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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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RAVENS 33, TEXANS 16

5 observations from the Ravens win over the Texans

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Let's be honest; the Texans were not going to beat the Ravens. Baltimore has better players, a better quarterback and a better coaching staff. (And oh, a better kicker). All of that was on display in the Ravens' 33-16 win.

The Ravens move to 2-0, while the Texans dropped to 0-2 after facing the AFC's two best teams.

The Texans will still likely contend for a playoff spot, but nothing the last two weeks indicates they are anywhere near contending in the AFC. A look at five things from the Ravens win:

1) Oh, Brien...It did not take long for Bill O'Brien's goofy coaching to rear its ugly head. Down 3-0 at their own 34 as the first quarter was running out, O'Brien chose to go for it on fourth and one. The play was predictably blown up, the Ravens quickly scored to make it 10-0, and the Texans were instantly in a hole against a superior opponent. You can't give points away against the Ravens. They might have scored anyway with a punt, but there was no stopping them with a short field.

2) Some positives on defense. Despite the score, The Texans looked much better on that side of the ball against an explosive offense. J.J. Watt had two sacks, the team had four total, and they kept Lamar Jackson from destroying them. Seven of the points were scored by the Ravens defense, and O'Brien's gaffe led to seven more. The Ravens wore them down in the fourth quarter, but they played well enough until then to keep the team in the game had the offense been better. They did not force any turnovers, however, and that was one of the differences in the game. They were also blown off the ball on a fourth and one in the fourth quarter that led to the Ravens' 30th points and could not stop the run at all in the fourth quarter. But that's what the Ravens do with a lead, and the Texans offense gave them no breaks by being unable to stay on the field.

3) The difference between real contenders...The Ravens were just so much more skilled on both sides of the ball. Defensively, they focused on taking away the run. David Johnson averaged 3.1 yards per carry. Will Fuller had as many catches as you did. The Ravens forced two turnovers on just really good football plays. The Texans don't make plays like that. They might against lesser teams, but if your goal is to compete with the best, it's just not good enough.

4) Deshaun Watson needs to be better. His numbers looked so so on the surface (25 of 36, 275 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception). He was sacked four times and added 17 rushing yards on five carries. He did not make plays late when they needed one here or there to maybe get back in the game. With his big contract, it's time for Watson to stop being close to elite and take the next step. His interception was more of being fooled by Marcus Peters than throwing a bad ball, but the Texans were just 3 of 9 on third downs. Throw in the ill-advised fourth down play, and they were just 3 of 10 extending drives. Give the Ravens a lot of credit, but again, to compete with the best, you have to be better than that.

5) Now what? The Texans travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers, who have not been impressive in their two wins. Still, it's hard to see Houston as anything but serious underdogs. They are last in the AFC South, and have a lot of work to do. The defense showed some promise at times, but will have to continue to improve. The offense has a long way to go. They match up better with the Steelers than they do the Ravens and Chiefs, but that does not mean they can win. If you were hoping they would give you some indication they can be more than just also-rans, they failed to do that on any level against either the Chiefs or Ravens.

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