Dishing on "Dirt", Overwatch playoffs and Star Wars


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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!


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.


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.


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.


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, the overwatch league website, or the ESPN app.


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.


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

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The Houston Rockets are in the midst of a rebuild. Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr are studs. KPJ just signed a four-year extension with the team. Other guys like Jabari Smith Jr, Kenyon Martin Jr, Alperen Sengun, Josh Christopher, Tari Eason, and Jae'Sean Tate are really good pieces to surround Green and KPJ with. The only issue with this group: they're REALLY young! Tate is the elder statesman at 27 of the young nucleus. Most are barely old enough to buy a drink. Some still aren't old enough! They're a bunch of green bananas waiting to turn yellow to slightly brown and be ripe enough for consumption.

We need to give it time. Just like bananas, they take time to ripen. Coach Stephen Silas is known for developing young players. His most prized student is the star player for that team in South Oklahoma up 45. Number 77 for that team credited Silas with helping him realize his All-Pro potential while Silas was a part of the coaching staff there. To a man, all his former players credit him with being a positive influence on their careers. So why are fans in a rush to get rid of him?

When you look at the Rockets' record over the last few years, it's gross. Sure, they've been a lottery team the last couple of seasons, but that was by design. As part of the Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook trades, they gave away pick swap rights. Had they not been that bad, they wouldn't have been able to draft Green or Smith Jr. Those two guys are building blocks for the future, along with KPJ. Giving those picks away would've put this team further down the totem pole of developing themselves into a contender. Losing pays off when you can hit on high lottery picks.

If you give a chef dirt, bread, ham, molded cheese, and spoiled mayo, can you expect anything else but a nasty ham sandwich? How about if the chef was given a steak that is almost rotten, potatoes with root growth, and spoiled butter? Could you expect a better meal than the sandwich? Yes! However, that meal may still cause a stomachache. Now, give said chef a full complement of gourmet groceries and guess what you'll get?

This is why I say let Silas cook. He's the perfect coach for this group of kids. He can teach them all the fundamentals of the game at this level and help them grow into their full potential. If there's a change to be made on the sidelines, move Silas into a front office role, but DO NOT get rid of him! Guys like him are too valuable. Why do you think Mark Cuban hated losing him, but knew he couldn't retain him because he had a head coach already? Cuban knew what he had in Silas and what Silas did for Luka Doncic. He can do something similar for the Rockets if given the time to work his magic.

Should Tilman Fertita find the need to move on, I'd look for a more experienced coach who can guide them from bottom of the playoff ladder into top four in the West and real contenders. For now, Silas is the head chef. Continue giving him the groceries he needs, and he'll continue giving these kids the lessons they need to develop. Changing the coach now could stunt their growth. Let him cook!

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