This Week in Milford

June 25, 2016

Black Is the New Black


Aw, bless their hearts,  Jefferson’s girls want to share in a moment of „Solidarność”with the Lady Mudlarks. The Lady Jeffs’ coach looks a bit like Holly Dobbs but with a schnozz made for radio.  Speaking of doppelgängers, Mimi’s looking suspiciously like Gil in drag today. (Mimi’s secret thought: “No! You can’t outgrieve us! Boo was our player!”) Looks like she finally found the budget to buy softball jerseys for the final game, instead of repurposing the basketball uniforms as she’s been doing all season. At least she is repurposing that Milford Software gimme polo she got last year.

No Marty Moon or Marjie Ducey on hand – not that we’ve seen yet – but 94.5 The Moose Central City’s WCEN has seen fit to send Generic White Guy Sports Reporter to the game to play the human interest angle. Why the Mystic Pranks didn’t show up to play the National Anthem is beyond me.

What’s also beyond me is this whole notion that Boo’s death demanded that Mimi name an emergency starter. Unless Boo was was the only starting pitcher Milford had, of course. Given that the last game played was Boo’s no-hitter, wouldn’t Mimi have had another starter ready to pitch the next game? If that was the case, there’s no real need to put Carrie Hobson on the hot seat. Methinks this is another ploy by Mimi to tank the season so that everyone can get on with their grieving and, ultimately, their lives.

Since devoted TWIMer billytheskink has provided us with our song parody for this arc, I’ll just leave y’all with this song for today:


  1. It’s not that unusual to have one pitcher pitch most games in high school softball. The teams play twice a week, typically, and the underhand delivery appears to stress the arm less than the overhand or sidearm motion of a baseball pitcher. But I have to admit it’s remarkable to have one pitcher start every time, which is what appears to have happened this season. But if you only play five or six games April through June, it’s feasible.

    If you’re feeling disoriented, it may be because the softball team has been the focus for SIX consecutive panels, with the players themselves appearing in three of them.

    The coverage is big time– WCEN from Central City with Nicky Necktie at the mic. But I still have the same sinking feeling that we will be expected to rejoice in Mfnrd’s victory instead of continuing to resent the cheap trick of killing off an interesting character for no reason yet known.

    Comment by vaganova — June 25, 2016 @ 1:54 pm

  2. Why do you suppose they felt the need to insert Boo’s name parenthetically? Wouldn’t it have made more sense to just say ‘Boo Radley’ as that was how she was typically referred to? I doubt most readers would’ve remembered her given name.

    I only pick at such a minor point as it’s a distraction from the much discussed much larger problems with the strip.

    Comment by timbuys — June 25, 2016 @ 2:21 pm

  3. Not know, timbuys, why “Boo” is added in parentheses. But I have noted that in the Whigrub era, the narratorial voice has often resembled that of a stadium announcer.

    Comment by vaganova — June 25, 2016 @ 5:49 pm

  4. I like the sleepy umpire.

    Comment by nedryerson — June 25, 2016 @ 8:44 pm

  5. @ Ned, yeah he’s got kind of a Scott Meyer from Basic Instructions thing going on.

    Comment by timbuys — June 26, 2016 @ 9:57 am

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