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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!

​​GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

This week Nerd Thug Radio sets up our plans for Extra Life which will be November 2nd. It's 24 hours of gaming for a good cause. The donations go towards Children's Miracle Network of Hospitals and it winds up being locally sourced so the child you help could be your own. It's an awesome cause and an awesome thing to be involved in and I always have fun doing it.

WEBTOONS IS BLASTING OFF

Webtoons is home to some of the most read comics in the world, with over 6 million daily users and 17 million monthly users, the sheer number of people who are checking out things on Webtoons is insane. For those who are unaware, it's proof that the comics industry isn't dying at all and is alive and well and we just need to figure out new and better ways to make it happen. By the way, those numbers are almost exclusively from South Korea, Webtoons is just now breaking into the United States. They had a massive booth at Comicpalooza and I had a chance to talk to them then and honestly, they have an awesome system in place. I think these guys are the next big thing.

ROB LIEFELD ANNOUNCES A BOYCOTT OF MARVEL COMICS

So the former rock star of comic books has gone on yet another twitterstorm and complained that he was considering legal action against Marvel Comics, but he wouldn't say why. I personally think it's over characters like Gwenpool and other derivatives of Deadpool that have shown up over the years as well as the cancellation of his other Marvel work like the rest of the Major X story. Liefeld is a complicated figure in the world of comics, at one point the self-taught artist was a major mover and shaker, one of the founders of Image comics and probably the only guy in comics with his own Levi Jeans commercial. His work though became derivative and his original creations after Youngblood didn't resonate with readers. He has a history of personal issues and many burned bridges and twitter beefs with people and he famously launched a kickstarter for his fan loved Youngblood that still hasn't been made and it turns out now he doesn't even own the rights to Youngblood (which might explain why the book hasn't been made and should call into question if he even had the rights to make a Youngblood book), overall he's a complicated figure but one that might want to spend a little bit of time away from the keyboard.

THE STREAMING WARS CONTINUES

HBO MAX announced that in addition to Friends and Big Bang theory being part of the streaming service at its launch, it has poached West Wing from Netflix. When the service launches next year, it will have one of my favorite shows of all time on it, West Wing. Also Disney+ has been begging the world to remember November 12th, which has been working it seems by constantly announcing such great programming. They recently announced a Christmas movie starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader, holy smokes, that sounds like a great movie. Things are getting tricky for content buyers.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

Kevin Feige moving over into control of all of Marvel storytelling basically, I think overall is a solid idea. I think one of the better things that Marvel Films has done over time is that first they taught Hollywood how to make better superhero movies and then they learned from Hollywood when the time came for lessons to be given in reverse. Feige I think is the right guy to make the moves for Marvel Comics.

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The Astros suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Yankees Thursday. Composite image by Brandon Strange.

After an impressive two-game sweep of the NL-best Mets at home earlier in the week, the Astros took to the road to begin a four-game series with the league-best Yankees on Thursday night. To little surprise, the series started with a bang (no, not a trash can bang) in more ways than one, confirming that this series should be a must-watch this weekend.

New York's comeback proves no lead will be safe

Right from the get-go, the loud Yankee Stadium faithful had their chance to rain boos down on Jose Altuve before showing some pleasure as he led off the series by being hit by a pitch. They were quickly, though only temporarily, quieted as Altuve would come in to score two batters later on a three-run blast by Alex Bregman.

Three-run homers seemed to be a theme, as New York would get one of their own to tie the game off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton to tie the game, then Yordan Alvarez continued his dominant June by pushing the Astros back in front by three with another three-run bomb in the third, making it 6-3. That lead held through to the bottom of the ninth, where instead of holding it, Ryan Pressly issued two walks to set up the fourth homer of the game to tie things again before Aaron Judge would get a walk-off single to complete the impressive comeback.

Not only will we get to sit back and watch the slug-fest between Yordan and Judge this weekend, but it looks like with Alex Bregman swinging well again to round out the top of Houston's order, the Astros may be getting closer to their full power. So far in June, these two teams sit third and fourth in on-base percentage, with the Astros at .351 and the Yankees right behind at .350. That means we should continue to see scoring opportunities on both sides that can tilt momentum one way or the other as these lineups try to battle against the opposing pitcher.

How will the aces fare

Verlander vs. Judge, and Cole vs. Alvarez, need I say more? Although we won't see Justin Verlander go up against Gerrit Cole in the same game in this series (they should go head to head next Thursday, however), they will pitch on back-to-back days, with Houston's ace going Friday night and New York's on Saturday afternoon. Verlander is coming off his worst start of the year, a three and two-thirds inning outing where the White Sox put up seven runs, four earned, against him and knocked him out early to give him his third loss and increased his ERA from 1.94 to 2.30.

The last time he faced the Yankees was in the Bronx in the 2019 playoffs, in ALCS Game 5, where he went seven frames while allowing four runs, all on two homers in the first inning, which is all New York needed to grab the 4-1 victory to make it a 3-2 Houston lead in the series, which the Astros would go on to clinch in Game 6. So, with the double dose of bad taste in his mouth, it will be interesting to see if he can use that as the fuel to get back to the phenomenal form he's had this year or if the Yankees try to jump on him early like they did nearly three years ago.

Cole, meanwhile, is fresh off of two quality starts in a row against the Rays, where he allowed just one run on six hits with nineteen strikeouts over 13.1 innings of work. He's had his share of strife this season, though, including a seven-run shelling by the Twins earlier this month, along with a start in April where he couldn't make it through two innings against the Tigers. He's had success against his former club, most notably a complete-game shutout in Houston last July with twelve K's and holding the Astros to just three hits.

If the series opener was any indication, we are in for the treat of a playoff-caliber matchup, if not a potential ALCS preview that we may see in October. The Yankees showed why they have the best record and are the hottest team in baseball on Thursday night, but the Astros were only a good outing from their closer away from having a relatively lopsided win. The rivalry is real; the competition is close, and we get to enjoy the show.

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