This Week in Milford

May 14, 2018

What DaFonte?

Filed under: actual action, freak hands, softball — nedryerson @ 5:45 am


It’s time again to sprinkle in a little softball, that is, further conversations about Barry Bader by Dafne DaFonte and friend.

What else can we talk about? The Newton Railers drove from Kansas. On the playing field, Dafne pulls some of her hair back into a ponytail but leaves those long tresses dangling from her temples. In the color version, Dafne had a darker skin tone than her teammates. Drawing chain link fencing or whatever that mesh is behind the foreground characters involves some rule of when it should be visible and when it should just get whited out to avoid intrusion into composition, or maybe sometimes the artist just runs out of time. Look at Dafne’s thumb and foreshortened index finger. Weird, right?



  1. This is the Newton Railers/Railroaders third appearance in this strip. They were a football opponent in 2009 and a girl’s basketball opponent in 2011-12. The Mudlarks lost both games, with distracted Dafne here making a third consecutive loss quite likely.

    Comment by billytheskink — May 14, 2018 @ 7:19 am

  2. Bechdel Test fail. The girls are playing a girls’ softball game, so naturally they’re talking about a boy.

    Also, Dafne is not only a fearless journalist, she’s not superstitious. She’s wearing #13.

    Comment by John S. Walters — May 14, 2018 @ 8:19 am

  3. Saturday GT: Stop me if you’ve heard this before — Milford player tries to be something he’s not, spends the entire preseason talking loud shit on how he’s gonna be all-district or whatever, and when the moment of truth comes, he/she fails miserably… Nice job with the Golden Sombrero, douchebag… Maybe you need to stop swinging from your heels like you’re Adam Dunn? AS A DESIGNATED HITTER, YOU LITERALLY ONLY HAVE ONE FUCKING JOB(!) I guess you’re batting in the 7th slot for a reason?

    Today’s GT: Stop me if you’ve heard this before — For highly spurious reasons, a Milford student-athlete starts digging into the personal life of another student-athlete and airs a bunch of sensationalist dirty laundry that isn’t anybody’s goddamned business… If she tries to fake a romantic interest in Bader like she’s some Chinese Honey Trap just to coax some sensitive info out of him for a school paper profile that nobody will give a shit about and was never in the public interest anyway, I’m officially done with this strip for good…

    Comment by hitorque — May 14, 2018 @ 8:55 am

  4. In real life, Bader tells Daffy DaFuck “hey! …aren’t you the one one who got that kid in trouble last year over some bullshit that you blew out of proportion in that stupid paper? Get the fuck outta here and leave me alone, stupid bitch…”

    Comment by franku2016 — May 14, 2018 @ 11:54 am

  5. Dafne looks like she wants somebody to “pull her finger”

    Comment by rowdyman — May 14, 2018 @ 11:56 am

  6. This could all backfire, if Barry Bader decides to get revenge by implying that she needs to lose some pounds, and gets everyone in the school to call her Dafne D’Elefante.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — May 14, 2018 @ 1:35 pm

  7. What’s wrong here? She wants Barry to open up to her – but there’s not been a hint that there’s anything to open up about. No nagging detail to make you wonder if something is being concealed, like Aaron Aagard playing well right after the first of the month.

    Comment by Philip — May 14, 2018 @ 2:28 pm

  8. That’s the mystery, isn’t it? Why Dafne, and presumably her advisor, Ms Rizk (get it?) think there is a news story in the Bader family’s meltdown. I’m not expressing sympathy, you understand– Del and Barry are both assholes– just amazement that barring new information, anyone thinks their misery is newsworthy. The facts are presumably a matter of public record– I don’t remember Del being scooted out to a black site for trial– and I have no idea what our junior journalist could have in mind beyond a soggy account of what it’s like to be the son of an imprisoned felon.

    Comment by vaganova — May 14, 2018 @ 4:04 pm

  9. Noooooo, hitorque, come baaaccckkk, I need you in my comment section tomorrow(ha ha). Seriously, My Man, my take is they’re spending more time discussing Peyton Place than the game itself. I think it’s safe to say they’re really not focused on the task at hand.
    Oh, it’s my turn to bat? How many out?
    But you puncture Gil’s balloon with the best of ’em and you were on point today.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — May 14, 2018 @ 7:53 pm

  10. @Philip:

    Aaron Asgaard was a lazy motherfucker who decided playing basketball was more important than helping his single mother through depression and addiction relapse…

    Nevermind the fact that he had a girlfriend (presumably with the money to take her out), a car (presumably with plenty of gas money), and he could afford to drive 20 miles over to the next town to go raving until 4am on school days…

    Comment by hitorque — May 15, 2018 @ 9:20 am

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