NERDS AROUND TOWN

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

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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Astros defeat the A's, 6-3. Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images.

Jake Meyers hit a three-run homer to highlight Houston's six-run fourth inning that backed Justin Verlander's winning start, and the Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 6-3 on Friday night.

Verlander (3-2) struck out nine over six innings to increase hit total to 3,377, passing Hall of Famer Greg Maddux (3,371) for 10th on the career strikeouts list. He gave up two runs — one earned — on eight hits and didn't walk a batter for a second straight start and seventh time this year.

After another milestone to add to a long list of them, Verlander wasn't sure exactly how to feel.

“I feel like I should be more excited but I feel like I’m a little more introspective and reflective,” Verlander said. “A lot of sacrifices you make in this game, a lot of time away from the family, but I love it, so it’s pretty amazing. I don’t know if as a 21- or 22-year-old kid in professional baseball if I’d thought I’d be in the top-10 in anything. This sport’s been around for so long. Hard to put into words, but a lot of thoughts, a lot of thoughts went through my mind.”

When his teammates celebrated him once the special outing had ended, Verlander allowed himself to ponder the meaning.

Verlander remembers his first strikeout and he recalls one against Hall of Fame slugger Frank Thomas here at the Coliseum — and the pitcher wears No. 35 because of Thomas.

“I have a lot of great memories here,” he said.

A's manager Mark Kotsay, a former Oakland outfielder, has been witness to some of those.

“He’s just tough. He’s a Hall of Fame pitcher. He knows his game plan and he executes it really well," Kotsay said. "He doesn’t make a ton of mistakes.”

Yordan Alvarez added an RBI double and Josh Hader finished the 2-hour, 31-minute game with his seventh save for the Astros, who began a seven-game road trip.

After right-hander Ross Stripling (1-9) retired the first nine Houston hitters in order, Jose Altuve singled to start the fourth for the first of four straight hits that included Alex Bregman's two-run single.

The A's drew an announced crowd of 9,676 for the series opener after winning two of three against Colorado following an eight-game losing streak.

Miguel Andujar came off the injured list and immediately hit an RBI single in the first off Verlander and finished with three hits in his A's and season debut — including another run-scoring single in the seventh.

Andjuar's RBI marked the first time the A's have scored first in 18 games — ending the longest streak in franchise history. Batting cleanup, he also singled in the third.

Astros left fielder Chas McCormick robbed Max Schuemann of an extra-base hit when he crashed into the wall to make a great catch ending the eighth.

“That was a big play at the moment,” manager Joe Espada said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: RHP José Urquidy was pulled from his rehab start with Triple-A Sugar Land because of right forearm discomfort. He has been on the injured list with inflammation in his pitching shoulder. ... 1B José Abreu is scheduled to rejoin the club Monday in Seattle after playing at least two games with Triple-A Sugar Land as he works to regain his hitting rhythm.

Athletics: Andujar had been sidelined all season after having meniscus surgery on his right knee. He was claimed off waivers from the Pirates on Nov. 6. Oakland created roster room by optioning INF Brett Harris to Triple-A Las Vegas.

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RHP Spencer Arrighetti (2-4, 7.16 ERA) pitches for the Astros in the middle game opposite A's LHP JP Sears (3-3, 4.31).

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