NERDS AROUND TOWN

Nerds Around Town: Daniel Cormier, Indy Comics and Kristen Stewart

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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!

It's Tuesday, today is the day we execute all the plans we made yesterday!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

So I figured someone would e-mail me some info about this yesterday but no one did....

This week I found a very odd thing that I want to point everyone's attention towards, it's this Saturday's James Harden & Friend's Charity Concert w/ Secret Special Guests. It's at Revention Music Center and it's at 6pm on Saturday and tickets are on sale. That's literally ALL of the info. I don't know yet who it benefits or who is performing, but I do love a good mystery. Check it out!

INDY COMICS ROCK

So as I've said before, now that I'm on this awesome Indy comic journey and working my way into this thing, I've met some awesome people and seen some awesome projects. One of these is Ken Bouthillier and his project Zindagi, it's a cool sci-fi story about ancient Hindu gods and how they try and impact and observe Earth and its people. Issue #5 is now for sale on Drive-Thru Comics and the first four issues are free, which is a great marketing tool honestly. The ability to read the previous issues for free and then buy the fifth issue after you're hooked is super smart and I think this story will stick with a lot of people, the ramifications and the weight of conflict at the expense of power is always an important story and one that can be told in tons of ways. Check this thing out.

FATHER TIME REMAINS UNDEFEATED

Daniel Cormier is 40 and just lost his title. Stipe Miocic is only slightly younger, 37, but he is longer and looks more put together for a Heavyweight MMA fight. Daniel's body has always seemed to carry a little bit more weight and he was a shorter fighter with less reach than many of his opponents and I kind of always thought these things would catch up with him at some point. To his credit they never seemed to except in those Jon Jones fights that kept getting voided due to Jones failing drug tests, and Cormier had a heck of a run. However, Father Time is undefeated and there isn't a long runway left on his career. Even if he gets a rematch, he'll want to camp and study after he heals and recoups from this fight so maybe three months at the fastest, then from there if he won, then what? How much longer can he defend it reasonably? Two or three more fights and he's looking down the wrong side of 42 and a fast slide physically. At some point, your body just doesn't give you what you're looking for when you need it. It happens in all sports and it happens to all athletes and while going out on a loss will leave a bad taste in anyone's mouth, if his money is good, then why keep fighting?

A BIG STAR RETURNS

Seemingly every woman in their mid-twenties can recognize Kristen Stewart because of her reign over the box office during her Twilight run. She was everywhere for a little bit and made a ton of money and was in several smaller movies after the Twilight series and it didn't go as well financially for her but she then took a step back as fame seemed to overwhelm her. Now she's in the new Charlie's Angels, which the trailer looked great for, and now they just released the trailer for a new movie, Underwater which she also seems to star in. This one looks great, a classic monster-horror movie at the bottom of the ocean, think Abyss meets Jaws and it seems like that's what we got. This looks like a pretty intense movie and I'm interested to see the trajectory of it.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

The Rock seems like an awesome guy, also so does Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds cameos in the new Hobbs and Shaw movie and I bet it's cool to just be a famous person and all know each other and hang out and drink and have a good time. They all seem like really good guys, they either manage their PR well and it's an act OR they are really cool. If you know which, don't spoil it for me.

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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Houston loses first game to Oakland

A's end losing streak against Astros with late homers

Lance McCullers Jr. went five innings of one-run ball Friday night. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

After maintaining their stronghold against the A's in Thursday's home opener, the Astros had the chance to lock up the three-game series victory against Oakland with a win on Friday night. On the mound, Lance McCullers Jr. hoped to improve upon his first start against this same team, a five-inning one-run outing.

Instead, he would have the same outcome, once again lasting five innings while allowing one run, before a big tie-breaking home run late in the game would push Oakland out of their losing skid against the Astros.

Final Score: A's 6, Astros 2

Astros' Record: 6-2, tied for first in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Yusmeiro Petit (2-0)

Losing Pitcher: Bryan Abreu (1-1)

McCullers Jr. makes it through five

McCullers Jr. looked sharp through the first three innings, allowing just two baserunners, one on a second-inning single, then a walk in the third. Oakland did better against him the second time through their order in the fourth, with Jed Lowrie leading the inning off with a solo home run to put Oakland in front 1-0.

They went on to load the bases with one out on an error and two walks, but McCullers would strand them all. He returned for the fifth, a much cleaner inning where a caught stealing by Martin Maldonado would help him face just three batters. His final line: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 88 P.

Oakland gets homer-happy to even the series

McCullers Jr. would leave the game without being eligible for the winning or losing decision, as an RBI-groundout by Kyle Tucker in the fourth would have it tied 1-1. Bryan Abreu was the first out of Houston's bullpen, and he would attempt to eat up multiple innings. He had perfect innings in the sixth and seventh, retiring six A's in order to maintain the stalemate.

Abreu remained in the game in the top of the eighth, allowing a single before getting a strikeout, ending his run as Dusty Baker would bring in left-handed Blake Taylor. Taylor would give up a single against his first batter, then a loud go-ahead three-run home run to Matt Olson to push the A's back in front 4-1. They'd add two more insurance runs off of Joe Smith in the top of the ninth, getting a two-run home run by Mark Canha to extend the lead to 6-1.

Oakland's bullpen would hold on to the newly created lead, allowing just one run on a sac fly by Jose Altuve in the bottom of the ninth, finally ending their losing streak against Houston and setting up the rubber game on Saturday to be for the series victory.

Up Next: This series's finale will be a Saturday afternoon start, with first pitch scheduled for 3:05 PM. For the Astros, Jose Urquidy (0-0, 4.15 ERA) will look to get a win on the board, while Oakland will hand the ball to Frankie Montas (0-1, 23.63 ERA).

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