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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.

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Life after Correa may not be the worst thing. Composite image by Jack Brame.

Carlos Correa is having a damn good year. The Astros shortstop is hitting .285 with 24 homers, 87 RBI, 72 walks, .862 OPS, a 7.2 WAR, and a .981 fielding percentage. In any other year, those would be numbers worthy of being in the mix for AL MVP (if it weren't for that dastardly Shohei Otani). Correa is also in a contract year. He and the Astros were far enough apart that the season started and he's held true to not wanting to negotiate midseason.

The offers of six years for $120 million and five years for $125 million were both rejected by he and his camp. They're seeking something much longer and for more money on the annual average. With the team unwilling to meet those demands, it seems as if the team and the player are headed for a split.

Lots of Astros fans are not happy with the prospect of Correa leaving via free agency. Some think the team isn't doing enough and should pony up to bring him back. Some feel Correa should take what they're offering because it's a fair deal that'll allow the team to sign other players. Then, there's that small band of us that are totally okay with him leaving.

One of the main reasons I'm okay with him leaving is the players the team still has under control that are potential replacements. Aledmys Diaz and Pedro Leon are the first two guys that come to mind. Diaz is a 31-year-old vet who's stepped up when he's called upon. He can slide over to third and allow Alex Bregman to play shortstop. Leon is the team's 23-year-old hot prospect who signed as an outfielder that the team has been trying to turn into a shortstop. If Correa were to leave, he could instantly plug the hole Carlos would leave behind. Either of those options lead to my next point of being okay with Correa leaving which is to...

...allocate that money elsewhere. Whether it's signing a replacement (at short or third), or boosting the pitching staff, I'll be fine as long as it's money well spent. Signing a shortstop or third baseman would determine where Bregman would be playing. If said player takes significantly less than Correa and fills 70-80% of his offensive shoes, it'll be worth it. Others will have to step it up. If they find a deal on a top of the rotation starting pitcher, that would be ideal as well. As I stated a couple of weeks ago, this team has employed a six-man rotation, but doesn't have a true ace. Spending anywhere from $20-30 million a year on a top-notch pitcher to add to the staff would bolster this staff in more ways than one. It'll finally give them the ace they lack, plus it'll bump all the young talent (still under team control) down a peg creating depth and perhaps even creating bullpen depth.

The only way any of this works is if Correa isn't back. Zack Greinke and Justin Verlander's money comes off the books also. Freeing up that much payroll and not re-appropriating those resources to ensure this team stays in contention would be a first degree felony in sports court. I don't think Jim Crane wants that for this team. I for sure don't think James Click wants that as his legacy. Let's sit back and watch how the organization maneuvers this offseason and pray they get it right.


Editor's note: If you want to read the other side of the argument, check out Ken Hoffman's piece from Tuesday.

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