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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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Houston goes up 1-0 in the series

Altuve, Correa help lift Astros to ALCS Game 1 win over Red Sox

Carlos Correa's go-ahead homer in the seventh inning of ALCS Game 1 helped lift the Astros to a 1-0 series lead. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Despite one rough loss to the White Sox in the ALDS, the Astros looked like the dominant team they are capable of being, taking that series 3-1 to advance and taking ownership of home-field advantage in the ALCS against the Red Sox, who upset the Rays. In Game 1, despite trailing for the middle portions of the game, Houston would get more highlight moments from the faces of the franchise to start the series with a win.

Final Score: Astros 5, Red Sox 4

ALCS Series (Best of Seven): Houston leads 1-0

Winning Pitcher: Ryne Stanek

Losing Pitcher: Hansel Robles

Houston strikes first, but Boston sends Valdez to an early exit

Both starting pitchers worked in and out of trouble in the early goings of ALCS Game 1, starting with Framber Valdez in the top of the first. After erasing a leadoff single by inducing a double play, he went on to load the bases on a single and two walks but would strand all three runners to keep Boston off the board. The Astros jumped in front in the bottom half, with Jose Altuve working a leadoff walk, moving to second on a one-out single by Alex Bregman, advancing to third on a wild pitch, then ultimately scoring on a sac fly by Yordan Alvarez to put Houston ahead 1-0 after one frame.

They had a chance to extend their lead in the bottom of the second, taking advantage of a shaky inning by Chris Sale, who loaded the bases with one out as Houston would get two singles and a hit-by-pitch. That flipped the order over to the top, but a great diving catch by former Astro Kiké Hernández would end the inning. Hernández led off the top of the third against Valdez, and he would tie things up with a solo homer.

Things went downhill from there for Valdez and the Astros, as a one-out walk followed by a single gave the Red Sox the go-ahead run in scoring position. On a groundball that likely should have been a double play to end the inning, it would get through Altuve's legs, scoring a run and keeping the inning alive for Boston. They took advantage, getting an RBI double to extend their new lead to 3-1. Valdez would get one more out before Dusty Baker would give him the early hook, bringing in Yimi Garcia, who finished the frame.

A battle of the bullpens, Altuve ties it up

Like Valdez, Sale would also not make it through three innings, getting two outs while putting two on base before Boston would start their bullpen's night as well. Both sets of relievers settled the game down, with the Red Sox stranding two of Houston's runners in the third as well as the fifth, maintaining their two-run lead. After Garcia finished the third, Cristian Javier entered to eat up a couple of innings, and he would do just that by getting through two frames with just one hit, four strikeouts, and no runs.

Next, Phil Maton took over in the top of the sixth and erased a leadoff walk to keep things in striking distance for the home team. In the bottom of the sixth, Houston put another runner on base, getting a one-out single by Chas McCormick. Two batters later, with two outs, Jose Altuve provided yet another career postseason highlight, tying the game 3-3 with a two-run home to re-energize the Minute Maid Park crowd.

Astros take ALCS Game 1

Now a brand new ballgame in the top of the seventh, Brooks Raley came in to face three batters, getting two strikeouts while allowing a single before Dusty Baker would move on to Ryne Stanek, who would get the third out. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Carlos Correa continued his march to a monster off-season contract, putting Houston back on top with a solo homer, making it 4-3.

Houston kept the script after Stanek with the new lead in hand, going to Kendall Graveman as the setup man in the top of the eighth. Despite a two-out single, he would get out of the inning with the lead intact, putting Houston three outs away from the victory. After a walk, single, and hit by pitch to start the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded, Altuve would drive in his third run of the game, getting a sac fly to extend the lead to two runs at 5-3.

That insurance run proved pivotal, as closer Ryan Pressly was met with a leadoff solo home run by Hernandez, his second of the night for Boston, to make it 5-4. Pressly refocused and was able to get the next three batters in order, though, wrapping up the win to start Houston off with a 1-0 series lead and putting them three wins away from advancing to the World Series.

Up Next: The two teams will have a moderately quick turnaround, with ALCS Game 2 scheduled to start at 3:20 PM Central on Saturday ahead of NLCS Game 1 between the Dodgers and Braves getting the night slot. The pitching matchup is expected to be Nathan Eovaldi for Boston, who is 1-0 with a 2.61 ERA in his two starts this postseason, going opposite Luis Garcia, who had a rough outing in the ALDS for Houston, giving up five runs without completing three innings in Chicago.

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