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Nerds around town: Endgame spoilers, Game of Thrones, Overwatch

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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!

It's Tuesday and it's time to get this week going, I purposefully held off doing a blog yesterday because so much of what I wanted to talk about I needed to leave off for a day because this was such a crazy nerd weekend.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

This week I wanted to focus on one of the big ones because I feel like they have gotten a bad reputation. The American Red Cross, now hear me out before the groans overpower everything, the thing I do like about Red Cross is that they go to all of these places and disasters and try to help out. I know a lot of times there are people who are critical after the fact and a lot of people don't trust them after the scandal from awhile back where it came out that a lot of money went towards execs and administrative costs instead of helping people, but times have changed and now most charities tell people what percentage of a donation goes towards helping people and being used as intended. #NerdsUnite

ENDGAME THOUGHTS (SPOILERS)

So a billion dollars later, it's been four days and Avengers is the highest grossing movie in Marvel History as far as opening weekends go, and it also set an opening weekend record in general. The Marvel Universe has now grossed over $19 billion dollars over these last ten years and that is an amazing run of films. So there are some things from the outcome of this movie that would be an issue I would think, when the movie starts the world is basically in a funk from half of all life in the universe being snapped away, and by the end of the movie everybody gets unsnapped and now return to the world of the living five years later. So what about the economy? Think about it, the world lost half its work force overnight and had to deal with that financially, things got produced and shipped slower and production slowed down as a result and therefore less money was made worldwide. Housing would have become an issue, banks and mortgages would have collapsed, life insurance companies, insurance in general, how many car crashes and issues erupted after half of everyone just vanished in an instant. So now the whole economy of the world is in ruins and slowly begins to recover, except over night, three and a half billion people come back to life. They need housing, food, clothing, materials and supplies that would immediately screw up supply and demand. Stores would struggle to keep things in stock as production begins to ramp up and job hiring slowly ticks back up. Credit would be slow to re-lend to people because well, they are five years behind on their payments. Also, technically, how old are these people now? For example, I was born in 1983, I am 35 right now, but if I just returned from five years of being snapped, am I 35 or am I 30? The Marvel Universe is going to suck to live in for the next few years and we haven't even gotten to marriages, divorces, affairs and people who were pregnant during the snap.

GAME OF THRONES

Literally one of the craziest and most amazing things ever filmed in the history of television just aired this weekend. The longest battle ever recorded in the history of film, longer than the Battle of Helms Deep from the Lord of the Rings trilogy which was kind of the standard epic battle for most film people. Although the Battle of the Bastards was an epic battle on film also, this battle, The Battle of Winterfell, was incredible on a whole other level. There were so many great moments in this episode from the music choices, the quiet moments amid the chaos of a massive battle. The Red Witch coming to fulfill several prophecies and settle several seeds that had been planted by her throughout the series. One thing that is fascinating to recognize when I rewatched the series in the buildup for this final season, was how everyone's storylines all weave together and tell an incredible story where people have all come together now but were all over the seven kingdoms as the story started. The other thing was the few key deaths in this episode, there were tons of people who seemed likely to die if you follow television tropes. Things where usually in war movies if there's a scene where someone reveals things in their backstory they die in the upcoming battle which put several people on the chopping block. Oddly only a few characters died in this particular episode which is fueling some speculation that the rest of these characters have bigger moments ahead of them. Also, Arya Stark is now the baddest bee on the block.

A MURDER IN DALLAS

Once again it was another rough weekend for the Houston Outlaws who lost two matches including the big finale Sunday against Dallas where all the matches were held in a special homecoming weekend. For those who are a little lost, as a new league, Overwatch hosted everyone in LA for last year's debut season and this year planned a few road trips where all of the teams traveled to a few key cities for a few key weekends to help spread the game. Next year all of the teams will be in their home cities from the beginning of the year and travel will begin to be a factor for teams. The Outlaws finally played the lineup in the last match that the fans had been clamoring for where they let their six players play their strongest characters. There's a lot of data that goes into decision making and a lot of our players wind up playing various characters depending on how the map favors certain abilities instead of just playing whichever character they're best at but at about halfway through the match they played one where the team got to play to their strengths, they wound up losing the match but the overall play was much better and it is hopefully a sign of things to come. With this loss against Dallas we are now out of the Stage 2 playoffs already with a few weeks left on the schedule for this Stage.

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 $.50 from every shirt is donated to a good cause or listen to Nerd Thug Radio or support our Patreon Page. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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Keep an eye on Alex Bowman this weekend. Image via: Wiki Commons.

For the first time since July 1984, NASCAR returns to one of its most popular cities in Nashville, Tennessee for the inaugural Ally 400 at Nashville Super Speedway. This track is a 1 1/3rd mile concrete oval that was dormant for nearly ten years and was only used as a testing facility. So it came as a bit of a surprise last season when it was announced that this track would be getting a date. For a lot of drivers, this will be a brand new racetrack, but we will see practice and qualifying, so that will be a huge help for the newcomers that haven't raced here before. Back when the Xfinity and Trucks ran here, this track featured a lot of first time winners. Back in 2008, future NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski shocked the world by jumping in Dale Jr's car and capturing his first win here. There will be a lot of veterans like Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick who have plenty of experience at this track, but it will be tough to compare. It should be fun with everyone coming into this race with minimal knowledge.

Last week, Kyle Larson continued his hot streak by winning the All-Star Race. Overall, while Larson and his Hendrick teammates probably enjoyed the race, the feedback from crews and fans was less than positive. As I was walking through the garage area and talking to a few crew members, a lot of them were very critical of the 450 horsepower motor and the tall spoiler to try and keep the cars bunched up. When I asked one of the crew-members what he thought about the package he told me, "Oh it's awful. The track is terrible, the package makes it impossible to pass and it's super hot out here." On green flag runs, it was the same as it ever was as the lead car would pretty much take off and the only time there was really any "pack racing" it came after there were restarts. The whole race was well-intentioned and the fans showed up as it was nearly a capacity crowd, but the whole thing just didn't make any sense. From the start time being in the nearly 100 degree heat to the wacky full-field invert at the end of each stage. Let's hope that next season's All-Star Race is a lot more concise.

In Silly Season news this week, Truck Series regulars GMS racing announced that they would be fielding a full-time cup series team. The team is currently owned by Allegiant Airlines CEO Maurice Gallagher and his son, Spencer, who used to drive for them in the Xfinity Series. This move seemed to come from out of nowhere as there was never any indication that this was a move they were exploring anytime soon after they turned down the opportunity to purchase Furniture Row Racing in 2019. This is certainly a great sight for the sport as there will be more new teams on the track and with their close relationship with Chevy, it wouldn't be a surprise if they step in and help this team become competitive. The favorite to drive their car has to be 2020 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Sheldon Creed. He has easily been their best driver in trucks, and it would make the most sense for him to get the promotion.

This week at Nashville, the driver that I have winning is Alex Bowman. Now while this is a brand new racetrack and he has a grand total of zero starts here, this track suits his driving style perfectly. With the inclusion of this track, there are now four tracks with a concrete surface. Nashville, Bristol, Dover and Martinsville. At the three of the tracks they have run at, he has shown a lot of speed, including a victory at Dover this season and a top ten finish at Bristol. This is also a track where crew-chief Greg Ives said Bowman has gravitated towards during testing. In an interview with Sirius XM Ives was quoted as saying "we used to have a lot of fun testing there," so this is clearly a track that they both enjoy going to. Another big factor going into Sunday will be just how fast these Hendrick Motorsports cars are, they have finished 1-2 over the last four points races. He has watched his teammates Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott have immense success, and now this week I think he is due for a third win of the season. Look for the bright purple #48 Chevy to go to victory lane this week at Nashville.

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