This Week in Milford

March 25, 2017

An Insult to Poodles

Filed under: actual action, basketball, Gil Thorp, Pissy faced Gil — teenchy @ 9:19 am


“Does your mom know anything about basketball? She got any eligibility left? Maybe I should sit you and suit her up instead. She’s hopped up on goofballs, so I bet she’s got a better chance at finding the net than you.”

Today’s strip is chock full o’ insults. First Aaron insults his mom, then one of the most intelligent of dog breeds. Gil then insults Tina’s ability to understand whether Aaron is playing well or not and, backhandedly, Aaron himself for suddenly being worried about what she thinks. Neither of them seemed so worried when they were diming Tina out last week.

Finally, the attention to detail in this strip – in the entire winter arc, for that matter – is a little insulting. I rejoined the TWIM rotation mid-arc so maybe I shouldn’t be one to throw stones, so I’m gonna ask the Milford SID to check me on this season recap:

Binghamton – W

@ Downsville – ?

@ Tilden – W

Oakwood – ?

Central – W

@ Tilden – W

Goshen – W

Madison – L

@ Jefferson – L

Valley Tech – W

marginally adequate” game – ?

@ Oakwood – L

Central – W

Jefferson – today’s game

Am I off, or has Milford played Tilden on the road twice and Central at home twice? If I’m off, I’ll come back and update this post. In addition, Aaron started the season wearing uniform number 24 but since the second Central game has switched to number 11. Today he’s conceded #24 to the kid standing to his left. I just get the sense that, in his efforts to turn the past three months into A Very Special Gil Thorp, Rubin’s lost sight of the actual action that supposedly drives this strip.



  1. Questions…

    — I thought Aaaaron was royally pissed at Gil. Why is he listening to this lame attempt at coaching?

    — “Have fun”? I thought Milford’s late-season, too-late-for-the-playdowns-natch surge was due to Aaaaron being all angry-like. Gil should be stepping on his foot and making tasteless Yo Mama jokes.

    — Can’t anybody else on this team play basketball? I seem to remember at the beginning of the season, Aaaaron was one member of the team. Special talent, but not a budding star, So why is the Mudlarks’ performance entirely dependent on Aaaaron having his act together?

    –And why can’t Gil make adjustments on Aa’s off nights, like any coach would?

    Okay, that’s all. On to golf.

    Comment by John S. Walters — March 25, 2017 @ 5:59 pm

  2. Aaaaron has been dealt a bad hand, in spite of being 7 feet tall and white. His mom is hopped up and now his lame coach is gonna “adopt” him — yikes!

    Once again, Gil and Kaz are calling it in. I want one of their jobs — no wait, it probably pays minimum wage.

    Comment by Gil's Barber — March 26, 2017 @ 3:21 am

  3. I’d ignore the poodle joke. It’s just skirting the real issue : He’s dog tired of this dog eared plot.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — March 26, 2017 @ 6:44 am

  4. Boy, Gil is really hanging Tina Aagard out to dry here.

    “Listen, kid. You’re mom’s so blotto on pain killers she won’t notice if you stink up the joint.”

    I mean, jeeze Gil, basketball isn’t that hard to figure out. I’m pretty sure Tina would pick up on the body language of the team and, what with being an actuary and all, take note of the score.

    Just for giggles (warning bad language and odd ideas):

    Comment by timbuys — March 26, 2017 @ 12:35 pm

  5. I was thinking about that myself, timbuys– no matter how impaired Tina might be, she would likely pick up on her kid being applauded and high-fived vs being booed or “politely ignored.”

    Comment by vaganova's doorman — March 26, 2017 @ 3:02 pm

  6. Your game-by-game season recap checks out against Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx, teenchy.

    Comment by billytheskink — March 27, 2017 @ 7:21 am

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