This Week in Milford

February 13, 2017

Yesterday’s News Today


Tomorrow’s strip is so frustrating that I’m posting it today (also I’m slammed at work tomorrow by which I mean today).

Bonus point: Love Ken’s sideburn styling.



  1. They shoulda stuck with the red uniforms.
    Or played 5 on 5

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — February 13, 2017 @ 8:47 pm

  2. This Columbo approach by the Hardy Boys is getting terribly annoying(“Guys, I know you’d like to dust the shower heads for fingerprints, BUT WE GOT PRACTICE…”,” …Oh, and just one more thing, Coach…”)and it’s no wonder why our feature writer pitched this one in the nearest garbage container.
    And I’M CONFIDENT(knock on wood) there’s a connection between Aardvark’s poor performance and the cryptic behavior of his mom, but my imagination’s running wild.
    “Coach, I know you want us to focus on basketball and leave the Hound of the Baskervilles-BTW, isn’t that what’s on your desk?-to you. I’m sure that volume can help get to the bottom of this perplexing mystery. But we found out-get this-that Mrs. Aardvark pitched Breeze Towels when she was just a girley-girl on the Porter Wagoner Show and she saved up the quarters she earned to eventually put herself through school. The trauma she experienced must have rubbed off on her son. Taking a whiff on one of those towels must have been worse than tripping on molly. Thank God she didn’t make her son change hair-dos and assume Porter’s coif.”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — February 13, 2017 @ 9:47 pm

  3. The cool thing about the blue-uniformed team is, all their players have the surname Jefferson.
    You may have seen #32 before, Lionel Jefferson.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — February 14, 2017 @ 12:16 am

  4. Aaaaron may have been ineffective, but at least he was kinda trying. I don’t see any other Mudlarks anywhere near the basket.

    Alternative line for Mike Granger, panel 3: “Well, sure, Coach, you said you were taking care of it, but you didn’t seem to be actually DOING anything about it.”

    Comment by John S. Walters — February 14, 2017 @ 12:27 am

  5. Granger seems to be the only one of these two (the only one period, really)who really cares about this, so why does Ken keep tagging along and enabling him?

    Comment by billytheskink — February 14, 2017 @ 8:31 am

  6. The pace seems to have changed. Panel 3 implies that since Saturday, Frank and Joe Hardy have uncovered some actual information about Aa’s home life. Not clear if the fact it involves Mrs Aa absolves them of not following Gil’s instructions to keep out of it. I do hope Granger is not going to say “But coach, they live in those apartments on Poplar and she’s sort of an actuality!”

    Comment by vaganova — February 14, 2017 @ 11:14 am

  7. Let ME worry about it. Gil really looks worried as he drinks rotgut out of his souveneir Gilly’s mug. Gil hasn’t been the same since that mechanical bull threw him back in ’82. What a turd!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — February 14, 2017 @ 11:23 am

  8. …bad enough that you’re left to counting fingers on P2’s “east side” kid…

    Comment by g2design — February 14, 2017 @ 5:19 pm

  9. Any of you savants know who owns the Gil Thorp “franchise”? I don’t know nearly enough about syndication, etc., but I assume Gil Thorp is a thing, with some monetary value, that can be owned by a legal entity. So, when Berrill made his great leap, did that trigger an HR event for Tribune Media Services [TMS], or was GT a semi-liquid asset of the Berrill estate, or ?

    Reflecting on the past months, it seems inevitable the consumer (us and our ilk) will tire (have tired) of this drivel and move away, perhaps towards a more appealing product (insert snide remark here). As that migration unfolds, readership and hence the value of the asset will begin (has begun) a slow, steady, persistent decline. So, when does “Ownership” consider an HR event to “preserve the remaining value and reinvigorate the franchise”. Does TMS make the call to swap out the present creative talent, does Rubin self-select out, what?

    I am aware of the thin edge here; my intent is to *not* disparage the artists’ talent. They both can write and draw – without question. I don’t read Rubin, but I really appreciate Whigham’s art beyond this strip. So, their individual skills and work product are not being questioned here.

    However, at some point this strip *must* improve or we (and our ilk) be its final audience on earth. I look back and see Peak Gil far, far in the past. Does anyone care?

    Comment by g2design — February 14, 2017 @ 5:46 pm

  10. The sad thing is, the Hardy Boys, being the Hardy Boys(although lately Ken has attained the equivalent of United Nations Observer status), are bringing their own games down, worrying themselves in the ground over their cohort whose game has at times reached Nirvana and has at times been ferried across the River Styx by Charon to Hades. And again, the Columbo angle in P3 ought to stay with Columbo.
    “Guys, what are you doing snooping in my wife’s dresser drawer?”
    “Sorry, Coach T., but we found a clue that should clear this case up with Aardvark. It just hit us…”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — February 14, 2017 @ 5:55 pm

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