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Nerds Around Town: Tom Holland, Zeke and Marvel Comics

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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!

Let's finish this week strong!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

With Hurricane Dorian going strong, and the first images coming in from the Bahamas, its important to be donating to the Red Cross and other aid agencies around the country. These guys are going to need it.

I'M CALLING BS

Editor in Chief of Marvel Comics just held an interview with a big comic book website and when asked about what he could do to improve, he said nothing. He thinks everything is going great. That's crazy talk, there's always room to improve. The former editor in chief, Joe Quesada used to move from project to project, fixing thing after thing. He brought in Grant Morrison to fix the X Men, and then Brian Michael Bendis to fix the Avengers, then when it was time to redo the X Men afterwards he had Bendis do House of M and change everything. He moved from "issue" to "issue" building up characters and creating opportunities and now the new guy doesn't see things that need to be addressed? That feels like he just wasn't being honest or he isn't being honest with himself. I'm hoping it's that he didn't want to get into a public list with the website but honestly it's likely to be that he thinks it's all blue skies.

MORE MONEY, MORE PROBLEMS

Both Zeke Elliot and Jared Goff got contract extensions announced yesterday. For both of them this now means we're past the "yeah, they're good but how good are they" phase and onto the "will they win Super Bowls" phase. The pressure has shifted; if Zeke is the best running back in the NFL then winning is the only acceptable outcome and with the Rams, as good as they've been, Goff was awful in the Super Bowl, so now it's up to him to step up in those post season moments. $50 million in the first four years? Way to go Zeke.

THE DIVA OF COMIC BOOKS

Rob Liefeld, the true diva of comic books, is one of the guys who co-founded Image. He was also the first founder to be "fired" or "left" or whatever. He made millions during the speculator bubble and then spent the next 20 plus years burning tons of bridges and just being the worst guy possible. There are some in the industry who consider him a Rockstar and perpetually support him in all things he does. But over the last few months he's been in controversy after controversy, from outing a secret DC project about a potential DC/Image crossover, to losing control of Youngblood, to now blaming fellow Image co-founder Todd McFarlane for killing their big project Image United, where each founder was going to draw their characters into the same book written by Robert Kirkman the guy who made Image cool again. I'm honestly over this guy, he recently worked with Marvel on some stuff and I hope Hickman immediately retconned it out of existence. This guy has always been the worst guy in comic books that I've ever heard of and none of this new story makes him seem better.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

I feel bad for Tom Holland at this point, he was asked about the Marvel issues in in GQ and he had to give the ultimate "I love both parents" answer. Now the reality he has to love working in the Marvel universe because he got to work in this crowded but friendly world. There's no way he's more excited about making a third movie with Tom Hardy than he would be making a movie with Sebastion Stan, Chris Pratt and Chris Hemsworth, you know? I feel like this was a massive let down for him.

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Houston is falling down the rankings

Tigers pound Odorizzi, Astros with homers as Houston drops fourth in a row

The Astros have not looked great in their last four games. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

After watching their hot start of 6-1 cool down to a 6-4 record with three straight losses, the Astros returned to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night, looking to do a better job at home against a beatable Tigers team.

Recent games' woes would continue, though, with Houston's pitching getting blasted by the opposing offense and their own bats primarily quiet.

Final Score: Tigers 8, Astros 2

Astros' Record: 6-5, tied for second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Matthew Boyd (2-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (0-1)

Astros score first, then Tigers unload on Odorizzi

Houston looked to have something brewing in the bottom of the second, with three singles in the first four batters of the inning, the third an RBI-single by Myles Straw to put the Astros in front 1-0. However, Matthew Boyd would limit the damage, getting back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat.

After two easy innings for Jake Odorizzi in his regular-season debut for his new team, he would allow a game-tying solo homer to Akil Baddoo, his fourth of the year, in the top of the third. Detroit struck again in the top of the fourth, getting a leadoff double to set up a two-run go-ahead home run to jump ahead 3-1.

They didn't stop there, getting another two-run bomb later in the same inning; a frame that would take Odorizzi 31 pitches to get only one out before Houston would bring in Bryan Abreu to get the last two outs. Odorizzi's final line in his debut: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 3 HR, 0 BB, 4 K, 80 P.


Detroit continues home run parade, Houston loses fourth in a row

Abreu would hope to do what Luis Garcia did the night before, eat up as many innings as possible after a poor outing from Houston's starter. The Tigers would get yet another two-run homer, though, in the top of the fifth, extending their lead to 7-1, with all seven runs coming over a three-inning span. For good measure, they'd knock one more out with two outs in the top of the ninth, making it 8-1.

As far as Houston at the plate, other than their string of hits to bring in a run earlier in the second, they were getting nothing done against Boyd, who would go six and two-thirds innings. Detroit's bullpen would finish things off, despite an all-too-late sac fly by the Astros in the bottom of the ninth, with Houston dropping their fourth-straight game and continuing to lose ground in the division.

Up Next: The finale of this three-game set with Detroit will be an hour earlier on Wednesday, getting underway at 6:10 PM Central. Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will try to maintain his perfect record and improve upon his two five-inning one-run starts for the Astros, going opposite of Michael Fulmer (0-0, 2.57 ERA) for the Tigers.

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