This Week in Milford

June 28, 2014

I Can Do It!

June 28, 2014


So is this how the story ends – not with a bang or a whimper, but with a BONK! and more tell-don’t-show exposition?

Amy (flashing the obligatory Milford girl’s bracelets) explains how she got to play Glenn Close to Lucky’s Robert Redford. But why the short practice? Why any practice at all? If the Lady Mudlarks’ season is continuing as the Mudlark boys’ comes to a close, that would’ve made for a more compelling story line than the nonsense we’ve gotten this past week.

But no! The story of a benchwarmer turned supersub who plays her way into the starting lineup and leads her team to – what? the playdowns? – is all just window dressing here. No, the real story is Lucky who, after a crisis of confidence and a tell-don’t-show lecture from Gil, still believes everything that happens to him is the result of luck (and still uses the word “luck” or “lucky” in every other sentence out of his mouth).

Casual readers of a certain mindset might’ve viewed this entire arc as being somewhat sexist that way. The Mudlark faithful know that Gil Thorp plays no such favorites. In Milford girls can be the protagonists as often as boys, and boys (like Lini Verde lo these many years ago) can feel free to show their feminine side – just like Lucky summons his inner Rosie the Riveter to break the fourth wall in P2.

The lame punchline in P3 speaks for itself. Thank goodness there’ll be no more of those. I leave it to you to decide what makes up Conrad’s 190 pounds but two things immediately spring to mind.


  1. Good catch on the Rosie the Riveter pose. Though Luckey may not have Tweety Bird arms he does have a bird brain inside that cement head. I suspect that is a good portion of that 190 lbs.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — June 28, 2014 @ 10:42 am

  2. And of course, Amy’s freckles are in & out like the tide…..

    Comment by Rowdyman — June 28, 2014 @ 10:51 am

  3. Yeah, I foresee a stormy couple of years at Milford Community College for these two until Amy (hopefully) wises up and moves on to something better.

    I think teenchy may have caught me as one of those casual viewers of a certain mindset and I didn’t think this was terribly sexist – Amy was a reasonably well rounded character with a story of her own, as opposed to the Wendy and Wynn Wiley weirdness – but, yes, it might have been interesting to see what happened with the softball team.

    Comment by timbuys — June 28, 2014 @ 11:26 am

  4. Not at all, Tim! That was no slight at you but just a way to set up the Lucky-as-Rosie pose. I thought we might be going somewhere with Amy as not being defined by her relationship with Lucky, but after Gil’s unseen lecture it was all about everything as a function of Lucky’s perceived luck or lack of luck. (Try saying that three times fast!)

    Rowdyman: This past week I became aware of another GT blog – specifically, a Tumblr called Mopped Up Thorp that reimagines GT’s art in dialogue in a fashion similar to Dean’s Comic Booth. I dunno if there’s a mutual awareness, but one of its apparently recurring themes has been Amy’s ever-increasing freckles.

    Comment by teenchy — June 28, 2014 @ 12:29 pm

  5. Bull and Shultz?
    Air and hot air?
    Misguided optimism and hubris?

    None of those things are unique in Milford, Conrad – they describe most if the town! Except for Gil, who is full of Jack Daniels and Captain Morgan.

    Comment by Milfordian — June 28, 2014 @ 4:24 pm

  6. I for one am sorry not to have followed out the more interesting character in this story, Amy. Lucky is a pleasant sort of pinhead, but a pinhead nonetheless. I bear Lucky no ill will, but at mention of “190 lbs,” I do think of Tom Hanks as Jimmy Dugan, just before “There’s no crying in baseball,” explaining that his manager, Rogers Hornsby, had once addressed him as a “talking pile of pigshit.”

    Comment by vaganova — June 28, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

  7. My dad told me a long time ago – Dont talk about yourself – others will see your qualities and talk about you for you. Luckey apparently hasnt had that talk with his dad or anyone else.

    Comment by robmize2013 — June 28, 2014 @ 6:51 pm

  8. I’m just dumbfounded that Rubin spun this entire spring arc off an I-75 exit sign.

    Comment by teenchy — June 29, 2014 @ 5:31 am

  9. Yes, teenchy– good call. From next to nothing we spin… slightly more than nothing. I do wish we could close the Amy story, though, before going on to some asinine golf plot. I’m sorry, that phrase is redundant.

    Comment by vaganova — June 29, 2014 @ 4:02 pm

  10. […] sitting across from Miss Radley Amy Lange? She must’ve forgotten to apply her freckles today. She does that sometimes, y’know. Kinda like how Boo forgot to apply her tooth gap this morning. Wonder if Amy’s […]

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