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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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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF CRENNEL'S COACHING

Now my job: Texans feast on Lions

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Thanksgiving is full of tradition. There's the typical family gathering, large meal, and of course, football. Sometimes, new traditions are added and old ones are retired. I think the Texans did both in their impressive 41-25 win over the Lions in Detroit. Old traditions were carried on (Lions losing on Thanksgiving), some were put to rest (Texans not being able to get turnovers), and new ones were started (multiple passing touchdowns by Deshaun Watson in six straight games).

The fact that this defense got three turnovers in the game was unbelievable! They got all three in the first quarter within the span of eight plays. JJ Watt's pick-six was insane. He went for a batted ball, ended up catching it, and ran it in. They forced Jonathan Williams to fumble on the Lions' very next play from scrimmage and recovered it. On the Lions' next possession, the Texans recovered yet another fumble after the challenge was reversed. Great call by the coaching staff to challenge and win. The defense looked good. Tyrell Adams stood out because he was in on those two fumbles, made 17 total tackles with 14 of them being solo tackles. They also brought pressure that seemed to make Matthew Stafford very inaccurate and resulted in four sacks. I give defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver credit for knowing he needs to blitz to get pressure, but the run defense has to improve.

The offense kept the tempo up in this game as well. The spread and hurry-up were used to keep the Lions already staggered defense off balance. Knowing the Lions were without a couple defensive backs, I thought it would be the perfect marriage of their defense and the Texans' offense. A buddy asked before the game about the line (Texans -3.5) and the over/under (52.5). I told him bet the Texans and the over because neither team can play defense and both have good quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly put together another good game plan and Watson executed it flawlessly. One route combo I saw later on in the game I particularly enjoyed. Two receivers were tight to the left side. Cooks ran a hook/curl and settled in the middle of the zone while Fuller ran a vertical route. Duke Johnson ran a swing route to that same side. It left Cooks wide open as the attention went to Johnson in the flat, Fuller deep, and the action to the other play side. Route combos are important because it gives the quarterback different reads as he goes through his progressions and lets him pick apart the defense based on what he sees. Combine that with Watson's play and the way Kelly has changed his play calling now that he's liberated from he who shall not be named, we're seeing a beautiful thing.

As good as things were, there's still room for improvement. The defense gives up way too many easy yards, both run and pass. They can't get pressure bringing only four and will often give up big plays if the blitz is picked up. Plus the run defense is still an issue as evidenced by the Lions' first possession of the second half. The Lions ran the ball 10 plays straight for a total of 58 yards on that drive. Utterly ridiculous! Watson was good (17/25 318 yards and four touchdowns), but he missed two more touchdowns with passes slightly off, and continues to hold onto the ball too long at times. The difference between these two issues I've presented here is the fact that Watson has so played well, his "issues" are minor and very correctable, while the defense is terrible and there's no easy fix in sight. But let Romeo Crennel and Anthony Weaver tell it, they're getting the most out of these guys and they're playing disciplined.

The thought that this team may actually creep into the playoff picture may take shape better after next week if they can beat the Colts. I doubt it, but it is getting interesting. Let's see what else happens around them because they need help getting there.

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