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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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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