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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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This week the NASCAR cup series heads to the world center of racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for the inaugural fourth of July version of the Brickyard 400. This is unprecedented for NASCAR considering over the course of 50 years they are usually in Daytona around this time. While this move was met with a lot of criticism from fans, there is a positive to come from this move though, as the sport will hold their first doubleheader with Indycar. This has been talked about for many years and now it has finally come to fruition. Another new facet of this weekend will be the Xfinity Series running on the road course configuration. This could very well lead to the cup series transitioning from the oval to the road course next season should everything go well when the Xfinity series does it. It will definitely be an interesting weekend.

Last week, Kevin Harvick and Denny Hamlin dominated the first-ever doubleheader at Pocono. The two drivers finished first and second in both races with Harvick taking race one and Hamlin winning race two. Both of these races came down to pit-road strategy as Harvick was able to eke out a victory by taking two tires and fuel while his teammate Aric Almirola took four. The next day Denny Hamlin pretty much had the whole field covered as he went on to claim his fourth victory of the season. Overall, the idea of two races in a weekend went over well but for the racing itself, it was hard to watch. One of the main issues I had was how the drivers didn't have to shift this week. In my opinion, that was what made this track so unique. It was an oval that had road course characteristics and it usually produced some pretty good finishes. Hopefully this will be addressed when the new car makes its debut in 2022.

One of the big stories going into this week is the announcement a couple of weeks ago that NASCAR will be moving their all-star event to Bristol Motor Speedway. Over the past couple of weeks, there has been a whirlwind of news from the Bubba Wallace story at Talladega, to the doubleheader races last week. A lot of this has put this announcement on the back burner but this is a huge story. The race will be held on Wednesday, July 15th as NASCAR continues with midweek races. This is the first time since 1986 that the race will not be run at NASCAR's home track in Charlotte back when it took place at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The format will be pretty much the same as all the winners from 2019 and 2020 will all have an automatic birth into the race while the rest of the field will run in the open event the day before. The main event will feature four stages including a 15 lap closer around one of NASCAR's most popular race tracks. I think this move was long overdue and I hope that they continue with it in the future. Don't get me wrong, there isn't anything wrong with the race at Charlotte but I think a change of pace would be welcomed. I look forward to seeing how this turns out.

As we move on to Indy this weekend, the driver I have winning is Kurt Busch. This weekend will be the 2004 Cup Series champion's 700th career start, and he's won just about every race that there is to be won except this one here at the Brickyard. This week, that is going to change. It hasn't been the most consistent season for the Vegas native, but he still sits tenth in points and right in the thick of the playoff battle. This track isn't his best as he currently has a 19.42 average finish, including a dismal 30th place finish last year. But this week, I think he gets back on track with a victory as he starts second. The veteran has flown under the radar this year, but he has definitely shown spurts where we think he is going to break-out. He also has runs where it seems like him and his team are mid-pack, but there aren't many drivers out there that have the experience he has. And a talented driver like him always finds a way to bounce back. Look for Kurt Busch to take the #1 Monster Energy Camaro to victory lane.

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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