This Week in Milford

January 31, 2013

Running On Peacock Fumes

Filed under: basketball, freak hands, Milford Idiots, Mimi Thorp — nedryerson @ 1:29 pm


Let’s play basketball, girls. Watch out for number 21. She’s mean and she’ll whipcrack you with her crazy ass ponytail. If she gets near you, use bilateral mental telepathy to anger her further and drive her foot back in time into a teammate’s crotch. Then, look for a rain shower or possibly a rogue swarm of insects to stagger into, elude another anger ponytail and heave away. Go ahead and heave away. There’s only one spectator. Now this is basketball. There’s nothing wrong with my thumb, even though i can’t straighten it out. I injured myself putting out a fire at my house. My husband set all his clipboards on fire and poured a box of homemade wine on the fire. He thought he was Red Adair.


The last-second shot goes in and the girls celebrate by revealing the widest variety of freak hands ever assembled in one comic strip panel. Crazy tiny finger, amazing meatfists and rubber wristed, high-fiving  Stretch Armstrong forearms all in a blender panel including bad hair and broken noses. Panel 2 says Woo Hoo in a psychotic way.

What the fuck is panel 3? What the fuck is it? You have got to be shitting me! Really, you’re going with that? No, really? Okay, it is touching (in its awfulness). These two nitwits share in their delusions. I hope they keep them to themselves.


“Roar,” says Scott Fowler. “You score many points. You so awesome.”
“Yes, I feel special. Special like…a peacock!”
“Huh? That not really work in this context.”
“Look out, special Lady Mudlark. Furious Jeffersonite throw inner tube at you!”


This story is going to be huge. Player’s Dead Younger Brother’s Soul Inhabits Peacock, Inspiring Player and Girlfriend To Shoot Better, Coaches Set Each Other On Fire In Celebration



  1. You know, I was just thinking this storyline needed some Marjie Ducey. There’s one fire even Red Adair couldn’t put out.

    Comment by Dood — January 31, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

  2. i was thinking the story was over after miatichia scored the game winning basket but its not even close to baseball season so i guess the rest of the story will be the magic peacock of milford

    Comment by mr12ozcan — January 31, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

  3. “Look out, special Lady Mudlark. Furious Jeffersonite throw inner tube at you!”

    Thanks for the laugh. I needed it.

    Comment by coldbeer4soul — January 31, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

  4. Marjie’s platinum-blonde ‘do never looked better. Wait’ll she hears about the peacock.

    Comment by Rob — January 31, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

  5. Given google , I’m sure everyone has this as the next step on their trail o’procrastination but … well…. life imitating art…. …. I mean just tooo wierd. I mean pantheon of hair, crazy hands. I say …..well….

    Comment by Rasputin — February 1, 2013 @ 4:37 am

  6. With all the proud as a peacock references, perhaps Rubin is angling for a job at NBC?

    Can’t wait for the away-team crowd signs ridiculing the peacock soon. I’m banking on seeing “Flip her the bird!”

    Comment by Moon Mullins — February 1, 2013 @ 9:36 am

  7. Maybe Marjie should read her notes before speaking. She has Mia down for 19 points but tells her she had 15…All the sports that’s fit to print.

    Comment by Rex Kwon Do — February 1, 2013 @ 10:29 am

  8. I say the peacock is Ronaiah Tuiasosopu in disguise.

    Are we setting up for a return of Doyle Dung, tiny irritating future flack? Get him in on this story, he’ll be selling peacock hats at Milford home games.

    Comment by John Walters (@johnswalters) — February 1, 2013 @ 11:58 am

  9. Oh, and I agree with the sign in 1/31 panel 1: MILF ROCKS.

    Comment by John Walters (@johnswalters) — February 1, 2013 @ 11:59 am

  10. Jefferson still plays girl’s basketball? Who knew? The Lady ‘Larks haven’t played them since 2006.

    Comment by billytheskink — February 1, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

  11. knowing lowball rubin this will be a case of where people see a image of jesus in a buttersmear and people flock to it in this case people will come to see the peacock even mr baskt

    Comment by mr12ozcan — February 1, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

  12. 7. That was a different game. Pay attention!

    Go with the magic Peacock, but TG Mia didn’t say anything about that to the reporter. All of Milford’s boys and girls sports programs are on the line now with the “magic peacock”, if you know what I mean…

    Comment by Gil'sBarber — February 1, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

  13. 9. I’m favoring the sign to say MILFS ROCK!

    Comment by semperfi4evr — February 2, 2013 @ 8:53 am

  14. Marjie’s rocking the ’80s with that outfit. “Just another manic Milford…ohhh-ohhhh…”

    Comment by Dood — February 4, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

  15. I’ve literally run out of things to say about this.

    Comment by Ned Ryerson — February 7, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

  16. I totally sympathize, Ned. But this morning, the fewmet struck the windmill, as they said in the middle ages: the peacock story is out, and we are about to see the plot mangled in ways none of us could predict.

    Comment by vaganova — February 7, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

  17. Every time I see 1/28 panel 3, I wait for Mia to fall on her face, maybe breaking an arm or wrist.

    Comment by Dale — February 8, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

  18. @Dale: Maybe, but that 40-footer that Brust guy from Wisconsin hit on Saturday to send the Michigan game into OT looked awfully similar.

    Comment by teenchy — February 11, 2013 @ 7:05 am

  19. Why isn’t Scott pissed that Mia blabbed to some girlfriend who informed the world about the magic bird?

    Comment by Dale — February 11, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

  20. Ever since Coleridge in the early nineteenth century, literary theorists have talked about “the willing suspension of disbelief,” or a reader’s tendency to put up with something impossible or absurd for the sake of a larger point.

    I was doing that with the present GT plot, hoping that somehow the thing would turn into something plausible, perhaps even diverting. But that blew away with today’s (2/12) strip.

    It’s the goddamn tattoo plot, all over again.

    Comment by vaganova — February 12, 2013 @ 7:27 am

  21. Have you stopped doing your blog? I hope not, it’s funny!

    Comment by Obtuse — February 13, 2013 @ 4:29 pm

  22. Ned?? You there?? Ned??

    Comment by Milfordian — February 14, 2013 @ 5:04 am

  23. Hey everybody. At the moment, I don’t really have any interest in posting updates. I’m sorry to leave the faithful few hanging for so long, but I’ve been waiting to see if the inspirado would reappear for me and it just hasn’t. One could blame the peacock plot, but that’s not entirely where the fault lies. I’ve blogged my way through other garbage plots without losing steam. It’s more me at the moment.

    I haven’t been in touch with Jason since last summer (I think) when he basically left it up to me to update, so I won’t speak for him in terms of his interest in continuing to blog. I still do consider this his blog and don’t feel that I alone should be making grand announcements or recruiting other bloggers. I suppose if there is some interest out there for anybody to blog, perhaps you might drop Jason a line. I think his intervention would be required to give anybody else the keys to the TWIM offices.

    Maybe I’ll wake up from this bad dream tomorrow and resume. I’m not trying to be coy, honestly. I’m just wallowing in a huge pool of apathy right now and this blog is very low on the list of things that I can apply my energy to right now.

    Comment by Ned Ryerson — February 14, 2013 @ 7:30 am

  24. Never saw conversing while dribbling before, especially to the player Behind you! Talk about weak coaching. The peacock is slowly distracting the players to the point where they have other agendas besides winning. And again, Gil will do nothing to stop it till another season is down the drain.

    Rinse and repeat.

    Comment by Rob — February 14, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

  25. Guess we all need to drop Rubin a line and get a Gail Martin-Von Haney baseball gambling plot in March. Gotta kick up the interest level somehow…

    Comment by billytheskink — February 15, 2013 @ 8:10 am

  26. Ned, I for one completely understand where you’re coming from. Hope you feel better, regardless of whether you decide to keep posting.

    Comment by Spencer — February 15, 2013 @ 11:58 am

  27. Well have to say as long time lurker, I ‘ve truly enjoyed yours and Jason’s take on this strip.

    Comment by Long time lurker — February 15, 2013 @ 4:27 pm

  28. Ned, as the bumper sticker says, things happen. Some of us get seasonal affective disorder (ask me how I know) and some of us just get tired of idiotic plots. I think playful obsessions such as TWIM have a half-life, and if you are reaching the end of yours, you don’t owe the rest of us any explanations and certainly no apologies. If you have not heard from Jason since summer, it’s clear the torch has been pahsed, and you need not hesitate to pass it yet again if TWIM has become burden more than outlet. I for one think you have handled a thankless task with grace and humor. Don’t get me wrong– I hope you wake up tomorrow ready to continue. Just want you to know that your efforts, even if they are about to end, are greatly appreciated.

    Comment by vaganova — February 15, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

  29. I have enjoyed reading this blog from the beginning, and will be sad to see it go, but I understand what a task it must be to slog through these strips and come with something witty to say about them. Gil hasn’t been the same since McLaughlin left. It was the wacky stories combined with the insane art that made the strip so special. But it was the Whigham era that gave me my online handle. Oh well, I guess I’m just bummed is all. Why can’t you just drop everything and give me a daily dose of the chuckles for free? Is that too much to ask? Hronk.

    Comment by The Mighty Untrained FOOZLE — February 15, 2013 @ 11:07 pm

  30. I’ve always enjoyed your and Jason’s take, Ned. Thanks for all you have done. I will hold out hope someone can rekindle this, the only comics blog I subscribe to.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — February 16, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

  31. Ned is gonna “ease up” and leave Tank Town. Foozle! No more time for goodness. But I understand, Sir. Nothing is forever except GT’s suckitude. Thanks Jason and Ned; your exceptional observations have been fully appreciated many times with laugh out louds and spit takes. Also thanks to all the snarkers and snarkettes for such a fellowship of fun. Vaya con Dios compadres [and if you need it, vaya con Ex-Lax]. Guess I’ll go to Milford and see what Marjie Ducey’s idea of a consenting adult is. Good night, Mr. Baskt, wherever you are!

    Comment by semperfi4evr — February 17, 2013 @ 9:40 am

  32. So the peacock mystery is solved, as an old farmer comes looking for it – a freakin Month after he lost it! Again, we can hear the air coming out of the balloon – fffffffffffffffffffft. No brother, no magic basketball skills, no playdowns, no nothing. On to baseball.

    Comment by Rob — February 18, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

  33. Mr. Green Jeans:”The dumb clucks keep getting out”
    Fowler:”Did you have them in a barn?”
    MGJ:”Nope, out in the corral, up from the ravine near the canyon round the bend”
    Fowler:”You do know they’re fuckin birds, right?”

    Comment by Knoxy — February 19, 2013 @ 9:03 am

  34. So, does Fowler now implode, his wish-fulfilment fantasy punctured? What happens to his girlfriend’s game? And to the feud it appeared was starting on the team? Will Gil reappear and address the problem of Fowler’s teammates playing keepaway? One thing is sure– things will peter out and we will suddenly be seeing a bunch of kids we never heard of– the Bill Hawkinses of 2013– being added to the baseball team.

    Comment by vaganova — February 19, 2013 @ 10:29 am

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