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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!

Well another week in the dust, best of luck to everyone on surviving the weekend and having a great one!

GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

It's going to be a fun show, so get out there and support the Spring Charity Drag Show. It's a themed drag show within Houston's nerd community and will feature pop culture, gaming and nerd icons as well as prominent drag queens in the "Gaymer" community. The proceeds go towards this group which all year long put on events for their community and give those people a place to go and be accepted.

BOY DID I GET THAT WRONG

Just Wednesday I told you guys about the DC Streaming service. For anyone who follows me and listens to Nerd Thug Radio, they know I hadn't been a fan of the service at all. The price felt a little high for when they launched considering they launched in November with a new animated movie and a large but incomplete library of old content and some comic books and that was it. Titan's launched in January and while I didn't love it, some people were saying nice things and then Young Justice's first half of their season came out and I loved that and it was the first great thing that was exclusive to the network. There was also another animated movie but it wasn't exclusive to the network. Doom Patrol debuted after Young Justice and honestly I haven't watched a single episode but it was getting great buzz, then DC announced all of their entire comics catalog will be available for the app and that they were getting on Xbox One and in the meantime they've brought in most of their old catalog under one roof. So they had basically settled my three biggest complaints, they were getting on the major consoles (the most convenient way to use the app on TV), they were getting their old catalog of TV shows and movies in order and they were finally releasing the entire library of comics onto the app (why buy a service from a comic company if they aren't going to let you read all their comics?), so finally I say something nice. Then suddenly the parent company Warner Bros ends production on Swamp Thing three episodes early and in that same press release it's revealed they were spending $85 million for the thirteen episode season, what the heck!? First of all, that's crazy money for a TV show, secondly, that's an even worse investment when you say it's for Swamp Thing and thirdly, now the future of the service itself is in question. Just after they got me to say something nice about it. Are you paying attention Disney?

WHILE YOU ARE OUT

So this week while you are running around don't forget to stop by your local comic shop and check out some of the cool stuff coming out this week. From DC Comic's Aquaman #47 is out and it wraps up a storyline where Aquaman was battling against the lost gods of the ocean in an effort to save all life on earth. Aquaman has been on a pretty epic run and his rise to fame started in the comic books, so check it out. Marvel is right in the middle of their crazy huge War of the Realms and the second issue of the story comes out this week. War of the Realms #2 is the second part in what they are promising is a huge storyline, that anyone who has seen the movies will be at least familiar with the characters at play. Also out this week that's a big deal is BPRD: The Devil You Know #15. This is the final issue of the story of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, introduced in Hellboy they've long continued their own series of adventures and this wraps that incredible series and story up. So reach in your wallet and get out them dollar bills and spend them at your local comic shop.

THIS WEEK IN ESPORTS

This week the FIFA eNations Cup tournament happened, it's a two day international affair where 20 countries from 6 different confederations qualified to play in this thing and they come to London for a battle to see who is the greatest. In the end France won the 1v1 tournament and congrats go out to "Maestro" and "DaXe". For those who don't quite understand what this all means, this was an officially sanctioned match with the participation of the member nations hosted and organized by FIFA, which means the players wore the official jerseys of their countries and stood for their respective anthems. FIFA has a few more months of various tournaments to go before their grand finale in August 2019. Also this weekend, Overwatch play continues with The Outlaws finally having two matches after only having one match over the last two weeks. They play tonight at 7:45pm and Sunday at 3:45pm and that match will be televised on Disney XD.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

We are one week away from Avenger's Endgame and this will be bittersweet for me. My dad passed away Nov. 4th last year and one of the things we really enjoyed together were going to the movies. I remember him taking me to see Robocop 2 when it came out and movies were just always something we would go see and talk about. In the past few years his vision wasn't great and things weren't going well for him but movies were always something we loved talking about and when we would speak these would be fun, light conversations instead of talking about some of the harder times and things that he was going through. This completes a story he'll never see the end of and one he was genuinely curious about and for that part I'm genuinely sad to see this story come to an end, it's one less connection between the now and my Dad that I'll have.

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great weekend and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back Monday 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 bats have a hot night

Astros clobber Rangers to win series opener

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After dropping two of three in Seattle, the Astros entered the regular season's final series still waiting to clinch their playoff berth. Luckily their matchup favored them, with four games against the 19-37 Rangers, which they have done well against in recent years. Here are highlights from the opener:

Final Score: Astros 12, Rangers 4.

Record: 29-28, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Cristian Javier (5-2, 3.48 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Lance Lynn (6-3, 3.32 ERA).

Astros put up 10 on Lynn 

Houston had no trouble getting acquainted with the Rangers' new stadium, jumping out to an early lead in the top of the first inning. After a lengthy at-bat against Lance Lynn, Jose Altuve reached on a one-out single, then scored from first on a two-out RBI-triple by Alex Bregman. They'd double their lead in the next at-bat on an error, making it 2-0.

They extended that lead even more in the next inning, getting back-to-back singles to start the inning to set up a big three-run dinger by George Springer to straightaway center-field to make it 5-0. Bregman added two more RBI to his night in the top of the fifth, capitalizing on a leadoff single by Michael Brantley by hitting a two-run homer to make it a 7-0 lead. Altuve would push the total to double-digits in the top of the sixth, lifting a three-run home run of his own to make it a 10- lead.

Javier with a decent start, bullpen closes out the win

Meanwhile, Cristian Javier was doing well on the mound against the Rangers. He allowed just three baserunners through the first five innings, a double in the first, a hit batter in the second, and a single in the fifth. He would falter a bit in the bottom of the sixth, allowing a leadoff single then a two-run homer, then later in the inning a sac fly, making it 10-3 before Houston would turn to their bullpen. Javier's final line: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 95 TP.

Luis Garcia would get the final out of the sixth then returned for the bottom of the seventh, allowing a leadoff double that would score on a two-out RBI-double, making it a six-run game before Garcia finished the frame. Brooks Raley was the next reliever and notched two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 inning in the eighth.

Josh Reddick gave Houston two more insurance runs, joining the home run barrage with a two-run homer in the top of the inning to make it 12-4 going to the bottom half. Brandon Bielak was given a low-leverage opportunity to throw in the bottom of the ninth. He erased a two-out double for a scoreless inning to wrap up the lopsided win, lowering Houston's magic number to 1.

Up Next: The second game of this four-game set between Houston and Texas will start Friday at 7:05 PM Central at Globe Life Field. The pitching battle will be Kyle Cody (1-1, 1.53 ERA) for the Rangers and Jose Urquidy (1-1, 2.78 ERA) for the Astros.

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