This Week in Milford

February 23, 2018

Paloma Padilla Speaks for All of Us…


… or, at least, for all of us who routinely call out the misogyny and Bechdel Test fails that are part and parcel of the Thorpiverse. Paloma’s teammates even recognize Milford’s a man’s man’s man’s world and are resigned to their fate, including the blonde with the soulless ey- AAAAAAH! MAKE IT STOP MAKE IT STOP MAKE IT STOP

I don’t expect Paloma to throw an elbow at Marty – we need Kenzie Hanley back to brk his jaw – but her little “hmmm” holds the promise of bigger things. I’m thinking maybe she pulls some strings to get Lady Mudlarks hoops livestreamed in Spanish and English on WHCC-TV and WHCC Deportes.

Once I saw today’s strip in B&W I knew I had to run with the color version to see whether Paloma would be wearing the Puerto Rican flag and not the Cuban one. Score one for the color monkeys! Now if only they’d resist the urge to color Milford’s white uniforms red.

metapost: I think my post title yesterday may have gone over a few heads. It was a play on the phrase tener cojones. Lo siento.


  1. Could be worse, Paloma. Last year there wasn’t any girl’s basketball depicted in this strip at all. None.

    Anyways, where’s Hadley V. Baxendale when you need her? She’s a do-er, not a ditherer. She swung Friday night games, a full pep band, cheerleaders, a television appearance, and regular quotes in the Milford Star for girl’s basketball all in a matter of weeks.

    Comment by billytheskink — February 23, 2018 @ 8:37 am

  2. Panel 1: Top of the key. Now you can’t unsee it.

    Panel 2: Does anyone go ‘Hmmm’ while they’re playing basketball? Paloma’s cardio conditioning must be fantastic. Probably from all that running around they do in PR.

    Panel 3: That is just a cruel, cruel tease. Too bad we won’t see it happen because that would qualify as the panel of the year and it’s only February.

    Comment by timbuys — February 23, 2018 @ 9:12 am

  3. Well this is when Marty’s radio experience actually could come in handy. It’s called ratings and sponsors. Living in a small town like I assume Milford is, my local station covers football, but not always basketball. If there’s sponsors for basketball, it’s on the air. If not, it’s syndicated Bee Gees and Fleetwood Mac.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — February 23, 2018 @ 9:18 am

  4. Who still listens to the fucking radio when not in a car?? And if sports is on the radio, why would anyone listen to something that wasn’t college/professional?

    I thought these post-millennials were supposed to be all about the next-gen tech?? Why don’t they livestream their games themselves on Facebook or Youtube or something?? I was in high school 25 years ago and even then schools were broadcasting games on public access channels…

    Comment by hitorque — February 23, 2018 @ 9:28 am

  5. I saw tostones yesterday. Didn’t get the reference, but love tostones. Went home last night “Woman of the house? Whyfor have you not made tostones in ages?”
    I may even make some. We’ve taken to eating a heavy white bread that would be perfect.

    Hey, it’s easier than trying to figure out where on the court the basket is in panel 1.

    Comment by Downpuppy Downs (@Downpuppy) — February 23, 2018 @ 9:57 am

  6. Way back when I actually did listen to live sports on the radio (streamed for free over the internet those many innnocent years ago), I found football and baseball to be very congenial to the format whereas basketball was impossible to follow other than to keep track of the score.

    “Garris-takes-it-down-the court-McClain-sets-a-screen-for-Bradford-and-he-curls-to-the-wing-Frankie-dishes-the-shot-is-up-and-off-the-rim! (breath) State-rebounds-Cleaves-runs-downhill-with-it-like-he’s-on-fire-and-it’s-an-easy-two-points-draws-the-foul-on-Williams-and-it’s-a-three-point-opportunity! Timeout! Onnn the floor…. And, now. A word from the good folks at State Farm. Did you know that every year more and more drivers and homeowners…”

    Comment by timbuys — February 23, 2018 @ 10:02 am

  7. I remember that game timbuys. Nice recollection!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — February 23, 2018 @ 11:01 am

  8. teenchy, no problemo, I caught the joke(or la broma-ha). Of course, I’m fluent in Spanish, having translated forever but even if I never got past “hasta la vista”, I would have caught the gist and I think several others could say the same thing.

    We’re still catching our breath over the Jorge vs Georgie debate when we’re now hit with ANOTHER controversy, although a legitimate one since I follow Women’s sports religiously for my favorite college team and also had 2 cheerleaders in my family to boot. And I would leave it at that but this plot is getting to be a seriously horrible melange of half-convictions that gets chewed on a couple of days before we chew on another bone for a while. One revolution at a time, Thorpiverse.
    And can somebody tell the Kuebler elves they need to play pickup b-ball somewhere else?

    Comment by tdrewhardin — February 23, 2018 @ 12:59 pm

  9. Wonderful, timbuys. Again, it’s still 1959 in Milford, so of course everyone not in the gym is listening on the little Philco. I remember one local game in 1959 which I listened to on radio. Two cross town rivals met to decide the conference championship, and the result was a wonderful slowdown. This was long before shot clocks, and that 11-8 game was unforgettable.

    Comment by vaganova — February 23, 2018 @ 1:46 pm

  10. @timbuys — Hockey on the radio is even worse, sadly

    @vaganova — Back in 1994 my coach decided to employ the old-fashioned UNC “Four Corners” attack to stop the highest-scoring team in our conference… It was 4-2 after the first quarter and we led 6-2 at halftime… Of course the center could not hold and things fell apart after the other team made some major adjustments, and ended up winning like 21-13…

    Even though small Christian schools were kind of an afterthought in the local media, our halftime score did warrant mention in the front page of the sports section the next day…

    Ironically 20 years after that my tiny Catholic high school which was a longtime loser in almost every sport dumped in a shitload of money into facilities, poached away the top football and basketball people from public school powers and now they’re racking up state titles and playing on goddamned ESPN(!) They got so good so fast the conference essentially tried to kick them out for putting too much emphasis on sports or whatever, lol

    Comment by hitorque — February 23, 2018 @ 2:57 pm

  11. It’s true that hockey is even harder than basketball to cover on radio, but my father and I still struggled to tune in CNR and CBC to listen to the Canadiens back in the fifties– “Plante clears to Beliveau pass to Richard back to Beliveau…” The announcers on Hockey Night in Canada were fantastic: even though it was radio, I can still “see” the Montreal fans, furious at a penalty against the Canadiens, taking off their galoshes and throwing them on the ice in protest.

    Hitorque’s story makes me think his high school followed the example of Power Memorial, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s alma mater. Maybe because I played defense in most sports, I love those low-scoring games. Most people find them tiresome, but I love to watch the constant adjustments a good defense makes.

    Comment by vaganova — February 23, 2018 @ 3:59 pm

  12. I remember watching Homewood-Flossmoor HS, near Chicago, stymie a high-scoring Thornridge team in the late 70’s by doing the 4-corners thing too and winning the game like 12 – 11; of course, since it was a conference game, they had to play twice, and Thornridge was ready for the rematch and ran them off the court. Shot clock and short three-point line has taken that drama away from HS games now.

    Comment by franku2016 — February 23, 2018 @ 4:04 pm

  13. I think that sports fans have changed– they now seem to feel that constant scoring is essential. I sit more with George Carlin’s sarcastic take on the latter day NBA– “Why don’t they just give both teams 100 points and only play the final two minutes?” But I played soccer, where the most common score is 1-0, and where fans enjoy watching the shifting attempts of offense and defense to outwit one another. And I watch baseball, where the most interesting moments can come BETWEEN pitches, as the batter and the fielders repeatedly try to trick one another into a mistake. I think it takes a more alert and knowledgeable fan to do this, though, and with baseball’s increasing move toward noise and spectacle, this aspect of the game may get less and less attention. MLB is changing the amount of time coaches and teammates can spend on the mound and the length of time the pitcher has to make a pitch, while ignoring the obvious, that big league games are “slow” because there is a lengthy delay at every half inning. Several minutes of TV commercials run while the players do their best not to cramp up while waiting. That’s why games take three hours– it’s not because the catcher goes out to settle down the pitcher too many times.

    Comment by vaganova — February 23, 2018 @ 4:24 pm

  14. EDIT: Because I wasn’t quite clear I want to add that we LOST that game 21-13

    Comment by hitorque — February 23, 2018 @ 4:54 pm

  15. Don’t get me started on auto racing…

    Comment by timbuys — February 23, 2018 @ 5:30 pm

  16. That Mark Buerhle could sure catch it and throw it.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — February 23, 2018 @ 8:57 pm

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