This Week in Milford

April 10, 2017

Messing With The Kid

Filed under: Milford Idiots — nedryerson @ 3:18 am


Today’s strip features the classic phrase: “I was just messing with you.”  I’m not a big fan of that phrase. It’s mostly used by jerks who like to push buttons but still maintain a facade of civility. So is this the subtle variation on the classic Gil Thorp plot heel? The passive aggressive douche?

Maybe Ryan “Cane” Van Auken is sincere. Maybe he really has addressed his anger issues and is merely joking as a defense against the abrupt and intrusive questioning by Pete De Windt. Maybe he’ll turn out to be a great teammate and an all around swell guy. Yeah, right.

ETA the inspiration for the title:



  1. Pete’s looking awfully scrawny for a tight end. He is, on the other hand, the right body type for (a) playing shortstop and (b) being terrorized by good ol’ Laff-A-Minute Cane..

    Comment by John S. Walters — April 10, 2017 @ 7:31 am

  2. If Bader is still on the team, Van Auken’s temper is going to get an awful test. That said, there are a variety of folks in this strip whose nose I would not mind seeing Ryan’s fist meet.

    Comment by billytheskink — April 10, 2017 @ 7:31 am

  3. Takin’ the tag from John S., did Petey Pie enroll in the Ultra SlimFast plan? He went from bone-crunching-block proportions to Babe-Ruth-League-shortstop dimensions. That being the case, he’ll need to obtain Coach T.’s release before he heads to BRL.
    “I used to be larger than Jerry Pulver’s ego but a French vanilla shake in the morning, one at noon, then a sensible Triple Decker Combo at
    The Bucket in the evening, and I had to fend off Mimi when she was having one of her hot flashes.”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — April 10, 2017 @ 8:40 am

  4. Sorry I missed the big matches in the squared circle last Friday. T Drew assembled a better bill than Bob Luce could. As for “Cane” he reminds me of the pitcher who did not like taking the subway to Mets games. Something about the funky haired people and the woman with 10 kids. Or something like that.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — April 10, 2017 @ 9:48 am

  5. 1. “Likes to fight” -kid is an asshole
    2. “Getting all up in other people’s business” -kid is an even bigger asshole…

    We already had #1 last baseball season, and we just finished a marathon basketball season which had #2 as the star topic… Rubin needs a new shtick

    Comment by Hitorque — April 10, 2017 @ 11:20 am

  6. Jive Turkey: That would be John Rocker, who shared the following Tender Thoughts on the subject of New York City:

    “Imagine having to take the 7 Train to the ballpark looking like you’re riding through Beirut next to some kid with purple hair, next to some queer with AIDS, right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time, right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It’s depressing… The biggest thing I don’t like about New York are the foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?”

    Comment by John S. Walters — April 10, 2017 @ 3:47 pm

  7. Coinkydink to your cool Junior Wells link — last week we stayed overnight in downtown Chicago and our hotel was across the street from then nightclub owned by Junior’s old bandmate, Buddy Guy (Buddy Guy’s Legends). We were able to catch a set of some excellent blues. Thanks for reviving that good memory.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — April 10, 2017 @ 7:26 pm

  8. Thanks, Jive Turkey. People like you keep me going. Ned knows I live and breathe Todd Rundgren(Hermit of Mink Hollow rules!) partly because of one of his songs that says “We need just one victory and we’re on our way.” You da man.

    P1: Tommy Rich in one of his tirades directed at one of his favorite targets, Jerry Lawler(BTW, is the Texas Cage Match in progress? And is that Manager Jimmy “Mouth of the South” Hart in back of Tommy Rich/Cane van Auken What’s he doing INSIDE the cage?).
    “Lawler, you punk, I’m gonna teach you a lesson you’ll never forget. Yeah, Boy, you got the belt now but you liver-lickin’ coward, you won’t have nowhere to run when I put the sleeper hold on you. You’ll be stuck in this cage with yours truly and I’m gonna give you the beatin’ of your life. Let me tell you something, Dave Brown and Lance Russell, I am gonna make ol’ Lollipop Lawler the laughing stock of Milford, er, Memphis.”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — April 10, 2017 @ 8:17 pm

  9. Cool, Moon. Buddy just played at the Tampa Bay Bluefest. He’s over 80 now and still going. I didn’t go because that festival has been getting lamer and lamer, despite the appearance of Mr. Guy, who I’ve seen a few times at other big outdoor events. I’d love to see him in his club.

    BTW, that’s Buddy on guitar in the clip, in case that wasn’t clear. I had virtually no interest in blues until a friend turned me on to an album from the early 70s with Buddy and Junior. I got hooked.

    Comment by nedryerson — April 11, 2017 @ 6:46 am

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