NHRA, Double Dare and Kickstarter


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This week is just flying by and we're already to Wednesday; this is where we decide between finishing the week strong and phoning it in. We got this.


The Epilepsy Foundation is hosting a Walk to End Epilepsy with the Houston Zoo. It's Saturday April 13th at 7am with registration at the front gate of the Houston Zoo. They're promising 95% of proceeds will be donated and this whole event will be held at zero cost to the community, that's awesome. This is one of those cool things where your money and your time are both going to a great cause plus you get to hang out with llamas and rhinos and superheroes, woop!


For a very long time, it's felt like there are two sets of rules, rules for the wealthy and the rules for everyone else. That hasn't changed necessarily but I feel like it's eroding a little bit. The recent college admissions scandal is still in the news, because many of the parents are trying to fight the charges, with a lawyer for one defendant calling the case deeply flawed. Overall most people have given a pass to the kids, saying they probably didn't know and if they did know did they realize it was a crime, but I actually think this is even more ridiculous. One of the children of Lori Loughlin admitted recently she never even filled out an application to get into USC, how did she think this works? That's crazy talk, didn't even fill out an application? I spent the better part of my senior year of high school filling out those damn things. Anyway new charges have been filed against anyone who hasn't already pled guilty including money laundering and now Aunt Becky might get as much as 40 years in federal prison. Also if you're keeping score at home, one of the families involved were the creators of the Hot Pocket, so this will be their second crime against humanity.


One thing going on this weekend is the NHRA Spring Nationals, they'll be out in Baytown at the Houston Raceway Park. The NHRA is a nearly year long competitive series of races with various levels of events, Nationals are one of the highest levels, so all kinds of categories of racers will be out and about, rocking and rolling this weekend. The tickets are reasonable, the stakes are high and the machines are loud, this is exactly the kind of thing you should want to be involved in. Michael Jordan used to sponsor a motorcycle team in this series, there are cars that run on alcohol, I mean this is where all of the things that are made to go, go really fast. Also check out my buddy Austin Ford, he should be out there doing his thing all weekend, you've probably heard him on 94.5 the Buzz in advance of the races, the Rod Ryan Show has been a sponsor of his car for several events.


Tomorrow at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugarland they are doing a live version of childhood's favorite show, "Double Dare." If you've forgotten, host Marc Summers would do rounds of trivia and then you had to do physical challenges where there was a flag somewhere and you had to jump in pools of slime or ride up giant pancakes or jump inside of a giant hamburger to find the flag within a limited amount of time. People were always covered in goo by the end of the show and Marc Summers was famously OCD, so this show must have been a real treat for him to make. I'm not sure what is causing the relaunch here but on many levels, I'm pumped.


This is one of the coolest kickstarters in a while, it's a horror themed anthology centered around music. It's called Dead Beats, this 160 page anthology has 20 stories from up and coming creators using the story telling device of weird and haunted oddities sold in the music shop. There's some really great names attached to this project including Vita Ayala, Mags Visaggio and others. The project just launched and it's already doing great so there isn't much doubt that the project will make but honestly this is one where you're signing up in order to get it, not to help it make, this is going to be an exciting project, get pumped.


So one element that makes the kickstarter I just talked about so exciting is that one of the creators involved is twitter friend Renfamous, she has long been an activist active against a particular group of people calling themselves Comicsgaters. They're a conservative group of comic book fans who dislike what they call the current state of comic books being an inclusive minded media element. They feel like female heroes and heroes of color are ruining what they believe was a great form of entertainment back in the day. There's one huge problem with this mindset, it's wrong, The X-Men told the story of being a minority in a society that wasn't open to them. Stan Lee was the proud creator of Black Panther who was a king, a scientist and a badass. The Falcon was his own hero with his own agenda who also helped Captain America when he needed it. The other issue that has arisen out of Comicsgate is hate speech and misogynistic language which is where Renfamous comes in, she's been on a crusade speaking out against them and reporting them regularly to twitter to deplatform their hate speech.

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Wednesday and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back Thursday 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 every shirt is now under $20 or listen to Nerd Thug Radio or support our Patreon Page. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to

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Jose Urquidy is a surprising choice to start Game 2. Photo by Getty Images.

After a long and tumultuous season, the Houston Astros made it to their 3rd World Series in five years and will take on the Atlanta Braves Tuesday night.

Houston had the better overall regular season record, so games 1 & 2 will be played at Minute Maid Park while games 3-5 will be held at Truist Park in Atlanta.

(If necessary, the final two contests will be played back at Minute Maid Park).

The Braves got this far by defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in the ALDS 3-1 and the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games (4-2).

Atlanta prevailed with timely hitting from guys like Joc Pederson, Austin Riley and Eddie Rosario performing like an MVP this postseason.

The Braves received solid pitching outings from guys like Ian Anderson, Max Fried and former Astro Charlie Morton.

Atlanta used clutch hitting and solid pitching to make to their first World Series since 1999.

Meanwhile, the Astros made it back to the World Series by defeating the Chicago White Sox in the ALDS 3-1 and out-slugged the Red Sox four games to two.

According to Fox Bet, the Astros are favored at -154 to win the World Series. This is certainly an obtainable goal for Houston's team as they have the experience, hitting and pitching to compete with anyone.

Can Houston's bats stay hot?

The most intriguing matchup this series will be the Astros' bats facing off against this Braves pitching staff. On paper, Houston's lineup seems to be favored for their depth. Jose Altuve at the top of the batting order is always a threat to get on base, and behind him are a plethora of hitters who can drive in multiple runs.

The two best bats this postseason thus far for the Astros are ALCS MVP Yordan Alvarez (.522 batting average) and this year's American League batting title champion Yuli Gurriel (.455 batting average). The Cuban natives have lit up pitching and will look to continue their torrid hitting in the World Series.

Other Astros who could be impactful at the plate against the Braves include Michael Brantley, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker. All three of their batting average's in the .200's respectfully and could come up big at any time.

This lineup is so deep, Atlanta's pitchers won't receive many breaks, if at all this series.

Will the pitching step up again?

Losing Lance McCullers Jr. for the World Series certainly isn't ideal, but not impossible to overcome as proven in the ALCS against the Red Sox.

Framber Valdez pitched the best game of his career when he threw 8 innings and surrendered only one run in Game 3, while Luis Garcia had his best start of the postseason and received the Game 6 win. Both of these pitchers have stepped up in McCullers' absence and will have a huge impact on the series. Valdez is set to start Game 1 on Tuesday night.

If Jose Urquidy and Zack Greinke can also pitch deeper into games, there will be less stress on the bullpen and give the Astros a better chance to stay in games. And we won't have to wait long to see Urquidy, as he will start Game 2, according to Astros manager Dusty Baker.

In an ideal scenario, the Astros' starting pitchers should throw six innings of work and let Kendall Graveman, Ryne Stanek and Ryan Pressly closeout games as they have all season.

Of course this is the best-case scenario, which doesn't always happen, but other arms can be used to bridge the gaps that include Phil Maton, Yimi Garcia in short relief outings and Cristian Javier and Jake Odorizzi can pitch multiple innings if needed.

Even if a starter has a clunker of a start, this bullpen has done a great job of keeping things close and setting up the Astros for success.

Will this be Carlos Correa's "Last Dance" with Astros?

One can only imagine what is going on in Carlos Correa's mind right now. No one is implying that the free agent to be will not be focused this series, but it's hard to fathom this upcoming offseason isn't a distraction right now.

The 27-year-old shortstop is set to receive multiple offers from different teams and land one of the richest contracts once this season concludes.

If this truly is his final season with the Astros, why not go out on top and win one more title before moving on?

Let's hope this "Last Dance" for Correa is a slow one, so we can all enjoy it a little longer.

Will Dusty's experience prove to be a difference-maker?

Dusty Baker's experience could be beneficial for Houston's chances of hoisting another trophy as he has managed teams in parts of 24 seasons.

He's the only skipper to ever lead five franchises to the postseason and obtain more than 2,000 career victories.

This is the second time he as taken a club to the World Series. He took the 2002 San Francisco Giants to the Fall Classic but lost to the Angels in seven games.

It's safe to assume the 72-year-old seems eager to win his first championship as a manager to cap off a Hall of Fame career.

Final projection

As previously mentioned, the Astros are favored to win this series. If Houston can continue to stay hot at the plate, receive solid outings from their pitchers and just play Astros baseball, there is a good chance this city will have yet another Commissioner's Trophy in their display case.

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