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That Joker Trailer, James Harden gummies and the Overwatch League

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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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Thursday is like your favorite appetizer at your favorite restaurant, right?

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

It's a wonderful oasis in the middle of a busy, dirty hustling and bustling city, of course we need it and we want to keep it looking great. The 2019 Brunch Run presented by Green Mountain Energy benefitting The Memorial Park Conservancy is April 6th at 8 a.m. and proceeds go towards the parks conservatorship in order to help keep the park looking nice and lovely. Besides it's just a little running… I think I sprained something saying that unfortunately.

STAGE TWO BABY

The Overwatch League returns today at 6 p.m. Stage two kicks off with The New York Excelsior trying to overcome their crushing and embarrassing early loss in the Stage 1 Playoffs. They came into that playoff as the #2 seed and lost opening round to Seoul Dynasty, so now they're kicking off Stage 2 with hopes of forgetting all about that embarrassing defeat. There are games all weekend through Sunday afternoon, with this first game at 6 p.m. on Disney XD and then two games on Sunday afternoon will also be televised. The Houston Outlaws are off this week but their play resumes next week, so get ready.

A GOOD REMAKE?

The other movie coming out this weekend is Pet Sematary. Obviously this is a remake and a lot of people are tired of the remakes, its become an annoying trend in Hollywood to just do more of the same and call it a day. However sometimes the movies are just riffing on the original concepts and then taking everything in a totally different direction, like Total Recall. That was the same concept of memory alteration and taken in a totally different direction, although there was still a chick with three boobs. I've been assured that was central to the theming of the movie. It looks like Pet Sematary is following more that vein than a true remake. There are tons of elements featured in the trailer that I don't recall from the first movie, most obviously, the kids in the creepy masks, and the dad grooming the daughter and her hair falling out. That might simply be because it was a little boy in the first movie, but hey tension and the creepy factor seem to be set to high in this one. I'm interested to say the least.

THESE GUYS NEED YOU

The point of having a platform is using it and the point of using it is to help other people and to be awesome, right? So let's get to work guys, check out Datura on Kickstarter. It's a fun looking project, great colors, solid art and the story looks fun enough, this is one of those things that looks like it'll be a fun read. The other interesting part is the people involved in it seem to know what they're doing and it seems like also working on other projects for bigger publishers which is cool because it means they're professionals and will deliver but also beyond that it means they're as talented as they seem. This project has six days left and needs people's help to make, so please get on there and check out Datura.

TWO GOOD THINGS

The other day I stopped off in a gas station and was looking for some kind of snack to tide me over, I was driving around running errands (it's a busy life for this nerd) and it would be a while before I had time to sit around and eat. So I found two gems that I've been excited about trying here lately, one was Orange Vanilla Coke and the other was the James Harden Trolli Gummy Sneakers. They're sour and colorful and honestly pretty good. The Coke was flipping amazing, it wasn't quite a dreamsicle flavor which I do think is what they were going for, but it was a sweeter coke and you could taste both elements of orange and vanilla. Overall I give the sneakers and coke both three out of four rumblie tumblys.

EVEN THOUGH NOBODY ASKED ME

This year is a really important year in movies. The X-Men franchise will essentially end, with X-Men Dark Phoenix later this summer, we finally learn how The Avengers will save the world from the Snappening, we get a second Spider Man movie with Tom Holland which is crucial because most Spideys don't make it past the second one and because DC Universe undoes all their hard work of universe building by releasing Joker. The trailer just dropped and it looks amazing, it really looks like it's going to be a good movie which before yesterday I wasn't saying at all. However the bigger issue is Shazam will be out by then, Aquaman made almost a billion dollars, Wonder Woman has another movie coming out and oh yeah, DC doesn't have anyone cast as Superman, Batman and rumors are swirling that now Ezra Miller won't be returning as The Flash. More than half of the cast of their team building movie is gone and also Will Smith won't be coming back as Deadshot for Suicide Squad 2, the connected universe is dead. What Marvel seems to have done so easily has been nothing but trouble for DC, which only emphasizes how good of a job Kevin Feige has done of keeping the Marvel Film Universe in line. Controlling massive Hollywood egos, keeping directors in control to stay within the realm of concepts that are already laid out and not letting anyone take too much control of a particular project (with the possible exception of James Gunn). It's a clear example of what one guy could do and what another group couldn't do, same concepts, same budgets just one succeeded and one failed, miserably.

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Thursday and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back tomorrow 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's magic number stays at 2

Astros drop series finale to Mariners after rough start by Greinke

Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

With their magic number at 2 to secure their spot in the 2020 MLB postseason, the Astros returned to T-Mobile Park in Seattle for this three-game series' finale and rubber game. Here are the highlights from the game:

Final Score: Mariners 3, Astros 2.

Record: 28-28, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Nick Margevicius (2-3, 4.57 ERA)

Losing pitcher: Zack Greinke (3-3, 4.03 ERA).

Greinke unable to complete five innings

While the Astros were being held scoreless, the Mariners were putting up runs on Zack Greinke. They took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with back-to-back singles followed by an RBI-double with one out. Greinke would stop the damage there, then looked to settle in over the next few frames.

He allowed just one baserunner in the second through fourth innings, a one-out single in the bottom of the fourth. Then, in the fifth, the Mariners would knock him out of the game by getting a one-out single that would come around to score on a two-out RBI-double, followed by an RBI-single to extend the lead to 3-0. Greinke faced one more batter, allowing a single before Dusty Baker would take the ball and move to the bullpen. His final line: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 92 P.

Astros try a late rally, come up short

On the other end, the Astros were unable to break through against Nick Margevicius, getting just one hit and two walks through the first four innings. They had a chance to get on the board in the top of the fifth, starting the inning with back-to-back singles before a walk loaded the bases with one out to turn the lineup over. They'd come up empty, though, with George Springer striking out before a long flyball to center by Jose Altuve to end the inning.

After finishing the fifth for Greinke, Andre Scrubb returned for a scoreless sixth, working around a one-out walk. Still 3-0, Blake Taylor took over on the mound in the bottom of the seventh, erasing a leadoff single and two-out walk to keep Seattle from extending their lead. Houston had another chance to score in the top of the eighth, getting two runners in scoring position, but again would strand them.

Cy Sneed was the next reliever out for the Astros, working around a two-out walk to send the game on to the ninth. The Astros would avoid the shutout, getting a two-RBI single by pinch-hitting Josh Reddick in the top of the ninth to make it a one-run game at 3-2. That's as close as they'd come, though, as the Mariners would eventually get the final out to take the series and keep the Astros' magic number stagnant at 2.


Up Next: There is one series left in the regular season for Houston, and it awaits them in Arlington with a four-game series against the Rangers, who are well eliminated from playoff contention. The first of the four games will start at 7:05 PM Central on Thursday with a pitching matchup of Lance Lynn (6-2, 2.53 ERA) for Texas and Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.33 ERA) for the Astros.

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