This Week in Milford

February 11, 2017

The Red and The Black


Slightly meta: While I was away from the TWIM rotation there was a big change to Gocomics, where I used to crib the strip for my posts. You can no longer zoom on a strip, right click/save as, and insert into post anymore. I haven’t yet mastered the screen grab and resize to fit to my satisfaction – the strips always end up too big for my liking. Instead I’ve been saving the zoomed strip from various Comics Kingdom sites, which I don’t particularly like using because of the color monkeys’ slipshod work.

For example, whenever a Milford team is drawn in light uniforms, they invariably get colored red, which is very unlikely to happen IRL. Most teams wear white (or at least a light color) at home for contrast. Color-on-color games are more the exception than the rule, and when they do happen there’s usually a fair amount of contrast between the colors.  Having gone to a red-and-black school, I can say I’ve never seen black numbers on red jerseys without a white outline.

I’m bringing all this minutiae up because I don’t have a lot to say about today’s strip which, after a week of promising but not delivering on Mother Aagard’s mysterious line of work, promises but doesn’t quite deliver actual basketball action. Panel 2 gives us a couple other oddities: Whigham’s typical tonsure on the unnamed Mudlark gets colored brown, and the ref gives an atypical hand signal for the digit “zero.” I’m used to seeing a clenched fist represent that digit; this ref’s version could be interpreted as code for “I saw Aagard toking up behind the bleachers before the game. Don’t expect too much from him tonight.”

Song for today:



  1. Good thing we’ve got all day Sunday to recover from the breakneck pace of this past week.
    Seriously, Rubin had better be building up to a “DaVinci Code” style revelation. The odds are not in our favor.

    Comment by Philip — February 11, 2017 @ 2:44 pm

  2. Ol’ Gil is awake enough to read the coaches handbook that says take a player out with 2 fouls 6 minutes into the game. Gil would never think outside the box and one and leave a player in with 2 fouls. In comes AA. I’m sure his mind will be on the game and not on Molly and Molly and mommy and the big rave tonight.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — February 11, 2017 @ 2:47 pm

  3. I was thinking the lady ref was giving the girl-putdown “he’s got a small penis” sign. edit – stuck in moderation, not sure why. fixed that for ya, Moon – teenchy

    Comment by Moon Mullins — February 11, 2017 @ 2:48 pm

  4. Moon, diseased minds run in similar pathways– I thought the woman ref was signalling “Dickless here, #30, has committed ANOTHER foul.” But because she is a potentially interesting female character (she’s already more intriguing than Steve the Disco Referee) you can assume we will never see her again.

    Comment by vaganova — February 11, 2017 @ 3:57 pm

  5. I love how Whigham focuses on the most exciting part of a basketball game: the ref signaling a foul, and the coach making a substitution. Why not include a little towel-boy action while we’re at it?

    Comment by John S. Walters — February 11, 2017 @ 4:42 pm

  6. Boobs calling fouls. Another Milford quirk.

    Comment by southmauldin — February 11, 2017 @ 5:21 pm

  7. The ref’s right forearm is truly amazing. sort of a thick stuck, with a bend & a Kaz hand.
    Marty is a hawk, ready to swoop.
    The dialog? Yes, there are words.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — February 11, 2017 @ 5:41 pm

  8. What are the rules regarding uniform and dress? Can one step onto the court, say, with an ear stud? I hope not, and also hoping it’s an immediate technical foul and ejection!

    Comment by g2design — February 11, 2017 @ 7:39 pm

  9. g2, your question is a very good one and having lived in the Indiana/Kentucky area where HS basketball is arguably a way of life, and myself having seen a ton of regular season games, Sectionals, Regionals, Semi-States, etc., here is what goes down in relation to your question.
    First, to address your concern, jewelry of any sort is prohibited anytime while participating in a High School Assoctiation-sanctioned basketball game, whether it’s a stud that stays stuck in your ear or the little necklace swinging around your neck. The reason behind the rule is obvious. Too many injuries can occur when metal pieces come in contact with skin(as an example), especially given the intensity level, speed of play, and confined space of basketball. Somebody could get an eye gouged by a stud or get their finger caught by their wearing a ring when dunking the basketball. There are MANY other examples but I hope this gives you an idea.
    Second, normally, as a preventive measure, the refs will casually police both sides to see if any jewelry is present on the player and, if so, will tell them(hopefully in a tactful way-ha) to remove the jewelry. Almost always, the player complies and a bad scene is avoided and at worse, the player just won’t play until he or she takes it out. But refs are human and sometimes, while the game is going on, it takes a swinging medallion to alert them to tell the player to take it off and again, he almost always does.
    And as for the female referee, I don’t think she can wear the earrings, especially for the reasons above AND because, in the spirit of refereeing, you are enough of a target wearing the stripes and something shining like that(like it’s doing NOW-ha)can draw undue attention to you, the kiss of death in officiating. I’d have to check to make sure on that one but my guess would be no jewelry by players or officials.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — February 11, 2017 @ 8:36 pm

  10. T. Drew, The Swingin’ Medallions were the original “Frat Rock” band. Their smash hit “Double Shot of My Baby’s Love” was a million seller in 1966.

    Comment by nedryerson — February 12, 2017 @ 7:06 am

  11. I finally realized who the ref is : Amy (Clubber) Lange

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — February 12, 2017 @ 7:37 am

  12. Ned, That’s one of those I grew up on and always(ha) forgot to check the artist(round tuit syndrome, like “I’ll get a round tuit”-ha ha). That song DEFINITELY rocked with that organ standing out and gettin’ the crowd going. Thanks for the reminder and info and will check ’em out. You da man.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — February 12, 2017 @ 8:36 am

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