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Nerds Around Town: Bush, X Men and sharks

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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, Sports and Wrestling. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio show at www.nerdthugradio.com!

Hey Nerds!

The whole thing starts again, it's Tuesday, go get them!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

This weekend is Father's Day, there's a lot of emotions for me this year. It'll be the first since my Father passed and there's a lot that comes with that. My mom did remarry after my parents divorced and I have an awesome stepfather and we have a great relationship and honestly I'm not sure what kind of man I'd be if he wasn't in my life, but there's just a weirdness to all of this. Anyway, this week just make sure you talk to your Dad, tell him you love and him and thank him for the things he's done and if you're not close, think about reaching out, and if you can't then maybe just let someone important know how you feel and if you're sad then make sure someone who loves you knows. Everyone needs people from time to time. Ok on to lighter faire. #NerdsUnite

DID EVERYONE KNOW THIS?

So recently I've gotten back into Spotify while I write, I don't know about everyone else but I go back and forth in cycles like the moon. Sometimes I play music covers on YouTube and sometimes I listen to podcasts and right now I'm back on a professional music kick. Anyway I was streaming through some different playlists and eventually wound up on a 00's one and Bush was playing and I was like, man I loved Bush, so I then searched just Bush and started listening and suddenly a whole album I've never heard of started playing. Bush made an album in 2017 called "Black and White Rainbows" and I had never heard of it. Never heard a single from it, never even knew it existed and then Spotify played a song from John Wick 3's soundtrack Bush recorded. Are they back together? Did I not know this? Are they coming to Houston?

SHARK TANK

I love watching Shark Tank, and I love watching the Profit, those kind of shows get me jazzed. They tickle my entrepreneur bone and make me want to launch another business. Part of my background is that I've had my own company three different times and launched a company with a buddy and obviously Nerd Thug Radio with my cousin and my brother. These kind of adventures and opportunities are what I live for, they're the kind of chances that you just have to take, you have to bet on yourself and go big every once in a while, otherwise, how do you know you're even alive? Anyway, my pet peeve about those shows are when someone just doesn't get it. Sometimes it's the sharks and they're like "I don't think you solved a problem very many people have, or I don't think anyone is going to spend $X for that," sometimes it's the business owner just not communicating their vision correctly, it drives me crazy. I watched a rerun of Shark Tank where they all turned down a premium cooler that kept everything cold for days, it wasn't the brand you're thinking of but another one and each shark said "I don't think anyone will pay $100 for a cooler." We now know that's not true…

X MEN DARK PHOENIX

X Men Dark Phoenix has been out for a few days and it looks like it's a total bomb. I'm honestly not surprised and frankly I'm a little disappointed in the lack of willingness to take on challenges that the X Men franchise showed by the end there. I would like to have seen a little more continuity between Apocalypse and this next film but I also would have done something different story wise. You know Beast, Mystique, Magneto and Professor X's contracts are up so you kill them and pass the torches to two new leaders. For this movie I would have introduced only one new mutant into the equation so there would have been Jean Grey, Storm, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Beast, Mystique and Quicksilver and I would have introduced Polaris as Magneto's daughter and for a villain I would have done the Reavers. Magneto has his own little mutant haven and Professor X has just found Magneto's daughter. This leads to a reunion between them and suddenly Archangel arrives holding the wounded body of Psylocke and the Reavers have been hunting them. During the horror inspired, mutants on the run story, Beast then Xavier, then Mystique and finally Magneto all die, leaving Cyclops as the new Prof X and Polaris as the new Magneto. Quicksilver and Archangel stand with her and Jean, Storm and Nightcrawler stand with Cyclops, boom the franchise continues. Of course then Disney buys Fox and my movie would be over anyway but at least I wouldn't have just remade Last Stand again.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

So I wound up not going out and having a drinky, dranky drunky time. It just wasn't a fun weekend overall so I don't have any cool stories, I did have maybe the best sausage and cheese kolache I've had in a while though so that's always nice.

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Tuesday and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back Wednesday and we'll be bringing more good times your way. Feel free to check out my digital short story The Wilson House or buy a shirt from Side Hustle Ts where some proceeds help fight cancer or listen to Nerd Thug Radio. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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After the Mariners came alive late in Monday's series opener to hand the Houston the loss and keep their playoff picture hanging in the balance, the Astros returned to T-Mobile Park on Tuesday to try and decrease their magic number. Here's how the middle game went:

Final Score: Astros 6, Mariners 1.

Record: 28-27, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Framber Valdez (5-3, 3.57 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Casey Sadler (1-2, 5.40 ERA).

Both teams trade first-inning runs

The Astros struck first in Tuesday's game, not waiting around until the ninth inning to get on the board. Instead, they jumped out to an immediate 1-0 lead after a two-out RBI-single by Kyle Tucker in the top of the first. The Mariners responded quickly, though, getting a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning before a two-out RBI-double of their own to tie it 1-1.

Astros score five in the sixth

The 1-1 score held all the way until the top of the sixth when the Astros would flip the script from the night prior, taking advantage of some mistakes by Seattle to put up a big inning. First, Michael Brantley started the inning with a solo go-ahead homer to make it 2-1. Then, Kyle Tucker would get his third hit of the night with one out before eventually scoring after a walk and two wild pitches, making it 3-2. With two walks to keep the inning alive and put some insurance runs on base, Martin Maldonado took advantage with a big three-run home run to extend the lead to 6-1.

Valdez finishes seven strong, Astros even series

After allowing the one run in the bottom of the first, Framber Valdez recovered and put together a solid outing on the mound. He allowed just five hits total, two of which came in the first, then back-to-back singles in the fourth and a single in the fifth, while otherwise keeping the Mariners at bay. He would end up completing seven innings of one-run baseball while striking out eight. His final line: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0 HR, 108 P.

After Valdez, Enoli Paredes would take over in the bottom of the eighth, working around a leadoff single to get a scoreless inning to keep it 6-1. In the non-save situation, Josh James would come in for the bottom of the ninth and finish off the win for Houston.

Up Next: The finale and rubber game of this three-game set will start a bit earlier on Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 5:40 PM Central. The pitching matchup will be Nick Margevicius (1-3, 5.35 ERA) for the Mariners going against Zack Greinke (3-2, 3.90 ERA) for the Astros.

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