This Week in Milford

March 30, 2017

I’m Here for the 3-Banger


OMG at the exposition we have to swallow to get to today’s strip. In hindsight we get to conclude that split-level we saw a week ago is the residence of Ken Brown and Judge Lisa “Hang ’em” Hiatt. At least I got the part about living in someone’s basement right.

BTW Ken, Aaron was talking to you yesterday when he said “Dude! That was awesome!” (Do we really need this much overlap, even in a serial comic?) Did Ken ever stop to recognize the subtle irony in his going from the giver of the silent treatment to the recipient?  Too busy making things happen, I suppose.

FWIW, what’s up with all the post-game double fist pumps?  (edit: Note Mudlarks ##1 and 35’s fist pumps are so energetic they separate their hands from their arms at the wrists!) Relief at not making the playdowns and finally being freed from basketball season? Is male figure at far right Gil getting his drink on, Marty talking into Mr. Microphone, or just some rando? Speaking of randos, what’s up with dude in the puffy vest and tiny sombrero? Maybe we’ll get answers — or at least some more connect-the-dots fun and games – in the next two days before baseball starts.



  1. The moral of the story: No matter your shortcomings, transgressions, or personal failures, all will be forgiven if you are good at sportsball…

    Comment by Hitorque — March 30, 2017 @ 7:18 am

  2. Eh, I’ll allow it. Aagard still isn’t talking to Mike Granger, who was the one who really wanted to play detective. Brown was a pushover about the whole thing, so he’s not blameless, but Granger was the real schmuck.

    Ken Brown is #43, apparently. Mychal Thompson, Jack Sikma, Brad Daugherty, Frank Brickowski, Kris Humphries, Jim Petersen, or Richard Petty fan? I’m thinking Sikma, which is why Aagard’s hair never fazed him.

    Comment by billytheskink — March 30, 2017 @ 7:29 am

  3. Does Aaron really think Judge Hang-em-Hiatt will let him run amok?
    If we skip baseball & go straight to a summer plot, I will not be unhappy.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — March 30, 2017 @ 9:00 am

  4. I think the real schmuck is Aaron. If Granger offered him a place to stay and 3 squares (be a great name for an electronic dance band if those 3 wanted to form one) then he’d be talking to Granger too. What a sellout!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — March 30, 2017 @ 9:24 am

  5. I’m hoping the next two days will just be the entire cast waving at the readers for 3 panels. “Had a great basketball season! Thanks for sticking around!”

    Comment by drewfunk — March 30, 2017 @ 9:41 am

  6. Rubin does not send me the storyline in advance. Honest. It was pure luck that last week I guessed it would be Ken’s family that would take Aa in.

    Comment by vaganova's soothsayer — March 30, 2017 @ 10:34 am

  7. I guessed Ken too, because it made a simulacra of sense.
    Also because I’d misremembered her name as Bell instead of Hiatt, for lame joke purposes.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — March 30, 2017 @ 11:44 am

  8. Love Drewfunks idea. With special appearance by Thorp kids in their prison jump suits.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — March 30, 2017 @ 12:13 pm

  9. A 3-banger is a three cylinder engine. I’ve never heard the term applied to a three-pointer, not even by goofy windbags like Bill Raftery or Dick Vitale.

    Comment by nedryerson — March 30, 2017 @ 1:05 pm

  10. Yes about the three-banger. Saab built a three cylinder two stroke from the middle 1950s through the early 1960s.

    Comment by vaganova's soothsayer — March 30, 2017 @ 2:52 pm

  11. 3-cylinder TWO STROKE? Yikes. BMW is making a 3-cylinder for its Mini Coopers now–turbocharged–and it has some serious giddyup. Just a good guess for me, too, when I was first to say that the split level was Ken’s (and Hang ’em Hiatt’s) house.

    Comment by Jusbcuz — March 30, 2017 @ 8:38 pm

  12. teenchy and ned,
    Mark Boyle: ” 5 seconds to go in the game, Knicks up by 2, Jackson with a no-look pass to Reggie in the corner, Re-gg-ie for 3333333….”
    Slick: “BANG BABY!!!!!!!!!!”
    Weeeelllllllll, I think BOOM BABY is less strident on the ears. And to think, Pacer history could have been seriously altered had Aardvark arrived on the scene earlier, ready to rewrite the the annals of Maize & Blue with the meisterstroke of one word. Maybe we could have beaten the Lakers in 2000…(ha)
    drewfunk, the von Trapp family(Sound of Music) have joined with the Milford contingent
    give this plotline a proper sendoff(although Jive Turkey your idea is legit AND funny). Here we go
    “So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night
    We hate to go and leave this pretty sight”
    Mimi, Pancho Villa, and Kaz leave the gym
    “So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu
    Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu”
    Marty Moon, Peaches, and the refs depart
    “So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye
    I leave and heave a sigh and say goodbye”
    Aardvark, Hardy Boys, and the concession stand workers depart
    “We’re glad to go, we cannot tell a lie
    We flit, we float, we fleetly flee, we fly
    The plot has gone to bed and so must I”
    Mrs. Aardvark is hauled off like Jake
    “So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye
    Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye, goo-oo-dbye”
    Gil locks up the gym, then goes downtown with the bail money.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — March 30, 2017 @ 8:39 pm

  13. P3: There’s Waldo! Change your hat and don a puffy vest? Oh, you have to try harder than that – it’s the horizontal stripes, dude!

    Oh wait, maybe that’s Odlaw (?)

    Comment by g2design — March 31, 2017 @ 7:55 am

  14. g2, your odlaw take was good and inspired me to perhaps name who that is. Teenchy and g2, that is Oddjob who likes to go to Milford basketball games when he is not doing the dirty work for Auric Goldfinger. He doesn’t want to blow his cover. Where else can you be disguised as Speedy Gonzalez and still relish the atmosphere that is high school sports, knowing your assassination of that 3rd-World dictator or a key figure in the CIA is complete just by flicking your wrist with your Whammo-Frisbee-turned-killer-hat? Life is good.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — March 31, 2017 @ 10:06 am

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