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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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Houston drops the opener

Angels use big sixth inning to take opener from Astros

Houston's offense started hot, then went cold Monday. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images.

With a 2-1 series win under their belt to start this ten-game homestand, the Astros turned the page to a three-game set with the Angels on Monday night. Things started strong for Houston, building an early lead, but it would erode in the middle innings as the Angels would respond with a big sixth inning to take the opener.

Final Score: Angels 5, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 18-17, tied for second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jose Suarez (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Brandon Bielak (1-2)

Houston Builds an early lead

After a 1-2-3 top of the first by Luis Garcia, Houston would start the scoring in the bottom of the inning. Back-to-back walks set things off, setting up an RBI ground-rule double by Alex Bregman, giving them the 1-0 lead. Kyle Tucker lead the bottom of the second off with a double, then came around to score on an RBI single by Myles Straw, then Michael Brantley made it 3-0 with an RBI double later in the inning.

Los Angeles roars back to take the lead

Los Angeles trimmed the lead to two runs in the top of the fourth with an RBI double, but Houston was able to get that run back on another RBI by Straw in the bottom of the fifth. Things fell apart for Garcia in the top of the sixth, with back-to-back one-out solo homers trimming the lead to one run and ending his night there: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 2 HR, 92 P.

The Angels didn't stop there, getting two more runs to take the lead off of Brandon Bielak, who managed just one out while blowing the lead. Brooks Raley would enter to get the final out of the inning, then tried to keep the deficit at one run when he returned in the top of the seventh. It looked like things might unravel for him, allowing the first two batters to reach base on a walk and single, but he would battle back to strike out the next three straight to strand both.

Angels take the opener

Joe Smith took over in the top of the eighth, still 5-4, but would get two outs while allowing a double in his three batters before Houston moved on to Kent Emanuel, who finished the inning off. After another scoreless inning for Houston's offense, Emanuel remained in the game in the top of the ninth to keep a walk-off chance alive, and he would do so by erasing a walk to send the one-run game to the bottom half. The Astros wouldn't pull off a comeback, though, dropping the opener to Los Angeles.

Up Next: The middle game of this series will be another 7:10 PM Central start on Tuesday night. It shapes up to be an exciting pitching matchup, with Lance McCullers Jr. (2-1, 3.58 ERA) for Houston going up against the two-way star Shohei Ohtani (1-0, 2.41 ERA) for Los Angeles.

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