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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 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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