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What does Jermaine Every "nerd-out" over in sports?

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Merriam-Webster defines a nerd as an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person; especially one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits. Society will oftentimes places this term on those they don't feel are worthy of mainstream popularity. When you Google the term "nerd-out," Urban Dictionary defines it as getting overly excited about something that isn't generally cool.

Society has traditionally made it uncool to be a nerd and nerd-out. People have been shunned for their quirks, idiosyncrasies, and generally being different. Lately however, society has made it more acceptable to come out of your shell and be yourself. In essence, it's more acceptable to nerd-out over your favorite things.

When it comes to sports, I've been known to nerd-out over lots of things. There's more than enough to fill up this article and a few more. But to save you guys the boredom, I've trimmed my list down to a few things:

Pro Wrestling

Yes. I love pro wrestling. I have since I was a kid and have no shame about it. I love the storytelling, the psychology, the athleticism, and the ability to be a soap opera. Sure, some may not want to list it in any sports category because the outcomes are predetermined, but I challenge anyone to go through a pro wrestling camp and/or travel schedule. It can be downright brutal. Your favorite athletes have taken to pro wrestling's promos, particularly Ric Flair's.

Football Positional Play

Most people ohh and ahh over a nice throw, a one-handed catch, someone getting trucked, or a huge hit. Those are all great, but I'd rather see a pulling guard pancake block somebody, or a punt downed inside the one yard line, or a good jam on a receiver, or a good route combo that allows a receiver to be wide open. Honorable mention goes to a guy shedding a block to shut down a screen pass. Thank God I have friends who know the game that don't mind my random texts about football.

Basketball Fundamentals

While most of you get excited when guys jack up threes, I take special interest in the way they're able to square their shoulders and feet with the perfect release and follow through. I used to love watching Dennis Rodman rebound. He would follow the ball from the shooters hand, judge the release and rotation on the ball, box out, and then come up with the rebound despite being undersized. He was also one of the best defenders who could easily defend any position on the floor and lock them down. Also, a flawlessly executed pick and roll or fastbreak will give me goosebumps.

Baseball Pitches

Confession: when the Astros were in the World Series against the Dodgers, I cheered when Clayton Kershaw would throw that nasty ass 12 to 6 curveball. Randy Johnson's slider and Greg Maddux's fastball were two of my all time favorites. The Big Unit's slider may be obvious. But Maddux's fastball? It's because he never threw one faster than about 92, but he could pinpoint where he wanted it whenever he wanted.

There are so many more that I'd like to get to, and so much more detail I'd like to go into on the ones listed. However, If I write 1,000 words or more, Fred and Josh will kick my ass. Hit me up on Twitter and we can further discuss my inner sports nerd. Special shot out to all my friends who put up with my randomness and even discuss this stuff with. You guys are the real MVPs.

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The Houston Astros made a big splash earlier in the week by extending Alex Bregman. They are on the verge of another big deal, according to multiple reports.

Extending Verlander

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The Astros and ace pitcher Justin Verlander finalized a two-year, $66 million dollar extension. Even at age 36, Verlander remains one of the best in the game. He went 16-9 last year with a 2.52 ERA and 290 strikeouts. It was his first full season in Houston.

Verlander quickly endeared himself to Houston fans after the last minute trade from Detroit in 2017. He helped the team to its first World Series victory that year and has been a fan favorite ever since. The Astros window to win it again remains open, and Verlander apparently will be a big part of it.

If this deal is finalized, and the Astros can reach a longterm deal with impending free agent Gerrit Cole, the team should be set for the near future. Cole, George Springer and Carlos Correa will be the next players in line for deals, but in locking up Jose Altuve, Bregman and now Verlander the team will remain in pretty good shape moving forward.

Verlander's deal - like Cole's - was set to expire at the end of this season.

Texans finally address a need

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The Texans needed to add offensive line help this off-season, but the options were limited and overpriced. On Friday they added the kind of player they needed, former Viking and Panther tackle Matt Kalil. It is a low-risk, high-reward move.

Kalil was a Pro Bowl caliber tackle in Minnesota until injuries slowed him in 2016. He started every game for Carolina in 2017, but missed all of last season and the Panthers let him go.

If he is healthy, left tackle becomes less of a priority in the draft - the Texans won't have to reach for one. If not, it's a low-risk move. If he wins the starting job, great. If he does not, it likely means the Texans drafted a better player.

They have not done a lot in free agency, but adding Kalil is a potentially key move. Former Raider Donald Penn is also still a free agent and if the Texans can add him as well, they have at least placed significant band-aids on a gaping wound.

Adding Kalil on a short-term deal is a much better option than spending huge dollars on Trent Brown. The potential success rate is basically the same.

The Texans still have some concerns - another tackle remains critical, and cornerback is still a serious minus, but now they can address corner in the draft without being locked in to taking a tackle. If they can add Penn, then cornerback immediately becomes the No. 1 priority. They could also use a backup running back and another interior D lineman, but those can be addressed in the middle rounds.

In all, this is a great move by the Texans, whether it works out or not.

Ohio State next for Coogs

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The Houston Cougars will play their second round NCAA Tournament game Sunday against 11th-seeded Ohio State after Friday's easy win over Georgia State. The game will be played at 7:40 p.m.

The No. 3-seeded Cougars are 5.5-point favorites.

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