NERDS AROUND TOWN

Nerds Around Town: Drama in Vegas, SyFy cancellations and R Kelly

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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!

Welcome to Wednesday, you guys better recognize that this week is flying fast and it's almost time to make those weekend plans.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Zoey's Angels are having their 8th Annual Family Walk to benefit their organization, a group with a powerful mission and their heart in the best place. Anyone has ever dealt with loss can tell you the gaping hole it leaves inside of you and then you have to keep dealing with all of these regular real world issues plus dealing with your loss and grief. Now imagine it's a newborn baby and it spends several weeks in NICU and then after it passes you have to pay hospital bills in addition to funeral expenses and also your life still goes on and have to deal with it. #NerdsUnite

DRAMA ON THE SPINNER RACK

So in a previous column, I mentioned how comic book retailers were in Vegas for a summit with the monopolistic Diamond Distribution and I said there's always great news stories that come out of that, and one big one did. Friend of Nerd Thug Radio and honestly an awesome guy who cares about comic books, Dennis Barger Jr owner of Wonder World Comics got himself into a spat with firebrand comic creator Mark Waid. These two have had a long standing feud or rivalry or whatever you want to call it and it escalated again, Mark Waid is in the middle of a lawsuit and apparently has been complaining about it with his new publisher Humanoids 1 and as they crossed paths with Dennis, Mark called him one of the scumbags or something along those lines. Later they crossed paths and it went worse and now that they have both returned home, the stories are coming out from both sides. Dennis was strongly buying Humanoids 1 new releases as they've been coming but now says he's out on them until Mark Waid is gone. It's tense.

SYFY DOWN

SyFy announced two big cancellations yesterday, Happy! And Deadly Class. Both are comic adaptations that are wildly different but they were both awesome. I loved both of these shows, Deadly Class was based on an amazing comic book and it's heartbreaking to me that it didn't get a second season as the book is amazing and everyone needs to check it out. Happy! Was an amazing show that I always felt like had a limited run because honestly, it's just too crazy. There's popstars buying kids and selling them on the black market, there's an imaginary friend who in the first season helps rescue a kidnapped girl by finding her dad and then in the second season he's the Dad's imaginary friend and trying to help him rebuild the relationship with his daughter. It's TOO CRAZY.

DESUS AND MERO

I'm rewatching Desus and Mero and I'm not sure they nailed the first season on Showtime. They're hilarious and their genuine but looked at in the context of other comedians with non scripted shows on the premium networks and honestly, they just aren't moving the needle for me. I'm not saying they have to change the world, or challenge the status quo, but if they're going to be on the big networks they need to find something more than just being from New York. Even Seinfeld focused on more than just the big apple in his show. If they make it back for a second season, which I hope they do, I hope they find a stronger direction than just hanging out with big name New York types.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

R Kelly got arrested again for even more charges stemming from a relationship with another girl a few years back. This guy is going to go to jail very very soon and for a very very long time. I don't really have a lot more to say about this, but honestly, why is he even posting bail for all of these charges? Just stay in and start serving time because it's going to happen. The people in charge are tired of being made to look bad by doing nothing and they're going to overreact and throw multiple books at him.

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Wednesday and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back Thursday 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 gets another victory in Anaheim

Astros overpower Angels again as magic number dwindles

Kyle Tucker had 3 of Houston's RBI on Tuesday night, including a two-run homer. Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images

After a beatdown of the Angels on Monday in the opener, the Astros entered Tuesday's game looking to replicate that success. Though Los Angeles would put up more of a fight, Houston still used their potent offense to keep the game out of reach.

Final Score: Astros 10, Angels 5

Astros' Record: 90-61, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (8-3)

Losing Pitcher: Packy Naughton (0-3)

Houston's bats keep connecting to back up Urquidy

The Astros picked up on Tuesday's game where they left off on Monday, launching homers to take and extend a lead. A leadoff walk by Carlos Correa in the top of the second set up Kyle Tucker, who drove a two-run shot. Aledmys Diaz was next, making it back-to-back jacks to push the new lead to 3-0.

That gave Jose Urquidy a lead to work with, which came in handy as former Astro Jack Mayfield cut the lead to two runs with a leadoff solo homer in the bottom of the second. Other than that, Urquidy did well through five innings, allowing just two other hits over that span. LA got to him in the sixth, getting two singles to set up a three-run homer to end his night. His final line: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 79 P.

The runs keep coming

He would still leave in line for the win, though, as before that bottom of the sixth, the Astros had put up seven more runs across the fifth and sixth. A leadoff walk in the top of the fifth was followed by a two-run homer by Jose Altuve, then later in the frame, an RBI single by Aledmys Diaz made it 7-1. They pushed that to double digits in the sixth, with a leadoff solo shot by Martin Maldonado, a sac fly by Carlos Correa, and an RBI groundout by Kyle Tucker, putting them up 10-1 before the homer allowed by Urquidy cut that to 10-4.

Astros win to reduce magic number again

In the sixth, Cristian Javier took over for Urquidy, finished that inning, and returned for a scoreless seventh. He ran into Shohei Ohtani to lead off the bottom of the eighth and left a fastball in the zone, which Ohtani turned around 445 feet to make it a five-run game. Javier still got through the inning, leaving just the ninth for Houston's second reliever of the night, Josh James. James would get through a scoreless inning, erasing a leadoff walk as the lopsided win paired with an A's loss reduces Houston's magic number to 4.

Up Next: The third of this four-game series will be another 8:38 PM Central start on Wednesday. Janson Junk (0-1, 2.25 ERA) will make his third career start for the Angels, while Luis Garcia (11-7, 3.37 ERA) will have the ball for the Astros.

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