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Nerds Around Town: AJ Green's injury, Top Gun controversy and of course my comic book

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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! It'll be August this week so let's finish July strong.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Make sure to get over to The West Bar and Grill on August 4th. They are supporting 13yr old Kobee Cohen, who having previously defeated Rhabdomayosarcoma recently suffered a return of the disease and now it is in his brain. Looking towards hospice care, the family needs financial aid and support during this difficult time. There will be a raffle and donations for the raffle are still being accepted, everyone is welcome to attend and I'm encouraging them to do so!

ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE UPDATE

The first order is printed, boxed and is shipped as of this morning I think. I got tracking info yesterday that said, not picked up, how is that helpful USPS? That's always so annoying right? The useless tracking info, one time I shipped something from a box store, and it showed as still there for three days and then suddenly it was in California and for delivery that afternoon. How's that happening? Anyway, this has been a huge thing for me and I sincerely want to thank everyone for reading through all my puff pieces about it and for everyone who supported it. Thanks in advance for your continued support for my future endeavors.

AJ GREEN'S INJURY

With AJ Green injuring his ankle, and expected to miss a few weeks of the season, suddenly the Player's Association is probably asking a lot of hard questions about why the NFL felt like the Bengals NEEDED to practice on that particular field. Why is that important? Because the PA and the NFL are in the opening rounds of very crucial negotiations where the PA has already advised players to stockpile funds in the event that the labor fight goes long and actual paychecks get missed. So suddenly the NFL is mandating practice locations where star players are getting hurt and placing whole teams seasons in danger, be honest if you're a Bengal you're less sure of your success without AJ Green, all on the eve of these negotiations. One thing the NFL Players watched all summer I can promise is a safe bet was the NBA free agency spending spree, where one-third of the league signed new contracts and most of them guaranteed and most of them more lucrative than the player's previous season of play.

Interesting Times

The internet is ablaze with new controversy, this time an interesting one. You see, someone has looked very closely over the Top Gun trailer and noticed the absence of Japan and Taiwan flags from Maverick's leather jacket. Hmmm, what communist country, who is partially backing and having this film marketed to them doesn't have much love for Japan and Taiwan? Oh yeah! China. So now a movie that is basically a love letter to American fighter pilot bad assery, is making changes to appease a Chinese market that is rapidly becoming the biggest cog in the movie wheel. They are quickly becoming the power ticket in movie ticket buying, so more and more films have to play to their cultural tropes and in the case of Top Gun, that means taking off the politically troublesome flag of Taiwan and the flag of Japan. Interesting times indeed.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

Avengers Endgame comes out digitally this week and then also on Blu Ray in a few weeks. Have you noticed how those dates have drifted apart? There was a time when digital was an after thought throw in for the buying the Blu Ray/DVD combo, now I'm not even sure you can buy DVD/Blu Ray combos, I haven't looked for a minute but at this point, it looks like we've completely moved away from the DVD's and now we're looking at Blu Ray and digital having separate release dates and the digital release being ahead of the Blu Ray, if that's an indication of where all of this is moving.

Feel free to check out my brand new comic book Another Day at the Office or buy a shirt from Side Hustle Ts where some proceeds help people struggling with cancer or listen to Nerd Thug Radio. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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The media has mixed feelings about the James Harden trade. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

James Harden was 100-percent exactly right earlier this week when he said the Houston Rockets were "just not good enough."

How could they be? Not when their moody superstar scorer, who makes about half a million dollars per game, shows up chubby, looking like a kielbasa about to explode in the microwave. Hey, some people eat when they're unhappy, it's a defense mechanism. In Harden's case, the only defense he's exhibited this season. At least he had a good excuse for missing pre-season training camp and alienating his teammates - he was busy partying with Cinnamon and Cherish in Atlanta and Vegas without a mask. Worst of all, he went into the tank his last four games in a Rockets uniform, standing around, arms folded, scoring fewer than 20 points each time, all Rockets losses. Fans in the front row were asking him to move, he was blocking their view of players who cared about winning. James Harden sabotaged his own team, a team that offered him $50 million a year to stay. Something that crazy could only happen in professional sports these days.

There's a saying that drives the American labor movement: "a fair day's wage for a fair day's work." It's the motto of the American Federation of Labor. The National Basketball Players Association is not a member. Harden's sulking on the court, cheating the Rockets and their fans, was unforgivable.

Harden, sitting out games while somehow being on the court, forced the Rockets to trade him - and quick - to Brooklyn. The trade, when you ignore the fine print and unindicted co-conspirators Cleveland and Indiana, sent Harden to Brooklyn in exchange for Caris LeVert (immediately flipped for Victor Oladipo), Jarrett Allen, three first-round draft picks and four swapped first-rounders. It's true, when you trade a superstar, you never get back equal value. The other team wins.

If it makes Rockets fans feel any better, the media in New York already has problems with their new problem child. I should say newest problem child. Kyrie Irving plays for the Nets.

"They (the Nets) gave up everybody! There's nothing left now. I just want to cry, It's awful," weeped WFAN Radio talk host Evan Roberts. For those who don't subscribe to weekly Arbitron ratings reports, WFAN is the most powerful, top-rated sports talk station in the Apple.

"You're leading down the road of doom. Harden and Durant could be gone in a year and a half. I'm not convinced this gives them a better chance to win a title. I'm living a nightmare again. They better freaking win."

Circle March 3 on your Rockets schedule. That's when the Brooklyn Nets, with their Big 3 of Kevin Durant, James Harden and possibly Kyrie Irving visit Toyota Center. I hear talk radio salivating over the record jeers that will cascade over Harden's name, although I'm not buying it. Fans don't think like the media does. I'm thinking that Rockets fans will welcome Harden back - one night only - with cheers.

Toyota Center public address announcer Matt Thomas: "Usually when former Rockets come to town for the first time since leaving, I give them a positive introduction. It's up to the fans how to react."

James Harden spent eight seasons with the Rockets. He is a spectacular player who watched other NBA players engineer trades so they could compete for a title. Harden didn't think the Rockets were good enough, and he's right. So he wanted out. We've all been there, a job we didn't like for a company we didn't like, for a boss we didn't respect. Harden wanting to be traded is understandable. How he went about it was deplorable. He hurt his co-workers.

Houston will make Harden pay for his disrespectful departure. He has an upscale restaurant set to open here. The name of the steakhouse will be "13." Harden's business partners may want to change that number ... before the restaurant's telephone number is disconnected. There are plenty of other restaurants in Houston. Rich people who can afford steakhouse prices hold grudges.

Rockets fans searching for a silver lining say, "We got two decent players and a whole bunch of precious first-round picks" for a malcontent who would rather be anywhere (except maybe Sacramento) than Houston." Yes, a bunch of first-round picks does bode well for the future. Anywhere, except maybe Houston.

Houston's draft war room isn't the most successful operation in the NBA. Over the past decade prior to 2000, under the direction of general manager Daryl Morey, the Rockets made 16 draft picks. Not one of them is still in a Rockets uniform, many of them have sought employment outside of America, some outside of basketball. Among their first-round whiffs: Nikola Mirotic, Terrence Jones, Sam Dekker - all out of the league. Best of all, Royce White, who played three whole games in his NBA career and finished with a scoring average of 0.00 points per game.

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