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Nerds Around Town: Realmz, Disney+ and the Dallas Cowboys

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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!

It's Wednesday, how are you doing? Don't let this week get away.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

The Regional Gulf Coast Blood Center is for us. It's here to save our lives when we are in a crisis and need blood and they get that blood by donations from us when we're not in such a bad place. This weekend hit home for many and reminded the country that bad things can happen anywhere and everywhere, so donate blood. It may be your own life you save. Also they're giving away Blue Bell Ice Cream this month, so get out there.

AN ALL AROUND GREAT GUY

As I've started into this Indy world of comic books I've already encountered some genuinely good dudes and Anthony Moore is one of them. He's been supportive and he's a worker and he has been grinding on his own projects for a long time. Last night he launched a Kickstarter for one of his big projects called Realmz. It sounds pretty awesome and I've already personally put my money where my mouth is and donated. It's a cool story about Gods and Kings and Monsters having to swallow their pride and work together to save the universe, how does that not sound AMAZING? Anyway, great art, cool ideas and awesome characters, check it out!!

DISNEY MAKES THEIR MOVE

Disney has fired their shot across the bow, on an investor call today the price point and initial offer for the Disney+ service was announced. You can get the ESPN+, Disney+ and Hulu together for $12.99. As a package price that's aimed right at Netflix who also is priced around that number, which means, it's your move Netflix. The Disney+ is set to come out in November and currently will have all the Star Wars stuff and four Marvel movies by the time it debuts and eight by the next year. They're aiming for 90 million subscribers by 2024, so they have some work to do.

NOW, IN THINGS THAT ARE RIDICULOUS

Cowboys RB Elliot has said he's prepared to sit out all season if he doesn't get a new contract. The fact of the matter is running back is the disposable position in the NFL, but only if your quarterback is any good and honestly Dallas doesn't have that luxury. On Around the Horn the other day, one of the pundits said Dax's QB Rating is 30 points higher out of play action when Zeke is on the field and his completion percentage is 15% higher when Zeke is on the field. That's 1 in 6, so if he's already a 60% QB, then Zeke is off the field because he's holding out, that goes from 4 in 6 to 3 in 6, so while that's a lot of numbers what it really means is more than likely, you're punting on a lot more fourth downs because of incompletes on third down when defenses expect pass and aren't respecting the run, cause Zeke is you know, absent. I'm not a Cowboys fan but even I see his value for this team.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

Antonio Brown sitting out with blisters is hilarious to me, because the Raiders are one week into camp and already a complete mess. It's beautiful.

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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Houston now trails in the fall classic

Astros fall in World Series Game 1 as Braves come out swinging

Framber Valdez had a forgettable start in World Series Game 1 as the Braves tagged him with five runs. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

After a dominant end to win the ALCS and American League pennant, the Houston Astros welcomed in the National League champion Atlanta Braves for World Series Game 1 at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday. With Houston favored to win not just this game but the entire series, the Braves shook up those expectations by finding early success at the plate to build a lead they would hold to take a 1-0 series lead.

Final Score: Braves 6, Astros 2

World Series (Best of Seven): Atlanta leads 1-0

Winning Pitcher: A.J. Minter

Losing Pitcher: Framber Valdez

Valdez unable to replicate ALCS Game 5 success as Braves mount early lead

For the optimist, not having home-field advantage in an MLB postseason series affords you a benefit: you can score first and take captive momentum first in the series. The Braves did that against Framber Valdez, as Jorge Soler became the first player in league history to hit a homer in the first plate appearance of a World Series, putting Atlanta out to an immediate 1-0 lead. They would get another in the first frame, getting a one-out infield single by Ozzie Albies, who would steal second to get in position for an RBI double by Austin Riley.

Houston had the chance to respond in their first inning against former teammate Charlie Morton, getting a single and two walks to load the bases with no outs. They'd strand all three runners, though, as Morton made it through unscathed but having used 26 pitches. Atlanta kept putting stress on Valdez, extending their lead to three runs with back-to-back singles to start the second before later getting an RBI groundout.

Valdez gave up two more in the top of the third, once again allowing a leadoff single, this one setting up a two-run homer to make it a 5-0 Braves lead and forcing Houston's starter out of the game early. Yimi Garcia entered and was able to retire the three batters he faced to end the frame.

Braves lose Morton to injury as both bullpens begin long night

After stranding the bases loaded in the bottom of the first to keep the Astros off the board, Morton followed it up with a 1-2-3 second. He started the bottom of the third by retiring his fifth batter in a row, getting a strikeout of Jose Altuve. He would immediately call trainers to get him out of the game, though, as he would later be diagnosed with a fractured fibula, presumably from a ball that ricocheted off his leg in the prior inning, ending his season in a disappointing turn of events for the Braves.

That set up a long night for both bullpens, and next up for Houston was Jake Odorizzi. He started with a scoreless fourth, working around a two-out error to keep it a five-run game. The Astros began a rally in the bottom of the fourth, getting runners on the corners with one out on a Kyle Tucker double and Yuli Gurriel single. Chas McCormick brought in the first run of the board for Houston, but that's all they would get as Atlanta's lead remained four runs.

Astros drop Game 1

Odorizzi kept going on the mound, tossing a 1-2-3 fifth, then getting one out before a one-out single in the top of the sixth would prompt Dusty Baker to move on to Phil Maton, who finished the inning. Maton returned in the top of the seventh, getting a strikeout before a double and a walk would result in the call to bring in Ryne Stanek.

A double play against his first batter allowed Stanek to finish the seventh, and then he returned in the eighth. He faced three batters that frame, getting one out before a walk and a single would put runners on the corners as Houston moved on to Brooks Raley. A sac fly by Freddie Freeman off of Raley made it a five-run lead again, but a leadoff triple by Yordan Alvarez in the bottom of the inning would set up Carlos Correa for an RBI, a groundout to make it 6-2.

Atlanta's bullpen continued to do well, though, limiting the damage to that one run in the eighth, then returning to hold on to the four-run lead in the bottom of the ninth to give the Braves the upset win to start the series. The loss extends their home losing streak in the World Series to five games (having lost all four at home in the 2019 World Series against the Nationals) and puts them down 0-1 and in need of a win in Game 2 to try and reset the series into a best-of-five.

Up Next: World Series Game 2 will be another 7:09 PM Central scheduled start time on Wednesday from Minute Maid Park. The expected pitching matchup is Max Fried, who is 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA in three postseason starts, for the Braves, and Jose Urquidy, who went just 1.2 innings while allowing six runs (five earned) in his start in the ALCS.

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