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Nerds Around Town: The Clowney Saga continues, more Spidey drama and extreme yoga

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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!

I hope this week went as well as you wanted it to, if not get 'em next week!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

In honor of college kids going back to school, I want you to look on facebook find one of your teacher friends and click on their Amazon wishlist. They're all doing it this year, they all should be doing it this year except that education is the most important thing in the world for children and we as a society should care more to educate them, poor or rich, white, black or brown. We should be teaching them how to think and ask questions and let them make this world a better place since obviously we don't know how.

TEXANS BAD, DOLPHINS BAD

To continue the Clowney drama we touched on yesterday, the Miami Dolphins have apparently made everything worse. We've been in talks to trade Clowney to them and we apparently are insisting on OT Laremy Tunsil, which according to players on the Dolphins will cause a revolt. The Dolphins have a rookie head coach and it sounds like he might not have total control of this franchise yet and honestly there's no clear answer on what that means exactly but you don't want to hear that if you're a coach. Football is the ultimate team sport to borrow every sport cliché, and the reality is it does require 100% buy in from the players. So if they're not behind the coach or if they're doubting the organization, there's no chance for this season.

HAVING A BAD DAY

Apparently, in Mexico an Instagram influencer was doing yoga on a patio balcony six stories up and then fell. She survived but they say her knees and ankles will need to be restructured and that it'll take over three years to get back 100%. Having dealt with my own personal crazy leg injury, I'll tell you this, there is no worse experience than a long, hard rehab where you can only do a few hours of work a day and then you're stuck the rest of the day in bed. Time becomes the enemy and there is no way to make it go faster. I'm not going to be overly mean, it was a dumb thing to do, people are doing dumb things for attention all the time but honestly there's nothing I can say that's worse than what she's dealing with. Also, lots of people die every year taking selfies, like an embarrassingly high number… maybe we should start putting the phones down?

WEB OF SPIDER MAN

Word broke yesterday that Tom Holland filmed a scene in the movie Venom but Marvel flipped their lid and demanded it be deleted. This adds another layer to the whole Disney-Sony feud to me, it starts to paint the level of control that Marvel wanted to exercise over Spider-man. They may be right and they may not be, it's tough to know until we see the scene and find out what was in it. Was it bad? Was it good? Was it a mess? There's literally no way to know but it does start to paint Marvel in a bad light.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

My fantasy football draft is this weekend, this is where championships happen boys. Step one is drafting like a champion. We got this!!

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'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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