This Week in Milford

February 4, 2017

Pride (In the Name of Aaron)

Filed under: basketball, Gil Thorp, Milford Idiots, Milford Weirdos — teenchy @ 3:17 pm


“I don’t want Aaron to think this is about one mistake…but yeah, this is about one mistake.” In laying out his coaching plan (!!!) to Kelly, Gil draws the fine distinction between not starting and benching (not playing at all). Let’s not give him too much credit just yet, as Gil goes on to show that he’s not above that long-cherished chestnut of coaching, “shame the player into performance.”

Apropos of nothing: Wasn’t Kelly sitting across from Gil yesterday, and now appears to be sitting at his right elbow today? Maybe Gil, Kaz, Mimi and Kelly have some swinging thing going on. I don’t want to expend too much mental energy on that idea but it could help explain why we’ve seen nothing of Mimi and the Lady Mudlarks this winter.

Finally, that tenacious gumshoe Mike Granger gets us ready for Monday’s clue, which will doubtless have something to do with whatever Mother Aagard (or the as yet unseen or unheard of Father Aagard) did for a living when Aaron & co. were in the sixth grade. Clearly it had to be something lucrative and/or risky, and the Aagards’ fall from financial grace (and/or possible loss of their patriarch) will turn out to be another factor in Aaron’s inconsistent play. Will the junior detectives clue Gil in before it’s too late and Aaron rides the pine permanently?



  1. “Ken Brown and Mike Granger” seems a little too pedestrian for a couple of gumshoes.

    Perhaps, especially after P3 today, we can go with “Mr. Freckles and Muscle-T Man”? Just leave a quarter on the coffee can if you want to engage their services.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — February 4, 2017 @ 4:01 pm

  2. One man runs the remote control
    One man picks his nose
    One man sits and sips his beer
    One man speaks of his woes


    Early evening, Monday night
    Shot clanks off in the Milford skyyy
    Free at last, they took your ball
    They could not take your pride


    The Edge’s gradual fading riff accompanies Aardvark out of the locker room onto Those Apartments on Poplar(we’re guessing).

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — February 4, 2017 @ 7:49 pm

  3. Looks like they are at a restaurant, which clears up my question of who serves wine with hamburgers. Probably one of those upscale burger joints.

    Comment by AirForbes — February 4, 2017 @ 10:15 pm

  4. A real coach would sit Aaaaron down, find out what’s going on, and explain the decision to keep him out of the starting lineup. Gil, on the other hand, is just going to try something random and hope Aa gets the message. Whatever the message is.

    Comment by John S. Walters — February 5, 2017 @ 5:00 am

  5. Killing in the Name:

    Some of those who are ballers
    Are the same who care, Aaron.
    Some of those who ware ballers
    Are the same who care, Aaron.

    Comment by g2design — February 5, 2017 @ 11:00 am

  6. This is Kelly’s first appearance in 3 years, questioning Gil about his game plan. What a life.

    Comment by billytheskink — February 5, 2017 @ 12:09 pm

  7. The Colonel enters the restaurant/snack bar fast food establishment/truck stop.
    “Stop this conversation. This scenario is sil-lay. Your fingers need smoothed out by a Bridgestone tire or a pancake iron large enough for Godzilla.
    Then there’s the table arrangement. Are we playing musical chairs here? And stop playing kissy-face under the table. Good God, what would your children think? Adulterers have no place but in Hades. Did that Martini & Rossi and Whopper Jr. Combo alter your perception?
    I have half a mind to revoke this eatery’s license. Now move along, move along.”

    On p.5 in the Milford Enquirer at the bottom of the page:
    “Try Our New Deluxe Chimichanga ‘n’ Flamed Gordita Box!!!!!!!!!! Add A Schlitz For Only $1.00 More!!!!!!!!!! Only At Taco Bell!!!!!!!!!”
    The Chihuahua valiantly closing with “Yo Quiero La Cerveza Y Taco Bell.”(“I Want Beer and Taco Bell.”)

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — February 5, 2017 @ 6:42 pm

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