This Week in Milford

April 5, 2016

When You Stop Being Sad

Filed under: basketball, Just plain sad, Mimi Thorp — timbuys @ 5:35 am


Didn’t get enough of the ref waving off the shot yesterday? Good News! Here’s two more panels of it. Also, apparently, we are not playing in the Metrodome.

I almost went with ‘The Worst Kind Of Fluke’ for today’s title. Woulda had all kinds of pictures of flukes in the post, some stories about the time I caught a flounder off the gulf coast – them’s good eatin’! – and so forth.  Instead, I’ve chosen to focus on Mimi, hands on her hips, proud, utterly unconcerned with the emotional devastation her players are experiencing. That’s how a Coach Thorp coaches!

Minus Point: Kenzie who?




  1. Robmize nailed it. Good call. I like the tear tattoos on the gal in panel 3. The girl gangs have infiltrated Tank Town.

    Comment by Jive turkey — April 5, 2016 @ 6:28 am

  2. For the physics nerds out there: assume the rafter is 12 feet above the top edge of the backboard, and that the basketball just barely touched it. I found one source that claims the coefficient of restitution for a properly inflated basketball is about .85. Acceleration of gravity is 32 feet per second per second. Assume the backboard and its supports are perfectly rigid and inelastic, so no kinetic energy is wasted by making anything flex or shake. Answer the following questions:
    1. What was the velocity of the basketball when it hit the backboard?
    2. Allowing for 80 feet of air drag, what was the velocity when it left Kenzie’s hand?
    3. Compare Kenzie’s arm to any of the following: Bob Feller, Aroldis Chapman, or a USMC M198 howitzer.

    Comment by Philip — April 5, 2016 @ 6:35 am

  3. An African or European swallow?

    Comment by g2design — April 5, 2016 @ 7:09 am

  4. For the ball to rise 12 feet, it must have left the basket at 28 ft/s (19 MPH), neglecting air drag. Working backwards it hit the basket at 32 ft/s (22 MPH). Now to find the velocity leaving Kenzie’s hand requires knowledge of the drag coefficient & then solve a differential equation.

    Comment by Rowdyman — April 5, 2016 @ 7:18 am

  5. Maybe the ball had flubber in it? I dunno… I got a get back to finishing up this season in Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx

    Comment by billytheskink — April 5, 2016 @ 7:40 am

  6. Maybe the girder was touched when the ball was popping straight up? Except that probably wouldn’t be “skimming”. Whatever. I haven’t stopped being sad yet.

    Comment by nedryerson — April 5, 2016 @ 8:57 am

  7. Wondering why Whigrub chose to end the season on a meaningless fluke rather than have it driven by the characters.

    Comment by vaganova — April 5, 2016 @ 10:28 am

  8. Sounds like home cookin’ to me. Hard to believe that ref detected the ball “grazing” a rafter that high up.

    Comment by John S. Walters — April 5, 2016 @ 10:38 am

  9. Also, the artist missed a great opportunity to mess with our minds. Should have had the narration box in panel 1 reflected in the Steve Luhm Special floorboard shine.

    Comment by John S. Walters — April 5, 2016 @ 10:40 am

  10. …Bi-ig girls- they don’t cry y y – they don’t cry…

    Comment by g2design — April 5, 2016 @ 12:30 pm

  11. Back in 2005, the Lady ‘Larks lost in the playdowns to Council Rock on a full-court heave that was not disallowed. Rubin wrote that one as well.

    Comment by billytheskink — April 5, 2016 @ 12:39 pm

  12. Crazy s–t happens in the Parklandome. Next time the Mudlarks go there, Mimi needs to go over the ground rules with the officials before the game.

    Comment by J.D. Springer — April 5, 2016 @ 2:15 pm

  13. Because Milford teams’ seasons always end on some ridiculous heartbreaking fluke. Hey, if you want them to lose so you can go on to the next story, how about having them just be soundly beaten like what happens in the real world? Teams don’t always have it look like they’ve won in the playoffs just to have it taken away on a technicality, sometimes they actually just ‘lose’.

    There’s a possibility for a cool grid for someone to create, though — the last ten years of Milford sports, show games that if they’d won they would have moved on to the playoffs or deeper into the playoffs, and the improbable way they lost. Winning the last game when they’ve already been eliminated from playoff contention doesn’t count, nor does the one time they actually won the state title just so they could get the package trophy.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — April 5, 2016 @ 4:45 pm

  14. Three words for Rubin: “Show, don’t tell.” Not once did we see the ball hit a girder. “Up to the rafters,” yes, but not hitting them. We didn’t see Council Rock land that heave, either, nor did Rubin tell us whether it was Council Rock North or South that did it (both schools existed in 2005).

    +1 for Moon’s grid. Might be a fun project.

    Comment by teenchy — April 5, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

  15. If no one is volunteering, I’ll add a grid, a section detailing season-altering losses in recent Milford History, to Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx. Can’t guarantee when it would be done, though.

    Comment by billytheskink — April 6, 2016 @ 7:19 am

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