This Week in Milford

July 6, 2015

Monday Morning Psychologist

Filed under: freak hands — nedryerson @ 3:45 am


About a month ago, Boo helped True make some kind of breakthrough in understanding his own self-sabotaging behavior on the pitching mound. It appears now that True is trying to return the favor by leading Boo through some sort of introspective analysis of her own behavior. These little talk therapy sessions have to take place in a three panel daily comic strip about high school sports, so they tend to be shallow exercises in deconstructing the strip’s cardboard cutout characters. They also free up the Thorps to start mixing up lemonade and commence to front porch canoodling which should begin in 3, 2, 1….

I admire the way True parallel parked his Buick LeSabre in the cramped space of Panel 2.



  1. Wait, is this the summer story yet? Is the summer story being discontinued? Can I give the Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx update yet? Did you know the softball team hasn’t been depicted losing a game, is their season over?

    Comment by billytheskink — July 6, 2015 @ 7:41 am

  2. P3: Hey Boo, dijano if your hand is bigger than your face, you have cancer? God I love that junvenile humor. Kids these days….

    Comment by g2design — July 6, 2015 @ 7:44 am

  3. Again, I’m trying to think out this name thing. Addison, and Arthur (“Boo”) Radley, Arthur Standish (who’s playing Atticus?) There there’s Truman (“Dill”) Capote and Truman Standish. Keep thinking something this incestuous must mean something, but I’ve been wrong about Mfnrd a lot of the time– seeing a grand pattern developing only to have Whigrub let the air out of it in one strip…

    Comment by vaganova — July 6, 2015 @ 9:26 am

  4. This strip made sense to me this morning, but now – She didn’t what? Get him angry? Get him in trouble? Punch somebody? Start a massive brawl at the Solipcistic Cranks?

    Comment by Downpuppy 3G (@Downpuppy) — July 6, 2015 @ 1:24 pm

  5. Any idea what True is carrying in panel 1? Black box with knobs on it, and an illegible label. Jumper cables? One of those useless “186 Tools In One” sets, on sale at Shitti-Mart for $9.95?

    Comment by John S. Walters — July 6, 2015 @ 2:06 pm

  6. John S, I think it’s a case of Nutboys in panel 1.

    Have to agree with Downpuppy that this strip made more sense before coffee. There’s definitely an exchange missing between 1 and 2. I think what Whigrub intends is that True say Boo is disappointed he’s not upset, but that’s not what’s literally said. An English teacher might flag “vague reference.”

    Comment by vaganova — July 6, 2015 @ 2:46 pm

  7. vaganova@3: Isn’t it about time for Sidd Finch to show up and give True pitching pointers?

    Comment by teenchy — July 6, 2015 @ 3:58 pm

  8. Oh, my, Sidd Finch! The last I heard he had returned to Tibet, but his unannounced appearance would be less remarkable than that of Herk the Mauler. Plimpton’s account of the sound Finch’s catcher made on catching a 160 mph fastball is one of the most perfect cases of understatement in all of sportswriting…

    Comment by vaganova — July 6, 2015 @ 4:15 pm

  9. I think this thing speaks for itself. We were the stars of this season, flibbity floppity floop…let’s pour the lemonade over ice.

    Comment by nedryerson — July 6, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

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