NERDS AROUND TOWN

Brunch burger, David Bowie and kung fu? Oh MY!

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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!

Welcome to my love letter to the city of a thousand nicknames, Houston! I was going to call this something cheesy like Nerdtown, or Screwston Gets Nerdy, but I happen to like Nerds Around Town a little more and honestly, I get so few chances to be this ridiculous.

A little bit about me, I'm born and raised here and this city has been incredibly awesome and supportive of my journey to top of the Nerd Empire starting from a lowly internet radio show to an FM radio show in Conroe in just three years, that I wanted to do something to show people the great stuff I find and see in the city. So without further adieu, let's kick off the inaugural edition of Nerds Around Town!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

So the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo just wrapped up and while they obviously have found a fun way to raise a ton of money for kids and for education, March can always do more for kids so today I'm pointing out that Kids Meals Houston is in the middle of a merchandise campaign to sell 500 hats in order to feed 5,000 kids. You got $25 bucks, you get a hat, and ten kids get to eat, which isn't a bad deal.

HAVE YOU TRIED?

Speaking of good deals, and I mean this in a wholly unsponsored way *AHEM* Sonic is in the middle of promoting their Brunch Burger with a medium tater tots for $2.99. The Brunch Burger is actually surprisingly good, especially considering how much dislike I have for fast food eggs usually. The egg is fried, I think, I mean I don't get access to corporate secrets no matter how many times I push the red button at the drive-in, and it comes with a tomato, bacon and a healthy dose of mayo giving it a decent fresh taste that the bread compliments pretty well. All told the $2.99 deal is a meal on the go coming in around 870 calories so you're saving both in the wallet and in the calorie department as far as fast food goes. Three out of four rumbly tumblies.

THIS WEEK AT THE MOVIES

Obviously Jordan Peele's directorial follow up to "Get Out", "US" is coming out this weekend but did you know that today, YES TODAY a slightly less prestigious movie premiered? That's right I'm talking about "Triple Threat", a smaller budget action movie that premiered its trailer during last years comic con season. It features a cast loaded with "hey isn't that the actor from the other thing? Yeah it is!" people including Michael Jai White, Tony Jaa, Michael Bisping and others in an intense looking movie. The plot basically breaks down like this, the daughter of a billionaire who has launched a crusade against a major crime syndicate is targeted by the syndicate for extermination and a bunch of guys who can kick and stuff have to keep her safe. It seems shades of "The Raid" so I suspect action junkies and On Demand surf warriors will find this one worth the time and entertainment. So if you find yourself thinking "is anything new on" check out the movie that answers the question "yeah but what if NEARLY every other action star was busy?" Triple Threat, probably alright.

PROBABLY MORE EXCITING TO WATCH

Trudging past low budget action films, Netflix regularly pushes the envelope and develops amazing new content like Umbrella Academy (created originally as a series of graphic novels by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba) and their new animated series of short films "Love, Death and Robots" falls right into that vein. Not safe for work and there have been some questions of an anti-women message in the films, but all of that stated upfront, it's still a gorgeous ride. It asks some questions and makes you kind of ponder where everything is going with robots and humans and the relationships between them all while visually hypnotizing you into forgetting that maybe the future is a dark place. The criticisms are certainly fair but you have to wonder sometimes if making a statement about one thing is possible without stepping on the toes of other movements and moments, but that's a question for another day I think because you first have to get over how crazy looking some of these scenes are in the first place. If you have some time and aren't going to be embarrassed when someone walks in and asks "what the heck are you watching?" check it out.

SPEAKING OF THINGS WORTH WATCHING

If you have to get out of the house tonight there's a couple of things going on musically from Choker at White Oak Music Hall, to Revention Music Center having Amos Lee, and The House of Blues putting on Nothing More, Of Mice and Men, Badflower and Palisades; but the thing to pay attention to if you have no plans is at The Heights Theatre: A David Bowie Celebration. Featuring a band comprised of several alumni from numerous David Bowie tours, there aren't a ton of artists worth spending time celebrating in an event like this but the enigmatic Bowie is one of them. The tickets are a little pricey for this thing but at the end of the day it isn't what you spend its what you did, or something like that. Check it out if you're looking to get your music on tonight.

WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND?

If you're looking past tonight and trying to find something to do this weekend, UHD is hosting a Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament (free to students and $5 entry for UHD Guests), so there's somewhere to get your game on this weekend. But if you're done Super Smashing (no snickering people, stay focused) Sunday is Tacopalooza 2019 baby!! That's right, TACOPALOOZA, 2019. Free to the public and promising gourmet street tacos, which I suspect will be for sale because the world isn't perfect, with music and art and vendors, this sounds like the kind of thing that will be a great time.

So all of this being said, I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Wednesday 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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RAVENS 33, TEXANS 16

5 observations from the Ravens win over the Texans

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Let's be honest; the Texans were not going to beat the Ravens. Baltimore has better players, a better quarterback and a better coaching staff. (And oh, a better kicker). All of that was on display in the Ravens' 33-16 win.

The Ravens move to 2-0, while the Texans dropped to 0-2 after facing the AFC's two best teams.

The Texans will still likely contend for a playoff spot, but nothing the last two weeks indicates they are anywhere near contending in the AFC. A look at five things from the Ravens win:

1) Oh, Brien...It did not take long for Bill O'Brien's goofy coaching to rear its ugly head. Down 3-0 at their own 34 as the first quarter was running out, O'Brien chose to go for it on fourth and one. The play was predictably blown up, the Ravens quickly scored to make it 10-0, and the Texans were instantly in a hole against a superior opponent. You can't give points away against the Ravens. They might have scored anyway with a punt, but there was no stopping them with a short field.

2) Some positives on defense. Despite the score, The Texans looked much better on that side of the ball against an explosive offense. J.J. Watt had two sacks, the team had four total, and they kept Lamar Jackson from destroying them. Seven of the points were scored by the Ravens defense, and O'Brien's gaffe led to seven more. The Ravens wore them down in the fourth quarter, but they played well enough until then to keep the team in the game had the offense been better. They did not force any turnovers, however, and that was one of the differences in the game. They were also blown off the ball on a fourth and one in the fourth quarter that led to the Ravens' 30th points and could not stop the run at all in the fourth quarter. But that's what the Ravens do with a lead, and the Texans offense gave them no breaks by being unable to stay on the field.

3) The difference between real contenders...The Ravens were just so much more skilled on both sides of the ball. Defensively, they focused on taking away the run. David Johnson averaged 3.1 yards per carry. Will Fuller had as many catches as you did. The Ravens forced two turnovers on just really good football plays. The Texans don't make plays like that. They might against lesser teams, but if your goal is to compete with the best, it's just not good enough.

4) Deshaun Watson needs to be better. His numbers looked so so on the surface (25 of 36, 275 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception). He was sacked four times and added 17 rushing yards on five carries. He did not make plays late when they needed one here or there to maybe get back in the game. With his big contract, it's time for Watson to stop being close to elite and take the next step. His interception was more of being fooled by Marcus Peters than throwing a bad ball, but the Texans were just 3 of 9 on third downs. Throw in the ill-advised fourth down play, and they were just 3 of 10 extending drives. Give the Ravens a lot of credit, but again, to compete with the best, you have to be better than that.

5) Now what? The Texans travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers, who have not been impressive in their two wins. Still, it's hard to see Houston as anything but serious underdogs. They are last in the AFC South, and have a lot of work to do. The defense showed some promise at times, but will have to continue to improve. The offense has a long way to go. They match up better with the Steelers than they do the Ravens and Chiefs, but that does not mean they can win. If you were hoping they would give you some indication they can be more than just also-rans, they failed to do that on any level against either the Chiefs or Ravens.

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