NERDS AROUND TOWN

Dishing on "Dirt", Overwatch playoffs and Star Wars

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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!

This is day two of the greatest Nerd blog in Houston, and honestly I'm hoping the only Nerd Blog in Houston. Here we go!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Continuing March's trend of helping the kids, today we head over to Houston's Children Charity who is getting ready for Easter by collecting money all March long. Every $10 donated builds a basket for another kiddo and they're trying to put together enough baskets for 350 kids. That being said, ten "nerd" points to whomever can explain how we start at Jesus and end up with a bunny hiding eggs for Easter. Seriously, e-mail me and explain how the heck that happens.

HAVE YOU TRIED?

Right now Papa Johns Pizza is running a special, any specialty pizza for $12.99. They recently added several new specialty pizzas to their line up including a Killen's BBQ Brisket Pizza so I was curious. Now typically the franchises introduces one or two specialties at a time being a long time employee of one particular company I can tell you that it's odd to see so many released at once, but maybe this is the new model. I have heard that home dinner delivery is undergoing a massive transformation and the old companies are having a hard time adjusting to the invasion of the Waitr, Door Dash, GrubHub's of the world. However most of these new specialties Papa Johns brought back are actually old ones that they usually rotate in for limited times each. I had the meatball pizza last night and honestly, it's great, the meat is good quality and they go heavy on the cheese to keep with the "Italian" theme of it. I found it a little annoying that the Killen's BBQ pizza wasn't included in the specialty pizza pricing, but that's a complaint for another day. Two out of four rumbly tumblies.

THIS WEEKEND IN STREAMING

So for our Netflix junkies in the crowd, this weekend Netflix's contribution to the fabric of the pop culture tapestry that is our lives, is The Dirt, a 60 minute Motley Crue bio-pic. I'm not really sure how or why you make a movie about this band and make it only 60 minutes, I feel like there has to be tons of stuff that is either not in this movie or so glossed over or so poorly told that at this point it's worthless. Why tell the abbreviated version of this particular story, let's be honest, the story of Motley Crue is one of sex, drugs and rock and roll moved to a high gear. Turns out though, upon a little bit of research that this movie is made with their involvement, so expect to see the most dishonest biopic in recent history. You have to think you could make a two hour movie just between Vince Neil's DUI/Manslaughter and 18 days in jail (say what?!), Nikki Sixx's overdose and two minutes of death, the various lawsuits including one man who claimed to have been Sixx's doppelganger while Sixx was recovering from an undisclosed car accident, and oh yeah, Tommy Lee's *AHEM* escapades. Instead of doing all of that correctly and twenty plus years of music Netflix is about to make a 60 minute, band friendly bio-pic staring Machine Gun Kelly… hard pass.

PROBABLY MORE EXCITING TO WATCH

If you'd rather see something cool and probably new for you instead of a rehash of why four old guys aren't making Rock and Roll music anymore then The Overwatch League is here to help. We're early still in the second season of The Overwatch League, regularly referred to as OWL by people in the know, in what is the first of four sets of playoffs. The league is scheduled in four sets of play called stages and at the end of each stage there is a tournament for $500,000 building up to the final playoffs that ends in a playoff determining the Champion. The stage play counts towards your standings, the stage playoffs are for the money, got it? This year added 8 expansion teams to the league (with their owners reportedly paying roughly $20 million dollars each to join the league) and increased the total prize money this year to $5 million dollars and over the course of this weekend starting tonight at 8pm is the Stage 1 playoffs. Eight teams have qualified for this tournament and it kicks off with the seventh seeded Seoul Dynasty playing the second seed, New York Excelsior and at 10pm the top seeded Vancouver Titans play the 8th seeded Boston Uprising. The matches are fast paced, the announcing is talented and keeps you informed and involved and the excitement is real. You can catch it on twitch.tv, the overwatch league website, or the ESPN app.

PUTTING YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR HEART IS

So one reason I really wanted this blog on Sportsmap and begged and pleaded with the powers that be is I fully believe in being the change you want to see in the world. I create the content I think people like me are looking for so that people like me can enjoy it, which leads me to this, Kickstarter. Kickstarter is one of my favorite websites because it gives you a chance to put the things you enjoy into existence, so this is something I'm going to regularly point people towards to help the projects I hope get made but also to give people opportunities to find more things they enjoy and help them get made too. For those who don't know how Kickstarter works, people put together comics books, movies, toys, games and inventions and other things and then they post them here and try to get people to help them crowdfund them, if it succeeds they get made and if it fails then the donors don't lose their money, it's a win-win. Check out my pick, Tuskers which is a graphic novel about a herd of orphaned elephants, the people who protect them and the poachers who want their ivory.

WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND?

So if yesterday's Smash Bros Tourney or Tacopalooza wasn't intriguing enough, there's always Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope being played at Jones Hall with the Houston Symphony playing the complete score live in person. I always like these things and for $29 bucks that isn't too bad, plus taking a lady makes her think you're sophisticated cause there's a symphony, but if you're going for drinks later and there's crowds of people yelling at TVs, don't be alarmed it's March Madness and there will be people cheering for colleges that you're not sure are even real.

So all of this being said, I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Thursday 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 under $20, check out Nerd Thug Radio. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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NASCAR: Coca-Cola 600 preview, picks

Watch out for Ryan Blaney this weekend. Photo via: Wiki Commons

It’s a Memorial Day Tradition; The NASCAR Cup Series heads home to Charlotte for the annual Coca-Cola 600. This race is probably the third most crucial race all season, behind the Daytona 500 and the Season Finale at Phoenix. Anyone who wins this race will always be able to say that they were Coke 600 champions. No race on the schedule is as long as this one, because of this there will be a 4th stage added to the race. Teams will be provided 13 sets of tires, and if the last few weeks have been any indication, they will need all the tires they can get. With the race being as long as it is, there is a good possibility this could be an attrition race and the driver that survives will more than likely win. The record for the most cautions in NASCAR history was 22 cautions, at this same race in 2005. Come Sunday, I bet we get close to that number.

What's the deal with all of these tire failures? Last week in the All-Star race we saw drivers like Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, and Erik Jones all crash out because they had a flat. There are many factors that could be contributing to this, for one the tires are much wider and the sidewalls are much more narrow. Because of this, the tire falloff is much shorter, so now instead of going maybe 40-45 laps on one set of tires, drivers can now only go 25-30 laps. The other major facet is that a lot of teams are running much lower air pressures to get the car to handle better by being closer to the ground. Goodyear and NASCAR usually require the right side tires to run around 51-52 PSI, the rule however isn’t enforced for the left side tires, so drivers will push the limits to see how much they can take out to make the car faster. The fact that we were seeing such tire ware on smooth surfaces like Texas and Atlanta is a clear sign that there is a problem, but not all of it is on Goodyear. Only time will tell how this develops on tracks with old abrasive surfaces, like when they go back to Bristol in the fall.

One of NASCAR’s newest teams, Trackhouse racing, made a bit of a surprise announcement this week. Starting at Watkins Glenn in August, the team will run a third car with a series of international drivers, starting with 2007 Formula 1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen. This is something that I think is interesting for the sport. I am a bit surprised that another team hasn’t already done this before. Having drivers like Kimi, one of the more world renowned racers in F1, can really bring a whole new audience to NASCAR. There have been rumors on whom some of the other drivers might be, from Daniel Riccardo to even Lewis Hamilton. There will be a lot of intrigue about who will be the next driver.

The driver that I have winning this weekend is Ryan Blaney. After winning the All-Star race, it seems like Roger Penske and the rest of the Ford camp are picking up steam. Overall, Blaney tends to struggle at this track with an 18.8 average finish, but if last week is any indication of how his car will run on mile and halves like Charlotte, he will be a fierce contender for the win.

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