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Nerds Around Town: Josh Gordon, Jay Z and Case Keenum

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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!

Alright, let's whip this week's ass! Let's make this the week that everything goes right!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

This week I found a very odd thing that I want to point everyone's attention towards, it's this Saturday's James Harden & Friend's Charity Concert w/ Secret Special Guests. It's at Revention Music Center and it's at 6pm on Saturday and tickets are on sale. That's literally ALL of the info. I don't know yet who it benefits or who is performing, but I do love a good mystery. Check it out!

THE JOSH GORDON DILEMMA

The NFL has announced that Josh Gordon will be reinstated to the league and effective this week can be activated and placed on the active roster now. My question is why? I'm not trying to belittle people who deal with addiction or take a strong stance and mock someone's situation, but honestly, how many chances should one screw up deserve? He'll be a 28-year-old restricted free agent, and while all accounts are that he is a great worker and a great presence in a locker room, this will be his third chance to come back to football, all allegedly due to failed drug tests for marijuana. A 28-year-old restricted free agent is a bit of an oddity in the NFL because most guys become a restricted free agent their fifth year in the league. So usually around 25 or 26 you see guys getting this chance to be in a prove it year for their "money" deal if they are worth it or to just get a second contract if they're a lower tier talent. With Gordon, the thing that made him interesting was a high-end top speed and his ability to win the first step, well at age 28 players start to slow down and obviously for all the compliments, here's a guy you can't count on. So again, why are they reinstating him?

JAY Z HAS SEVERAL PROBLEMS

Jay Z has signed a deal with the NFL to help advise their entertainment things and create opportunity and add value to their social programs and is reportedly in talks to buy a piece of a team. This is the thing that needs to happen, this is the thing that can help fuel the change everyone else wants to see. A lot of people are taking shots at Jay Z for this, including Eric Reid and other prominent members of both the black community and the various activist groups who have stood with Colin Kaepernick. There are people who think this is a betrayal, I'm going to be honest, I completely disagree, there is no amount of yelling from the outside that is going to change the hearts of the people inside. The only way you change those hearts is by replacing the people. Jay Z is an ally to the black community and obviously has had his own issues with the police in his past, there is no doubt he sees the issues at play and the optics involved. But it's the job of the icons of communities seeking more to create the opportunities for their communities. Jay Z as an owner opens the door for more black people in front office positions, scouting and personnel and coaching positions, and to say otherwise is to miss the obvious. Jay Z is going to do for his people what he's always done and saying that this is something that crosses a line or that him making money while doing this is wrong isn't seeing the big picture. Some people only respect money and power, and pretty soon they'll have to respect Jay Z too.

THIS AGAIN?

There's been a lot of talk about reboots and revamps over the past few years and two more have gained a lot of traction here lately that I think bears discussing. One is a Mortal Kombat movie, I think for me this is more of a "why?" than anything else and a Kevin Smith led reboot/continuation of He-Man Masters of the Universe. I guess my first question for the He-Man relaunch is the same as the Mortal Kombat question, why? Beyond that, where did He-Man's story end? It was a toy with a cartoon, I have no concept of where this property is even supposed to be and what is the status of all the villains and what not. For Mortal Kombat, beyond that incredible Youtube teaser for a series there has never been a time where people said they loved or wanted more Mortal Kombat on any kind of screen, as either a TV show or a movie. The last two movies were awful and the question of "why?" is one that I keep circling back to. I do love He-Man and I would watch a Mortal Kombat movie, I suppose it's all a question of how much am I willing to pay to watch them?

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

It looks like in Washington that Case Keenum might start for the Washington Redskins. If that happens, he'll be my first REAL example of someone who always gets the best advice from his decision making people. This would be the third team he's started on that honestly, he has no business starting on. I'm not going to kill anyone for two years ago when Minnesota went through their whole depth chart worth of back up quarterbacks, although being in the right place as the third quarterback was a great help. The reality is somehow his agent parlayed his one good season into big money and one starting year in Denver where Elway couldn't see the fraud. So the Texans and the Broncos both tried him when they really shouldn't have and now it looks like on purpose Washington is due to make the same mistake, congrats Team Keenum.

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Houston's losing streak extended to five games

With key Astros missing, Detroit completes the series sweep

An overall bad day for the Astros on Wednesday. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

On Wednesday afternoon, the Astros received a big blow to their chances in the series finale against Detroit and potentially longer. Five players: Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, Martin Maldonado, and Robel Garcia would all be moved to the IL due to health and safety protocols, leaving them scrambling to get a whole team together for the game against the Tigers.

The Astros would not be able to overcome both the loss of players and the onslaught of another strong start by Detroit in Wednesday's game which put them too far out front for Houston to come back from to avoid a series sweep.

Final Score: Tigers 6, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 6-6, third in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Michael Fulmer (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (1-1)

Tigers knock out another starter early

Detroit continued their success of making Houston's starter work hard in early innings, getting after Lance McCullers Jr., and giving him an early exit. After a lengthy fist, they broke through in the second getting two hits, a walk, a hit batter, and an RBI groundout to put up three runs on 34 pitches.

He would have a quicker 1-2-3 third, but after giving up a single, a walk, and hitting another batter to load the bases and reach 87 pitches, he would be removed in favor of Joe Smith. Smith would allow all three of the inherited runners to score, adding those runs to McCullers Jr.'s final line: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 87 P.

Astros try to claw back into it

After Smith would go on to load the bases again in the inning, still with two outs, Houston made another pitching change to bring in Brandon Bielak to get the third out and stop the bleeding at 6-0. The Astros would get on the board in the fifth, getting a runner on base to set up a two-run homer by Jason Castro to cut the lead to 6-2.



Bielak remained in the game to try and eat up as many innings as possible. While he continued to hold the Tigers to their six runs through the six innings, the Astros clawed back into the game. In the bottom of the sixth, Houston put their first two batters on base with a walk and single before an RBI-single by Yuli Gurriel to make it 6-3. They would threaten for more but be held there for the time being.

Astros can't cash in, Tigers complete sweep

Ryne Stanek was Houston's next reliever in the top of the seventh, getting a 1-2-3 frame to keep it a three-run game, as did Brooks Raley in the eighth. In the home part of the inning, the Astros put their first two runners on base on an error and a walk, then loaded them with a one-out single by Carlos Correa. They'd waste their chance to make something happen, though, with an inning-ending double-play.

Ryan Pressly, who had no save opportunities in recent games, entered to get some work in the top of the ninth. He worked around a leadoff double for a scoreless inning, sending the 6-3 game to the bottom of the ninth. The Astros had yet another chance to make something happen, loading the bases with no outs to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. After two outs, Yuli Gurriel would bring one run in with a walk, but that's as close as they'd come, extending their losing streak to five games and getting swept by the Tigers.

Up Next: Houston will get a much-needed day off tomorrow to try and leave this poor homestand behind them. They'll pick things up in Seattle on Friday, with first pitch of the opener of three games at 9:10 PM Central. The expected pitching matchup is Jose Urquidy (0-1, 5.23 ERA) for the Astros and Yusei Kikuchi (0-0, 3.75 ERA) for the Mariners.

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