This Week in Milford

January 28, 2016

They’re Called “Placebos”


(apologies Steve Martin)

All’s well that ends well. The Lady Mudlarks beat Tilden on the road and the elfin ref didn’t call any technicals on Milford for illegal uniform numbers (neither Jadine’s #9 nor whoever’s #7). We can joke about what Max Bacon will offer to “cure” Kenzie’s bricklaying at the free-throw line all we want, but I expect it will only be him teaching her how to shoot.

Amazing growth spurt Max has been on, innit? He’s practically as tall as Kenzie now. Then again maybe that’s no surprise as Kenzie has been ID’d at 6’0″ while Max was 5’11” a year ago. Never mind.



  1. Not that the real-world calendar ever matches up with the Thorpiverse, but: high school football players can sign binding letters of intent on 3 February. Has True made a decision? The Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens, perhaps?

    Comment by Philip — January 28, 2016 @ 7:04 am

  2. Anyone else smelling the reintroduction of Bobby Howry? Probably too good to be true, but he does know both basketball and placebos.

    Comment by billytheskink — January 28, 2016 @ 8:30 am

  3. If he teaches her to shoot free throws in one easy lesson, this strip will be at odds with basketball history. People who can’t shoot free throws (Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O’Neal, Dwight Howard) are doomed to struggle. Besides, if Kenzie learns to shoot, she’ll go from benchwarmer to All-Stater in about two weeks’ time.

    But hey, as long as we get some leg-humpin’ out of it, I’m good.

    Comment by John S. Walters — January 28, 2016 @ 9:39 am

  4. That’s an awesome 80s ‘doo that Kenzie is sporting in P2. Almost a Billy Rae Cyrus mullet; almost.

    Comment by g2design — January 28, 2016 @ 10:08 am

  5. Yes, we’ve already had at least one other commenter nominate Kenzie for the Pantheon of Hair and today’s depiction is very much helping out that cause.

    Is Maxwell ‘mansplaining’ the game of basketball to the Lady Mudlarks in panel two? I’d love to hear what other keen insights into the game he might have offered had Kenzie not interjected.

    Comment by timbuys — January 28, 2016 @ 2:24 pm

  6. I am incredulous that an active player is going to play the Steve Luhm role in this. And a good thing too: otherwise Whigrub would have to show us Mimi coaching, something they are remarkably reluctant to do. It will be a subtle correction: Max will point out that free throws are more likely to go in if you do not shut your eyes in dread. But John S is right– some people are good at foul shots and some are not: Chamberlain did not miss them for lack of effort.

    Comment by vaganova — January 28, 2016 @ 2:25 pm

  7. Best strategy is focus on the front of the rim and aim just past it. With some practice you can repeat the same force of shot so the ball travels the same distance; then its just keeping it on line.

    Comment by robmize2013 — January 28, 2016 @ 4:13 pm

  8. Chinanu Onuaku started under-handed free throws. The University of Louisville sophomore has been successful with his new form.

    Comment by Rowdyman — January 28, 2016 @ 5:10 pm

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