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Nerds Around Town: Team USA, Kawhi and Westbrook

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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!

Welcome to Monday, this week is going to be a great one because we're going to make it that way, right? Set it up and knock it down!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

This Saturday, from 3pm to 11pm the Stixx and Stonez Cigar Society is throwing a huge party slash donation drive, asking everyone to bring socks, washing powder and toiletries for donation at the Stixx and Stonez Sundresses and Summershirts Day Party. Check out the info, it looks like it's going to be awesome.

CONGRATS TO TEAM USA

First of all, congrats to Team USA for winning a record breaking fourth Women's World Cup. This is the kind of thing that should be celebrated at all levels by all Americans. This team was incredibly deep, incredibly talented and incredibly confident bordering on arrogant. They had the misfortune of playing France in Paris and survived, eliminating a host country in a World Cup is already one of the hardest things in sports and USA handled it with ease. Megan Repino has been fantastic as a leader who puts her money where her mouth is and scored so many clutch goals for this team and took so much of the pressure off the team and onto her own back. There has been some blowback on this team though with people mentioning the pay being unfair and making comments, internet sensation Nicole Arbour trying to say fan money should determine the pay for the Women's team. The reason that's a grossly inaccurate take is simply this, the Women's team is run by Team USA and even though the women's team beats the Men's team in ratings, attendance and probably sales of merchandise, they get paid less, get booked in worse stadiums and don't receive the same perks as far as travel and accommodations go. It is truly a pay disparity that warrants discussion, because while one team has won four world cups, the other didn't even qualify for the last World Cup.

THE KAWHI HAS LANDED

So did anyone see The Clippers coming? Anyone? I know I didn't, I'll cop to that in a heartbeat. So keeping their core roster intact and getting two max contract players is impressive, however I don't think this team is all that well positioned in a crowded West. Portland and Houston were already really good teams, the Lakers while adding Anthony Davis were a roster in progress and Utah added a great point guard to what was a quality roster and Dallas may be on the rise leaving The Clippers somewhere around the fifth or sixth best team in the West? Also Paul George isn't the guy everyone thinks he is, his metrics are all great. But when he matches up against quality guys like Dame Lillard, he gets beat. When there's a game 7 he scores ZERO points in three quarters, he's a shrinking violet in my estimation and I don't know that this team is going to be as successful as the roster indicates which after giving up all those picks to get him is exactly the kind of news they don't want to get because as presently constructed this is the roster.

RUSSELL WESTBROOK TO HOUSTON?

So yesterday afternoon the news broke that the Rockets were heavily pursuing a trade for Russell Westbrook, while keeping Chris Paul, meaning the team would basically be Harden, Paul, Westbrook and some people. Honestly, I say go for it. The reason I think this is a good move for the Rockets is because no one is going to bail us out of the Chris Paul deal, no one. So if we have Chris Paul for the next three years then this is the window, load up as best as you can and just maximize your opportunity in what is still a wide open Western Conference. No team got that vaunted third star on their roster and Toronto proved you don't need two stars even to win a championship if the roster is deep enough and theirs obviously was, so literally anyone in the West can win this year, why not try and be the best team in the West and go from there.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

I told you guys the NBA free agency was one of the most exciting in sports, I hope you believed me.

Feel free to check out my digital short story The Wilson House 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.

COVER ART OF ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE

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 Wednesday, I've been sick and I have great news, it's been a crazy week!!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

In honor of being sick the past few days, donate to the American Red Cross.

MAN DOWN

Being sick is the worst. Like I got real sick, like fever and shaking cold sick Sunday night/Monday morning. It was absolutely the worst, because if you don't get up and get yourself moving you're going to keep feeling worse but you feel so bad you don't want to do anything. Like you're cold from the inside out and you just want to try and get warm and you can't. Also, if you're alone like I was, I was housesitting by myself at the time, it gets way worse. There's literally no one to bring you a glass of water or anything and you have to get up and go all the way to the kitchen, it's the worst of the worst. Being sick is a no go, and really only by mid day Tuesday did I finally feel a little bit better and that was only because I got some great news and I felt a second wind from that.

DREAMS DO COME TRUE!

So my comic book has been finalized and approved at the printers so starting yesterday afternoon and through today I'm taking orders for my first print run. I'm super pumped about this, this is something that I've been working on for a really long time. Essentially in some form or another, my whole life has been building up to this moment right here. I've been a comic book geek forever and this isn't the first time opportunity has come a calling but it's the first time I made it all the way. I've signed two different contracts in my youth for small publishing companies and both of those opportunities while great didn't work out. One of them their launch was a little too ambitious and they never even got to my project in the span of like two years and the other one after a dozen or so rewrites just never really worked out and the project never made it to print. No harm, no foul, just both parties walk away and leave it at that.

ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE

So all of that happened and life goes on and I started to feel like, well maybe this is never going to happen and then time moves on and suddenly it's twelve years later, holy crap, twelve years later and you go… No. I want to get back to this. So here we are, working our way back to this and our first project is Another Day at the Office. It's a humorous one shot about a cop in a city full of super heroes. It's a fun story, meant to be light hearted and well meaning and isn't designed to be mean or take shots at people or say something about the universe. It's just a fun story. Check it out please, if you're interested in a copy, today it's really easy to get one, simply e-mail me at corydlg@gmail.com and I'll get you on the list that I'm building right now for the print run that I'm ordering tonight.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

This has been a rough week and a bit of an up and down one from bad health to great personal moment and one of the people that I would very much like to celebrate and share this moment with I can't. My Father was an awesome fan of everything I did and anything I wanted to do, he would do the standard "how does it work" questions but once he knew I was locked in on something he just got behind it and cheered me on. I really appreciated that and it's something I regret not showing him more for, almost like he never got to see the rest of this journey I'm on and it stings a little bit, it's added a bittersweet note to today. Call your loved ones and tell them hey.

Feel free to check out my brand new comic book Another Day at the Office email me for details 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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