabilities) needs help with their booth at Bayou City Art Festival. They're looking for volunteers for the Children's Center they're putting on to entertain kids at the festival which in itself benefits local charities and artists. So you know, help out and also check it out this weekend starting Friday and blowing through Sunday.

THAT'S SOME AWFUL NETFLIX

This weekend I may have wondered into the dark corners of Netflix. I was on a weird late night binge after re-watching Love, Death and Robots and I was trying to satisfy the weirdness and I stumbled across Extraordinary: The Stan Romanek Story. This is a weird one guys, so I take no positions for the purpose of this article on whether or not I believe aliens abduct people (I don't) but this guy Stan definitely believes they do. He has one of the most documented series of encounters with aliens ever, and there are all kinds of interesting stories and videos and facts and things in the documentary. It's about an hour and a half of semi-interesting stuff and then at the end, there's a note on the screen that after the documentary was made the dude got arrested for kiddie porn. What the heck? Lead with that so I can judge everything properly, I can't go through a whole movie trying to decide if this guy is as crazy as it seems and then be proven right at the very end. Absolute disaster, do not watch. Although the two videos of aliens are pretty funny… so maybe.

THIS WEEK, HISTORY CONTINUES

This week, something pretty freaking awesome is happening. Batman #1000 comes out, that's right, literally the one thousandth issue of Batman. So obviously I'm a huge comic nut but this year has been a big deal for a couple reasons one of which being Action Comics #1000 also came out earlier. Now in general I'm a Marvel guy, but come on, one thousand issues of Superman and Batman is pretty flipping awesome. Every kid grew up with some iteration of these two, they are every kids first superheroes growing up, the capes and the mask, these two drove pop culture for a long time and it's important to remember where things come from. In my case, these two. Here's to another thousand, if you're looking for some great modern batman stories to get into, check out Scott Snyder's recent run on Batman. He introduced some really awesome stuff into the myth of Batman including The Court of Owls, a secret society of the most powerful families in Gotham and also did something really twisted with The Joker, I don't want to spoil it, so seriously, look into it.

INDY AS YOU GO GO

So I promised I'd be doing these and I keep my word, today a great comic on Indiegogo runs its clock out. This project has already funded and will be getting made no matter what, I recommend you check it out because the art is crazy awesome. This guy is talented and deserves as big a launch as possible on this project, Longharbor. Combining HP Lovecraftian elements and a hint of John Carpenter, this modern story is beautifully crafted and worthy of attention. Check it out and get your nerd on with this Indiegogo gem, and the nice part is, it's already funded so you know you'll get the thing you're rooting for, which is my only complaint about crowd funding. I waffle back and forth because on kickstarter your money doesn't come out if the project doesn't get made but on indiegogo the money comes out no matter what, which can be disappointing if not enough money winds up on a project, the artist is just stuck half funded and you don't get what you were looking for.

TAKING BACK SUNDAY ON A MONDAY

Man, this was one of my favorite bands back in the day. I wasn't a total emo kid but man did I love some Taking Back Sunday, I think it's a little odd they're playing a two day engagement, kind of makes me wonder where they've been as of late. I'm guessing not as busy as they'd like but hey what do I know? No literally, what do I know? Also today at White Oak Music Hall is Grandson, but it's sold out, so just mosey on over to House of Blues and hang out with Taking Back Sunday, high school me's favorite band.

SUPPORTING A LOCAL ARTIST

So one thing I did come across this weekend getting ready for this blog, I came across this guy who made his own movie for under a grand. Pretty cool stuff so now I'm pimping it, this Friday come see the premier of So Far Close 2. The premiere will feature live music and free drinks! So make sure you check out the link and start making your plans to include a local artist chasing his dream and also, free drinks.

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 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 corydlg@gmail.com.

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There's an elephant in the room when it comes to the Houston Texans. No, it's not Bill O'Brien. He's the ominous black cloud that hoovers over the whole building. That cloud is like a slow moving weather system that's constantly dumping rain and flooding the city. Eventually, it'll pass, we'll rebuild and recover from it.

It's not even the McNair family. Cal and Janice are the building itself. It exists, but needs people around and operating it in order for it to fully function. Sure, it could use some work. After all, it's almost twenty years old and could probably use a facelift. It happens when buildings age and are only taken care of or held to minimal standards.

The elephant in the room is Deshaun Watson. More specifically, his progress as a franchise/superstar quarterback. I've heard different people talk about this in one way, shape, form or whatever. AJ and Fred covered it on ESPN Houston's The Blitz. My friend @itsDanielBsr tweeted it and brought it up as well. There were others who talked about this topic, but these were the two places I encountered it in which I could pay closer attention.

When it comes to Watson, most people believe he's a great talent. However, there is a growing sentiment that it's time for him to take the next step. Watson turned 25 on September 14. He signed his four-year extension about a week before his birthday. When you're getting paid like a top quarterback and people recognize you as one of the better young quarterbacks, there comes a time when you need to poop or get off the pot.

When calling Watson to the carpet, people will call O'Brien into question. O'Brien is a factor in holding Watson back some. He's been the play-caller his whole time here in Houston up until this year when he allegedly turned it over to Tim Kelly. We've all seen how that has gone. O'Brien is also the general manager that traded away Watson's top target in DeAndre Hopkins. These type of things can hinder a young quarterback's growth and development, but at what point do we stop blaming O'Brien and start looking at Watson?

Some will point to the offensive line as a key factor as to why Watson isn't progressing. We've seen him escape sacks and create plays out of thin air. But when is it time to call him to the carpet for not going through his reads and/or making a check-down? He often escapes sacks and looks downfield, but should he be looking to scramble more often? Should he be reading progressions better? These intimate details are answers we won't ever get, but we hope we can understand that Watson is making his reads and decisions the way he's supposed to.

Whether it's his big extension, his bumbling idiot of a head coach, his lack of protection, or his lack of weapons, fans will eventually stop giving Watson a pass. Del said it best on ESPN Houston's The Bench: When will people stop bringing up Clemson when talking about Watson's greatness? NFL quarterbacks have their college career talked about in their rookie seasons. After that, it's all about what have you done for me lately. I sincerely hope Watson realizes his tremendous potential. He's a star now and a superstar in the making. The one thing that he needs is the success on the field that will catapult him into the upper echelon of the other top talents at his position. Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Pat Mahomes, Russell Wilson, and Lamar Jackson all have either a league MVP award and/or a Super Bowl ring. If Watson is to be mentioned in that rarefied air, he needs to start taking the necessary steps. The clock is ticking and people are watching. Your move Deshaun.

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