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Nerds Around Town: Andrew Luck, Disney and growing older

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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!

What's up Monday! Let's conquer this week.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

In honor of college kids going back to school, I want you to look on Facebook find one of your teacher friends and click on their Amazon wishlist. They're all doing it this year, they all should be doing it this year except that education is the most important thing in the world for children and we as a society should care more to educate them, poor or rich, white, black or brown. We should be teaching them how to think and ask questions and let them make this world a better place since obviously we don't know how.

FALL OF THE COLTS

What did Andrew Luck just do? Did he seriously just leave the Colts in a massive lurch? I'll be honest, I don't blame him at all. They have been risking his life and health every season he's been in the NFL, they haven't gotten better at blocking one bit, they haven't protected him at all. I totally understand his position, he's a very wealthy guy at this point and I promise he's looking around every off season after another surgery and another injury and another rough year, checking his bank account and trying to figure out why he's so miserable when he's "living the dream." The truth is, it isn't fun when you don't know if you can ever even throw again which he was wondering in 2017. It isn't fun when you've literally had injured internal organs like he did in 2016. There's no way this is the life he wanted to live when he was drafted number one overall. The Colts had a chance to build with him, they could have just cleared the deck after Peyton left and built a team around Andrew Luck and yet, here we are in 2019 and he's retiring to avoid another year of running for his life, literally wondering if he'll ever be pain free. He deserves a little happiness and a little peace of mind, good luck Luck.

I HAVE QUESTIONS

One thing that came out of the Luck retiring episode is the Vegas odds have all changed, but seriously, I have questions. The oddsmakers had the Titans at 7.7 wins this year and now after Luck leaving they have them at 8 wins this year… the Titans don't think Mariota is even going to finish the year. So they got another quarterback, Ryan Tannehill just in case and to quote Madden, "when you got two quarterbacks you really have none." How was this team supposed to win seven games? Or even eight? They are a good tough minded team but in this era of scoring points, they can't. So what are they going to do, punt their way to a win?

D23 NEWS

Tons of great Disney news came out this weekend, they announced several streaming shows such as Moon Knight, Ms Marvel and She Hulk. They showed a trailer for The Mandalorian which looked great and they made some Marvel movie news announcements particularly Black Panther 2. So there is a ton going on in the cool column, but there is one glaring giant mark in the negative column, Spider-Man. Rumors were swirling all weekend and it was very confusing is there a deal, is there no deal, are they working on a deal, are they not working on a deal? It all got very confusing. Disney came strong to the table, wanting to expand their control of the "Spider universe" and yet Sony stood strong, perhaps to the detriment of movie fans and specifically me.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

This coming weekend is basically my birthday, September 3rd. Thirty-five has been the weirdest year of my life. It's been both exciting and awful. I started a business with a buddy, we basically sprinted and failed but from that failure came the writing and while life isn't great yet success is slowly creeping in and I'm making good steps every day and every month. My Dad died November of last year unexpectedly, it was an odd holidays, and a weird and hard year, this will be first birthday without him and I'm not sure how to feel yet. I'm the oldest and I feel like I need to be there for everyone else and sometimes I just want someone else to just be there for me. It's an odd situation, but this year I am determined to make the changes to make this my year, I'm too damn good to be where I'm at. So look out world.

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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Texans vs. Vikings could have fans in attendance. Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images

The Houston Texans say it's time that fans were allowed to cheer on the home team at NRG Stadium. On Thursday, the team announced extensive safety protocols that would put 15,000 fans in the stands for the Week 4 game against the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 4.

While the Texans are awaiting permission from city and county officials to host a limited number of fans - socially distant and wearing masks – no plans have been announced how much tickets will cost, and who'll have the opportunity to buy them.

You have to love the free enterprise system: hundreds of tickets for the Oct. 4 game already are on sale on secondary market websites. Lower bowl tickets are going for $800 and up. If you don't mind sitting in the nose bleeds, tickets can be had for around $250.

So the question becomes, if you had the chance, would you attend the Texans game in early October? The tickets are big bucks, and there is a whammy – COVID-19. While the rate of COVID-19 infections is on the decline in Houston, the virus remains a major factor in our daily lives, and there's no guarantee that the pandemic won't spike here again.

Here's the rub, at least for me. Of all the sports we have in Houston, a Texans game might be lowest on my wish list of attending in person. Television does NFL games the best. There are dozens of cameras, so when a receiver catches a pass on the sidelines, we get several views, in slow motion even, to see if the receiver's feet were in bounds. We can almost feel the crunch of a quarterback sack. We get highlights of other games. You don't have to sit next to a face painter like David Puddy.

The NFL is a made-for-TV production. Which is, I suspect, part of the reason the Texans rarely open the roof at NRG Stadium. With the roof closed, the field becomes a controlled TV studio, with no worries of weather pranks.

Television doesn't do basketball or baseball nearly as well. Conversely, the experience of attending those games is terrific fun. What beats eating a couple of dogs at an Astros game? Is there even a traditional food at NFL or NBA games?

The Texans promise that strict safety rules will be enforced. And I believe them. Fans will be scattered over the 67,000-seat stadium. I'm not sure how much of a home field advantage that will be. Most of the crowd noise will come from pre-recorded tapes.

Here's one worry. Sure fans will sit apart and socially distanced. But what will happen when the game is over? Will fans file out in orderly, non-contagious single file? I flew Southwest a few weeks ago. The airline makes a big deal – we don't sell the middle seat. Passengers kept their distance during the flight. When the landed, you know how it is, everybody got up and piled into the aisle, shoulder to shoulder for several minutes.

What will happen if some goofball takes off his/her mask during the Texans game? Will there be enough security to handle each case?

Baseball is planning to have some fans attend post-season games at Minute Maid Park next month. UH Cougars, the Dynamo and Dash are playing in front of small crowds. It remains to be seen how safe – or how risky – allowing fans at sports events will be.

Will parents let their kids attend? Is waiting for a vaccine the smart play? If President Trump is right, that could be only a matter of weeks away. If scientists and doctors are right, nestle in for pandemic life another year. Even if scientists do come up with a vaccine, how many Americans will roll up their sleeve? Some believe, in the case of COVID-19, the cure may be worse than the disease. Not me, the moment Dr. Fauci says the vaccine is safe and effective, I'm sprinting to CVS.

The thinnest of silver linings, if ever there was a year worth sitting out, 2020 has been it for Houston sports fans. The Astros are scratching to stay above .500 (their present position), Jose Altuve hasn't had an extra base hit or RBI in almost a month, and Justin Verlander is throwing bullpens on his way to recovery. The Rockets are searching for a new coach, and possibly another team willing to take Russell Westbrook in a trade. The Texans season could go either way, we'll know if a few short weeks.

Why the rush to fill stadiums? The NBA is thriving in a bubble. Why not baseball and football? There's a fine line between safe and sorry.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo already has safety plans for next year, including masks and distancing. That will be interesting. Good luck controlling crowds pushing and shoving for corn dogs and funnel cakes.

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