This Week in Milford

August 7, 2017

Too Valuable To Too Many People

Filed under: Boredom in Milford, Gil Thorp — nedryerson @ 5:46 am


Today, we’re digging into the Jaquan Case’s backstory. His basketball talents were so considerable that he was recognized as a commodity and  playing football became a liability. A decision was made for him by whoever was pegging him as a big earner even in high school. It’s possible that the powers at Bishop Tardy  just wanted him healthy for basketball and they made the decision, but that sounds a little implausible. More likely, family members or other “handlers” were looking to cash in on Jaquan’s talent.

Being that Jaquan’s story was just a blip on the radar of Gil Thorp back in the day, I guess now we have nothing better to do than get the details.

I briefly looked into the archives, starting on that momentous basketball game between Bishop Tardy and Milford. There’s one strip that appears right after that game that is just wildly out of context. Jaquan is on a plane with some guy asking him if he’s interesting in skipping college to go straight to the NBA. Was that the last we heard from Jaquan before this current appearance?



  1. Hey look, Heather gets a line of dialogue! But that’s enough for you, Missy, go back to eating your “salad.”

    I don’t know how much of this “NBA star having a pity party” I can take. Unless, of course, Trey is his investment advisor as well as his freelance trainer. “Hey look, J-Dawg, got this hot new line of “Eight Elbows” gear. Gonna be the next big thing. I just need a few mill up front.”

    Comment by John S. Walters — August 7, 2017 @ 6:15 am

  2. Why is a middling NBA talent taking high schoolers he just met out to lunch? Doesn’t Rubin know this is how Mel Hall got started on his road to criminal infamy??

    WHY is a middling NBA talent playing football with a bunch of high schoolers? Does he not know if he re-injures himself his team can tear up his contract on the spot?

    Comment by hitorque — August 7, 2017 @ 11:57 am

  3. We’ve gone from a high school solid-but-not-outstanding player trying his hand at ANOTHER position to an NBA player who is still dreaming about the equivalent of the lead dancer for the Pet Shop Boys “All Over The World” Tour. And the tone of the conversation is getting graver and graver as we are no longer in Kansas, Toto(i. e., The Bucket) but spilling our guts at The Diner on The Boulevard of Broken Dreams. After the group therapy session has terminated over burgers and fries and Soylent Green(good one the other day), the gang will draw straws and decide eventually on Alice’s Restaurant next week. I heard through the grapevine that the Chili and Hash Brown Combo is 1/2 off if you sport your mm team colors. Mr. Burns(not to be confused with Homer’s boss) should go home and run his uniform through the washer(and tumble dry) so that he can experience culinary Heaven at half the cost. And still solve the world’s problems or on the gridiron if nothing else.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — August 7, 2017 @ 11:58 am

  4. Oh and FWIW, some unseen powers that be “forcing” him to quit football is bullshit and would never happen anywhere, assuming that he’s as good a player as he says he was and assuming he didn’t do something dumb like punch out the head coach….

    Comment by hitorque — August 7, 2017 @ 12:01 pm

  5. It says a lot about Jaquan’s “stardom” that nobody has recognized him, Heather+Kevin haven’t asked for an autograph, nor have they even stood up to announce to the slophouse that they’re sitting with Milford legend Jaquan Case, which makes them very, very cool by default…

    Comment by hitorque — August 7, 2017 @ 12:05 pm

  6. Heather: “There’s no reason to quit on your dream …”
    Mr. Burns: “She’s right! You can still do it! We’ll work with you every afternoon this week, make some phone calls to general managers about tryouts, and …”
    Kevin: “Apparently I’m in charge of the cold splash of reality, so let’s do this. You last played football as a sophomore in high school, about twelve years ago. Every Arena League roster is populated with guys who were starters at their colleges, and who have at least six years of drills and coaching you can’t hope to make up. Some of those coaches were actually better qualified than the people at this table eating the salad and the “Your Guess Is As Good As Ours” special. You don’t have any more business playing pro football than I would have had performing your knee surgery. The ship has sailed”.

    Comment by Philip — August 7, 2017 @ 1:23 pm

  7. To risk an injury?? So Bill Walton, Derrick Rose, Sam Bowie, etc. were perfectly healthy because they played basketball. Right. No injury risk playing hoops. Tommy Kramer once blew out his knee standing on the sideline. Living itself is an injury risk. You lay in bed all day you can get bedsores. You get my drift… Case obviously is a puppet with an IQ lower then his shoe size. Thats why Trey is raking in his dough.

    Comment by robmize2013 — August 7, 2017 @ 1:38 pm

  8. Actually, although it is odd that Jaquan has not been mobbed, Kevin Palooka WAS dazzled to meet him when Trey Davis introduced him, though being a well brought-up Milford Kid, he did not ask for an autograph. High school kids/prep school kids not having handlers who “guide” them to college and the pros and threaten to drop them if they continue a sport other than the one the handler is handling? Are you shitting me? It happens constantly– especially with prospective first-round picks such as Jaquan– and regularly comes up in NCAA investigations of “prep” programs. I can think of three cases over the past ten years in my tank town alone. All were basketball players “encouraged” to drop football. The business of “managing” high school kids into college and pro sports is approximately as clean as the Tour de France.

    Comment by vaganova — August 7, 2017 @ 5:54 pm

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