This Week in Milford

May 25, 2017

Van Auken? More Like MacGuffin


For the record:

Last time the strip featured a player in uniform: May 16 (well, practice uniforms)

Last time the strip featured a player in uniform in action: May 13

Last time the strip featured a player in uniform in action that was not celebrating something that already happened but was not depicted: May 6

Ms. Rizk’s hair going from blonde to light auburn (in the same Seattle PI version of the strip) is the most action we’ve seen since.

I’ve sat here for the last half hour trying to suss out whether Dafuq’s pursuit of the “Van Auken hit a girl” lead is a MacGuffin or a red herring (if the latter, today’s post title would have been Red Ruffing? More Like Red Herring”) or neither, or if it’s Ms. Rizk that’s trying to turn it into one . Suffice it to say that, despite Rizk’s efforts to nip it in the bud Dafunk will still pursue the lead until a Coach Thorp (Mimi most likely this time) nips it for good.

I’ve put too much thought into this post for it to make as little sense as it does. Off to work…



  1. So we’re setting up a rerun of the Ken Brown/Mike Granger hijinx that bored us all to tears during basketball season? Great.

    Comment by John S. Walters — May 25, 2017 @ 5:14 am

  2. Shouldn’t the baseball team be in the state playdowns by now? Will the past ruin the future? Will Dafne win a Pulitzer or Gil’s scorn?

    Comment by Steve — May 25, 2017 @ 6:15 am

  3. Steve, as we saw last year, baseball/softball season can run all the way into late August. Perhaps Rubin is tired of penning summer plots and last year is the new normal for the spring season’s length. More likely, both Mudlark teams quietly miss the playdowns again in late June.

    They provide coffee for the students who work for The Trumpet?

    Comment by billytheskink — May 25, 2017 @ 7:23 am

  4. […] with the color version of the strip today to confirm that Dafne’s had an eye color change (and acquired a base tan) from last season. Colored […]

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