This Week in Milford

December 24, 2014

Those Kids And Their Advanced Statistics And The Hippity-Hop

Filed under: basketball, exposition comics, Gil Thorp, Just plain sad — timbuys @ 10:03 am

December 24, 2014


So, I’m on record as being a little skeptical about some forms of statistical analysis but overall I think it provides an interesting perspective on this whole sports hullabaloo of which we are so enamored. That said, what the heck is ‘Robert/Bobby‘ basing his analysis on here? The only thing that I find more unbelievable than the notion that this kid has done significant statistical analysis of the team over the course of several practices (wouldn’t they mostly be doing drills early on anyway?) is the notion that this analysis backs up Gil’s half baked intuition about which of these losers should be playing.

On that bitter note, Happy Holidays to everyone here at TWIM! May the search for the Thorp kids continue!



  1. As someone who was a bespectacled high school basketball team equipment manager for several years, I can tell you that Gil’s being much nicer about being told how to run his team by a smart-aleck kid than any coach I ever worked with would have been.

    Comment by billytheskink — December 24, 2014 @ 10:39 am

  2. Happy Holidays!

    In regards to music, I often wonder if the tune comes first, or the lyrics. What if there are too many words for the song? What if the song runs way too long for the short lyrics? This troubles me.

    In regards to comics, I wonder about this same tension between the intended dialog and size of the respective word balloon. I’m now pretty sure the word balloons are simply inserted from a range of stock sizes. As in, P1 and P3 we see the use of the em dash to fill up the excess dialog space.

    In P2, Whigham picked a too-small balloon. What Robob really wanted to say was, “But my analysis shows that he makes everyone else better in comparison.”

    In P3, I’m pretty sure Robob really said, “Fluk You, Coach!” but that wouldn’t fit either.

    Comment by g2design — December 24, 2014 @ 10:41 am

  3. You beat me to it, Billy. I was gonna say that, but then your true-life experience does add more gravitas.

    Comment by FoolyRain — December 24, 2014 @ 11:19 am

  4. Nice “M” tattoo on the ball rack. Wonder if Ransom Hale – er, Rupert Hall – did it before Gil put him out of business. Wait – was “Jarrod Hale” an alias too?

    It’ll probably be late in the day tomorrow before I get a post up. Maybe during post-Christmas dinner bloat.

    Comment by teenchy — December 24, 2014 @ 2:11 pm

  5. It’s not real stats – Ken just looks like a short, white Shane Battier.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — December 24, 2014 @ 9:57 pm

  6. @teenchy Oh c’mon, man. There’s nothing like posting on TWIM shortly after being awoken somewhat before five in the morning by your kids, getting them back to bed and then being unable to go back to sleep. Heck, I’m doing it right now!

    Comment by timbuys — December 25, 2014 @ 6:02 am

  7. Okay, you asked for it!

    Comment by teenchy — December 25, 2014 @ 6:05 am

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