This Week in Milford

May 4, 2014

He will be powerful, like Stalin

Filed under: Fat Guys, Gil Thorp, What the hell is going on here? — teenchy @ 6:22 am

May 2, 2014


Okay, so Kasey Flanders may be getting Wally Pipped by Amy. Thinking back to the basketball arc, a question for the long-time TWIMers: In the Valley Conference, does ejection from a game result in an automatic suspension? Or is this a Thorp thing? If the latter it might explain Milford’s inability to win in the clutch. Gil, Mimi, don’t bench your players for ejections, just make ’em run Death Valleys ’til they puke! Call it conditioning under the guise of a teachable moment.

Meanwhile, P3 offers some foreshadowing. What could that mysterious “presentation” be? Whatever it is Lucky’s not quite ready for it.

May 3, 2014


Again with the Memento-like dialogue. P2 clues us into the likelihood that the “presentation” is actually a debate. Having no clue about the rules of team debate I don’t know if a team is allowed to debate shorthanded, or if a team member can just not show up without notifying the coach who can then locate a second… but let’s not get bogged down in minutiae, shall we?

So is this debate about the Battle of Stalin_d, or is Stalin’s name just plastered up there on the wall to inspire future generations of Milford leaders? Without the unseen Rakesh to carry them, Lucky and his pudgy teammate struggle. Could Amy’s rubbing have rubbed Lucky’s luck onto her and off him? Only time will tell…



  1. All I know is I want me one o’ dem ‘Hot dog chili burs’ advertised in panel one!

    What do you suppose the difference is between being ‘semi-ready’ and ‘kind of unprepared’? Whatever it is, I love how the Milford teacher is all ‘Three people, two people, I don’t care. Let’s just get this thing over with.’ Clearly, she’s not too worried about the impact of these guys being unable to explain the significance of Stalingrad on their ability to change her oil and rotate her tires the next time she meets them three years down the line at Speedco.

    Comment by timbuys — May 4, 2014 @ 8:52 am

  2. We’ll skip over the stereotyping (that the Indian kid is the only one who prepares) and go to what appears to be the main point, that Lucky is neglecting his schoolwork. Will Amy (Amy Lange) tutor him through, or is that too obvious a story line? I do fault the teacher for sending two kids up to do the work of three, though. Even if they were ready, how is she planning to grade the absent Rakesh?

    Comment by vaganova — May 4, 2014 @ 11:30 am

  3. Been meaning to say this for a while– THANK YOU to those who have kept TWIM going. For all our ridicule of GT, TWIM has come to mean a great deal to all 23 (?) of us and I just want to say I’m grateful I can still follow it and take a sardonic pop-shot now and then.

    Comment by vaganova — May 4, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

  4. I’m guessing the debate topic is “Resolved: Stalingrad should never have changed its name to Volgograd.” Luckey soon won’t feel so lucky when he finds out a kid debating against them had a grandfather who spent many years in a gulag.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — May 4, 2014 @ 2:25 pm

  5. Thanks, Vag. I do what I can when I can, Rob and Tim are the 1-2 punch. Josh Fruhlinger sets the bar for this slice of the intertubes. I didn’t see his post until a few minutes ago but I gotta admit I like his tagline better than mine:

    Comment by teenchy — May 4, 2014 @ 4:40 pm

  6. Back from a camping weekend – thanks for filling in for me Friday. My time was too short to get to this blog, so I knew someone would come through. Conrad , however, doesnt appear to have that backup, and trouble is brewing.

    Comment by robmize2013 — May 4, 2014 @ 4:47 pm

  7. Familiar aphorisms often contradict one another (“Look before you leap” vs “He who hesitates is lost”) but in this case there seems to be a nice balance between “Many hands make work light” and “Too many cooks spoil the soup.” In any case, again, thanks, Tim, Rob, and Teenchy. You stepped up when the rest of us held back.

    Comment by vaganova — May 4, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

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