This Week in Milford

January 16, 2017

Hooping It Up With Aaron Aagard (While Waiting For Molly)

Filed under: actual action, basketball, boring memories, Exploding Eyeball Syndrome — nedryerson @ 6:33 am


If you thought you’d wake up this morning to get the lowdown on Molly, your hopes have been dashed. Here are three panels of Aaron Aagard-centric basketball action. Bobby Mitchell gets involved from long range, but you’ll have to use your imagination to picture his three point form. (If it helps, Bobby was part of Milford’s impressively sized front court. Fill in all the other blanks for yourselves.)

That’s about all we’ve got folks. In studying this strip for inspiration, it occurred to me that I have never witnessed a single minute of actual, live high school basketball. I know you faithful readers and commenters have all kinds of deep prep sports knowledge from personal experience on the court and in fandom. Many of you may even live in regions where high school hoops puts asses in the seats. That never seemed to be the case in Florida, where I grew up and still live. I couldn’t even tell you if the teams fielded while I was in high school were any good or what kind of records they posted. Occasionally, someone would mention our state championship team from the early 70s featuring future NBA all-star Otis Birdsong. A decade or so later, Jack Deedrick was still coaching Blue Devils on the hardwood, but I only remember him shouting directions to us out in the Drivers’ Ed practice lot. “Wheel it, WHEEL IT!” He does have a new (newer, anyway than the stinky, humid barn I remember from boring assemblies and pep rallies) gym named after him.




  1. Mollys of which* I am familiar :

    Flogging Molly
    Molly Hatchet
    Molly Ringwald
    Molly Fish
    Molly McButter

    *is grammatically correct?

    Comment by g2design — January 16, 2017 @ 8:53 am

  2. Molly Pitcher & the Molly Maguires

    “With” instead of “of”, perhaps?\.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — January 16, 2017 @ 9:09 am

  3. So we know Gil does no coaching whatsoever, but I’m guessing Tilden’s coach is worse: he performs negative coaching. “Ok, you, the center. The best way to guard the hoop is to stand right under it and raise your hands! You there, in order to stop a pass to the outside, put your hands straight up into the air as if you’re blocking a shot that’s going away from the hoop! Finally, make sure you look straight into our new Supernova of Doom brand lights to fry your eyeballs out at least once per game!”

    Comment by drewfunk — January 16, 2017 @ 9:16 am

  4. Also, I’m very curious to see how this works into Aaron’s proof that he’s not doing the Disco Biscuits (I will never call MDMA anything else, ever again). “They think I’m on drugs, do they? I’ll show them! I’ll show up to the game overflowing with manic energy to the point that I’m unable to stand still! That’ll show them”

    Comment by drewfunk — January 16, 2017 @ 9:22 am

  5. I have a feeling this moron has dropped a tab of molly for the game. Will we see him falling asleep at the rave afterward? The game may work differently than he thinks, indicating to Gil that his center IS a hop-head. Hot tip to Gil– there is a $20 test kit for MDMA, and he already has enough probable cause to satisfy the school’s attorney…

    Comment by vaganova — January 16, 2017 @ 10:31 am

  6. …”people yakety-yak, it seems, and waste the time of day.
    But Molly willll never speak, unless she has something to say!!!
    A horse is a horse, of course, of course…”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — January 16, 2017 @ 10:42 am

  7. We’ve talked on here recently about the absence of Marty Moon from the basketball story arc, and the absence of the sports radio shock jock persona of Marty Moon from every story arc for the past 3+ years… all true.

    But just today I realized what else we are missing so far this basketball season: the girl’s team.
    There was a time when this strip did not depict the girl’s basketball season, but every year since 2004-2005 has had girl’s basketball games explicitly shown. Very curious.

    Comment by billytheskink — January 16, 2017 @ 11:15 am

  8. I noticed that too, Billy. I’m withholding judgment until after the season. It could be that it got to be a “too many plots to juggle” problem.

    Comment by drewfunk — January 16, 2017 @ 12:49 pm

  9. Before I go any further, I would like to pay respect to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his Special Day. Because music history is one of my callings, there is something dear to my heart I would like to say. Because I am angered and outraged at the African-American musicians severely short-changed for their contributions to music(Bo Diddley comes to mind), be it Jazz, Rock & Roll, Blues, Country(DeFord Bailey comes to mind), I would ask people to please spread the word about The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Police, Eric Clapton, REM, U2, Duran Duran, Edgar and Johnny Winter(among SEVERAL others) who couldn’t do EVERYTHING but did SOMETHING.
    A song that belongs on my Top Ten list, especially because it honors MLK, comes from U2 and sums it up for me

    Early evening, April 4
    Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
    Free at last, they took your life
    They could not take your PRIDE

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — January 16, 2017 @ 3:11 pm

  10. wow – had no idea that had anything to do with Martin Luther King. It was just another 80’s song to me. See what I learn on this site?

    Comment by robmize2013 — January 16, 2017 @ 4:47 pm

  11. Do I hear “Sweet Georgia Brown” in the background while we’re running the gamut from P1 to P3? We still may NEVER find out who Molly is but he’s doing everything short of twirling the basketball on his fingertips and we’re getting entertained anyway. Where the Hell are those candy-striped swim trunks if he’s gonna be Goose Tatum? At the dry cleaners?
    Drewfunk, you nailed it, no question, but I think they snuck the Washington Generals past security, wolves in Tilden’s clothing.
    “Thanks, Meadowlark. I know it was short notice. And Curly, your half-court shots bailed us out tonight when we couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. Drive safely. Now, dammit, Aardvark, I held up my end of the bargain. WHO’S MOLLY?”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — January 16, 2017 @ 4:58 pm

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