This Week in Milford

June 1, 2017

Signs, Girls, or Girls with Signs


Ryan got a jolt yesterday because he remembered seeing Patty Duke in The Miracle Worker. His secret thoughts might lead us to believe that’s not really Patty, however. My guess is that the ‘Cane remembers her because he hit her but didn’t know who she was when he did.

This begs the question: If ‘Cane hit some rando girl in Central City, how does Dafuq reach the conclusion that the girl he hit was his girlfriend? Why do I get the feeling that this little show by granddaughter of Tommie Smith (or John Carlos) and her entourage will lead Daftpunk down the road of true investigative journalism to uncover info that will, at least in part, exonerate young Van Auken? Maybe because I don’t have much else to hang my hat on today after yesterday’s big reveal.

Speaking of hats: Take a closer look at Ryan’s today and in yesterday’s P3. The rest of the Milford crew wear that big, indistinct, Miramax Films-like sans-serif “M” but the cap Ryan wears clearly has serifs on the block “M”. It’s almost like he’s not on the same team. What says his teammates will treat him that way once they learn more about his backstory? They’ve been known to do that, y’know; just ask Barry Bader.



  1. My take is that his statement is that he knew the girl on the poster (his girlfriend that he hit) but doesn’t know the girls holding up the sign. Which opens up another question. I’d assume those girls are friends with the girl who was hit, so how close could “the Volcano” have been to his girlfriend if he didn’t know her friends?

    Comment by Nate — June 1, 2017 @ 6:33 am

  2. I wouldn’t assume that the Central City girls are friends of the girl Van Auken hit, at least not any more. Publicly displaying the photo of a victim of abuse for the purposes of heckling the alleged abuser on the baseball diamond is pretty awful. That is assuming she did not give permission for this, which I think is a more than reasonable assumption.

    Comment by billytheskink — June 1, 2017 @ 8:32 am

  3. Also along the exoneration line, how are we even sure he actually hit someone? All there is so far is hearsay. There is the possibility that a story about something that never happened — or is quite different than what we’ve heard so far — got out of control due to the clearly gossip-crazed Central students, and it got so bad that Van Auken had to transfer rather than try to defend his name.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — June 1, 2017 @ 10:12 am

  4. As Moon says, even though this story has dragged along for 2 months, we still don’t know squat.
    Much like Rubin spent all winter teasing us about Aardark’s Issue.
    Really, really, wish he’d try a different approach than teasing.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — June 1, 2017 @ 10:31 am

  5. We do seem to be awfully short on key facts. Ryan left the Kingsfoot team at midseason, and his coach says he did so voluntarily and is “a good kid.” There is an unconfirmed story that he struck a girl. He says he “used to have” a bad temper, and threw his glove after losing his composure and getting taken out of a game. Many GT plots hinge on a mistaken public impression of someone. Others are invited to contribute things we know about him for sure.

    Comment by vaganova — June 1, 2017 @ 11:35 am

  6. I don’t think the girl in photo is the one he supposedly hit. The fun girls were having too much fun with this poster to poke fun at such a serious subject . Or maybe their next photo is of Boo Radley which with they will taunt the Milford softball team.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — June 1, 2017 @ 12:05 pm

  7. teenchy, I love font talk! Keep it up!

    If the Rod “The Chief” Whigham gets extra lazy he could emulate the logo for Milestone Records.

    Comment by nedryerson — June 2, 2017 @ 7:59 am

  8. One of my buddies in HS was pitching in mop-up duty and being ragged mercilessly late in a game where we were getting blown out (before the 10-run rule) about two-thirds of the way through our senior year. At one point, he yelled “Cool it!” at the opposing dugout, but the umps did nothing. So a couple of pitches later it starts up again and he goes to the stretch and fires a fastball — into the opposing dugout. Didn’t hit anybody directly after clearing the front railing, but got at least two kids on the carom as the ball rattled around. Their head coach and the umps kept them from coming out of the dugout after they recovered from shock. He was ejected and subsequently suspended for the rest of the season and, therefore, his HS career, but he took on folk-hero status for the rest of us.

    When I asked him why he did it, knowing he’d at least get kicked off the team and maybe worse (that turned out to be it because the other team was universally despised), he told me, “I sucked anyway, and it least this way I’ll be remembered.”

    Think about it, Ryan. Aim for the sign.

    Comment by J.D. Springer — June 3, 2017 @ 3:12 pm

  9. […] week ago I questioned how Dafunk reached the conclusion that the girl Ryan hit was his girlfriend, since that had yet to […]

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  10. […] Pelwecki last year when The Hurricane blew in from Kingsbrook and the girls from Central showed up with signs? We know they were on the field together at least once (no, make that twice) so it’s not like […]

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