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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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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF CRENNEL'S COACHING

Now my job: Texans feast on Lions

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Thanksgiving is full of tradition. There's the typical family gathering, large meal, and of course, football. Sometimes, new traditions are added and old ones are retired. I think the Texans did both in their impressive 41-25 win over the Lions in Detroit. Old traditions were carried on (Lions losing on Thanksgiving), some were put to rest (Texans not being able to get turnovers), and new ones were started (multiple passing touchdowns by Deshaun Watson in six straight games).

The fact that this defense got three turnovers in the game was unbelievable! They got all three in the first quarter within the span of eight plays. JJ Watt's pick-six was insane. He went for a batted ball, ended up catching it, and ran it in. They forced Jonathan Williams to fumble on the Lions' very next play from scrimmage and recovered it. On the Lions' next possession, the Texans recovered yet another fumble after the challenge was reversed. Great call by the coaching staff to challenge and win. The defense looked good. Tyrell Adams stood out because he was in on those two fumbles, made 17 total tackles with 14 of them being solo tackles. They also brought pressure that seemed to make Matthew Stafford very inaccurate and resulted in four sacks. I give defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver credit for knowing he needs to blitz to get pressure, but the run defense has to improve.

The offense kept the tempo up in this game as well. The spread and hurry-up were used to keep the Lions already staggered defense off balance. Knowing the Lions were without a couple defensive backs, I thought it would be the perfect marriage of their defense and the Texans' offense. A buddy asked before the game about the line (Texans -3.5) and the over/under (52.5). I told him bet the Texans and the over because neither team can play defense and both have good quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly put together another good game plan and Watson executed it flawlessly. One route combo I saw later on in the game I particularly enjoyed. Two receivers were tight to the left side. Cooks ran a hook/curl and settled in the middle of the zone while Fuller ran a vertical route. Duke Johnson ran a swing route to that same side. It left Cooks wide open as the attention went to Johnson in the flat, Fuller deep, and the action to the other play side. Route combos are important because it gives the quarterback different reads as he goes through his progressions and lets him pick apart the defense based on what he sees. Combine that with Watson's play and the way Kelly has changed his play calling now that he's liberated from he who shall not be named, we're seeing a beautiful thing.

As good as things were, there's still room for improvement. The defense gives up way too many easy yards, both run and pass. They can't get pressure bringing only four and will often give up big plays if the blitz is picked up. Plus the run defense is still an issue as evidenced by the Lions' first possession of the second half. The Lions ran the ball 10 plays straight for a total of 58 yards on that drive. Utterly ridiculous! Watson was good (17/25 318 yards and four touchdowns), but he missed two more touchdowns with passes slightly off, and continues to hold onto the ball too long at times. The difference between these two issues I've presented here is the fact that Watson has so played well, his "issues" are minor and very correctable, while the defense is terrible and there's no easy fix in sight. But let Romeo Crennel and Anthony Weaver tell it, they're getting the most out of these guys and they're playing disciplined.

The thought that this team may actually creep into the playoff picture may take shape better after next week if they can beat the Colts. I doubt it, but it is getting interesting. Let's see what else happens around them because they need help getting there.

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