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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!

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Happy Thursday everybody. Let's finish off this week strong!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Continuing my reminder this week, Father's Day is this weekend and you should reach out to loved ones if you can and if you can't then reach out to those people around you, they'll be there for you if you tell them you need them. We've all been there. #NerdsUnite

THIS IS FOR REPRESENTATIVE VERONICA ESCOBAR

So yesterday I wrote about Jon Stewart's incredible speech on Capitol Hill to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties where only 5 members of the 14 member committee were present for his words. He was assured it wasn't intended as disrespect. Here's what I wrote about it…

"Jon Stewart's moment on Capitol Hill yesterday was beautiful and amazing and no one in congress saw it. Five of the 14 members of the House Judiciary subcommittee were there for the speech, the rest couldn't be bothered to listen to him speak up on behalf of 9/11 first responders. 9/11, remember "Never Forget", remember how patriotic everyone got? Remember how everyone hugs flags and respects soldiers and everything we all do is patriotic? How dare that quarterback take a knee! This is service, this is patriotism, there was no lower moment in recent American history and yet only 5 of the 14 members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee saw fit to be there today for the first responders. FIVE. That's a shame, Houston's Sheila Jackson Lee was one of the members who skipped as well as Veronica Escobar, Sylvia Garcia and Louie Gohmert all while representing Texas, that's a shame."

I received an e-mail about the blog, as I do a few times a week (it's why the e-mail address is in there, I like e-mails), from Elizabeth Lopez-Sandoval who said she's the Communications and Special Projects Director for Representative Veronica Escobar, this is the e-mail…

"Good morning Cory – Elizabeth from the office of Congresswoman Veronica Escobar here. Reaching out because you stated in your piece that Congresswoman Escobar was not present during yesterday House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act.

Congresswoman Escobar was present during the first panel of the hearing and she is a proud co-sponsor of H.R. 1327, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act.

Can you please correct your piece?

Thank you,

Elizabeth

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Elizabeth Lopez-Sandoval

Communications and Special Projects Director

Office of Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16)

1505 Longworth House Office Building
Phone: (202) 225-4831
elizabeth.lopez-sandoval@mail.house.gov
www.escobar.house.gov"

So now that I feel like I've been fair, let me be annoyed. I was only talking about the panel in which Jon Stewart was speaking but that's fine. Rep. Escobar attended the first panel, saw that the First Responders were scheduled to speak later and decided to spend her time somewhere else. Is that a better distinction? Does that sound better? I don't think so, but there, it's corrected. Also as far as co-sponsoring the bill goes, there are 313 co-sponsors of the bill and she wasn't even part of the original 92 who co-sponsored it when it was introduced, she wasn't even the first Representative from Texas to jump on the bandwagon.

On an aside, who are the 122 other members of the House who didn't jump on that bandwagon? I don't know if I like them more or less for that, but it's bold none the less. Anyway after Jon Stewart's amazing speech, the media made the House look foolish all day Tuesday so yesterday the House Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to send the bill to The House for a vote. If I remember my schoolhouse rock song "I'm just a bill" that means it needs a vote there and then if it passes, it would need to be voted on by the Senate and then signed by a certain President from NYC. Way to finally get the ball rolling guys, before anyone gets too excited, they should know this same bill existed last year in congress and never made it out of the House of Representatives, so let's not be too congratulatory of anyone.

BIG PLANS FOR THIS WEEKEND?

House of Blues has something pretty cool going on this Saturday, Local Brews and Local Grooves. It starts at 3pm and will feature 20 local craft breweries, 40 beers and 16 local bands and DJs. There's food as well, they sell a $10 admission package, a $25 admission package that comes with a wristband good for 5 samples of beer, food or sodas and a $35 package that comes with two wristbands. There's a crazy list of bands and breweries on the HOB's page which is linked: here.

ROLL THAT D20!

This Saturday is also FREE RPG Day, so swing by your local nerd store and see what they have going on. There's plenty of fun games to get into and all kinds of stores are doing all kinds of events, I know The Adventure Begins up in Conroe (proud sponsors of Nerd Thug Radio) have a whole day of events planned and I bet everyone else does too. So if you've ever been curious about RPGs or D&D or anything else, this is the day to try it out.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

So I'm going out on a limb here by running this blog today and I know that. I want to be clear about something as this happens though, while I am worried that maybe Sportsmap will fire me and cancel my work with them (which would really suck, I like it here guys, honestly) I feel like it's my job to say this. I'm not a journalist but I realize though that it's important to be accurate when speaking to the public and it's something I try to do every time I get in front of a microphone for my shows or when I write for here or for cyberpunks.com or anywhere else. We live in an era right now where everyone is trying to spin stuff and that isn't my intention and if there's ever someone who deserves our respect it's the people who lay it out for us on a daily basis to help make society better. That being said, I have spoken out about issues before in this blog and in other places when I think people overstep boundaries. I think the spokesperson for the Houston Police Officer's Union Joe Gamaldi regularly stirs the pot and hurts more than he helps (something I've said privately to my friends who are officers who then strongly disagree with me, and that's ok too). Overall I think it's important to be honest and fair and kind to people, but I didn't appreciate the unnecessary correction from Rep. Escobar's office yesterday because I think what she missed was really important and deserved her time, especially if she's representing Texans and I think her stating how proudly she co-sponsored this bill in particular was intended to sound like she's above criticism on this matter.

Also, if they do fire me then could some people buy some shirts from me? Or remember I'm a freelance writer for hire?

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Thursday and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back Friday (hopefully!) 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 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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Coming off one of the worst performances of the year, Lovie Smith met with the media and addressed some questions about if the Texans would make any changes to the team or coaching staff this week. Here are some quick observations.

1. Washington was just better. Before taking the first question, Lovie said after watching the film it was clear Washington was the better team on Sunday. The team didn't play well upfront (on offense) and didn't have much of a chance to win the game. He believed the team did some good things on defense and played the run better, but were unable to take the ball away.

2. Lovie made it seem like changes are definitely coming at QB. When asked if any changes would be made this week to the QB or the coaching staff, he basically said he would talk to the players before the media if changes were in the works. Smith said the players were off today and not in the building. He followed that up by saying, “We're not pleased with where we are. Do we need to do some things differently? Yes, and we will.”

3. Hitting that “rookie wall.” Coach Smith was asked if hitting the “rookie wall” could be causing some of the team's struggles. He brought up Kenyon Green's challenges at guard, admitting that taking a “pounding every time” can be tough. But if they have hit the rookie wall, he hasn't “noticed it.”

4. Sometimes you need a spark. When asked if football teams sometimes require a spark, he said yes. “Especially when you've lost as many games as we have.” Davis Mills and Kenyon Green have to be the first names that come to mind, and making a change on the o-line probably doesn't qualify as a spark.

5. At a certain point, you are who you are. Lovie didn't dance around it, he said “What's been put on video is probably who we are now, I acknowledge that.” This is the type of statement the fans really needed to hear. Owning up to what everyone can clearly see and addressing this head on matters. Most fans fully understand the team is in a rebuild, just be as honest as you can with everybody. Not doing this in the postgame press conference on Sunday, had to be a big part of why the media was coming at him with more conviction.

6. Expect Kenyon Green to keep playing despite Sunday's performance. This is why I believe a change will be made at QB this week, and not offensive guard. Lovie talked about if a player is struggling and he's still your best option, they'll have to get their “nose bloodied” and get better. No argument here. Green is a first round pick at guard, he's only going to get better if he plays. Give him some help if he needs it, but has to be out there. And let's face it, he is the best option at left guard.

7. Coaches decide who will play if there's going to be a change. When asked, Smith said the coaches decide who's playing. GM Nick Caserio and CEO Cal McNair will be in the loop, but coaches make the call on who starts.

8. “Kyle Allen can make all the throws.” Lovie was asked his thoughts on the Texans backup QB and said, “He (Allen) has a history of good play in the NFL.” When asked about Mills, he said he's seen some growth from the second-year QB, but it's hard to talk about how much someone has grown after yesterday. Yikes, that says it all right there.

Final thoughts

You really get a sense of the tone by watching the full presser above, so I do recommend it. I came away also feeling this possible switch to Kyle Allen may only last a week or so. But at this point in the season, everything has to be evaluated. Including OC Pep Hamilton. If Kyle Allen plays a game or two and the offense still stinks, some of the blame must fall on Pep. But if Allen plays well and long enough to where it doesn't look like the offense is the problem, you have your answer on Davis Mills. At least this season, anyway.

Of course, many fans want the Texans to finish the season with the worst record, so they get the first pick in the draft. If Kyle Allen does get to play and ends up winning a few games, it could be bittersweet. The Texans do have some cushion in the standings for the first pick. Hopefully, the team can get all their answers at QB and OC while still locking up the first pick in the draft. Alabama QB Bryce Young would be a nice Christmas present for Texans fans after a tough year.

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