This Week in Milford

April 5, 2017

How Much Variability In The Number of Lettermen Is Typical?

Filed under: general nonsense, Gil Thorp, Mimi Thorp, softball — timbuys @ 8:30 am


P1: In case you missed yesterday’s strip…

P2: Is Dafne performing some sort of interpretive dance while she spins her tale?

P3: A new kid, eh? Can’t wait to see what personality defects he has and how that will completely crowd out the Dafne arc.



  1. So Daffy is a student. The Milford Trumpet must be the school paper? Another amateur pretending to be a professional e.g. Knox Folley.

    If we are lucky someone will put a hit out on her after she breaks her big scoop story.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — April 5, 2017 @ 8:45 am

  2. Mimi just dropped a “Cool story, bro” on Dafne. So that’s awesome.

    I hadn’t noticed Dafne’s dance pose in panel 2, at least consciously, but then my mind read “stopper” in panel 3 as “stripper.” My brain is trying hard to make Gil Thorp more interesting than it is.

    Has Gil starting slicking his hair back? Has he found a new use for that bottle of LA Looks he keeps around?

    Comment by drewfunk — April 5, 2017 @ 9:04 am

  3. Oddly timely. Story today about a school newspaper in Pittsburg, Kansas that started writing about their new prinicpal, Amy Robertson & found out that her entire resume was fake, including a PHD from a bogus school called Corllins University.

    No signs of shame yet from the school board.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — April 5, 2017 @ 9:19 am

  4. As long as we are talking about dance positions, that’s 7th in panel 2. It was in the original Paris syllabus but Louis IV didn’t like it and it was dropped.

    Comment by vaganova's historian — April 5, 2017 @ 9:25 am

  5. So that’s it? Basketball season is over? Not that I’m complaining, but WTF? The Mudlarks seemed to have turned the corner, but no playdowns? Are they on probation?

    Comment by J.D. Springer — April 5, 2017 @ 9:33 am

  6. Mimi should be able to reach the outside corner with that bat. The outside corner of the batters box. Don’t all varsity players get letters from previous year? Gil is amazed a couple seniors are willing to go through a baseball season that lasts until October. Me too.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — April 5, 2017 @ 10:35 am

  7. @Downpuppy: I was coming to mention that! God, Kansas has turned into a dumpster fire… It at least *tried* not to suck so hard as a state back when I lived there…

    Comment by Hitorque — April 5, 2017 @ 11:00 am

  8. @Bobby Joe: “Another amateur pretending to be a professional e.g. Knox Folley”

    1. This is also known as the “Coach” Bobby Howry award…

    2. This strip has long been a rich mine for dumbassed names, but I refuse to believe there was ever anyone called “Knox Folley”

    Comment by Hitorque — April 5, 2017 @ 11:02 am

  9. “I can’t remember having this many lettermen.”

    I guess Gil just got back from PUB.

    Comment by billytheskink — April 5, 2017 @ 11:25 am

  10. I see Gil is modeling the all-too-appropriate “BASTARD” polo shirt, now available from the “Milford Collection O’Varsity Stuff.”

    Comment by John S. Walters — April 5, 2017 @ 11:53 am

  11. It was Knox Foley (one l). Ah yes, I remember it well…

    2013. A simple, innocent time when Knox, the shortstop, did the legwork for his father’s law office suing the 2nd baseman’s father for a slip & fall at a gas station.

    And then…

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — April 5, 2017 @ 12:03 pm

  12. I give credit to the person from a few days ago who was hoping the main character is a leprechaun. The show stopper sprinkles four leaf clovers on the mound before he pitches whilst singing”Danny Boy”.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — April 5, 2017 @ 12:11 pm

  13. When I was in high school, a varsity letter was not automatic– there were performance standards. You had to score this many runs, or get that many outs, or at least play a certain number of innings. With “participation awards,” this may have changed.

    Comment by vaganova's scorekeeper — April 5, 2017 @ 1:48 pm

  14. The second best part of the Knox Foley story arc was that the lawsuit he was so proud to work on was thrown out when it was revealed that they were suing the wrong gas station.
    The best part, of course, was that he looked like a blond Bobby Bittman.

    In addition to wannabe lawyer Knox Foley and wannabe coach Bobby Howry, this strip has also produced wannabe TV star/producer Dory Darwin, wannabe marketing expert Doyle Dane, wannabe folk singer Al-Jo Ames, wannabe hero Stormy Hicks, wannabe poker star Hutch Renfro, and of course, wannabe activist/promoter/lawyer Hadley V. Baxendale.

    Comment by billytheskink — April 5, 2017 @ 4:41 pm

  15. And she’s wearing her sleeveless game jersey to practice, with her #13 on it. Another bad habit by the artist. Save the damn unis for the Games!

    Comment by robmize2013 — April 5, 2017 @ 7:11 pm

  16. This much we know(or do we really wanna). Dafne can twirl heavy-duty journalism concepts on her fingertips then go right around and perform a pirouette in a softball uniform, assuming this is not her(as our feature writer has duly noted) costume for her interpretive dance routine. This quantum leap took place in 3 strips. Has to be a record. Hard to believe that Dafne, armed with National Enquirer data on the 1st day(we’re assuming) of the season, would do all this mud-slinging without Mimi getting something in return.
    “No, no, seriously, I saw Coach T. sneaking out the back of McShane’s Hardware with Mrs. Aardvark, holding hands and smooching a time or two.”
    “Omigod, how could he? What will the kids think? Give me 2 laps around the field and then start warming up. We’re gonna do infield practice and sliding drills today.”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — April 6, 2017 @ 5:59 am

  17. Gladly taking the tag from hitorque,
    “Reevaluating Knox Foley” was a rare outtake from R.E.M.’s Fables of the Reconstruction that sat on the shelf on account of production issues but was later added as a bonus track on the album’s reissue. I’m pretty sure it was before Bill Berry left the group.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — April 6, 2017 @ 7:56 am

  18. So, after Monday, it was just 5 more panels of Dafne before the smash cut over to Gil, Kaz and the baseball team. This is not promising.

    Hey Kaz, it’s like the old song says, One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show.

    Comment by nedryerson — April 7, 2017 @ 8:58 am

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