This Week in Milford

January 6, 2016

Best Coach Ever?


Wow. Mimi is so terrible at her job. I can’t decide if this is better or worse than Gil’s practice of encouraging the likes of Clambake or Steve Luhm to coach his teams.

I suppose that the subject of Kenzie’s appearance will continue to be a focus of the strip. Ned has already treated on the subject quite eloquently, so I won’t retread that ground other than to note that I am unaware of the comeback of the V-neck sweater over unbuttoned dress shirt look.

Questions that need answers:

What is going on with Mimi’s severe center part in panel two? It is almost worthy of the Pantheon of Hair.

What do you suppose Mimi’s response would’ve been if Kenzie hadn’t said she likes to watch film?

Whose laptop is that? Is Kenzie taking Mimi’s computer or did Mimi have Kenzie’s computer?


  1. Good answer! What if Kenzie had said, “I’ve never been much of a visual learner. I mainly pick up new skills by doing”? Was Mimi prepared to take her down to the gym and get her going with some drills? That would slow this whole thing down even more, so, obviously Kenzie is going to absorb a lot from these videos. (It could still be a good starting point, IF a coach or some mentor can point to the videos to illustrate some basics: “See how the defensive play positions herself in relation to the ball handler? Now let’s get in the gym and have you work on how to position yourself in defending another player with the ball!”)

    I don’t know where this is going, but it just can’t get anywhere if it hews close to anything realistic. This strip is about SPORTS, right? There’s no way around the reality that kids learn to play basketball by PLAYING BASKETBALL!

    Okay, having the dispensed with that oft repeated rant about pacing and realism, what would be cool is if Ken Brown got involved and decided to bang bodies with Kenzie (on the court) to really challenge her to develop some basketball skills commensurate with her size and athleticism. (Or not. We’ve got to play some games or something)

    OR….Kenzie is a bust at basketball and she can just run cross country to keep up her conditioning. I don’t know what season that occurs in.

    Comment by nedryerson — January 6, 2016 @ 11:10 am

  2. Videos cued up. Sure. Maybe the high voiced, pimple faced kid from the Simpsons working in the AV department at Milford will assist in the obvious forthcoming technical problems.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — January 6, 2016 @ 11:29 am

  3. Actually, I had the opposite reaction: Mimi did more coaching in that single strip than Gil does in a typical season. Yes, she diverted Kenzie’s attention with YouTube tutorials, but that’s way more than Gil ever does. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if Gil gave her a talking-to: “Whoa, cool your jets, Mimi. You’re gonna make me look bad if you start trying to coach these kids.”

    Comment by John S. Walters — January 6, 2016 @ 1:51 pm

  4. “Oops, that one is Gil getting hit on the head by a baseball. I accidentally clicked on my favorites instead of the ones I had bookmarked for you….Wait a second, this one is Redtube, now how did that get on, jeez….close, I’m clicking CLOSE!….Kenzie, can you give me a minute??”

    Comment by nedryerson — January 6, 2016 @ 2:31 pm

  5. I’m surprised Mimi didn’t just hand Kenzie an old set of Pete Maravich instructional tapes that used to belong to Jaime and say “watch”. They were going to Goodwill otherwise, so why not?

    Comment by billytheskink — January 6, 2016 @ 3:16 pm

  6. Mock on, mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau (and I do sympathize– after the fall plot we all have the knives out.) But there is grounds for celebration. To date there has been no sign of a coddled dweeb hijacking the basketball season to promote his fantasy of becoming the world’s greatest tax accountant. And we may actually see the girls team in action, a welcome relief from Max Bacon and the short-sheeting nimrods of the boys team.

    Comment by vaganova — January 6, 2016 @ 5:06 pm

  7. @John S. Walters – Fair point. I suppose my perspective is that I haven’t been favorably disposed towards Mimi’s actions so far and this is of a piece with that. But, as you note, it’s actually not a totally ridiculous approach on Mimi’s part.

    @vaganova – I hate to break it to you but I think we are going to be seeing a lot more of Maxwell. Hopefully, his new persona spares us some of the more annoying antics.

    Comment by timbuys — January 6, 2016 @ 5:22 pm

  8. Timbuys, you spoilsport… I know you’re right and that I am thinking wishfully. It takes a cardboard bikini for a girl to be the center of a GT plot.

    We have speculated that Whigrub follows this site, but I think the stories are written far enough ahead that there is little chance they will take up my suggestion: the Baconator playfully challenges Kenzie to arm-wrestle at The Bucket in a post game celebration, and she dislocates his wrist, taking the boys team out of the play-ups.

    Comment by vaganova — January 6, 2016 @ 7:04 pm

  9. Whilst all of you were obsessing over plot, Baco’s, whatever as is the want of your ilk, I was spotting today’s haiku. To wit:

    I have a bunch of…
    Videos! cued up: boxing
    Out, playing defense –

    I sure *hope* Rubin follows this site; a Spartoonican might craft an entire set of panels in haiku given proper motivation, nowadimsayin?

    Comment by g2design — January 6, 2016 @ 8:19 pm

  10. Oops. Wont.

    Comment by g2design — January 6, 2016 @ 8:21 pm

  11. I accept that it was a typo, but the suggestion that the plot of Gil Thorp is the want of my ilk was a bit unsettling.

    Comment by timbuys — January 6, 2016 @ 9:00 pm

  12. […] Miss Kenzie wants to be a ball player First she’s got to learn to box Gonna lay in bed with no socks Flexes her elbow, taut and free (Mimi’s folly) wait and see […]

    Pingback by Young Miss Kenzie | This Week in Milford — January 7, 2016 @ 5:31 am

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