This Week in Milford

January 28, 2017

Feed and Granger


As Ned would say, “It’s Madison Time!”

Have you ever seen a basketball court where the free throw lane is three times as wide as the tipoff circle? No, that can’t be the three-point line since the lines for the lane are coming straight down from it with no top of the key in between. The basket doesn’t exactly line up, either. Follow that up with the weirdly foreshortened right arm of the Madison hooper and Aaron Aagard’s exploding forelock and the visuals are a bit much to take today.

Why am I expounding on this minutiae? Because it will come as no surprise on Monday when Quadruple A (channeling his inner El Hechizado in P3), missing his mommy, bricks the easy inside shot and sends Milford falling from the ranks of the undefeated. After that, we’ll spend the rest of next week trying to find out What’s Eating Aaron Aagard.



  1. That’s not a tipoff circle, it’s a swirling pan-dimensional vortex that has already sucked off the hand of the Milford point guard.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — January 28, 2017 @ 12:52 pm

  2. “after a timeout…”; so Gil has drawn up a high percentage in-bounds play. The Mike does his job and gets the ball inside to “I’d like to buy a vowel”. So far as planned. But…

    What if we’re seeing the court thru Aa’s eyes? As in, that P1 court sure looks like an acid trip to me. Perhaps his eyes are squinting to hide his ginormous pupils. If Aa has gone all Dock Ellis on us, there’s no predicting next week’s panels.

    Comment by g2design — January 28, 2017 @ 1:22 pm

  3. I do like g2’s thinking about Aa’s perspective, but also have to bring up the fact that The Chief is not at his best when drawing fields or courts. Note, for example, that in the first panel the rim is square.

    But I am not complaining, because the drawings of characters are usually wonderful. I am thinking back to his predecessor, whose drawings of a girls basketball game tended to make the players look like rigid– if smiling– blow-up dolls bounding off mini-trampolines.

    Comment by vaganova — January 28, 2017 @ 3:06 pm

  4. Let me get this straight. Aaaaron’s been stinking out the gym tonight. Gil calls a last-second timeout and presumably diagrams a play to get the ball to… Aaaaron? This is the kind of coaching brilliance that’s caused Milford to repeatedly miss the playdowns in recent years.

    Not to mention he’s letting one of his key players bumble around half the time without making any effort himself to solve the puzzle. No wonder people like me believe that Gil is deliberately throwing games to keep his teams out of the playdowns.

    Comment by John S. Walters — January 28, 2017 @ 9:18 pm

  5. P2: OK, Teenchy, so The Positronic Man has a limb out of joint. Hey, no big deal, I’m sure Asimov has a couple of screwdrivers in his toolbox and he’ll be good as new, no problem. Why, he ought to be able to shoot lay-ups without having to utilize any obtuse angles by Madison’s next game.
    P1: Vaganova, your point is very well-taken and I can understand your line of reasoning. That said, the basketball court appears to possess Alice-in-Wonderland dimensions. If a couple of Milford/Madison players eat a cake(EAT ME placard next to the cake near the bench), I’m sure they’ll grow in proportion to the free throw area. The only thing missing from this scene is the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and the White Rabbit scurrying across the paint shouting “I’m late!!!! I’m late!!!! I’m late!!!!”
    Then there’s the basket. Is it hanging FROM THE SIDE? It couldn’t be an optical illusion unless they changed a few things in the Point of Emphasis section. And I’ve seen better on a peach basket from the Muscular Christianity days. And what the heck is that Mudlark doing out there close to the half-court line? Is he going to shoot a 47-foot bomb in case they pack it in the paint? I thought Curly Neal left town. Does he practice shooting from his neighbor’s swimming pool into his own goal in the driveway?

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — January 29, 2017 @ 10:54 am

  6. T Drew, I was so mesmerized by the Riemann-surface court that I failed to note the Midcourt Mudlark in a completely illogical position. Good shooting.

    Comment by vaganova — January 29, 2017 @ 11:11 am

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