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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!

Hey Nerds!

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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Correa could be on his way out. Composite image by Jack Brame.

It has not been the best of times to be a star athlete in Houston. In the last year, Jadeveon Clowney and DeAndre Hopkins were solid off for a warm bucket of spit. George Springer won't be back. James Harden and Russell Westbrook rumors are rampant. J.J. Watt might be moving on as well.

Now, reports are the Astros are listening to offers for Carlos Correa.

Predictably, Astros fans are livid. And if it's true, they should be concerned about the bigger picture.

Trading Correa makes sense - if you have no plans on keeping him after next season, as was clearly the case with Springer. If the Astros can get a haul and replenish the farm system, it would be the right move, especially considering Correa's injury history.

But in the long run, it does not bode well for the direction of the team. All recent indications are that the Astros are going cheap.

They would still be a competitive team without Correa, but it would be yet another indication their World Series window has closed. Alex Bregman could slide over to shortstop, but who would play third? And they only have one starting outfielder on the roster as it is. Putting together a competitive lineup around Bregman, Jose Altuve, Kyle Tucker, Yuli Gurriel and Yordan Alvarez would still be possible, but if the Astros aren't going to spend money, that could be problematic.

The writing was probably on the wall when the team hired James Click as GM from the notoriously frugal Tampa Bay organization. The good news is the Rays have been successful. But this is a new direction for a team that was not afraid to spend big money to make runs at the World Series.

If they lose Correa, they lose a team leader, one of the few players who embraced the villain role in the wake of the cheating controversy and was not afraid to speak out. But he has never lived up to his MVP potential, has battled injuries and will command big dollars on the open market. He is still young enough to become that kind of player, and someone will gamble big money that he will.

Sadly, if this rumor is true, it won't be the Astros.

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