This Week in Milford

April 21, 2011

Gary Oldman refuses to ease up. Conflict to be resolved never.

Filed under: baseball, bizarre cameos, Milford Weirdos, Mimi Thorp — jasbeattie @ 8:32 am


Sure, we could spend an entire strip featuring the most unpleasant new softball character…but why do that when we could instead feature…a budget meeting!


Credit where credit is due: Rubin and Whigham took a budget subcommittee scene and made it the most interesting damned budget subcommittee meeting you ever saw, brother! Because when the melting head of Fat Albert tells you to ease up, man, you better ease up! (Unless, of course, you’re Gary Oldman, then nobody tells you to ease up, bitch!)

Once the budget subcommittee realizes the Thorp model of coaching is to employ random weirdos to do all the work for free, they’ll simply deploy this same model across the entire school. Think of the possibilities: Clambake teaching Sex Ed! (Talk about locking your eyes on one hole…)


“Hey did you realize that weird Alpo chick sings protest songs…and I mean what do we have to protest about, except these horrible pants?”
“Yeah, as far as I know the world is fine…there’s nothing to protest. At least that’s what my new teacher, kid in tree, keeps tells me.”


  1. I want 4/20 panel 2 on a T-shirt with just the words “Me ease up?” on it.

    Mister, there will be no easing up on the Deficit Task Force of the Budget Subcommittee of the Milford School District.

    Is this guy Hobart Carl Peake’s brother? Or is he Poindexter Snordkin’s father?

    Whak! Bam! Bonk! Hronk!

    Comment by Dood — April 21, 2011 @ 9:09 am

  2. Me ease up? How about you get serious? Check it! Count it! Bonk! HRONK!

    Comment by Don, the Rebel without a Blog — April 21, 2011 @ 9:50 am

  3. Gil’s going to have to answer to the Deficit Task Force of the Budget Subcommittee of the Milford School District. Yes, that means Hobart.

    By the way, could whoever chairs the Milford School District have stuffed Hobart and the other guy any further down the bureacratic chain of command?

    How about organizing a Find the Thorp Kids Task Force? Or a Kid in Tree Task Force?

    Comment by Dood — April 21, 2011 @ 10:04 am

  4. And a memo to Whigham: Bring back Marjie’s beret!

    Comment by Dood — April 21, 2011 @ 10:06 am

  5. “Me ease up? Do you have any idea what it’s like to be named ‘Hobart’? The taunting, the loneliness, the shame! My only childhood companion was an imaginary friend called ‘Throckmorton’. Every lunch hour in high school, the jocks would stuff me inside the cafeteria’s Hobart dishwasher! I didn’t dare ask a girl out on a date; they just laughed at me!

    And now that I’ve weaseled my way onto the Deficit Task Force of the Budget Subcommittee of the Milford School District, I shall have my revenge! BWAAAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAA!”

    Comment by John S. Walters — April 21, 2011 @ 10:29 am

  6. OK, what’ll it be? A lot of angst with Hobart and Albert there: is this plot going to lead to a boardroom brawl, or is the point that schools across the country are having terrible budget problems and that this strip is going “realistic?”

    I have an awful feeling Al-Jo will write songs about this, perhaps concerning the elimination of JV field hockey or the shortening of softball and baseball seasons. Not that the latter would be all bad– we might actually wrap up the Valley season by July.

    Comment by vaganova — April 21, 2011 @ 10:38 am

  7. Gary Oldman is a pretty good call but I think he looks more like writer James Ellroy –

    Comment by martin — April 21, 2011 @ 11:22 am

  8. Do industrial appliances ever ease up? Hell, no! We’re serious! Serious about industrial-appliancy things!

    Comment by Dood — April 21, 2011 @ 11:34 am

  9. I’m forming a Bring Back Marjie’s Beret Task Force of the Content Subcommittee of the This Week in Milford Blog District. Who’s with me? To the barricades, people!

    Comment by Dood — April 21, 2011 @ 11:37 am

  10. Hobart is the state capital and most populous city of the Australian island state of Tasmania.
    Founded in 1803 as a penal colony.

    Comment by exmiscellanea — April 21, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

  11. Hobart is also the name of a former men’s college in Central New York. Some years ago it merged with a nearby women’s college; the two are now known collectively as “Hobart and William Smith.”

    Surely this is most fascinating post of the day. What do I win?

    Comment by vaganova — April 21, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

  12. The sports teams at Hobart High School in Hobart, Indiana, are the “Brickies” because of the community’s historical ties to a prominent local brickyard and major employer back in the day. This high school has produced some damn fine football teams and players. Each week during the football season, the top-performing player on the team earned the right to be called Johan, which meant he was the toughest sumbitch in the brickyard.

    Comment by Dood — April 21, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

  13. I’ve long suspected, as many of you have, that most of Whigham’s knowledge of teenage fashion comes from the Babysitter’s Club Movie. The 4/20 and 4/21 strips confirm this.

    Comment by billytheskink — April 21, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

  14. OMG those pants!!! And those oversize books are gonna fall to the floor any second now the way she’s carrying em.
    Al-Jo could read this blog for song ideas.
    And the name of this committee – – ok I quit.

    Comment by Rob — April 21, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

  15. I wonder if Glory Alcala is the daughter of the great Santo Alcala ( His baseball card picture certainly looks like it was drawn by these guys.

    Comment by J.D. Springer — April 21, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

  16. Ease Up! —->

    Comment by semperfi4evr — April 21, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

  17. HOBART!!! Who in the hell has been named Hobart in the past 100 years! No wonder this guy’s a prick! I’d be too if my name was HOBART (Not that the name Regina is a great name to have either, but it’s better than HOBART!) Me and HOBART have something in common…we can never find our names on personalized stuff.

    “Me ease up, Fat Albert? How about you and the Cosby kids better get serious!”

    Mimi: “Alpo was always a good glove, but since I’ve followed my husband’s business plan of outsourcing my duties to Glory Alpalca, she’s made a great difference and I have more time for Carlos…oops, never mind.”

    Comment by Regina — April 21, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

  18. #17, “Regina” is far better name than Hobart. I agree, the only people named “Hobart” have probably turned out to be Tasmanian lawn gnomes or draft horses in the Finger Lakes wine district. The fact that Finger Lakes “wine” is an oxymoron is an additional rimshot.

    Comment by vaganova — April 21, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

  19. Does anyone know that Hobart is the guy’s first name?
    We’ve seen it only twice, used by the same person.

    Comment by dale — April 22, 2011 @ 1:11 am

  20. Wait, Milford is a distinct “school district”? How many schools are in this “district”? Does the administration of said district require a subcommittee of a task force of a whosiwhatsis? Have they formed a committe to explore why so many students are transferring to St. Fabian’s? (Of course the reason is because the weed over there is so much cheaper.) I think the only reasonably conclusion that the task force can come to is that their jobs are superfluous and they should fire themselves immediately (leaving plenty more time to volunteer whatever dubious coaching skills they have).

    Gosh, but I did enjoy that interlude with Fat Albert and Hobart, who will now join Mr. Bakst and that shadowy dude from the tv station in Gil Thorp purgatory.

    Comment by Ned Ryerson — April 22, 2011 @ 5:33 am

  21. The number of schools in a district really depends on where you are.
    When I was in grade school (1950’s, Chicago suburb), my district had a few K-6 schools and one junior high. The high school was a separate district, later expanded to four schools.

    Now I’m in Raleigh, NC, where the whole county is one big bleeping bleeped-up district.

    Comment by dale — April 22, 2011 @ 2:57 pm

  22. What is there protest? How about the lack of Nutboys in BBQ flavor? How about the lack of winning football teams? How about the disappearance of Jim-Jam since basketball season suddenly stopped?

    Comment by bevo — April 22, 2011 @ 7:17 pm

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