NERDS AROUND TOWN

Nerds Around Town: Adrian Peterson is broke, a cool indy comic and Cowboys news

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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 and Sports. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio show at www.nerdthugradio.com!

Hey Nerds!

What's up Wednesday! We're halfway through another week and we can do this. Let's conquer this week and the last of this month. Let's run through and conquer July.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Make sure to help support The Adventure Begins as they participate in The Longest Day fundraiser, they will have tournaments and games all day in support against Alzheimer's. There are all kinds of things to get involved and ways to help, check out their website for more details.

FRONTERA

So as I've dived into the world of Independent comics I've noticed some great projects that people should be reading, and this is another one. Frontera. A sci-fi, western kind of feel with some cool story telling elements, things like a call in cable show and great color and art make this is a an easy buy. Written by AJ Kinkade and drawn by Myk Emmshin, this is a dynamic project well worth checking out. There is a wolf clan who has taken in a young woman and taught her their ways and honestly she looks pretty awesome so maybe learning their ways isn't a such a bad thing and then there's a conman hero type in the vein of Starlord who is just as charming and funny as the arch type. This is a great project to check out and the colors by Eve Orozco and Letters by Erek Foster are great and it's obvious the editor Laurie Foster had a clear focus for this project. Worth a read this weekend, trust me.

DOES THAT MAKE PEOPLE AN ACCESSORY TO MURDER?

Just yesterday, news was released that the young boxer Maxim Dadashev has died from the injuries he sustained boxing on Friday night in a fight that was aired on the ESPN+ app. This man was killed in the ring essentially and many people paid to watch it. Clips of the manager begging to throw in the towel between rounds were aired extensively today, as the manager then tells the Ring Doctor they want to end the fight. After the match Maxim needs help leaving the ring, he then vomits back stage, they rush him to a hospital and after surgery to try and save him, he passes yesterday. This is an absolute tragedy in a two man sport, it doesn't even make sense that it's possible. What was the Ring Doctor checking between rounds? What was the ref watching during the match? What were his corner people looking at between rounds? There's a lot of questions there to be asked and a lot of people who were supposed to be protecting this man during this fight that all let him down. People aren't supposed to die in the boxing ring.

THE STORY OF ANOTHER BROKE ATHLETE

And after having discussed this on my sports show before, it's being confirmed, Adrian Peterson, greatest running back still playing, is broke. It looks like he's about $3 million dollars in debt while also in court disputing another $6.6 million in unpaid loans, fees and legal fees. It seems like he's been using bridge loans to cover gaps in pay and now he's behind so far that it's come to this. It looks like it's another case of bad advice, poor investments and awful family members which has turned about $100 million dollars of income just from NFL contracts into debt, lots of debt. He's scheduled to earn roughly $3 million dollars this season. If he manages to play another two seasons, he basically can retire broke? Here's hoping someone takes this guy under their wing and shows him a few things before he winds up on the A-Rod financial rehab show in about four years.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

Two weird roster announcements this week from the NFL. Mark Sanchez retired and Allen Hurns got cut from Dallas. Sanchez retiring is odd because well, I kind of forgot he was still in the league. I think he got out there and played one half (?) for Washington last year and got hurt himself, or maybe I'm thinking of Colt McCoy and Sanchez played for him in relief? I honestly have no clue. Because I didn't realize Colt was playing either. Also, how did Hurns take up $5 million dollars of cap space for Dallas? They don't throw it and when they do they don't throw it to Hurns. Who gave him any money? These are the things that bother me….

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Bears 31, Cowboys 24

Cowboys vs Bears: Good, bad and ugly

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In a must win game, the Cowboys did the unthinkable. They lost to a team with a quarterback who may not even be a starter next year. The game on paper didn't look bad, for the Cowboys only lost by seven points. But the game was dominated by the Bears after the Cowboys scored their opening touchdown. This was very similar to their game against Buffalo last Thursday. The Cowboys started hot then faded into obscurity as the game progressed.

The Good

- Ezekiel Elliott was once again the best player on the Cowboys offense. Sure Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup were able to each acquire 6 catches for 83 yards and 109 yards respectively, but most of their receptions came in garbage time when the Bears where playing a prevent defense, Elliot on the other hand was doing his best to carry the Cowboys offensively. He gained 81 yards on 19 carries and scored two touchdowns. However, his efforts weren't enough, for the Cowboys offense looked stagnant when Elliott wasn't being fed the ball.

- Just like last week, the Cowboys offense did not get off to a slow start. On their opening drive, the boys looked like they had game planed properly for the Bears' defense, and Dak Prescott was able to march down the field with ease. This lead to a touchdown run by Elliott and gave the Cowboys a quick 7-0 lead. After this drive though it's as if Prescott and the Cowboys couldn't get first downs or convert simple offensive plays. The defense was able to pitch a shutout until garbage time in the 4th quarter.

- The Cowboys' defense was not great either giving up 31 points to the Bears. However, the one Cowboy who could not be blamed on defense was Jaylon Smith. He was second on the team with 8 tackles and had two miraculous stops in the end zone to prevent the bears from scoring a touchdown twice. He has become the leader of the Cowboys defense and plays his heart out every game. He has stepped up the most since Leighton Vander Esh's injury, and Jerry Jones is starting to look like a smart man for giving Smith his extension.

The bad

- Do not let Prescott's numbers fool you. Most of his completions came in the 4th quarter with the Bears playing prevent defense. Prescott looked great in the opening drive, but afterwards looked as though he couldn't quarterback to save his life. Just like last week when the Cowboys played the Bills, Prescott and the Cowboys looked atrocious after their initial score. Prescott went 1-9 after their first touchdown and did not look good until the 4th quarter. Troy Aikman said it best when he exclaimed that Prescott's numbers were "fake stats." His numbers suggest he had a good not great game, but to those who watched the game know Prescott had a Blake Bortles like game in which he didn't accumulate good QB numbers until garbage time. This is three subpar games in a row for Prescott, and if he is not careful, he can kiss that long-term extension good bye.

- Brett Maher wasn't terrible like he was last week, but he wasn't good either. He missed one field goal on Thursday from over 40 yards for the 6th time this season. He is now 1-7 on field goal attempts from 40 yards or more. He has now missed 10 field goals this season total, more than any kicker in the last four years according to FOX Sports. His job security now comes into question, and it's easy to see the Cowboys replace Maher this offseason. The Cowboys have reportedly worked out multiple kickers before this week, so It would also not be surprising if Maher is replaced before the season is over.

- There was only one thing worse than the Cowboys' offense and that was their defense. As previously mentioned, Jaylon Smith was by far the best player on defense, but everyone else was pretty much a no show on defense. They allowed the Bears to score 31 points and Mitch Trubisky looked like a Pro-Bowl caliber quarterback for the first time this season. To put some perspective on his performance, Trubisky's QBR was 80.6. He is averaging a QBR around 40 this season, meaning he played twice as good as he was expected to against this Cowboys' defense. In addition to their inability to stop Trubisky, the defense as a whole had an exceptionally hard time tackling all night, which lead to the Bears gaining extra yardage and extra opportunities to score. Injuries to Vander Esh and Jeff Heath have derailed this Cowboys' defense, and their matchups between the Rams and the Eagles don't bode well for this struggling defense.

The Ugly

- Costly penalties killed the Cowboys Thursday night. Xavier Woods got called for holding on Allen Robinson on a 3rd and 9. This would have forced the Bears to kick a long field goal on 4th down, but instead the Bears scored shortly thereafter to go up 24-7. Michael Bennet also got called for an avoidable penalty. On 3rd and 2 in Cowboys' territory he jumped off sides which caused the Bears to get an easy first down. This penalty also resulted in a Bears touchdown. In total, the Cowboys had 6 penalties for 52 yards. That can be blamed on bad coaching and a lack of discipline.

- The ugliest part of the game took place on the sidelines. Jason Garrett didn't look liked he cared that he was losing to the Bears. He looked as though as if he knew this would be his last season with the Cowboys, so he is just going through the motions of his job until his inevitable departure comes to fruition. The Players on the sideline didn't seem emotional affected either, but rather in shock. Michael Bennett's face after the bears scored their third touchdown was pure shock. It's clear the Jason Garrett has lost the locker room, and his players respect.

- Let's face it, the Cowboys don't even look like a playoff contending team. If it wasn't for the fact that they play in a bad division, the Cowboys could have been written off after their loss to the Jets. Time and time again they constantly fall under pressure, and when their games become must win games, they fold like a house of cards. Despite all of the talent this roster has, they have continued to underperform and shot themselves in the foot time and time again. This was a must win game, but for a multitude of reasons the Cowboys just can't seem to win the big game when it matters the most. To quote a famous ESPN personality "They are an accident waiting to happen. What can go wrong will go wrong for the Dallas Cowboys."

Even though the Cowboys have lost three games in a row, they are still in first place in their division due the NFC East being a joke, They look to defend their pity title when they square off against the playoff contending Rams next Sunday in what looks to be a lopsided affair. The Rams have bounced bag since their slow start, and look to claim a Wild Card spot as the season comes to a close. It will be a rematch of the 2019 NFC Divisional Playoff Round matchup, but this Cowboys' team is a lot different for last year's team.

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