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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ROCKETS BEAT THUNDER

Rockets blast Thunder in home opener, 124-91

Rockets take care of business in home opener. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images.

The Houston Rockets had an impressive outing versus the Oklahoma City Thunder after an embarrassing loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night. They took care of business at home on Friday night, which was a surprising blowout. The Rockets didn't have to worry about Karl-Anthony Towns screaming at Alperen Sengun or Anthony Edwards telling Coach Silas to call a timeout. Instead, they took their frustrations out on the Thunder (another younger core).

"We responded and bounced back from that game 1," Silas said. "I wouldn't say it was taking anything out. It was just learning and applying to what you learn and that's going to be us this year. Applying to what you learn and getting better and having some games like we had the other day. Veteran teams have some games when they don't play as well they want."

Christian Wood led the way, as he controlled the paint on all aspects with rebounding and putbacks. He played an incredible game after having a poor performance versus the Timberwolves. Silas showed complete trust in allowing Wood to open sets, as he walked the ball down the court several times, and in transition too. Wood became aggressive on the perimeter with open shooting and tough shots, and long strides towards the rim. He finished the night with 31 points and 13 rebounds off 66 percent shooting from the field.

The young core for the Thunder had a tough night defending Wood from every aspect. Hopefully, he keeps this play up. Silas loved the space that was created throughout the game for Wood, which included the help from Eric Gordon, as he continued to play better. Wood continues to develop underneath the Silas umbrella. He had a great feel for off-the-dribble shooting a few times. Wood becomes more dangerous when space is created on the court.

"It allows me to show what I can do. It allows the floor to be open and I can create for other guys and create for myself," Wood said.

As Gordon continues to impress, his teammate Kevin Porter Jr was amazed with his performance.

Gordon looked marvelous inside and outside of the paint, as it looked like a time ripple. The younger guards of the Thunder had a tough time staying in front of Gordon. His size and strength gave the Thunder a huge problem. Gordon is shooting the ball better too, as he is shooting the three-ball at 70 percent this season. Although it's a small sample size, Gordon is trying to overcome his shooting struggles from last year. Gordon finished with 22 points on 66 percent shooting versus the Thunder.

"EG is the biggest part of this squad," Porter said. He comes in and just scores. We need somebody off the bench to do that. He is our guy when me and J come out, it's EG time and he knows that, and comes in aggressive. So much energy on the bench, and we need that every night from him if we want a chance to win."

As I recently mentioned Porter, his facilitation did look better versus the Thunder than the Timberwolves. Porter had nine turnovers in his first game but managed to have two Friday night. He made great slip passes and found open teammates in the open corner. Porter forced a good number of passes versus the Timberwolves but looked more relaxed Friday night. The hardest position in the NBA is the point guard position, but Silas will not allow Porter to fail. Instead of nine turnovers, Porter dished out nine assists. Silas said:

"Bounce back right, going from nine turnovers to nine assists… I think he had two turnovers tonight, which is great. He is making plays for his teammates, and he was really focused."

Porter's shiftiness and creative ability allowed his teammates to get open looks near the rim. He had 18 points because of his step-back threes and first step going towards the basket. Thankfully, Porter is a great ball handler, which confuses defenders on different spots on the court. It's almost like watching a ballerina skate on ice in the Olympics. Hopefully, his confidence continues to get better throughout the year. Porter shot the three-ball at 50 percent tonight. Efficiency is key for Porter this year.

"I'm just trying to let the game slow down," Porter said. "I had a lot of turnovers last game and I just wanted to piggyback and learn from them and learn from some of my forced passes and reads. And sometimes I still force it a little bit. My guys hate that, and sometimes I'm still passive and I'm working on that. When to pass and score and bounce it out, and tonight I felt like I did a good job of that."

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