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Friday plans, Deer Park and WWE HOF

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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!

Well we made it, it's Friday and to quote renowned American philosopher Homer J Simpson, "Woo Hoo!"

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Right now according to the Houston Food Bank, one in five children in Southeast Texas doesn't have enough to eat. Not in Africa, not one of those commercials with a person who used to be famous, shows you some pictures of people with flies flying around living in little mud huts but here in Texas. So look, it's payday, it's Friday, lets put some food on people's plates. For every dollar you donate to the Houston Food Bank it helps provide three meals, you can even make your donation a regular monthly event. Let's get those kids fed, then we can get drunk and get happy!

WHO ME?

So on Fridays I'll try and give you a peek into my life and let you know what I got planned this weekend. Today I plan on getting the weekend "chores" done, grocery shopping and whatnot, then I want to catch the rest of the first round of the Overwatch playoffs somewhere, especially after the #2 New York Excelsior were stomped out of the first round in a crazy upset (shout out to #7 Seoul Dynasty)! Saturday, friends of the show The Adventure Begins Comics, Games and More in Conroe are having Hellboy day, so I'll be swinging by and seeing what all of that's about and Sunday is pleasantly unplanned as of right now, I might hit up a certain Tacopalooza.

THIS WEEKEND IN STREAMING

Now that I've ruined you plans for kicking back and watching The Dirt, if you are struggling to find something to watch this weekend, I have a fun recommendation. If the kids are around and you're looking for a fun thing for everybody to watch, Oscar winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse is out for purchase and I really can't recommend this movie enough. Great soundtrack, crazy visual style, it's the kind of movie you should want your kids to watch because it makes them think a little and still has a great fun ride. If no one's around, go see Us. It's going to be one of those things people are talking about for weeks, just like Peele's last movie Get Out, Jordan Peele is rapidly proving he's one of these guys who when he makes it, we go see it. I'm not mad about that.

WHILE YOU'RE OUT

So this weekend as you're running around, if you're looking for something fun to do that you might not have done here lately, hop into your local comic shop. Comic books actually come out every Wednesday, but only the die-hard guys get out there then, most people wait for the weekend. Swing in and take a look around there's lots of cool things going on, Batman next week is releasing his #1,000 issue most stores are doing something to celebrate that. Go in and ask but there's all kinds of comic books for all kinds of people these days and I think there's something for everyone and that includes you. Justice League is in the middle of a great story, The Avengers mini-series features Conan the Barbarian helping out some Avengers, The Guardians of the Galaxy are in the middle of a crazy storyline involving the Death of Thanos, and there are tons of great independent books too. Companies like Image, Valiant and Aftershock are putting out comic books that are different and worth looking at if you're curious. There are science fiction, fantasy, super heroes, dramas all kinds of madness, it's well worth your time and still a great way to enjoy art.

A WEEK UNDER A SMOKE CLOUD

I don't live in Deer Park, so let me first start off by saying that I feel for those guys and hate that this has happened to them. They basically spent an entire week without knowing what's going on, what will go on, are they in danger? Are they being exposed to harmful chemicals? Was it even safe for them to stay there at all? They did it by trusting the system and the city and the plan in place, but it's starting to sound like overall there were numerous breakdowns in this system. I've heard people express a ton of disappointment in the young, inexperienced county judge. That's probably fair, but she didn't start the fire, she didn't run a company that still a week later can't tell anyone how many gallons of chemical are still onsite. ITC has had very few answers and it doesn't seem like they're going to expedite the answer-getting process anytime soon. The reality is from a corporate standpoint it's in their best interests to say as little as possible, a workplace incident will determine a lot of who bears responsibility for all of this. If it was poorly handled by the company and they knowingly failed in some way that led to this incident then they're at fault. For the sake of their bottom line, they want to solve this as quickly and as quietly as possible without admitting any fault and having to payout as little as possible. I hope local government and the regulating bodies get involved and the people who really were hurt by this, the people of Deer Park, I hope whatever they need to have done, gets done.

EVEN THOUGH NOBODY ASKED ME

I think it's awesome that Harlem Heat are going into the WWE Hall of Fame, but I'm not thrilled overall by this class. I mean it's exciting to have DX get together again, but it's the large version including The New Age Outlaws and X-Pac and not the Shawn Micheals and Triple H version that made the Monday Night Wars so interesting. Honky Tonk Man is a questionable choice also, while he was the longtime holder of the record for longest intercontinental title run, he was overshadowed by the guy he dropped it to, The Ultimate Warrior. It's just not a great class and overall that's my complaint not anything to slight Stevie Ray and Booker T just an observation about the overall class. All of that being said, sincere congrats to everyone!

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 feast on Lions

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Thanksgiving is full of tradition. There's the typical family gathering, large meal, and of course, football. Sometimes, new traditions are added and old ones are retired. I think the Texans did both in their impressive 41-25 win over the Lions in Detroit. Old traditions were carried on (Lions losing on Thanksgiving), some were put to rest (Texans not being able to get turnovers), and new ones were started (multiple passing touchdowns by Deshaun Watson in six straight games).

The fact that this defense got three turnovers in the game was unbelievable! They got all three in the first quarter within the span of eight plays. JJ Watt's pick-six was insane. He went for a batted ball, ended up catching it, and ran it in. They forced Jonathan Williams to fumble on the Lions' very next play from scrimmage and recovered it. On the Lions' next possession, the Texans recovered yet another fumble after the challenge was reversed. Great call by the coaching staff to challenge and win. The defense looked good. Tyrell Adams stood out because he was in on those two fumbles, made 17 total tackles with 14 of them being solo tackles. They also brought pressure that seemed to make Matthew Stafford very inaccurate and resulted in four sacks. I give defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver credit for knowing he needs to blitz to get pressure, but the run defense has to improve.

The offense kept the tempo up in this game as well. The spread and hurry-up were used to keep the Lions already staggered defense off balance. Knowing the Lions were without a couple defensive backs, I thought it would be the perfect marriage of their defense and the Texans' offense. A buddy asked before the game about the line (Texans -3.5) and the over/under (52.5). I told him bet the Texans and the over because neither team can play defense and both have good quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly put together another good game plan and Watson executed it flawlessly. One route combo I saw later on in the game I particularly enjoyed. Two receivers were tight to the left side. Cooks ran a hook/curl and settled in the middle of the zone while Fuller ran a vertical route. Duke Johnson ran a swing route to that same side. It left Cooks wide open as the attention went to Johnson in the flat, Fuller deep, and the action to the other play side. Route combos are important because it gives the quarterback different reads as he goes through his progressions and lets him pick apart the defense based on what he sees. Combine that with Watson's play and the way Kelly has changed his play calling now that he's liberated from he who shall not be named, we're seeing a beautiful thing.

As good as things were, there's still room for improvement. The defense gives up way too many easy yards, both run and pass. They can't get pressure bringing only four and will often give up big plays if the blitz is picked up. Plus the run defense is still an issue as evidenced by the Lions' first possession of the second half. The Lions ran the ball 10 plays straight for a total of 58 yards on that drive. Utterly ridiculous! Watson was good (17/25 318 yards and four touchdowns), but he missed two more touchdowns with passes slightly off, and continues to hold onto the ball too long at times. The difference between these two issues I've presented here is the fact that Watson has so played well, his "issues" are minor and very correctable, while the defense is terrible and there's no easy fix in sight. But let Romeo Crennel and Anthony Weaver tell it, they're getting the most out of these guys and they're playing disciplined.

The thought that this team may actually creep into the playoff picture may take shape better after next week if they can beat the Colts. I doubt it, but it is getting interesting. Let's see what else happens around them because they need help getting there.

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