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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!

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All right guys it's Monday! This is the day where we get it organized and beat the week, so let's get on it!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Now I'm a positive person, but one thing I definitely don't advocate is running. It's neither fun or entertaining and even worse than that is how exhausting and intense running can be, so it's a rather odd occasion to cheer this week for exactly that… running. The 2019 Brunch Run presented by Green Mountain Energy benefitting The Memorial Park Conservancy is this Saturday, April 6th at 8 a.m. and proceeds go towards the parks conservatorship in order to help keep the park looking nice and lovely. Memorial Park is one of those places people enjoy and make use of all year long so it's only fair we get out there and do some sweating for it's benefit, or so I'm told.

BIG NEWS IN THE STREAMING WAR

So anyone who listens to my show knows I've said several times that we are living in the dawn of a "streaming war." All of the various shows and streaming services are pulling the average consumer in multiple directions, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, YouTube, WWE network, the DC streaming service and HBO GO are among the top used services with several anime based ones also being quite popular. So with that being said, "cord cutters" who are trying to save hundreds of dollars a year wind up seeing their savings cut in half because of the various services competing for your dollars. This all just got a little less complicated though as rumors are emerging that YouTube is getting out of the original content game. No longer producing shows of this nature after having produced about 20 original content shows and none of them really landing with audiences with the exception of Cobra Kai, even the newest show Weird City was a star studded comedy based series and it failed to resonate. With one less competitor the sword sings both ways, it's good because it helps clarify the market somewhat but you never want one company to feel too strong, although someone like Netflix can't help but feel like they're in the driver's seat of this whole streaming war.

HOW TEXAS ARE YOU?

So this weekend I discovered something amazing, like actually, god's honest awesome. Whataburger has a shop on it's website and they sell clothes. That's right, they sell clothes. So it's started with a post of Whataburger shoes and they were as orange glorious as you can imagine, they are everything I want in a pair of shoes. I dare not covet often, but darn if I don't covet these shoes. Anyway, moving on. Whoever is designing their shirts is nailing it, they are single handedly crushing the fast food casual wear life. They have a French fry beach towel, heck yes. They have a bigfoot standing on a Whataburger swatting planes, this place is everything you want from a shirt shop. If you don't think it's cool, it's because you're not really a Texan. There I said it. If you hate this shop, then you hate Texas.

THE FINAL SEASON

The eighth and final season of HBO mega hit Game of Thrones is much like winter, coming. Not this Sunday but next Sunday, all the answers start coming together and we eventually find out who will wind up sitting on the Iron Throne. In anticipation of the coming season the producers of GoT had hidden several Iron Throne replicas around the world including one in New York City. That's a pretty cool promo, it's causing a few viral photos and lots of fun searching. If you don't remember what happened in the run up and don't want to spend the next ten days catching up, just watch this rap, it's really good.

AFTER THE RUN

So you'll be downtown, and will have run a 5K which by my math means you've burned enough calories to partake in one of the most delicious sounding events I've found yet, the 2nd Annual Southern Fried Chicken Fest of Houston. There will be chefs and food trucks pushing one of God's greatest creations, many variations of fried chicken. Admission isn't free, so bring your wallets but let's be honest you were going to bring your wallets no matter what because how else were you going to buy all that fried chicken? You can indulge yourself to some awesome fried chicken while listening to live music, there's a wing eating contest and cooking seminars so get on down to Peggy Park and check out the Southern Fried Chicken Fest.

EVEN THOUGH NOBODY ASKED ME

Shout out to the Houston Cougars for getting to the Sweet 16 and then losing to Kentucky, this has been an awesome season and it came at a rather important time for the direction of the program. Over the past few years U of H has experienced a growth in the national spotlight with the great success of its football program and then getting massive donations from powerful alumni like Tilman Fertitta which then leads to the other programs growing. This season was an important one because the fate of Kelvin Sampson seemed to be in the balance of the outcome and also its refreshing to see high quality athletes start to come to U of H, because it means the profile of the University as a whole is rising nationally. This off season will be telling for the overall direction of the program.

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Monday 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 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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