NERDS AROUND TOWN

Nerds Around Town: Lame superheroes, new video games and Hybrids

Nerds Around Town: Lame superheroes, new video games and Hybrids
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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!

Hey Nerds! It's August! Let's start this month strong!!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Make sure to get over to The West Bar and Grill on August 4th. They are supporting 13yr old Kobee Cohen, who having previously defeated Rhabdomayosarcoma recently suffered a return of the disease and now it is in his brain. Looking towards hospice care, the family needs financial aid and support during this difficult time. There will be a raffle and donations for the raffle are still being accepted, everyone is welcome to attend and I'm encouraging them to do so!

SOME INDIEGOGO LOVE

So as I've entered the world of Indy comic creators, I've come across a lot of cool projects and one worth discussing is Luke Stone's Hybrids. Right now he's crowdfunding the third issue on Indiegogo and could use some love, so check him out. It's a cool series with some spectacular art, and some really interesting characters. I particularly love the big guy they call Trashman, I love the codename, because he takes out the trash, get it? There are some cool characters and they conversation is believable, it flows nicely, this is a good team book worth picking up. Hybrids #3 is being crowdfunded right now!!

MEMORIES

So one of my favorite nerd websites did a thing about the worst X Men ever and nearly all of them come from the era where I was reading comic books, Maggot, Marrow, Joseph, Nate Grey and Adam X in particular. These were just absolutely terrible characters to be fair, but they were the characters in the comic book as I was in my teenage years and these were the characters that I remember as being part of this really cool X Men line up. Now fast forward 15ish years and honestly, yes they are all terrible characters but they were awesome back then, I swear! It's funny how awful our tastes used to be and how we only remember them as these great things.

NEW GAME SEASON

We're coming up on the 2k20 round of games over the next two months and while I'm always excited about this time, I'm also a little uneasy about this time. Usually you're just getting the games for the updated rosters, you're not even getting that many new or great features, which is disappointing. I hope they make enough changes year to year to justify buying a new game every year but the truth is, they probably didn't. Not only didn't they make enough changes, they probably also weren't able to fix all the bugs in the game, as every year you find some weird glitch that screws up the great team you were building. One year in Madden it was having too many created players, another year in NBA 2K it was having contracts that decreased in value over time and in 2K18 it was having too many overseas players held on your roster, all of these would crash your season and ruin your night.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

When I don't sleep well I develop a cough that takes me forever to get rid of and I have it right now and it drives me freaking crazy. I hate this damn cough more than anything I ever see or deal with health wise. It takes literally two or three weeks to get totally over this cough and it's so aggravating. Anyway, I'm done complaining, I have to go cough.

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 Texans are the class of the division. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images.

The Houston Texans received a lot of praise for their moves in free agency across various outlets. And for good reason, most people believe the team got significantly better with the additions of Danielle Hunter, Azeez Al-Shaair, and Denico Autry among others.

But there's another factor to consider this offseason. How much have the other teams in the AFC South improved?

When looking at the PFF grades in free agency, the Colts received a B-minus. Most of the Colts moves this offseason involved spending a lot of money re-signing their own players. Which is great in theory, but it's hard to improve the overall quality of your roster when you're bringing back players that were already there to begin with. A lot will be riding on player development for the Colts to see a big jump this season. A healthy quarterback wouldn't hurt either.

The Jaguars have made some big additions financially this offseason by signing receiver Gabe Davis and defensive tackle Arik Armstead. They also lost the top receiver on the market, Calvin Ridley, to the Titans. Gabe Davis wasn't able to establish himself as a reliable No. 2 receiver with Josh Allen throwing him the ball in Buffalo. So it's hard to believe he'll take the next step in Jacksonville. Their best move of the offseason might have been retaining edge rusher Josh Allen by using the franchise tag on him. So what did PFF think of Jacksonville's offseason? They received a B-minus, just like the Colts.

The Titans have a lot of turnover heading into the 2024 season, and not just on the roster. They have a new head coach in Brian Callahan, who's looking to revamp Tennessee's offense. Early in free agency, they agreed to terms with former Cowboys running back Tony Pollard, signing him to a 3-year deal at $8 million per season. Which is more money than the Ravens are paying for Derrick Henry, who left the Titans in free agency. Calvin Ridley was the most notable addition to the squad, he received a 4-year, $92 million deal. And while this could be viewed as an overpay, at least he gives the Titans' offense some upside. Their receiving corps looks a lot more dangerous with Ridley added to DeAndre Hopkins and Treylon Burks.

They also spent big at the center position, adding Lloyd Cushenberry on a 4-year, $50 million contract.

Because the Titans spent a lot of money on some highly coveted players, PFF gave them a B.

Now that brings us to the Texans. The Texans re-signed some of their own players like Dalton Schultz and Noah Brown. But they also made some big splashes with Hunter, Autry, Al-Shaair, and Joe Mixon. But the Texans spent their money in a more conservative way by not handing out many contracts over two years in length.

The Texans managed to add the best pass rusher in free agency with Hunter, but it's only a two-year deal. The overall talent level is going up on this roster, and GM Nick Caserio isn't having to sign players to long contracts that could come back and haunt him.

That's why we're seeing post-free agency power rankings coming out with Houston in the Top 10. And that's also why PFF gave the Texans an A for their moves in free agency.

Be sure to check out the video above as Craig from Sports Talk Extra takes an in-depth look at PFF's grades for the AFC South, and much more!

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