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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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ROCKETS BEAT THUNDER

Rockets blast Thunder in home opener, 124-91

Rockets take care of business in home opener. Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images.

The Houston Rockets had an impressive outing versus the Oklahoma City Thunder after an embarrassing loss against the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night. They took care of business at home on Friday night, which was a surprising blowout. The Rockets didn't have to worry about Karl-Anthony Towns screaming at Alperen Sengun or Anthony Edwards telling Coach Silas to call a timeout. Instead, they took their frustrations out on the Thunder (another younger core).

"We responded and bounced back from that game 1," Silas said. "I wouldn't say it was taking anything out. It was just learning and applying to what you learn and that's going to be us this year. Applying to what you learn and getting better and having some games like we had the other day. Veteran teams have some games when they don't play as well they want."

Christian Wood led the way, as he controlled the paint on all aspects with rebounding and putbacks. He played an incredible game after having a poor performance versus the Timberwolves. Silas showed complete trust in allowing Wood to open sets, as he walked the ball down the court several times, and in transition too. Wood became aggressive on the perimeter with open shooting and tough shots, and long strides towards the rim. He finished the night with 31 points and 13 rebounds off 66 percent shooting from the field.

The young core for the Thunder had a tough night defending Wood from every aspect. Hopefully, he keeps this play up. Silas loved the space that was created throughout the game for Wood, which included the help from Eric Gordon, as he continued to play better. Wood continues to develop underneath the Silas umbrella. He had a great feel for off-the-dribble shooting a few times. Wood becomes more dangerous when space is created on the court.

"It allows me to show what I can do. It allows the floor to be open and I can create for other guys and create for myself," Wood said.

As Gordon continues to impress, his teammate Kevin Porter Jr was amazed with his performance.

Gordon looked marvelous inside and outside of the paint, as it looked like a time ripple. The younger guards of the Thunder had a tough time staying in front of Gordon. His size and strength gave the Thunder a huge problem. Gordon is shooting the ball better too, as he is shooting the three-ball at 70 percent this season. Although it's a small sample size, Gordon is trying to overcome his shooting struggles from last year. Gordon finished with 22 points on 66 percent shooting versus the Thunder.

"EG is the biggest part of this squad," Porter said. He comes in and just scores. We need somebody off the bench to do that. He is our guy when me and J come out, it's EG time and he knows that, and comes in aggressive. So much energy on the bench, and we need that every night from him if we want a chance to win."

As I recently mentioned Porter, his facilitation did look better versus the Thunder than the Timberwolves. Porter had nine turnovers in his first game but managed to have two Friday night. He made great slip passes and found open teammates in the open corner. Porter forced a good number of passes versus the Timberwolves but looked more relaxed Friday night. The hardest position in the NBA is the point guard position, but Silas will not allow Porter to fail. Instead of nine turnovers, Porter dished out nine assists. Silas said:

"Bounce back right, going from nine turnovers to nine assists… I think he had two turnovers tonight, which is great. He is making plays for his teammates, and he was really focused."

Porter's shiftiness and creative ability allowed his teammates to get open looks near the rim. He had 18 points because of his step-back threes and first step going towards the basket. Thankfully, Porter is a great ball handler, which confuses defenders on different spots on the court. It's almost like watching a ballerina skate on ice in the Olympics. Hopefully, his confidence continues to get better throughout the year. Porter shot the three-ball at 50 percent tonight. Efficiency is key for Porter this year.

"I'm just trying to let the game slow down," Porter said. "I had a lot of turnovers last game and I just wanted to piggyback and learn from them and learn from some of my forced passes and reads. And sometimes I still force it a little bit. My guys hate that, and sometimes I'm still passive and I'm working on that. When to pass and score and bounce it out, and tonight I felt like I did a good job of that."

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