This Week in Milford

April 28, 2015

Upside Dim

Filed under: baseball, freak hands, Gil Thorp, Milford Idiots — timbuys @ 7:41 am

April 28, 2015


Wearing her star spangled tunic and funky sunglasses, rolling down the road in her extra wide Jeep Compass, Boo muses contentedly about how, really – when you think about it – the dissolution of a marriage, the disruption of a family, the final recognition that feelings of love and plans for the future have vanished never to return, is a pretty great opportunity to manipulate emotionally damaged people into giving you stuff in a sad attempt to cling to something or someone. Lessons learned, indeed.

Also, True is an idiot. Per vaganova’s suggestion in comments yesterday, we simply must fix these two up.


  1. Does True have a hand, or is that an arthritic claw holding a tiny baseball?

    Comment by Ol Froth — April 28, 2015 @ 8:11 am

  2. Gil was concerned that True would get beat up on the basketball court so he forbid him from playing. No concern of ruining that arm on the pitchers mound? Gil, won’t you tell me,where have all the brain cells gone?

    Comment by Jive Turkey — April 28, 2015 @ 8:27 am

  3. Gil doesn’t want to mess with the True Tang Clan.

    Comment by billytheskink — April 28, 2015 @ 9:24 am

  4. “I don’t get it. I can excel at something I’ve been practicing for years, but I have trouble doing something I’ve never tried to do before!”

    Comment by John S. Walters — April 28, 2015 @ 9:50 am

  5. Does this mean Don Stebbins steps up to replace Leftenant Standish in the rotation, further cementing his place in the Milford sports pantheon?

    Comment by Dood — April 28, 2015 @ 10:18 am

  6. Panel 3 is Whigham’s best in quite a while. Dramatic lighting, low POV, just excellent. Almost makes up for the 8-slat Jeep Grille Fiasco yesterday. Almost.

    Comment by g2design — April 28, 2015 @ 12:01 pm

  7. With those monster fingers in panel 3 True should be able to throw a hell of a split finger fastball.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — April 28, 2015 @ 12:12 pm

  8. I had the same thought as Jive Turkey– Gil shut him down for basketball but is willing to let him pitch? In terms of the rate of injuries to “the throwing parts,” pitching has to be the riskiest activity there is. Last fall True faked an injury to let his rival finish a football game; Gil must be confident he is not willing to conceal a real one. What, by the way, has become of False? Will he bluster his way into the plot somehow? To have him get involved with Boo’s mother is too much to hope for.

    Comment by vaganova — April 28, 2015 @ 1:18 pm

  9. Split-finger fastball? Of course. True-Tang Clan ain’t nothin’ to fork wit.

    I wonder if the 8-slat Jeep grille was intentional. Prolly not; this is some primo product placement for DaimlerChrysler – er, FiatChrysler.

    I just don’t know how Boo Radley is gonna play into this arc. I was expecting most of the season to be taken up with her finagling to get a car but that happened right away. What more can she demand? I will give her this: she’s doing a good job of channeling Josie and the Pussycats’ Alexander Cabot III today.

    Comment by teenchy — April 28, 2015 @ 4:41 pm

  10. I was full of hope for the baseball/softball season storyline after the schlock served up for basketball. My hopes have been cruelly dashed.

    Comment by FoolyRain — April 28, 2015 @ 10:38 pm

  11. This will sound strange, but the first panel on that strip reminds me of a storyline that ran in the late 1990’s in the comic strip For Better or For Worse. In it, the character Liz is upset with two of her friends for not chipping in to pay for gas even though she’s letting them ride with her in her mom’s car all the time.

    When I saw those three gals in the front seat in Panel 1, I instantly thought of that aforementioned storyline.

    Comment by Howard S Sample — April 29, 2015 @ 11:08 am

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