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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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Altuve's homer starting the scoring for Houston on Friday night. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
After a solid showing to take the three of the four-game series in Arlington against the Rangers to start the week, the Astros returned home for three against the Diamondbacks in a weekend series. They would have a slow start to the opener but would ultimately come away victorious.

Final Score (10 innings): Astros 4, Diamondbacks 3

Astros' Record: 87-60, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Ryne Stanek (3-4)

Losing Pitcher: Tyler Clippard (1-1)

Bielak makes the impromptu start

With Luis Garcia having to move his start ahead by a day on Thursday instead of Friday with Framber Valdez's finger cut, Brandon Bielak made a start for Houston in the opener against Arizona. He didn't go as deep as he probably would have wanted and certainly ventured out of his comfort zone with traffic on the bases.

He loaded the bases in the top of the first, allowing a single and two walks, but was able to strand all three to keep it a scoreless game. He rebounded with a 1-2-3 second, but he dealt with a threat again in the third as back-to-back singles pressured him to start the inning. He would get back-to-back strikeouts, but that's as far as he would go as Houston moved on to Blake Taylor. Taylor got the final out of the third on one pitch, then erased a two-out double in the top of the fourth.

Altuve breaks up the no-no with a go-ahead homer

Brooks Raley took over in the top of the fifth, but in his three batters, he faced allowed a single while getting two outs before Cristian Javier took over to end the frame. Javier allowed the first run of the game in the top of the sixth, a leadoff solo homer to Kole Calhoun to put the Diamondbacks in front 1-0 before he finished the inning.

Madison Bumgarner didn't allow a single hit to the Astros through the first five and two-thirds innings. He allowed a one-out walk in the bottom of the sixth, which proved costly as Jose Altuve would get the first knock of the game for Houston, a two-run go-ahead homer. Phil Maton was the next reliever for the Astros in the top of the seventh, maintaining the new one-run lead by erasing a leadoff single.

Astros get the win in extras

The Diamondbacks tied it up in the top of the eighth against Kendall Graveman, getting a leadoff single followed by a walk, then later an RBI single to knot things up 2-2. Houston stranded a runner in the bottom of the eighth, then brought in Ryan Pressly, who tossed a 1-2-3 top of the ninth to keep the game tied.

Despite getting the winning run in scoring position with a leadoff ground-rule double by Jason Castro to start the bottom of the ninth, they would strand it as the game went to extras. Arizona scored their free runner in the top of the tenth, getting a sac fly to move it to third then going in front on an RBI single.

The Astros matched that and more in the bottom of the inning, moving their runner to third on a lineout to start the frame, followed by an intentional walk to Yordan Alvarez. Jake Meyers tied the game with an RBI single, then after another walk to load the bases, Chas McCormick was hit by a pitch to bring in the winning run, moving the Astros closer to clinching their playoff berth.

Up Next: The middle game of this three-game set will have a start time of 6:10 PM Central on Saturday. Tyler Gilbert (2-2, 3.15 ERA) is expected to make a start for Arizona, while Lance McCullers Jr. (12-4, 3.12 ERA) will be on the mound for Houston.

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