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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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As things continue to relax as far as the COVID-19 pandemic is concerned, a return to a semblance of normalcy seems imminent. The NBA has some parameters in place for a potential return. Training camps are set to open late this month and the season is supposed to open July 31. Whether that's the rumored Disney-centered one-stop shop or another form, they have a plan in place to return. There's also no argument between the league and players going back and forth about money either (MLB could learn a lesson here).

So when it comes to the potential return, how does that fare for the local team? The Rockets were 40-24 and tied for the fifth seed in the West when the season was shut down. Since they're getting ready to return potentially, we need to be looking at what chances they may have in making a run in the playoffs towards an NBA title.



Harden's new physique

According to his new trainer, James Harden has done more cardio workouts and lost some weight. Specifically, he's done more football player workouts as opposed to basketball player workouts. There was a pic of Harden floating around showing an obvious loss of weight. His new-found cardio and weight loss could mean more late-game and late-season success for Harden and the Rockets.

Westbrook's edge

Russell Westbrook has a competitive fire that can't be put out. It's like one of those never-ending burning torches you see at monuments. He wants nothing more than to prove he's a winner on a high level. Given that he's reunited with a long time friend in Harden, his competitive nature could help fill the gap where Harden may lack. These two have proven they can coexist very well this season. Now could be their time to take surge.

Small-ball

When the Rockets traded Clint Capela, they fully committed to small-ball. There were times they didn't have a guy in the lineup over 6'5. The tallest guy that gets regular time is roughly 6'8. The smaller, quicker lineup is an advantage on the offensive end, but can be a huge liability on the defensive end. Given the stoppage and restart of the season, it could help them. Suppose other teams are sluggish and can't get their chemistry straight. Houston's advantage is that they go through one or two guys and eat off their shooting. Shooting can be worked on during times like these, whereas other aspects of your game can't.


I'm not saying the Rockets have a built-in advantage, but they have as good a shot as they've ever had in the past. The field is wide open to any team that's in the playoff hunt. No team will have a built-in advantage over others. With the Rockets' unique brand of ball, they may be able to make a run at a title this season. Couple that with Harden's weight loss and Westbrook's competitive nature, it could be very interesting. Whenever the NBA comes back this season, which I believe they will, I think this team has a legit shot at winning it all.

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