This Week in Milford

February 5, 2018

I Didn’t Know We Had Spooled

Filed under: basketball, Chunky Bracelets, Gil Thorp, What the hell is going on here? — nedryerson @ 6:51 am


I really don’t know what’s been going on here. It’s probably just as well that I don’t try to make sense of the last few weeks and just focus on what’s in front of me.

The season is now in swing and the Padillas are being embraced by their fellow Mudlarks. For Jorge, this involves some kind of shenanigans in the locker room involving towels. Do I feel like trying to sort out what’s happening in Panel 2? Not really. It’s a half naked Padilla, a shadowy hand and a towel being flung. Do they just throw towels at each other for entertainment?

Now, on to Paloma’s panel. First off, I wasn’t sure if the narration box was contrasting Paloma’s companions as more politically aware than Jorge’s towel friends or perhaps some other less politically aware contingents that Paloma had previously encountered. Sure, flinging towels doesn’t convey political awareness in and of itself, but who’s to say there wasn’t some meaningful exchange of ideas accompanying the locker room chicanery.

That brings us to Glasses, the token libertarian. I’d love to know what the first part of her comment was. It would be interesting to know what a 2018 high school student who identifies as a libertarian might say, especially as imagined by a 62 year-old sportswriter.





  1. More comic strips should include “token libertarian”, not necessarily as a character but as a phrase.

    Comment by billytheskink — February 5, 2018 @ 7:57 am

  2. As much as we drop shower jokes here, Rubin finally takes the bait. The color monkeys weren’t having any of it, though.

    I do believe our “token libertarian” is Al-Jo Ames, back as a plant.

    Comment by teenchy — February 5, 2018 @ 8:10 am

  3. I’m not sure whether drawing the Political Girls as blondes from Every Teen Movie Ever Made is clever or insane, but given that the dialog is bad and sure to get worse, I’m glad we’re in for a short basketball season.

    Comment by Aldrich Therabloat® (@Downpuppy) — February 5, 2018 @ 8:20 am

  4. Not touching this one… No chance in hell

    Comment by hitorque — February 5, 2018 @ 8:49 am

  5. I’m imagining the first part of Ms. Libertarian’s conversational gambit was something like “It’s about time those Puerto Ricans learned to stand on their own two feet!” But since panel 3 doesn’t feature Paloma diving for her throat, I guess it was something less interesting like “I think Ayn Rand is the greatest novelist of the 20th Century.”

    In any case, if there’s a libertarian at the table with a hurricane refugee, doesn’t the conversation have to turn, sooner or later, to the debilitating effect of government aid?

    Comment by John S. Walters — February 5, 2018 @ 9:12 am

  6. So that’s how the Jets celebrate after a rumble with the Sharks. They throw towels at each other!!!!!!!! In the shower, of all places. I’m leaving THAT one alone. It could be worse. They could be engaged in a food fight. I wouldn’t want a chili cheese dog or a super burrito thrown my way. Or a switchblade.
    I think this is the portion of the strip where a Latino with Minnie Pearl’s accent bonds with the rest of the gang. Juan Valdez finding something in common with Archie Andrews and Jughead Jones. I get it, Thorpiverse.
    But then the “Meanwhile” portion of the strip deals with the predictable 180 degrees in the other direction. You knew the good times couldn’t last forever. We confront the wet blanket who’s pretending to be a basketball player engaging in, according to the narration box, political matters, something I’m presuming will eventually stir up the soul. For my money, Che Guevara couldn’t possibly have started a revolution by eating a Triple Decker at The Bucket and saying he’s another Brick in the Wall as an employee at the Milford High School Library. Viva la Revolucion, Paloma.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — February 5, 2018 @ 10:12 am

  7. RE: P1, Rubin to Whigham: “Just draw a bunch of players or something. We need to pad this out.” “What, you mean like playing a game?” “Eh, whatever, I don’t really give a shit.”

    RE: P2, the furthest I’ll go is to point out that Jorge has some rather curious definition on the left side of his torso.

    RE: P3, If this strip can handle politics as deftly as it handled football induced concussions, ….

    Comment by timbuys — February 5, 2018 @ 11:04 am

  8. Its ‘liberatarian’.Nobody caught the misspelling?

    Comment by robmize2013 — February 5, 2018 @ 11:49 am

  9. Guess I’m wrong – thats the correct spelling. Hard to believe though..

    Comment by robmize2013 — February 5, 2018 @ 11:51 am

  10. P4: crickets

    Comment by Jive Turkey — February 5, 2018 @ 11:53 am

  11. I read it as “librarian” at first, which goes better with the picture.

    Comment by Aldrich Therabloat® (@Downpuppy) — February 5, 2018 @ 12:21 pm

  12. robmize, no problemo. Actually, I confess, like downpuppy, that I thought it was “library” also. Then I reviewed my post and thought it wise to keep “as is” since it seemed to me it kinda worked out anyway(ha) the way the plot is unfolding. Whoops, that’s a dirty word around here. Anyway, it’s good to keep things on its toes. The comedy is sharper thataway. Plus, those lights in the waiting room of my doctor’s office this morning could use a change of bulbs. Kinda hard to text in the dungeon.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — February 5, 2018 @ 2:25 pm

  13. P 2.5: “gosh….you guys sure know how to have fun!…this is starting to excite me!…”

    Comment by franku2016 — February 5, 2018 @ 2:26 pm

  14. All good stuff. I admit I am disappointed at our collective inability to explain what’s going on in p 2. Not snapping towels, unless the shadow hand is there as a red herring. Everybody else has said this already, but I’ll pile on in our mutual defense and say that I first thought p 3 involved a librarian too. I’m confused, though, at Paloma’s relaxed pose in p 3 (you can tell it’s Paloma because she’s the only one with dark hair, get it?) If Al-Jo really has expressed libertarian views (presumably in connection with the hurricane disaster) I would expect Paloma already to have levitated.

    Comment by vaganova — February 5, 2018 @ 3:28 pm

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