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SNL, WrestleMania and superhero movies

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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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Man oh man is it Tuesday? Awesome let's nail this bad boy and make the week acknowledge our greatness.

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Epilepsy has come with a major stigma for a long time and has dozens of potential symptoms making it a harder diagnosis than many other issues, all of that being said, more research and research money is necessary to help people with this unfortunate issue. 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. Afterwards there's a party at the zoo, and only there can you make a terrible pun about being a party animal.

ROLLING ON 20s

Starting this week on Thursday is one of the great Houston traditions, the 32nd Annual Houston Art Car Parade. Organized by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, the Houston Art Car is a massive affair here in Houston, there's a ball, there's a preview show, there's tons of sponsors and of course there's a parade and then an awards ceremony. It starts Thursday with the Main Street Drag where several participants bring their cars to people who won't be able to attend the show, think nursing homes and hospitals and you get what they mean. Then Thursday afternoon there's a preview at Discovery Green, then Friday there's a ball, followed Saturday by the actual Car Show Parade and Sunday there's awards. For those not in the know, the Art Car Parade is flipping awesome, it's exactly what it sounds like, essentially people have turned cars into works of art and then they get to show them off. I'm pumped.

SNL, WHAT THE HELL

This weekend SNL fired shots into the one place every comedian always feels safe to go when they want an easy joke, nerds. The sketch involved three members of a graphics department in poorly matched clothing with glasses and bad haircuts, who seemed to be in a permanent mode of live role playing. They spoke in old English and were mixing fantasy and real world, kneeling before their boss to receive a boon of a free waffle cone from Baskin Robbins. It was an odd sketch, never really finding a funny streak even the audience struggled to get behind it, but the thing that irked me is that it is 100% what people think nerds like me do. I've never said M'Lady or knelt to receive a blessing from a boss. I also have never pantomimed shooting a fireball at someone, overall it was a poorly done sketch taking a low blow at a group of people who are used to having potshots taken at them and even more annoying, there wasn't a girl in the group, reemphasizing the views of mainstream society of our little slice of the world, to get a glimpse of what nerds really look like check out #DnDSelfie on twitter.

CREEPY MUCH

Found a great movie on Indygogo in need of your help, it's got a great premise. A young couple is throwing their housewarming party and then as the evening winds down, there's one guest who just won't leave. That's the real creepy premise of The Housewarming, tell me you're not already pumped for this one. I like the idea of a simple premised small film, one of my favorite movies from 2018 was the small film that could, Kin. With a brief Michael B Jordan cameo at the end, he also produced that one, the movie while it had some killer special effects, the thing that made it good was that great small story. This sounds like it's the same kind of thing.

SUPER HERO FATIGUE

This weekend saw Shazam! debut in theatres and the question that everyone seems to be asking every time a new superhero movie comes out is, "another one?" There's a real general sigh that audiences give when a new unknown superhero movie has a trailer, and even though we live in the age of the Nerds, SNL not withstanding, there's a real chance that one of these movies will be the first to fail. I don't mean make critics angry or make fans angry, I mean actually fail financially, like make $15 million opening weekend or something. I do think sometime soon one of these movies will flop, but I honestly don't think it'll be a Marvel movie, they've been so careful controlling tone and direction that it's hard to see one of them failing, but DC has allowed a lot more flexibility with it's producers and directors making it possible for a real box office failure. We'll see what the future holds.

WRESTLEMANIA

I won't go too far into everything that happened Sunday night at the showcase of the immortals that is WrestleMania as there's a Wrestling Report coming this way on Wednesday morning, but there were some things worth noting. First of all congrats to Becky Lynch winning the first ever all women's main event of WrestleMania, the moment was huge and they lived up to every bit of it. The other thing worth talking about right here in this spot is this, there's been an aggressive change of direction over the last ten to twelve weeks in the WWE and WrestleMania seemed to be the payoff for a lot of those changes with seven titles changing hands in one night, the only title holders who retained their titles were the Usos, which is interesting because one of them recently had a bit of legal trouble although all charges have since been dropped.

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Tuesday and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back Wednesday 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 corydlg@gmail.com.

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Houston now trails in the fall classic

Astros fall in World Series Game 1 as Braves come out swinging

Framber Valdez had a forgettable start in World Series Game 1 as the Braves tagged him with five runs. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

After a dominant end to win the ALCS and American League pennant, the Houston Astros welcomed in the National League champion Atlanta Braves for World Series Game 1 at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday. With Houston favored to win not just this game but the entire series, the Braves shook up those expectations by finding early success at the plate to build a lead they would hold to take a 1-0 series lead.

Final Score: Braves 6, Astros 2

World Series (Best of Seven): Atlanta leads 1-0

Winning Pitcher: A.J. Minter

Losing Pitcher: Framber Valdez

Valdez unable to replicate ALCS Game 5 success as Braves mount early lead

For the optimist, not having home-field advantage in an MLB postseason series affords you a benefit: you can score first and take captive momentum first in the series. The Braves did that against Framber Valdez, as Jorge Soler became the first player in league history to hit a homer in the first plate appearance of a World Series, putting Atlanta out to an immediate 1-0 lead. They would get another in the first frame, getting a one-out infield single by Ozzie Albies, who would steal second to get in position for an RBI double by Austin Riley.

Houston had the chance to respond in their first inning against former teammate Charlie Morton, getting a single and two walks to load the bases with no outs. They'd strand all three runners, though, as Morton made it through unscathed but having used 26 pitches. Atlanta kept putting stress on Valdez, extending their lead to three runs with back-to-back singles to start the second before later getting an RBI groundout.

Valdez gave up two more in the top of the third, once again allowing a leadoff single, this one setting up a two-run homer to make it a 5-0 Braves lead and forcing Houston's starter out of the game early. Yimi Garcia entered and was able to retire the three batters he faced to end the frame.

Braves lose Morton to injury as both bullpens begin long night

After stranding the bases loaded in the bottom of the first to keep the Astros off the board, Morton followed it up with a 1-2-3 second. He started the bottom of the third by retiring his fifth batter in a row, getting a strikeout of Jose Altuve. He would immediately call trainers to get him out of the game, though, as he would later be diagnosed with a fractured fibula, presumably from a ball that ricocheted off his leg in the prior inning, ending his season in a disappointing turn of events for the Braves.

That set up a long night for both bullpens, and next up for Houston was Jake Odorizzi. He started with a scoreless fourth, working around a two-out error to keep it a five-run game. The Astros began a rally in the bottom of the fourth, getting runners on the corners with one out on a Kyle Tucker double and Yuli Gurriel single. Chas McCormick brought in the first run of the board for Houston, but that's all they would get as Atlanta's lead remained four runs.

Astros drop Game 1

Odorizzi kept going on the mound, tossing a 1-2-3 fifth, then getting one out before a one-out single in the top of the sixth would prompt Dusty Baker to move on to Phil Maton, who finished the inning. Maton returned in the top of the seventh, getting a strikeout before a double and a walk would result in the call to bring in Ryne Stanek.

A double play against his first batter allowed Stanek to finish the seventh, and then he returned in the eighth. He faced three batters that frame, getting one out before a walk and a single would put runners on the corners as Houston moved on to Brooks Raley. A sac fly by Freddie Freeman off of Raley made it a five-run lead again, but a leadoff triple by Yordan Alvarez in the bottom of the inning would set up Carlos Correa for an RBI, a groundout to make it 6-2.

Atlanta's bullpen continued to do well, though, limiting the damage to that one run in the eighth, then returning to hold on to the four-run lead in the bottom of the ninth to give the Braves the upset win to start the series. The loss extends their home losing streak in the World Series to five games (having lost all four at home in the 2019 World Series against the Nationals) and puts them down 0-1 and in need of a win in Game 2 to try and reset the series into a best-of-five.

Up Next: World Series Game 2 will be another 7:09 PM Central scheduled start time on Wednesday from Minute Maid Park. The expected pitching matchup is Max Fried, who is 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA in three postseason starts, for the Braves, and Jose Urquidy, who went just 1.2 innings while allowing six runs (five earned) in his start in the ALCS.

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