This Week in Milford

March 31, 2018

Pining for the fjords? No, just for some actual sports action


Oh look, Pirate Boy Levin finally got his puffy shirt, and just as Seinfeld was a show about nothing, this has become a plot about nothing.

It’s just become a mockery on so many levels it’s ceased to even be funny. The whole idea of the alternative broadcast was to compete with the WDIG broadcast and to protest Marty’s culturally insensitive references to Jorge Padilla via occasional outbursts. The outbursts haven’t been protests so much as snark; only Pirate Boy has even brought up the Pirate Network’s reason for being. And competitive? There’s been zero effort to make this anything but a bunch of goofy, childish antics. “Sportsball” is what people who are contemptuous of sports (and the people who play them) call sports. By playing up this angle, Pirate Boy & co. are as disrespectful to Jorge in their own way as Marty has been in his.

I dunno. Maybe I was expecting MPN to play the games a little straighter, showing some sensitivity to the Padillas’ situation and calling Marty out for his lack of same. Maybe Pirate Boy will hit Marty with that stick on Monday, but I’m not holding my breath.


  1. Parrot Boy is as annoying as Marty. His act is wearing thin.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — March 31, 2018 @ 9:27 pm

  2. Why oh why is there a text box saying “Third Quarter”? We never heard anything about any other quarter, or a score, so it’s totally meaningless. We’ve lost all sense that there are actual basketball games going on here — the text box could have said “Pleistocene Era” and had about as much relevance to the current story arc.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — March 31, 2018 @ 11:20 pm

  3. Can we step back and recognize the genius of Jarrell Atkins? I mean, he’s running that camera for fifty or sixty minutes and managing to keep Duncan in frame as Duncan is walking around the stands and gym. And he’s doing it on his cell phone apparently. And, also, it’s watchable somehow.

    I’m impressed. Kid should go into the business.

    Comment by timbuys — April 1, 2018 @ 7:26 am

  4. Sportsball might as well be Rollerball. Anybody who saw the movie can perhaps parallel the pointlessness that is Milford Basketball at this point. Moon Mullins is right, 3rd quarter of what? I’m guessing, and I think I’d be correct, the Milford-Jefferson but that really ain’t a done deal. To quote Dr. No, “East? West? Just points on a compass.”
    Boy, wouldn’t that organ intro in “Rollerball” make a nice backup to Ernie the P and his parrot? They could go on tour.
    No wonder why we haven’t seen Jorge lately. He got socked in the face with one of the Rollerballs coming out of the chute at the east end of the gym. He should be back by the end of the season. No hurry, Jorge.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — April 1, 2018 @ 8:59 am

  5. Good call, timbuys. Jarrell is the real star of this show, and naturally he hasn’t had a line of dialogue yet.

    The only thing that could redeem this is if Marty leaps from his chair and tackles Dread Pirate Nerdboy. Of course, then I’d have to root for Marty Moon, and I never thought I could be brought to that.

    Comment by John S. Walters — April 1, 2018 @ 2:03 pm

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