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Burger King, Overwatch and ghosts

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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!

So now that we owned that Monday, let's get out there and do some good work today, it's Tuesday and here's where we make this week our bitch, right?

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Somebody famous once said you judge a society not by it's greatness but in how it treats its prisoners and people in need. I think I paraphrased the saying but it's an important theme to live by and it's one of the reasons I emphasize helping others, including this week focusing on The Arc of Greater Houston. They work with people with disabilities and families of people with disabilities and are asking for volunteers for a children's fun center at the Bayou City Arts Festival. The Arts Festival helps various non profits and funds some local artists as well, so it's a win-win, right?

HAVE YOU TRIED?

A little known fact about me, I'm a sucker for a good grilled chicken sandwich. So everytime one of the fast food chains debuts a new sandwich, or retools one of them, I'm interested. That being said, I got out to Burger King to try their new and improved Grilled Chicken Sandwich, a #13 locally. They're using a new honey mustard and keeping it simply overall, tomato and lettuce and that's it. Now me personally, I've always preferred a honey mustard to a mayo on a chicken sandwich, apparently America is divided on the issue as most restaurants do literally one or the other. This sandwich is actually pretty solid over all, no real complaints, I think keeping it simple and just putting a few ingredients on it makes it all about the sauce and fortunately for them this new Honey Mustard is pretty legit. Overall four out of four rumbly tumblies.

SOMETHING NEW

So yesterday was fairly full so I didn't get a chance to get into this, but The Overwatch League stage 1 playoffs concluded Sunday afternoon and it was an awesome nail biter. So the Vancouver Titans were the #1 seed coming into the this $500,000 tournament after 7 games in stage 1, and the San Francisco Shock were the #6 seed. In the opening round of the playoffs on Thursday night in the first game of the whole thing, the #2 seed New York Excelsior lost, they were most experts pick to win the whole thing so this was a pretty big deal. Eventually the expansion team Vancouver Titans were in the finals against the San Francisco Shock and the Shock was up early in the match. The matches are played like tennis with a series of games consisting of one point, and the first to win four games wins. The finals were literally a $100,000 match with winner getting $200,000 and second place taking home $100,000, which is some high stakes gaming. The Titans were down 3-2, brought it back to 3-3 and then in the final game the Titans had to rally from 3-2 to win the final game and in turn the match.

Lots of people may not realize the level of excitement that they're producing with these televised matches, but there's great commentary explaining the action as it happens, there's tons of strategy involved and both of these teams have an interesting story. The Vancouver team was actually a minor league team last season and when the expansion occurred most of the roster was brought over as a whole with the same core of players having played together since 2016. While the San Francisco Shock went a different route, they drafted young in the first year of the league last year and two of their players weren't eligible to play right away until they met the league minimum age of 18. The Shock purposefully went young and developed their team and it's been a process but it worked for them this weekend. These kids are making a salary, plus housing, medical, 401k and the cash bonuses from all-star appearances and playoff performances, it's good to game these days. The league comes back for Stage 2 April 4th on Twitch, Disney XD, ESPN, ABC and Overwatch.com

IS ANYONE ELSE DOING THIS?

I have a confession to make, I'm obsessed with terrible paranormal shows. Everything from Haunted Hospitals to Haunted Case FIles, if it's poorly re-enacted and heavily edited I need to watch it. I already love ghost stories, I grew up in a haunted house and believe in ghosts and certain elements of the paranormal stuff, but they always take these stories up a notch that make it, just a little too hard to believe and I love it. On Saturday, I have the Travel Channel on and I can't turn off Ghost Adventures all day, just can't do it. The other thing I have to watch non-stop is Law & Order, the original, not any of the extra ones, I can watch the original one all day, I don't care if it's one from 1992 or 2006, I'm in. Is anyone else this addicted to only moderately ok television?

SUPPORTING ANOTHER LOCAL ARTIST

A buddy of mine texted me this weekend and goes, "Cory, I have a crazy story for you." Which is honestly how all of my favorite conversations begin, he was getting an estimate on some work on his house and the guy who came out there handed him a card and wrote the name Admiral Dawg on the back of it and said, "check me out on spotify and I'll leave it at that." They then got to talking and the guy said he'd recently had an existential crisis that he got out by writing a country music album. Now it turns out Admiral Dawg is a nerdcore rapper choosing to focus on weed, booze and video games and honestly, it isn't bad. If you got spotify and a few minutes give it a listen, I've heard A LOT WORSE.

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. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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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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