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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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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