NERDS AROUND TOWN

Nerds Around Town: Zoey's Angels, comic book Friday and Swamp Thing

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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, Sports and Wrestling. Check out the podcast replay of the FM radio show at www.nerdthugradio.com!

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Here it is, the Friday edition of Nerds Around Town, you made it.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Zoey's Angels 8th annual Family Fun Walk is this Sunday. After the walk there are numerous events and tickets come with a plate of lunch there are all kinds of reasons to get out there and support these great people, not the smallest reason being the great cause. So get out there and help Zoey's Angels on Sunday. #NerdsUnite

STREAMING QUAGMIRE

DC Universe just cancelled its first show on its streaming service, Swamp Thing. If you recall, they were unhappy with both the expense and the direction of the show, cutting costs and rewriting the show to cut it down to 10 episodes from 13. Apparently, after just one week the announcement came down that they will air out these remaining nine episodes but that's it, series over. This isn't a great surprise to me, honestly, this was the one that most stuck out when they announced a line up. I could see the idea of a doom patrol, especially if they're doing a Titans show as they have similar themes and overlapping characters, but Swamp Thing when it was its best book was a big crazy god of the green comic book. The show was taking a southern horror vibe which is great and can be its own thing, but you could tell that same story with characters that are easier to create for the television screen.

WHILE YOU'RE OUT

So while you're running around this weekend, one place you should swing by is your local comic book shop. There are several great ones around town and there's more than likely one near you so hop in and check out some of these great titles and more. From Marvel there's lots going on with the War of the Realms stuff and all the side adventures a massive war brings on but also of note Matthew Rosenberg's run on X Men is coming to a close as they prepare for the massive Jonathan Hickman launch next month, so pick up Uncanny X Men #19 and check out how the series comes to it's rocketing conclusion. DC is in the middle of some cool storylines as well with Justice League finishing up a battle with the sixth dimension versions of their future selves and slowly kick off their "Year of the Villains", they also are in the middle of releasing Tom Taylor's what if zombie story, DCeased. It's a fun/scary run through the potential troubles of the DC Universe. Also an interesting Indy book that is well worth checking out is, Sword Daughter. Great art, Jose Villarrubia, amazing writer, Brian Wood and a very interesting story makes this one worth picking up.

ESCALATION IN VEGAS

So friend of Nerd Thug Radio, Dennis Barger has constantly pushed the definitely not a monopoly but only distributor Diamond to step their game up. In response they banned him from their summits for the next year and a half. He's a customer who is regularly in the top 20% of orders and has been pushing for such horrendous change as credit on damaged product and things of that selfish nature and they're just not happy with him. This is the kind of stuff that lets people say that the industry I love is "in trouble." I don't think it is, but I can't argue with people when stuff like this comes up. What am I supposed to say? No it isn't? Because honestly, it does make the whole thing look bad when you can't even take care of your retailers, they're the lifeblood and honestly they're Diamond's customers. What is their problem?

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

I need a fun weekend in my life, so this weekend, look out for Drunk Cory. Seriously, I haven't really pulled the pin in a little bit so stay tuned to some potentially devastating hangover horror stories in future editions of "Not That You Asked."

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Friday and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back Monday and we'll be bringing more good times your way. Feel free to check out my digital short story The Wilson House or buy a shirt from Side Hustle Ts where some proceeds help fight cancer or listen to Nerd Thug Radio. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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NASCAR makes its inaugural trip to the Daytona Roval for the Go Bowling 235. This will be one of the most anticipated races in recent memory considering that for many years, it was considered that NASCAR would run here in this configuration and now it's finally has come. It will be extremely hard to predict what will go on and to add on there will be no practice and qualifying. This should be one of the most insane races in recent memory and I have no idea who will win this one. This will be a race you don't want to miss

Kevin Harvick dominated the doubleheader last week as he won both races on Saturday and Sunday. He led a combined 182 laps in both races and was easily the best car. The main headline of the race was NASCAR's new choice box rule. This was implemented last week for the first time in a points paying event as NASCAR tried it out in the all-star race at Bristol in June. This rule allows each driver to go to either the outside or the inside of the orange painted box after the start finish line. This allows them to line-up in either lane they chose. It paid dividends for a lot of drivers including Bubba Wallace and Joey Logano as they both picked up a number of spots on Saturday on the final restart. Overall, I really like this new rule but NASCAR once again decides to change everything up in the middle of the season. I echo the sentiments of what Clint Bowyer's spotter Brett Griffin was saying on his door bumper and how NASCAR needs to stop making such massive changes in the middle of the season. Regardless, I look forward to seeing how this works going forward.

As the silly-season continues, one of the big dominoes to fall was Christopher Bell as it was announced (as expected) that he will drive the #20 Toyota next season for Joe Gibbs. This was bound to happen the moment Bell moved up to the Cup Series this year for Leavine family racing. This was very similar to the trajectory of how Erik Jones got his ride back in 2017 when he replaced Matt Kenseth in the same car. While I hate to see Erik out of a ride, I have a feeling he will land on his feet and have a career resurgence wherever he goes. Besides, more than likely he'll be at the top of the list for Rick Hendrick to take over the #48 ride. This silly season continues to twist and turn as there were also rumors that a driver that isn't currently in the sport also was interviewed by Rick Hendrick for the ride. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next few weeks.

As we get closer and closer to the playoffs, the battle for the 16th and final spot in the standings is heating up. Currently, 7-time champion Jimmie Johnson and Erik Jones both sit 17th and 18th in the standings. This has been a season of such promise for both of these drivers and as everyone knows this is Jimmie's last season. It would be a shame to see both of them miss the playoffs as both have a lot to race for. In the next few weeks, don't be surprised to see these guys get desperate. In fact, Johnson has changed his paint scheme to white as he believes the black and purple look has given him bad luck. Both of these drivers have the speed to get in and it will be crucial for them to pick up as many stage points as possible, something they have struggled with all year. It will be interesting to see who falls over the next few races.

The driver that I have winning this weekend is Ryan Blaney. Like I said earlier, this will be very difficult to predict considering this has never been done before and that there will be no practice. But if there is anyone who can get it done on a Roval, it has to be Ryan Blaney. Back in 2018, he won the first race at the Charlotte Roval and while both are extremely different, it would only make sense to see him win here. This year has been tough on the second generation driver and while he is solidly in the playoffs and has led the points at one point, he still has yet to capture that elusive first win. I expect all that to change come Sunday. Look for Ryan Blaney to take the checkered flag.

Tune in this Sunday, this is definitely going to be one for the books. There will be a lot of beating and banging and a lot of things that we aren't used to seeing. With the chance of rain as well, we could also see history as NASCAR has the rain tires at the ready for this occasion. This will be one you won't want to miss.

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