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Nerds Around Town: More Sharks, concrete in sewers and Jon Stewart

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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, Sports and Wrestling. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio show at www.nerdthugradio.com!

Hey Nerds!

It's Wednesday and I just realized, we can do this, let's attack this week like a wild animal.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Father's Day is this weekend. Family can be a confusing thing, with ups and downs and twists and turns and sometimes you're mad at someone and sometimes you're not. Sometimes it's just been too long and now you're not talking to the person you meant to. Family can be confusing, but it's family and there's nothing like it. Some people can't be with their loved ones for various reasons and some people will never be with their loved ones, so if you see your family or if you can see your family, then go see your family. Tell your Dad happy Father's Day. #NerdsUnite

ARE WE DONE YET?

So I'm a huge nerd, I love me some pop culture. Seriously, I love all things nerdy. I love a great movie about wizards or super heroes or dinosaurs or robots or super heroes, I don't care, love it all. Can I tell you what I don't like though? Fan Theories. Some of them are neat and all, and sometimes one comes out that's really fun, but most of the time they are just such silly nonsense. There's one going around about Endgame where the reason Strange doesn't say if this is the right time line or not is because he knows if he says something they'll lose. No Duh. If Tony knows they might win he'll keep waiting for something to happen and he won't be able to stop Thanos in time. This didn't need to be said, this isn't even a fan theory, it's implied by them winning. There isn't any need to then say, he couldn't tell him or it wouldn't happen. OBVIOUSLY. Tony you die but we win, oh wait, now you don't die and we lose… oops. Seriously? That's a fan theory? Are you sure that isn't just a fan watching the movie? Come on.

ANOTHER SHARK MOVIE

So apparently they're making a sequel to 47 Meters Down. Because the world demanded it? No honestly I think it was a relatively cheap movie to make (around $5 million) and brought in good money (making over $62 million), which is every movie's goal. Mandy Moore is enjoying a great moment thanks to This Is Us and the movie was wisely marketed just enough to get on people's radars and it made everyone a good payday. This second movie features more angry sharks and hot girls in bathing suits, this time they find a sunken city and begin exploring it and find a shark in it with them. That's kind of a cool idea except for the whole, a shark has to eat a lot of food, ssssooo what was it eating first? Anyway, marine biologists tell you that sharks are good and people are their friends and they don't eat people but my eyes say, they'd eat me if they could.

Seriously?

File this one under, "stupid" but London is having to ask people to not pour concrete down sewage pipes. There is currently a blockage the weight of a blue whale and a football field in length deep in the Victorian era portion of the sewers that is made of concrete. Apparently people regularly pour concrete down their drains? I'm not sure what the logic of that is, but there it goes. Deep down the waste hole and no one ever finds it again, oh wait. Yes they definitely do. It's going to take months to chip away at this thing and will require trucks to constantly pump away the raw waste so as to not drown the workers. What exactly was the thought process with people on this one? They literally just poured concrete down the drains, I honestly don't know what to make of that.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

Jon Stewart's moment on Capitol Hill yesterday was beautiful and amazing and no one in congress saw it. Five of the 14 members of the House Judiciary subcommittee were there for the speech, the rest couldn't be bothered to listen to him speak up on behalf of 9/11 first responders. 9/11, remember "Never Forget", remember how patriotic everyone got? Remember how everyone hugs flags and respects soldiers and everything we all do is patriotic? How dare that quarterback take a knee! This is service, this is patriotism, there was no lower moment in recent American history and yet only 5 of the 14 members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee saw fit to be there for the first responders. FIVE. That's a shame, Houston's Sheila Jackson Lee was one of the members who skipped as well as Veronica Escobar, Sylvia Garcia and Louie Gohmert all while representing Texas, that's a shame.

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Wednesday and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back Thursday and we'll be bringing more good times your way. Feel free to check out my digital short story The Wilson House or buy a shirt from Side Hustle Ts where some proceeds help fight cancer or listen to Nerd Thug Radio. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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The Marlins are showing interest in Yuli Gurriel. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images.

As the reporting date for pitchers and catchers draws near, there are still some decisions hanging over the Astros. One of them is whether or not to bring back Yuli Gurriel. “La Piña,” as he's affectionately called, is 38 years old. He turns 39 in June. His leadership and instincts cannot be matched. The man has seen a ton of baseball and comes from a family of baseballers. So, what's the holdup?

Enter the Miami Marlins. The ownership group, led by Bruce Sherman, is undoubtedly trying to capitalize on the heavy Cuban population in the Miami area. Bringing in the Cuban Babe Ruth is a great way to attempt to get more fan engagement. The franchise has only been to the playoffs three times. First two times (1997 and 2003), they won it all. In 2020, they were swept in the NLDS. They're most likely offering him a ridiculous amount of money to come to a team with a losing history. Knowing the Marlins are willing to hand out stupid money, would you blame La Piña for taking one last ridiculous payday?

Think about it. He's got two rings and made a ton of money. He can safely retire very comfortably. The lure to come back for another year or two would definitely be about money. The Marlins aren't a real threat in the next couple of seasons to do anything, but are willing to pay me like I'm still a star? Plus, I'm closer to my home country with all my family and friends? Sign me up!

This is where the Astros have to make a decision. Bring Yuli back for another year or move on. If he follows through with his last four years, this should be a bounce back year. Since 2016, his first year in Houston and MLB, he's hit .262, .299, .291, .298, .232 (pandemic shortened season), .319, and .242 last season. The man is a professional hitter. He knows how to work an at-bat and can drive pitchers nuts. His defense isn't bad either. He's a more than capable first baseman.

This won't win me any favor, but I think it's time to move on. Yuli will always have a place in my heart because he was a major factor in the Astros' two World Series wins. Last season's title run was even more satisfying since it helped silence the haters. That was the mouthwash that got rid of the stench of the sign stealing scandal. Piña was there through it all.

Now, it's time to start transitioning towards the future. Piña, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Justin Verlander, and Lance McCullers Jr were the only holdovers from the 2017 team. Verlander was one of the guys the Mets backed the Brinks truck up for this offseason. Altuve (32), Bregman (28), and McCullers (29) should be all that's left of that group. While it would've been great to have Verlander (39) back, the emergence of the youth movement in the pitching staff made his loss somewhat expendable. At some point, the nostalgia wears off. Father Time and Mother Nature are both undefeated. If they were to bring Piña back, he should be a part timer transitioning into a hitting coach. Careers come to an end. It's time to start looking at his exit.

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