This Week in Milford

May 31, 2011

But who will fill the pending Glory hole in the staff?

Filed under: baseball, Boredom in Milford — jasbeattie @ 6:33 pm



While it’s been alluded to for weeks (months? years? decades? It feels like decades…), the setup for the latest plot development is now being clubbed over our heads*…

OK, we get it, Alpo likes folk singing, fighting for important causes and especially that new assistant coach… You know, the one who seems to show interest in coaching  only her. When the Glorious Alpaca is one of two budget cuts later this week (along with that recently tenured baking soda volcano science project) , whatever will happen next? I just request that the inevitable benefit be called “Save My Glory…Whole Lotta Love!”

A bigger mystery is whether Mimi make an appearance in June when her assistant is laid off? Or will she stay “home sick” for another month?

*Remember when the clubbing over the head happened literally? That was more fun.


  1. Is panel 3 on 5/30 the worst ever?

    Comment by lawrence — May 31, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

  2. There are a couple of problems with it. Given the point of impact, that ball will be pulled way inside third. And the foot positions are a little funky, unless your goal is to foul the pitch into the dugout.

    Comment by vaganova — May 31, 2011 @ 8:10 pm

  3. Ah, 2007. Those were the good, old days. Tyler Jay. Gail Martin. Check it! Count it! Bonk! HRONK!

    Comment by Don, the Rebel without a Blog — May 31, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

  4. “Milford tops Jefferson” or should that be “Jefferson bottoms for Milford”.

    Comment by exmiscellanea — May 31, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

  5. Wow, one session with the magical Alpaca, and Al-Jo turns into a star. Just shows what a little coaching can accomplish. Are you taking notes, Gil and Mimi? If there was any justice in the Milford Tea Party Revolt of 2011, the Thorps would be out on their ears along with Gil’s drinking buddy Kaz. Miss Alpaca would take over the girls’ sports, and they’d hire long-suffering Coach Shaw (the Luke Fickell of Milford athletics) to coach the boys’ teams. But the more likely course is that Alpaca will be on the chopping block, Al-Po will write a song about her, the students will rally to her defense, and the Tea Partiers will realize what marvelous people their teachers are. The End.

    Comment by John S. Walters — June 1, 2011 @ 1:14 am

  6. “Glorious Alpaca” sounds like a great name for a fraternal order office. “Trixie, don’t wait up! Ralphie and me’s gonna be late at the lodge. They’re nominatin’ the Glorious Alpaca tonight!”

    Comment by delvaldawg — June 1, 2011 @ 4:35 am

  7. “They’ve got science projects with more tenure than ME.”

    Maybe she can get a job in the English department.


    Comment by Richard — June 1, 2011 @ 5:14 am

  8. OK, where is Mimi? In previous years, her charges have been willing to shave their heads in solidarity and support over a supposed illness. Now that she’s actually sick, no one cares?

    I gotta get back to work on this hitch in my swing…


    Comment by Dood — June 1, 2011 @ 7:20 am

  9. Is Coach Glory saving the school district money by requisitioning the Herkimer Battle Jitney to transport the softball team?

    Comment by Dood — June 1, 2011 @ 7:23 am

  10. 7 – Richard

    I’ve been wondering whether someone would notice that.
    Methinks the world of grammar has turned into – it’s ok if people know what you mean kinda, sorta, like, know what I mean?

    Comment by dale — June 1, 2011 @ 11:05 am

  11. Dear Don,
    I do not understand this reference to “Check it! Count it! Bonk! HRONK!” which you use. Is this from previous story lines for Gil Thorp or this a tag line of yours?

    Comment by Diego — June 1, 2011 @ 11:52 am

  12. #7 Richard & #10 Dale — I may be wrong, but I think that sentence is correct. Were you thinking it should be “more tenure than I”? Because in my book, that’s bad grammar.

    Comment by John S. Walters — June 1, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

  13. Hronk! is still the best, especially with the golf pro’s, “Oh no, not again.”

    Comment by Dood — June 1, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

  14. 5/31 P1: Cameo appearance by the ghost of Tojo.

    Comment by semperfi4evr — June 1, 2011 @ 12:43 pm

  15. Pudge Hamilton — yes, the boldest little catcher anywhere — should ease up on her high-fiving before she break’s Molly Kinsella’s pitching hand.

    Comment by Dood — June 1, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

  16. Yes, Diego, those expressions are from past Gil Thorp strips. It’s not so much a tag line as it is an obsession. Ease up! Sure enough! Check it! Count it! Bonk! HRONK!

    Comment by Don, the Rebel without a Blog — June 1, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

  17. John S, “more tenure than I” is correct. “Me,” the sloppy locution, just sounds right because we hear it so much. The problem is not grammatical but logical– there are no degrees of tenure; one either has it or doesn’t.

    I’m more intrigued with this use of “tops” and “topped.” In early modern English, up to around 1700, “to top” was “to have one’s way with.” Thus a sports page headline such as “Kingston Girls Topped in State Final” always sends me over backward. It wasn’t bad enough just to lose the game…

    Comment by vaganova — June 1, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

  18. i think rubin is freinds with jim tressel of ohio state after june 30 there will be no more strip. gil will retire with a sweater vest and mimi will be knowwhere to be seen.bon voyage . hronk bonk count it ease up

    Comment by mr120zcan — June 1, 2011 @ 5:44 pm

  19. 16 Don—>Diego: and also those expressions are so loved and often repeated because they are stilted and arcane. Or like “Bonk!” – drawn in to show the obvious. Whether the 1950’s or now folks just didn’t/don’t use those words! Count it [Etc.]. One of my favorites was some mother [of Cardboard Bikini Girl maybe?] making Sloppy Joes for the whole freakin’ team and exclaiming “It’s time for goodness!” Greasy over-fried meat loaded with salt and mystery spices between bead made with processed flour. What’s “goodness” about that? Salvador Dali’s body of work must have had a big influence on Mr. Rubin.

    Comment by semperfi4evr — June 2, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

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