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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.

Feel free to check out my brand new comic book Another Day at the Office or buy a shirt from Side Hustle Ts where some proceeds help people struggling with cancer or listen to Nerd Thug Radio. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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Houston scored in droves

Astros drub Twins in finale to take series win

Houston's offense showered Minnesota with hits in Sunday's finale. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

After splitting the first two games, with Houston's offense uncharacteristically ineffective in the loss on Saturday, they tried to turn things around with a win to take the series on Sunday. The Astros would bounce right back at the plate, getting hits and runs all through the afternoon to rout the Twins.

Final Score: Astros 14, Twins 3

Astros' Record: 37-28, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Framber Valdez (3-0)

Losing Pitcher: Michael Pineda (3-4)

Valdez keeps rolling

Framber Valdez continued to impress in 2021 after starting his season on the IL, posting another quality start with a win against the Twins. After four scoreless frames, he allowed a solo homer to start the bottom of the fifth, just the third hit of the game for Minnesota to that point. He went on to retire the next three batters to get through the inning.

He faltered a bit in the bottom of the sixth, allowing a leadoff double followed by a single, with a run coming across on an error on that play. He once again rebounded to finish that frame, then put up a 1-2-3 seventh to finish his day off, notching another quality start and a win. His final line: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 97 P.

Houston keeps their foot on the gas

While Valdez's outing was a highlight of its own, Houston's offense was the story of the day. They put their foot down on the pedal all day and did not let up, starting in the top of the first when Jose Altuve turned the first pitch of the game around for a single, later scoring on a sac fly by Alex Bregman to put the Astros in front 1-0.

After two scoreless innings, they got right back on the scoreboard in the fourth with a two-run homer by Kyle Tucker, then kept pouring it on with two runs in the fifth on a sac fly by Yuli Gurriel and an error, making it 5-0 at the time. The runs kept coming in the top of the sixth, with a two-RBI double by Michael Brantley, who would score later on a two-run bomb by Yordan Alvarez. Then, in the top of the seventh, Brantley struck again to push it to double-digits with a two-RBI single to make it 11-2 and give Brantley 4 RBI on the afternoon.

With Houston swapping out starters with the hefty lead, even their pinch-hitters were getting involved, with Chas McCormick leading the top of the eighth off with a solo shot to make it a ten-run game. They then loaded the bases with no outs, setting up a sac fly for Myles Straw to make it 13-2.

Astros take the series

In the bottom of the eighth, Ralph Garza Jr. came in as the first reliever out of the bullpen for Houston. He recorded two quick outs but then met Nelson Cruz, who lasered a solo homer to put it back at a ten-run game before finishing the frame. Houston put their twentieth hit on the board in the top of the ninth, their highest total this season, en route to another scoring inning with a sac fly by Robel Garcia to make it 14-3. Garza came in for his second inning of work to wrap things up in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Astros a successful end to this series and road trip.

Up Next: Houston will travel home before an off day on Monday to rest before 20 days of consecutive games. They'll kick off a six-game homestand on Tuesday, welcoming in the Rangers for two starting at 7:10 PM Central. Lance McCullers Jr. (3-1, 2.96 ERA) will make his return from the IL for the Astros, though Jake Odorizzi will "piggy-back" him, and Kyle Gibson (4-0, 2.13 ERA) will take the mound for Texas.

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