NERDS AROUND TOWN

Nerds Around Town: Lord of the Rings, Runaways and Amazon streaming

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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!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

This weekend, The Houston Community Warriors are hosting a dinner to support the Houston Foodbank. I'm going to get details but for today what I want you to know about this is that it supports Houston Foodbank who is absolutely one of the good guys. Go donate and help support them if you can't go to the dinner. IF you can then do both and be extra awesome.

LORD OF THE WHAT?

Overall, there aren't a ton of successful fan favorite Amazon Prime shows, it feels like the streaming aspect of the Amazon Prime account is sort of a back feature, less relevant than the free shipping and access to tons of old free stuff. It's honestly hard to figure out the whole strategy for Amazon, who is producing content for themselves at a good pace, but they aren't having as many massive hits (The Boys aside) as the other services. Part of it is the decision making at the top end probably, case in point, The Lord of the Rings television series that is in production currently has been green lit for a second season and they haven't finished filming the first and second episode yet. But even stranger, they are going to take a four to five-month break after filming the first two episodes which they plan to use to lay out the second season of the show? What on earth is going on here?

DOWN GOES RUNAWAYS

Another lower tier Marvel show has bit the dust, The Runaways. The show has been well done but it started to get a little too big for a streaming series with two sets of casts, the parents and the kids. I can see where as a show it was starting to get too big to continue shooting. Also most streaming shows don't get to a fourth season, I've seen some rumblings about fourth and/or fifth seasons being where producers start to make good money off of their investment in series and selling the licensing and re-airings and all of that. I'm not sure yet if that connects to the streaming stuff but it's worth mentioning. Also the pitch concept of Runaways is brilliant, a group of kids discover their parents are a cabal of super villains. How awesome is that!? Please read the comics and check it all out.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

Making the first issue of my comic book was awesome, but honestly making the second issue has been road block after road block, it's been frustrating. Without going into details and calling people out, and honestly it isn't even anything malicious, it's just problem after problem. This is where it becomes work, but I still love it, stay tuned guys, big things coming.

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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THE LEFT TURN

NASCAR: Quaker State 400 preview

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This week, the NASCAR cup series heads to Kentucky Motor Speedway for the Quaker State 400. Built in 2001, this track is a 1.5 mile tri-oval with a dog-leg on the front stretch. The most dangerous part of the track has to be turn three as the corner is flat compared to the other three corners that are banked. This has been a major point of contingency for these drivers as most of the cautions end up being there. Look for turn three to be a hot spot come Sunday. Last year, both the Busch brothers finished 1-2 in one of the most exciting finishes of the season so there will be a lot of hype for this race to live up to.

Last week at Indy, as we all expected the race was a crazy one. Over the course of the race's 160 laps, we saw many horrific accidents including a scary pit road accident involving Corey Lajoe, Ryan Blaney, Justin Allgier, Ryan Preece and others. The wreck started when everyone got stacked up entering the pits and the calamity was on from there. During the wreck Brennan Poole struck Rear Tire Changer Zach Price as he was trying to avoid the wrecking cars in front of him. After the incident fans and media alike all held their breath as they awaited news on his condition. But when the camera panned to him being loaded into the ambulance, there was a huge sigh of relief as he gave everyone a thumbs up signifying he was okay. Another scary moment was both Erik Jones and Alex Bowman's vicious crashes. Both cars had tire failures that sent their cars directly into the wall. Fortunately both drivers were okay but their days were over.

In the end, tire wear would end up claiming one more victim as it took out Denny Hamlin as well. With seven laps to go, the four-time winner this season was in prime position to get his fifth victory until his right front tire blew out, sending him hard into the turn 2 wall. This mishap handed the win to his main rival in the championship, Kevin Harvick, as he went on to claim his third Brickyard 400 victory and fourth win of the year. When it was all over, many questioned why there were so many tire failures and if new owner Roger Penske would make an effort to possibly widen the pit-road after the massive accident on Sunday.

Needless to say, there are a lot of questions on what will be different at Indy in 2021. When I talked to spotter Freddie Kraft on Tuesday, he gave a lot of good insights on both topics. When it came to the tire failures, he talked about how the increasing corner speeds at the racetrack has put a lot of pressure on these Goodyear tires which eventually led to them coming apart. As far as Pit-Road and what they can do to fix that, he talked about how it is difficult to make changes to a track that is so historical. Which makes sense, but he followed this up by saying that maybe it would be wise to give up a little history and move the wall over and make it wider. It will be interesting to see what NASCAR does in the coming months.

On Friday, Associated Press journalist Jenna Fryer revealed a bombshell announcement that 7-time champion and NASCAR's biggest name Jimmie Johnson, had tested positive for coronavirus. As everyone knows, the world is going through the worst pandemic it's ever faced in this lifetime. With the sport coming back and racing again, it was only a matter of time until one of the drivers came down with it. Unfortunately it had to be NASCAR's most recognizable driver. Thankfully, Jimmie made a full recovery and was cleared to return this weekend at Kentucky. This was a big scare for everyone in the NASCAR world, but I have to give a lot of credit to Johnson for being as forthright as he was about his diagnosis with everyone who he works with. It will be good to have Jimmie back on Sunday.

The driver that I have winning this weekend is Kyle Busch. While this season has been a disappointment for the defending champion, Kentucky would be a great place for him to turn it around. Ever since the cup series has started going there, Kyle has always been in contention to win. In fact, he won the first cup series race that was run at this track back in 2011. In his nine starts there, Kyle has finished outside the top ten only once and even then he finished 12th, back in 2016. Last season it appeared that Kyle was on his way to a third victory at this track, but he came up one spot short to his brother Kurt in a fantastic last lap duel. After a late race restart this weekend though, I see Kyle redeeming himself and capturing his first victory of 2020. Look for Kyle to get back on track come Sunday.


All stats and information used in this article are brought to you by the good folks at driveraverages.com and Racing-Reference.com, the best websites for all NASCAR stats.

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