NERDS AROUND TOWN

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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Houston gets the lopsided win

Valdez, Astros dominate the Angels in 10-0 rout in Anaheim

Framber Valdez was dominant against the Angels on Monday night. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

With a series win at home over the weekend, the Astros started their final regular-season road trip on Monday, squaring off against the Angels in Anaheim. They held the momentum firmly in their favor all night, dominating both sides of the game to start the series with a victory.

Final Score: Astros 10, Angels 0

Astros' Record: 89-61, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Framber Valdez (11-5)

Losing Pitcher: Jaime Barria (2-4)

Siri leads off with a bang

With Jose Altuve being given the night off, Houston gave Jose Siri a shot at the leadoff spot, and he delivered to start the opener in Anaheim. He launched a missile to left field, 426 feet, to put the Astros in front 1-0 before the Angels could record an out. Later that same inning, they strung together three singles, the third being an RBI by Carlos Correa to double the lead.

Valdez goes seven shutout innings

That gave Framber Valdez a lead to work with as he stepped on the rubber in the bottom of the inning, and he didn't give it up as he would post a dominant start. He started with a 1-2-3 first, worked around a couple of singles in the second, then used a double play to face the minimum in the third.

He retired Los Angeles in order again in the fourth, stranded a two-out single in the fifth and a single and a walk in the sixth. He had his worst inning of the night in the seventh, giving up a leadoff single then loading the bases on back-to-back two-out walks. He'd escape the jam, though, keeping the shutout alive and finalizing his impressive line: 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 98 P.

Astros take the opener in lopsided fashion

Houston tacked on an insurance run in the top of the eighth, getting a one-out double by Correa to set up an RBI single by Marwin Gonzalez, pushing the lead to 3-0. Things escalated from there, as another single put two on base for Martin Maldonado, who blew the game open with a three-run homer to make it a six-run lead.

Brooks Raley took over for Valdez in the bottom of the inning, and with a 1-2-3 inning, made it his eighth appearance in a row without allowing a run. The Astros didn't let up in the top of the ninth, getting two hits and a walk to load the bases before a grand slam by Gonzalez made it 10-0 and gave him 5 RBI in a two-inning span. Seth Martinez, called up by the Astros earlier in the day, made his big-league debut in the bottom of the ninth and closed out the lopsided win to put Houston's magic number at 6.

Up Next: The second of this four-game set will be another 8:38 PM Central start on Tuesday. Jose Urquidy (7-3, 3.38 ERA) will take the mound for the Astros, going opposite Packy Naughton (0-2, 4.32 ERA) for the Angels.

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