NERDS AROUND TOWN

Nerds Around Town: Tom and Jerry, Overwatch Minor League and Crawfish for a Cause

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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!

Today is Wednesday and if you thought this was the blow off week you're crazy, you got this, let's focus up and make this week do your bidding. You got this!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

This week the Good Deed of the Day is focusing on an awesome one, it's a buffet for charity. It's an ALL YOU CAN EAT Crawfish boil, that's right! It's the Light of the Phoenix Charity All You Can Eat Crawfish Boil, and also there's a waterslide and bounce house. Boom! Get pumped, $25 if you get your tickets early. $30 at the door, how are you not excited? This is the kind of thing I live for, doing a good deed and eating a bunch of food as you do it. #NerdsUnite

FAN APPRECIATION

One big complaint I think is fair of Houston sports is that the fans are rather fair weather. The Rockets just got eliminated from the playoffs and you don't feel a lot of pressure in the city for big changes. The contracts to players like Chris Paul are going to weigh this team down but instead of hearing criticism for the General Manager and applicant for self-proclaimed smartest guy in the room, Daryl Morey. You don't hear other sports fans being this lax, if you look into Chelsea fc latest news the soccer club facing a transfer ban is under pressure with every decision they make, fans are worried about the future of their sports franchise and have the franchise under a microscope, versus here in Houston where we can't even be bothered to push the Rockets for any real changes.

THE OTHER GUYS

The Overwatch league is on break right now after their All Star event last weekend but that doesn't mean there isn't anything to follow. Make sure to check out the 2019 Overwatch Pacific Showdown this weekend as 6 of the top teams from their minor league, called The Contenders League. Two teams from China, two teams from South Korea, a team from Australia and a team from the Asia-Pacific are in this epic six team tournament, showcasing the talents of the next generation of esport athletes. Overwatch has a long term view on their talents and they've smartly been watching out for both their main league and their minor league team and this long view on their talent includes showcasing them in events like this, wisely.

HE SIGNED UP FOR WHAT

One of the most beloved actors discovered by Marvel Studios has been Michael Pena, who is in a lot of other movies but never comes across as well as he did in Ant Man and Ant Man and the Wasp. News coming out of Hollywood though is that he is signing on to make a live action Tom and Jerry movie. Who on earth is beating the drums for this movie? Is there anyone nudging each other in celebration of the announcement of a Tom and Jerry movie? I don't mean to be so critical of a franchise but the reality of it is that this is a terrible idea for a movie. Before people hammer me over the head with Pokemon movies and things of that nature, I'd point out Pokemon has an active fan base in the millions and when people show up in droves for things like Pokemon Go apps on a phone then a movie makes sense. So that being said, I propose we test the want for a Tom and Jerry movie by making a Tom and Jerry game first on a phone, heck, make it a free app and if no one plays that then please, please, please don't make this movie.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

I've been following a news story where a lunch lady let a student roll over an $8 dollar debt to eat lunch at school and the cafeteria lady was fired by her supervisor and accused of dishonesty. Seriously sometimes we need to check ourselves and make sure our compassion meter is on every day, who the heck fires a lunch lady for giving a kid a lunch? Beyond that, who the heck is firing a lunch lady? It's not that great of a gig, I mean no offense to the lunch ladies of the world but I feel like the threshold is low for this gig and here we have a woman being kind to people and letting them carry a small debt so they can EAT A LUNCH. Why aren't we just giving kids lunches anyway at this point? I don't understand why this isn't something we can get figured out? What is going on in our planning and our administrations for education that we can't feed school kids? What's the case against this?

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 or support our Patreon Page. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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The Astros need to beat up on the lowly Rangers. Composite image by Jack Brame.

Collectively so far this season the Astros would not make for very good garbage men. Meaning they haven't been so good at taking out the trash. Swept in a series at Detroit when the Tigers were terrible, swept at Minute Maid Park by the sorry Orioles, swept in an early season series at the Rangers. Presently the Rangers are an atrocity. A nine game losing streak has them 35-62, buried deeply in last place in the American League West, 23 games behind the Astros. So the Astros need to whip up on them in this weekend's three game set, before the Astros head west for a three city road trip with stops in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

15. The number of home runs Jose Altuve has hit over his last 37 games. Multiply by four and that's a 60 homers in 148 games pace. Over those 37 games, Altuve is batting just .242. But slugging .577.

.029. Carlos Correa's batting average dating back 10 games played. One hit in his last 34 at bats. 14 strikeouts and just one walk over the stretch. That is what you call a funk. Certainly not a way to curry 300 million dollar contract offers.

The Rangers have just two 100 loss seasons in their history, their first two seasons after becoming the Rangers upon moving from Washington D.C. In 1972 the Ted Williams managed squad went 62-100, Ted quit, and the next year the Rangers finished 57-105. If the Astros sweep them this weekend, the Rangers will be on pace to lose 105 games.

It will be a decade ago this October that the Rangers came as close to winning a World Series as any team has ever come without winning the Series. In 2011 the Rangers carried a three games to two lead into game six at St. Louis. The Rangers led game six 7-5 with two on, two out, and two strikes in the bottom of the ninth. The Cardinals' David Freese drilled a ball toward the base of the right field wall. Rangers' right fielder Nelson Cruz didn't make an error but didn't play the ball well, going back awkwardly and reaching out at the last second as if afraid of the wall. It went for a two run triple to tie the game. Two innings later Freese hit a game winning homer to force game seven.

The inning before that the Rangers again came within one strike of winning it all. A Josh Hamilton two run homer had the Rangers up 9-7 going to the bottom of the 10th. The Cards got within 9-8. With the tying run on second and two out, Rangers' Manager Ron Washington opted to intentionally walk Albert Pujols. Albert was still a tremendous player in 2011 (his last with the Redbirds), but he was not better than Lance Berkman that season, definitely not against right-handed pitching. Walking Pujols brought up Berkman to face right-hander Scott Feldman (a matchup of former Astro and future Astro). Berkman lined a two-two pitch to center field tying the game 9-9, ahead of Freese's 11th inning walk-off homer. One of the most incredible games in World Series history.

NCAA

Quite the story hitting that Texas and Oklahoma may be plotting to bolt the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference. That neither UT, OU, nor the SEC denied it has smoke billowing. The Sooners have won the last six Big 12 football championships. The Longhorns last won in 2009. Oklahoma St., Kansas St., Baylor, TCU, all have more recently won at least a share of the conference title. An SEC UT could be looking at being in a division with Oklahoma, Alabama, LSU, and Texas A&M. UT marketing folks should be exploring a huge sponsorship deal with 7-Eleven. You know, Big Gulp. But as usual, follow the money.

The week ahead…

Wednesday: The Texans open training camp! Wait. Delete the exclamation point. Whither Deshaun Watson?

Thursday: The NBA Draft. Unless the Rockets pull off a thunderbolt of a trade to move up to number one and select Cade Cunningham, the winds of opinion are blowing in the direction of the Rockets taking wing Jalen Green second overall pick. That would be fine. Green is generally considered the most potential-laden explosive scorer on the board. The Rockets can use just about everything, a premium wing scorer would be excellent.

Friday: The MLB trade deadline. Does James Click bolster the Astros' shaky bullpen. The Astros have also been linked to Marlins' center fielder Starling Marte. Growing from his wretched start Myles Straw has been plenty acceptable. Free agent-to-be Marte would be a notable upgrade.

Buzzer Beaters:

1. First big beat the deadline win goes to the Rays. 41-year-old designated hitter Nelson Cruz still mashes. Simple frame of reference: he's been notably better than Yordan Alvarez this year.

2. The delayed by a year 2020 Summer Olympics are underway. Any interest at all?

3. Baseball's greatest Cruzes: Bronze-Jose Jr. Silver-Nelson Gold-Jose Sr.

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