NERDS AROUND TOWN

D&D, crowdfunding and weekend plans

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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!

We made it to what some people term the most important day of the week, Friday. I think those people got their days mixed up, but it's ok, I do enjoy a good weekend.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

It isn't often that the great and easy opportunity to support a great local charity can happen by just showing up and having a great time but that's exactly what happens by going to the Bayou City Art Festival this weekend. Support local non profits and local artists by spending money this weekend at the Bayou City Arts Festival. Of course it's also a reminder to make sure to spend some time visiting The Arc of Greater Houston's children center there this weekend, those guys do a great job working with people with disabilities and the families of people with disabilities.

WHO ME?

This weekend I actually have nothing going on by design, you see next weekend I'm recording live on location from Cox ATA's big tournament we're going to do all kinds of interviews and just overall have a blast out there. Then the very next day is Wrestlemania, so we're going to be recording while watching that for Nerd Thug Wrestling. All of that means we're going to be slammed and I have other work in front of me that will need to be done by then so I'm not going too crazy next weekend, although I may still try and sneak out for the Damn Dame's Burlesque show Friday night.

WHILE YOU'RE STILL ENJOYING THE FEELING OF PAYDAY

This week I haven't gotten to feature very many kickstarters so I'm going to make that up you right now, this is a really cool one. Critical Role is a twitch streaming broadcast of professional voice actors playing their dungeons and dragons game, it's been going on for a while now and it's incredibly successful. One of the things that has been mentioned to them over and over is that they should do their own cartoon of their D&D game. That's a great idea, but an incredibly expensive one and not something they can just pool their money together and make. Instead what they did was they put some great thought into their pledge levels, they put some great production into their launch video and made a kickstarter for what was initially supposed to be a pilot, but instead of getting the $750k they asked for, on day one they reach $1.5 million dollars and keeps growing so they've responded and now the stretch goal is $8.8 million dollars and they'll make a 10 episode season instead of a pilot. They don't necessarily need your help but it's an interesting case study for why these things are a good idea when executed properly and honestly, check it out, it looks really cool.

WHILE YOU'RE OUT

Don't forget to stop by your local comic shop this weekend as you're out on your own adventures, comic books can be a great way to get kids into reading, they can be a fun escape for teenagers and honestly they're still awesome when you're an adult. This week Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion #6 comes out, you may recognize the title from it's recent explosion onto Netflix, there are two series before this one, make sure to check them out. Also this week, Ironheart #4 is out. The heir apparent to the Iron Man kingdom is Riri Williams, the young protégé who at one point was trying to literally fill Iron Man's shoes is on her own in her own book with her own suit of armor. This is one of the reasons to be reading comics, books like Age of X-Man: The Extremists #2 written by my twitter friend Leah Williams. It has great character moments plus it's an X-Men book dealing with alternate realities and a world where sex is forbidden, how do heroes fight if they can't love?

WHILE YOU'RE STILL HERE

One more Indiegogo project for you, it's already funded but you may be interested in buying these none the less because it's a really cool product. Check out these playing cards specifically made for travel! I think this is a great idea, I travel a little bit for all the stuff we do and sometimes you got a little while to kill and this just makes better sense. One of the fun things about going through these projects is it's kind of like watching Shark Tank when someone comes on with a crazy brilliant idea and all you can do is sit there and think about how no one ever came up with this first? Anyway, check it out, playing cards designed for travel.

EVEN THOUGH NOBODY ASKED ME

So right after I say that the overall Hall of Fame class this year for WWE isn't that strong of a class they turn around and induct the Hart Foundation. This is cool, I think their timing isn't great considering Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart passed away recently but perhaps that's what spurred the decision on. The Hart Foundation were one of those awesome tag teams that you can't say enough great things about and then to think that both individually and together the careers that both The Anvil and Bret "The Hitman" Hart had, it's great to see them put in.

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great weekend and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back Monday 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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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF CRENNEL'S COACHING

Now my job: Texans out-Patriot the Patriots

Texans take down the Pats. Photo by Getty Images.

Every dog has its day. A broken clock is right two times a day. All the clichés about it being better to be lucky than good can apply here with the Texans 27-20 win over the Patriots. In a matchup that broke a record for the oldest combined age for opposing head coaches, 141 years old, Romeo Crennel beat his former boss Bill Belichick. There were other narratives at work here, as well as a few things (good and awful) that the coaching staff did.

First thing I saw that I liked was the spread and no-huddle on offense. If you've been following this series of articles, you know I've been on this train quite a while now. This allows Deshaun Watson to find the matchup he likes, exposes the defense because they can't sub, takes advantage of Texans' speed at receiver, and creates a tempo most defenses can't keep up with. Not to mention the spread is the offense Watson operated in at Clemson. 28/37 for 344 yards and two touchdowns of production from Watson was enough for me to say they need to have this as their M.O. moving forward.

Tim Kelly called a great game. He used the short, quick pass game in lieu of the run game. This also helped since Laremy Tunsil was out and Roderick Johnson had to play at left tackle. This offensive line is not very good at run blocking. Hence, why Watson was again the team's leading rusher with only 36 yards. Almost all of those were on scrambles. By going spread and no-huddle, Watson can take advantage of man and zone coverages to extend plays or scramble because most teams won't spy him. Even when they do, he makes them look silly.

Not everything was on the up and up. The defense continued to look like booty juice. Cam Newton threw for 365 yards and Damiere FREAKIN Byrd torched them for 132 of those yards! When I heard the quote from Crennel that defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver is getting the most out of his guys, I found it laughable. To double down on that, Weaver was quoted as saying, "This narrative that's being painted like my guys aren't disciplined and running around blocks, quite frankly and to put it bluntly, is bull---t!" Sorry guys, but you're both wrong. This defense can't fight its way out of a wet paper bag if you gave them knives. The worst part about it is that the offense's best chance at success sets the defense up for failure. Their hurry up scheme leaves little time for this porous defense to catch its wind. If they could get some turnovers or just off the damn field and get stops, it would help the offense.

With six games left, their three games outside the AFC South (Bengals, Lions, Bears) are all winnable. The two matchups against the Colts and the season finale against the Titans will prove to be their biggest tests. However, this is the same team that has four one possession losses. 3-7 could look a lot different if the offense stepped up against the Browns, or the defense made stops against the Steelers, Vikings, or Titans. Let's hope they can build off this win and salvage whatever they can of this season.

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