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Nerds Around Town: Youngblood, Donating Blood and ELeague

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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!

It's now officially August, let's get this month going strong as we start to wind the year down.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

As a reaction to this traumatic and crazy weekend, I'm asking people to give blood and give the gift of life. Find your local blood donation center and donate. Check in with the Regional Gulf Coast Blood Center, and donate blood if you can and are able, and apparently its free ice cream month thanks to Blue Bell Ice Cream. So that's nice.

ELEAGUE?

Friday night, TBS aired another episode their ELEAGUE series. Consistently they've been covering most of the big tournaments. Covering things like Injustice 2 and Street Fighter as well as the bigger Counterstrike tourneys amongst other coverage. This week they were airing Gears of War 5 preview event, the game is now out yet and this event was meant to be an attention getting, big time event. Well through the first 45 minutes of the episode there has been almost NO game footage. Tons of snippets but they haven't aired a single match at all. This show has been a consistently good watch for competitive gaming, but this episode I'm not sure if Microsoft has asked them to withhold game footage until the game release or something, but it's disappointing how little of the actual matches they're airing. It's a far step down from the Overwatch coverage ESPN/Disney XD has been doing.

SUPPORT INDY STUFF

This guy Brian reached out to me and bought my comic book so I checked out his independent comic brand, Dojo Kun Comics. It's a combined universe of heroes and characters with some great art and some awesome covers. One cool thing about Dojo that you need to check out is he's figured out how to get on Amazon. You can order his book from Amazon Prime and get it in two days delivered, that's flipping awesome! Amazon is obviously the big daddy of distribution and one of the big troubles with comic books is there is only one national distributor in the industry, and they aren't the easiest to work with, so people who can change the formula and figure out a better way to handle the issue of distribution are definitely ahead of the game. Amazon might be a killer of many industries but in the comics industry, I think they may be a savior if used properly.

YOUNGBLOOD

One of the architects of the rise of Image Comics, Rob Liefeld has recently come forward and announced that he has lost control of one of his debut properties, Youngblood. Youngblood is one of those books that came out during the birth of Image Comics and sold millions of issues over the rich beginnings of the young publisher. The situation he got himself into, was that basically he brought in the wrong guy, and eventually he lost total control of his property. It isn't just Youngblood though, of the roughly twenty-one properties he created during his time at Image and later at Awesome, he now only controls some of them and the others he has partial control. Essentially the sins of his youth have come back and hurt his long-term future. It's ultimately a story every young entrepreneur and creative should learn from.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

I was going to write something political here but honestly, I'm done. I'm done talking about politics with people because I think people have already made up their mind. They don't care what happens or what's said or who does what, I think people on both sides have already decided how they feel, what should happen and what's important. It's disappointing to see and it's upsetting that we can't have an evolving conversation about things as they happen and change. Marco Rubio (who isn't one of my favorite people) changed his position on magazine size regulations after he learned about the shooting in his home state and that if the magazines had been shorter there were times were fewer people may have been shot or died because of reloading. I think it's fair for people to change their minds, I think if something happens that makes them feel differently we should be allowed to say so, and at some point I think these shootings have to reach a point where we as a country can agree that there are several factors and some of them may involve looking at how easy it is to buy a gun. There are other factors of course, but one of them might be the ease with which certain people get a gun.

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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Texans fall to 1-6. Photo by Getty Images

Don't you worry, son. It will all be over soon.

- Teddy KGB, Rounders

The Texans horrible season continued on Sunday when they were soundly beaten by the Green Bay Packers. The Texans got some garbage points to make the score look better late, but they were never in this. They could not run the football, and even though he had a receiving score, maybe it's time the David Johnson experiment ended. Aaron Rodgers ate their souls with four touchdown passes and the Texans fell to 1-6. Five thoughts on the game:

1) First impressions? Not so much. For the seventh time this season, the Texans failed to score on their opening drive. They had ONE touchdown last season on their opening drive, week 17 against the Titans. While Bill O'Brien still gets a lot of that blame, Tim Kelly is now 0 for 3 as an OC. Whoever takes over next season has to fix this. Especially against good teams, the Texans simply can't afford to get down early. They were down 21-0 at the half and never had a real chance.

2) There is good news! Hopefully this lets the team know that there is no chance of anything this season. With the trade deadline looming, any veteran not named Watson or Tunsil should be available for draft picks. It remains unlikely they will do anything, but they have some pieces that might bring a return. Hopefully they no longer think the season can be salvaged.

3) They really aren't close against good teams. The little things continue to be a problem. Key penalties to hurt drives; untimely failures on third down. The offense has to do a better job staying on the field, because the defense just is not good enough to stop solid offenses. Things got worse when their best corner, Bradley Roby went out with injury. Overall, the Packers were better on both sides of the ball, and they made the Texans look bad throughout. The Texans needed some breaks to go their way in order to be competitive, like what happened last week against Tennessee. That didn't happen, and they were never in the game.

4) They won special teams! They blocked a punt in the fourth quarter that helped make the final score a little closer. They also blocked a kick last week. Other than their overpaid kicker (who missed a field goal), the special teams have been solid. Their punter might be the best player at his job on the entire team. So there's that. A positive, right?

5) The future? Meh. The Texans get the Jaguars, Browns and Patriots next, so they should have a chance at some wins, but they could also lose to all three of those teams. And with no high draft pick reward at the end of the year, there is little left to play or root for in this season.

With nine games left, you would like to think there was something left to care about. But if it isn't over yet, it's as Teddy said: It will all be over soon.

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