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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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It more of the same from the Houston Texans. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

Sunday afternoon provided a high-res snapshot of the state of Houston sports. The Astros, already assured of the best record in the American League, played a game they didn’t need to win. The Astros won, ho-hum, their 104th win of the season.

Meanwhile, eight miles away, the Texans, mired in last place with fan support dwindling, played a game they really needed to win. The Texans lost 34-24 to the Los Angeles Chargers in front of (giggle) 69,071 fans at NRG Stadium. The Texans really ought to stop saying the stands are packed. Every time a team punts, and cameras follow the ball skyward, there are thousands of empty seats on display. I know the NFL methodology for determining attendance, (total tickets sold, no-shows don’t count) but it just looks silly when the Texans announce 69,000 fans.

The Texans came close as usual before sputtering to another defeat. The Texans now stand at 0-3-1, the only winless team in the NFL. It’s the second time in three years they’ve started a season without a victory after four games. It’s telling to note that not one of the Texans opponents has a winning record for 2022.

In other words, the Texans have played four games they shoulda/coulda won. Shouda against the Colts, Broncos and Bears, and coulda against the Chargers.

Should/coulda four wins. Instead, none.

That’s the Texans. They’re in every game but can’t close the deal. Yeah, yeah, on Monday we hear, “the Texans are playing hard for coach Lovie Smith” and “they’re competitive” and “they’re a young team.” These are NFL equivalents of a participation trophy.

Sunday’s loss to the Chargers at NRG Stadium was straight out of the Texans playbook. Fall behind, make it interesting, lose. The Texans stuck to their script, timid play calling, momentum-crushing penalties (nine for 67 yards), self-inflicted drops, lackluster quarterbacking and Rex Burkhead on the field for crunch time. After one play where a Texan player was called for holding, the announcer said, “and he did a poor job of holding.”

Statuesque quarterback David Mills keeps saying “we’re in a good spot” and “we’re improving.” Statuesque as in he doesn’t move – or barely moves to avoid sacks. Sunday saw his first touchdown pass to a wide receiver. He’s now thrown four interceptions in the past two games. Let’s go to the tote board: 5 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 4 fumbles, 11 sacks, qbr rating 28.5 – good for 28th in the league.

A bright spot, sort of. This was the first week the Texans didn’t cover the spread. They’re now 1-2-1 against Vegas oddsmakers, meaning you’ve won money if you took the Texans all four weeks. They head to Jacksonville next as early 6.5-point underdogs.

Meanwhile, Alabama’s brilliant quarterback Bryce Young, who will be available for the Texans when they draft first in 2023 (as Paul Heyman says, that’s not a prediction, that’s a spoiler), suffered a shoulder injury last Saturday. The Texans need to take out a Lloyds of London insurance policy on Young.

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