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Nerds Around Town: Food Banks, bad ideas and adopting a pet

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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!

Tuesday, it's a short week but let's make the most of it!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

This week we're going big with Feeding America. They work with food banks all across the country and help out putting food in people's stomachs. They have donation networks set up and even have the ability to let you create custom campaigns of your own to take the wheel and steer your own donations towards the programs Feeding America supports. This is an easy one to me, with summer coming a ton of kids don't have access to nutritional meals that they get from school during the rest of the year because obviously, they're not in school. So lets help make sure all sorts of kids are eating all year round. #NerdsUnite

OOPS

So I do a lot of research, sometimes on odd things, sometimes for no reason. Sometimes I get ideas and I chase them down and check the viability of something but overall I'm reading a ton of random stuff all the time. I found a great organization I thought that I wanted to focus the GOOD DEED OF THE DAY on, One Laptop Per Child who had the goal of making durable $100 laptops and getting them to every child in the world. It makes sense in a lot of ways, education is kind of the silver bullet to a lot of the problems of the world including gender inequality and religious violence, so if it's easier and cheaper for kids to learn then they can figure out more things on their own. So I was going to feature them, but I did some research because when I went to their website it didn't feel right, something was off. Upon doing some research I discovered that the foundation fell apart about two years ago and turned into a colossal waste of money and time, including they never actually built a $100 laptop. Wait? What? That's the whole premise. How does a company like that never even get to the point where they have the product they're discussing? If you're looking for a story in, yeah this was pretty dumb, look up the story of One Laptop Per Child. They screwed this thing up from the start.

A FOLLOW UP WITH KINGS HAWAIIAN BREAD

They have now friended me on twitter. This may be the seminal friendship of 2019, me and King's Hawaiian Bread. I did ask them to help me on a charity venture but I haven't heard back from them yet, but I honestly am still excited to be friends with the most delicious bread ever made. This is the kind of stuff that makes people excited to be alive in the twitter era!

HOUSTON ANIMAL SHELTER

So this weekend there was a bit of controversy with the Houston Animal Shelter, where they were overcrowded and needed to get as many animals adopted as possible so they made the decision to do $10 adoptions all weekend. There was noise on both sides of that decision and honestly I get both sides on this one. If you can afford to do $10 adoptions, why isn't that the norm, we know they use the money for other good stuff but it makes people feel like they're "overpaying." The flip side, if you can't afford to normally adopt a pet, then a sale isn't really all that inspiring of confidence, which is also true. Like if you need a sal, to adopt a pet then maybe a dog isn't the right choice for you. The good news is they adopted out enough animals and everything is good, the bad news is, a sale on pet adoptions isn't a great look.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

So one of my all time favorite times of the year is Summer. I love getting in pools and having a few drinks and just relaxing, it is so wonderful. I could spend all year in a pool if the weather would cooperate, which in Texas it almost does (yay climate change?), and this weekend was no different. I got to get into the pool for a friend's bday on Sunday and then get in a pool on Memorial day and do the cook out and hang out thing. I love me some time in a pool. One thing I also love is a pool party and honestly that's something I think most people my age have outgrown. There was a large group of people in the pool and they were young and played their music but were otherwise respectful and polite but it was amazing how many people sitting around the pool were upset that there was a large group. It just overall felt silly how many "adults" were bothered by these people grilling and hanging out and just having fun and being young. It was odd.

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 some proceeds help fight cancer 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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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF CRENNEL'S COACHING

Now my job: Texans feast on Lions

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Thanksgiving is full of tradition. There's the typical family gathering, large meal, and of course, football. Sometimes, new traditions are added and old ones are retired. I think the Texans did both in their impressive 41-25 win over the Lions in Detroit. Old traditions were carried on (Lions losing on Thanksgiving), some were put to rest (Texans not being able to get turnovers), and new ones were started (multiple passing touchdowns by Deshaun Watson in six straight games).

The fact that this defense got three turnovers in the game was unbelievable! They got all three in the first quarter within the span of eight plays. JJ Watt's pick-six was insane. He went for a batted ball, ended up catching it, and ran it in. They forced Jonathan Williams to fumble on the Lions' very next play from scrimmage and recovered it. On the Lions' next possession, the Texans recovered yet another fumble after the challenge was reversed. Great call by the coaching staff to challenge and win. The defense looked good. Tyrell Adams stood out because he was in on those two fumbles, made 17 total tackles with 14 of them being solo tackles. They also brought pressure that seemed to make Matthew Stafford very inaccurate and resulted in four sacks. I give defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver credit for knowing he needs to blitz to get pressure, but the run defense has to improve.

The offense kept the tempo up in this game as well. The spread and hurry-up were used to keep the Lions already staggered defense off balance. Knowing the Lions were without a couple defensive backs, I thought it would be the perfect marriage of their defense and the Texans' offense. A buddy asked before the game about the line (Texans -3.5) and the over/under (52.5). I told him bet the Texans and the over because neither team can play defense and both have good quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly put together another good game plan and Watson executed it flawlessly. One route combo I saw later on in the game I particularly enjoyed. Two receivers were tight to the left side. Cooks ran a hook/curl and settled in the middle of the zone while Fuller ran a vertical route. Duke Johnson ran a swing route to that same side. It left Cooks wide open as the attention went to Johnson in the flat, Fuller deep, and the action to the other play side. Route combos are important because it gives the quarterback different reads as he goes through his progressions and lets him pick apart the defense based on what he sees. Combine that with Watson's play and the way Kelly has changed his play calling now that he's liberated from he who shall not be named, we're seeing a beautiful thing.

As good as things were, there's still room for improvement. The defense gives up way too many easy yards, both run and pass. They can't get pressure bringing only four and will often give up big plays if the blitz is picked up. Plus the run defense is still an issue as evidenced by the Lions' first possession of the second half. The Lions ran the ball 10 plays straight for a total of 58 yards on that drive. Utterly ridiculous! Watson was good (17/25 318 yards and four touchdowns), but he missed two more touchdowns with passes slightly off, and continues to hold onto the ball too long at times. The difference between these two issues I've presented here is the fact that Watson has so played well, his "issues" are minor and very correctable, while the defense is terrible and there's no easy fix in sight. But let Romeo Crennel and Anthony Weaver tell it, they're getting the most out of these guys and they're playing disciplined.

The thought that this team may actually creep into the playoff picture may take shape better after next week if they can beat the Colts. I doubt it, but it is getting interesting. Let's see what else happens around them because they need help getting there.

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