NERDS AROUND TOWN

Black jackets, NASA engineers and gaming expo

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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!

Alright guys it's Tuesday, whoop! Yesterday we organized the week and today is the day that we start crushing it!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

It's important to recognize how expensive it is to run a large beautiful park in the middle of a sprawling downtown like Houston. The Memorial Park Conservancy has it's hands full most of the year keeping the park beautiful for us to use at our leisure. The 2019 Brunch Run presented by Green Mountain Energy benefiting The Memorial Park Conservancy is April 6th at 8am and proceeds go towards the parks conservatorship in order to help keep the park looking nice and lovely. It's great to have somewhere to appreciate as you go about your business downtown day in and day out and Memorial Park is a fairly massive place to keep nice and every bit counts. So get out there and run a 5k for charity, plus when I hear the word brunch, I immediately think mimosas, you know what I'm saying?

A NEW PLAYER HAS JOINED THE GAME

A new brewery has opened downtown and one of the coolest things about it, is that it's owned and operated by several NASA engineers. What could possibly be more Houston than space scientists and brewing beer? Every city has things that kind of perfectly sum up that city's experience, San Antonio has the Riverwalk, Austin a live music bar, for Houston, a craft brewery run by NASA engineers is pretty perfect. There's literally no measuring the level of cool that inspires in me. I mean, these guys build stuff that goes into space, I bet their beers are out of this world (see what I did there). It's called True Anomaly which is a nerd term for sure and the other interesting part of everything they do is that they've decided to focus on the largely untouched Sours market. There are different types of beer recipes from IPAs to Stouts to Sours and honestly Sours is probably the least explored in a potentially crowded market for a big reason, if you make a bad sour, then people don't want to drink it. It's a risk but like all great risks it's also an opportunity, because it's an emptier segment of the market. If you have a second get out there and try True Anomaly brewing.

THE NEXT UMBRELLA ACADEMY

Since it's my great joy and pleasure to scour the internet for cool things to bring back for you to partake in, I find great joy and pleasure in bringing this next project to your viewing pleasure, The Black Jackets. This is a kickstarter that has already reached its goal so it means it's going to get made and I recommend checking it out. Featuring a team of teenage monster hunters trying to solve the mystery of their missing parents, it's already got the feel and design and look of a great animated or television project. This really gives me like early Umbrella Academy vibes and makes me think that overall this is one of those projects that has a massive marketing opportunity ahead of it. If you're anything like me it's always fun to get behind these kinds of projects early and then watch how far they can go. So check out Black Jackets on kickstarter.com and support an indy artist today!

FIRE UP THE RED BULL

Saturday night down at GTX Esports on the West side of Houston they are having a lock in gaming night. All night, you're there hanging out and gaming. They can accommodate almost 40 people so you know this is going to be pretty epic. They are set up for everything from Overwatch to Starcraft to League of Legends, and all the big games in-between, so the action never gets old. $25 bucks a head is a little steep considering food is extra but it does seem like a cool thing to get out there and get your game on.

ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED

If that wasn't enough gaming for you in one weekend. Sam Houston State University is hosting this Friday and Saturday an Esports Gaming Expo. Featuring panels about potential careers in the field including marketing and partnerships, and speakers like Houston Outlaws Director of partnerships, John Spiher and Andrew Barton of Clutch Gaming. There will be all kinds of conversations about different opportunities in gaming for interested parties. There will also be rigs out there for people to play on and get their game on. So go hang out among some gaming geeks out there Friday and Saturday at the Esports Gaming Expo.

EVEN THOUGH NOBODY ASKED ME

So it's been a little while and honestly the information coming out of the Deer Park incident hasn't gotten a lot better. The city has already filed a lawsuit to recoup lost resources spent handling the multi-day fire, and advisories have been issued about eating seafood that comes from the water in that area currently. The lawsuit might be a double edged sword because while it may be necessary it's forcing ITC to start to play defense and maybe not be as forthcoming and helpful as they might have been without it. I'm not sure how much that will help their case in the long run, the likelihood that they did nothing wrong seems low in my opinion between the breach in the drainage wall letting chemicals into the water, and the fire restarting a few times while they tried to empty the tanks of the remaining chemicals that they could never identify quick enough in the first place, but we'll see. One positive note I suppose the dead dolphin that washed up on shore the other day didn't die from chemicals released during the fire they say. So that's a positive.

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Tuesday 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 or support our Patreon Page. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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Should Watson be in the MVP conversation? Composite image by Jack Brame.

The 2020 NFL season has a lot going on. Even if we take the coronavirus out of it, there's still a lot to digest. There are so many great performances being put up, one can make an argument for several players to win league MVP. The quarterback position typically gets more credit than others. If I restrict the argument to quarterbacks only, we're looking at Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, and Aaron Rodgers. Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara, and Derrick Henry are the leading contenders at running back. On defense, there really isn't a standout defender. The defense gets no love, but there are several guys in the running for NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Deshaun Watson has been putting up numbers that have matched or rivaled some of the top MVP candidates over his last seven games. That stretch has coincided with the firing of head coach/general manager Bill O'Brien. Coincidence? I think not. Taking the reigns off a wild horse can often lead to said horse running free and flourishing! So question: Should Watson be getting league MVP considerations? I think so.

For starters, he's been one of the best players in the league over the course of the last seven games. 18 passing touchdowns and only two interceptions. The only quarterback with a better touchdown to interception ratio over that same span is Mahomes (19 and 2, as opposed to Watson's 18 & 2). Factoring in total season stats, of course Mahomes is doing much better. He's on a better team with a much better coach and general manager. The same could be said for Wilson and Rodgers. Put Watson on any of those teams and their records wouldn't be any worse than what they are now.

The Texans are 4-3 since firing O'Brien. While that isn't a great record, consider the fact they started the season 0-4 and looked like a total disaster. Watson looked like he was caged and couldn't wait to be freed. The team's record could be even better if the defense had a pulse. The proper supporting cast has a lot to do with a player's MVP candidate's chances. Now that one of his favorite weapons, Will Fuller, and the team's best corner, Bradley Roby, are both suspended for the rest of the season by the league for violating the substance abuse/PED policy, things will get much tougher for Watson.

If he continues to put up these cartoon like numbers, I don't see why he wouldn't be in the MVP conversation. He's currently fopurth in passing yards, sixth in completion percentage, tied for fifth in passing touchdowns, eighth in QBR, and third in quarterback rating. Watson is emerging as the star he was projected to be coming into the 2017 draft. I'm not saying Watson deserves to be the league MVP, but he deserves to be in the conversation. His MVP candidacy should be treated like the family gathering hierarchy: once you reach a certain age and/or status, you're no longer resigned to the kiddie table. Now you get to sit with all the adults, engage in their conversations, and gain access to things you couldn't previously. Watson won't win the MVP award, but I strongly believe he could finish top five. Especially if he keeps making lemonade with the lemons he's been given.

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