This Week in Milford

March 19, 2016

Wrap It Up


If the hecklers at the Milford girls’ game are trying to emulate the imam-style headgear worn by the “victim” of the Central City Winter Blast Beatdown, they’re doing it wrong. But seriously, do crowds at the high school level engage in this kind of Cameron Crazies level of taunting? And why don’t we ever see Milford students taunting opponents? (As we saw yesterday, they apparently can taunt their own classmates in the halls.) Because Gil Thorp is ostensibly about how Milford kids react to what life throws at them and, ostensibly, with the support of the eponymous coach.

In this case the kids react I imagine as we’d expect them to, which is to say less than maturely. Enough big words out of me this morning just to say I think this is BS. Sure, high school kids get into fights and high school couples break up over being teased, that doesn’t change. But the lack of involvement by the coaches Thorp except to listen to their players’ sides of the story and be cool with it just strikes me as odd. Ditto the lack of filter between these kids and the press (if Marty, Marjie and the Central City Courier pass as “press” in the Valley). That’s how you learn, I reckon.

Slightly meta, I was in hospital most of the day on Thursday and only had my anesthesia wear off completely late yesterday. So I may not have the right frame of mind to laugh and snark at this week’s plot developments and the ham-handed way they’re being wrapped up.



  1. “Ham-handed” is right. Exactly what life lesson are we supposed to take from this? Teenagers are assholes? There’s been absolutely no progress on gender equality? When nonconformists becomes a target of ignorant abuse, they should tuck their tails and give up?

    Comment by John S. Walters — March 19, 2016 @ 11:10 am

  2. Milford’s opponents always pull out the stops when it comes to taunting. A Mudlark reveals that he is homeless and the opposing crowd dresses as depression era hobos. A Mudlark discloses that he is an illegal alien and the opposing crowd dresses as extras from Viva Zapata. Now this.

    The softball player that had a child (and whose motherhood made headlines in the tank town press) didn’t get taunted, did she? Did the opposing crowd show up with faux baby bjorns? (Her name escapes me at the moment but I remember Jaxxon, her chimp spawn.)

    Comment by nedryerson — March 19, 2016 @ 12:21 pm

  3. I am not the sharpest one present, I admit it, but I am having trouble deciding what Kenzie thinks she cannot do any more. Not seeing how not seeing Maxwell would help, and if not playing for Mfnrd is what she means, the coaches really ARE asleep at the wheel. This fixes nothing, but the present whaaa stems, I think, from a mistaken idea by Rubin, that Mfnrd kids would ostracize Max and Kenzie over what happened. When I was in school, we’d be over the moon. Once a girl playing on a boys “travel soccer” team KO’d a boy who’d been taunting her and couldn’t pay for anything the rest of the year.

    Comment by vaganova — March 19, 2016 @ 2:19 pm

  4. Kenzie seems pretty soft not to handle heckling. But I suppose not many people go to rugby games. Bring on baseball.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — March 19, 2016 @ 4:35 pm

  5. JT, the only thing I can think of is that Kenzie tried basketball to get away from the pressures of high-level rugby– out of the frying pan, etc. In any case Coach Mimi needs to get her by the ears and have a talk.

    Comment by vaganova — March 19, 2016 @ 4:46 pm

  6. Fans in the Valley Conference are always looking for an excuse to participate in some bizarre, post-surgical cosplay. Freaks!

    Comment by nedryerson — March 19, 2016 @ 8:10 pm

  7. Oh, by the way, I read this a dozen times before I was struck by the genius of the line: Word Gets Out About the Fracas in Central City…
    I have to give credit where credit is due, that is poetry.

    Comment by nedryerson — March 19, 2016 @ 8:13 pm

  8. It looks like things since the Fracas in Central City have gotten so bad that much of the Milford boys’ squad must have quit the team. Why else would the JV equipment manager, “Chunk Style” McNutter, be playing in the game, as seen in panel 2? Despite setting a Valley Conference in-season record of the highest body fat percentage (48%) of any player ever getting minutes in a league contest, it’s hard to understand why he’d be out on the floor other than the team only dressed five players.

    It’s also unclear why McNutter has wrapped his right wrist with electrical tape, which apparently has come undone and is giving him a sort of ‘handlebars streamers’ effect as he moves his arm.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — March 19, 2016 @ 9:25 pm

  9. It should also be noted that those Milford students who can’t bring themselves to call McNutter “Chunk Style” are still able to refer to him by his other nickname, “No-Neck”.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — March 19, 2016 @ 9:27 pm

  10. Ned, that would have been Darby Kiser.

    Comment by timbuys — March 20, 2016 @ 5:05 pm

  11. Vaganova, I think Max was the one saying he couldn’t do this anymore. I think he was breaking up with her.

    Comment by nwcrochets — March 22, 2016 @ 12:26 am

  12. […] something here. Didn’t Bacon tell Kenzie he couldn’t “do this anymore” a couple of days ago, or was that a mutual decision? Either way, you’re no longer MaxKenzie, […]

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