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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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10th-ranked UH looks poised for a great season

Here's why UH could make a deep tournament run

The Coogs are off to a hot start. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Through eleven COVID stricken weeks, the University of Houston football team has mustered three wins.

The UH men's basketball season began on November 25th. It took them five days to catch up.

The Cougars came into last week ranked 17th in the nation in the AP preseason poll, the highest they've begun a season in 37 years. They took little time to establish themselves as one of the top teams in the nation.

UH shot out of the gate last week to a 3-0 start, including a double-digit win over 14th ranked Texas Tech. That, combined with a myriad of week one upsets, sent the Cougars soaring even further up the rankings.

By Monday afternoon, Houston was already one of the top 10 ranked teams in the nation.

Now it's important to note that it's incredibly early in the season, and there is plenty of time for something to go haywire. With TDECU stadium right across the street, they've had a front row seat to see just how sideways COVID can flip a season. The football team may only have 3 wins, but that's partly because they've had to postpone 5 games.

Regardless, they remain 10th in the nation at the moment, and it's no fluke. This is a solid team that has shown glimpses for the past three years.

Led offensively by sophomore guard Marcus Sasser (17.3 ppg) and Kansas transfer guard Quentin Grimes (16.0 ppg), the Cougars field a deep backcourt that has received welcome early contributions from freshman Tramon Mark (14.0 ppg) who's already earned an average of 19 minutes per game.

Speaking of minutes, UH brings one of the most important skills to the court this season: experience. In the era of one-and-done turnover among NCAA programs, the Cougars bring back four players that averaged over 20 minutes per game last season. That type of experience playing with one another and understanding the system head coach Kelvin Sampson plays could prove invaluable come tournament time.

What truly gives this team a shot though is their defense and hustle, both of which are a direct result of Sampson. They're simply relentless on defense. After finishing 11th in the nation last season only allowing 62.1 ppg, they've shown no signs of letting up. Through their first three games they've given up an average of 52 ppg. Even with double-digit leads, this is still a team diving for loose balls and mixing it up for offensive rebounds.

All of those ingredients make for a very salty, and very entertaining college basketball team. The Cougars have proved in the past three seasons that they're legitimately tournament worthy, and as the preseason American Conference champion favorite, this is a team that could—and should—have their eyes set even higher than their sweet sixteen appearance in 2019. Nothing is certain in the COVID era, however, but if they can make it through the season relatively unscathed they should be a tough out during March Madness.

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