This Week in Milford

June 12, 2018

Holding a Finger in The Wind


Not to get all meta on y’all, but lemme just say that following up on posts such as those Ned penned yesterday can be a bit daunting. That said, let’s get to it.

It seems we’ve come some way in the realm of finger repair and thumb reattachment, such that it’s not preclusive of rehabilitation and return. Unfortunately for Gil’s powers of recollection, as described below, Joe made it to the bigs prior to his injury and may possibly have enjoyed success as a pitcher a la Three Finger Brown. Then again, this was forty years ago so Gil may be forgiven for being a little shaky on the details. Heck, forty years ago I was… Well, let’s just leave it at that it was a real, real long time ago.

Want to know what would make panels two and three a lot more interesting? Context.

Instead of wasting time dragging the Bader characters through the mud for no discernible reason, we could have some sense of how many games have been played, how many remain, what efforts Gil may or may not have made on Kevin’s behalf to get him to the next level, etc.

Heck, we could even have explored an arc where his teammates, annoyed with his obsession for personal stats, go to the coach for help with their well meaning but misguided star. Maybe have Kevin go down swinging when he should have just been trying to advance the runner and the Mudlarks lose a crucial game to a hated rival to miss the playdowns.  The point is: There were a lot of missed opportunities for Lessons To Be Learned.

Instead, we wasted more panels than I am prepared to count on an inane interview of BB by DD that I can scarcely recall as, practically speaking, it had no plot. Which might not be the end of the world, except that it’s the middle of June and I have to imagine the football arc starts in August.

Minus points:

P1: Re: Gil’s up the nostril shot, as my toddler son used to say, “No TANK You!”

P2: Please tell me that is some kind of miniature clipboard.

P3: It’s been my lifelong quest, which I embarked upon eight weeks ago, to break his all-time record, with which I am only vaguely familiar.

metapost: FYI to the team, I have created and applied The Legend of Joe Sharkey category.



  1. I wonder if Moose still has his spikes on in P3? And why is Kaz flexing?

    Comment by Jive Turkey — June 12, 2018 @ 10:00 am

  2. Adam Mundy was on pace to break Sharkey’s record in 2002 before Gil kicked him off the team with a month left in the season. He had 11 total at that point including 3 in one game.

    The Secret Pelwecki has 5 with just weeks left in the baseball story arc… so good luck with that.

    Comment by billytheskink — June 12, 2018 @ 12:37 pm

  3. I remember a segment on a TV show from the late 70s/early 80s (maybe Real People or That’s Incredible?) about a guy who lost his thumb in an accident. They transplanted one of his toes as a replacement. They used the second toe, not the big toe, because it had more articulation and is much more analogous to the thumb..

    I also read about a case in a medical journal where a women developed a cancerous tumor in her femur which required amputation of the leg up close to the pelvis. They salvaged the leg from below the knee, and grafted it backwards onto the thigh. The ankle basically became a knee and the foot could be fitted with a prosthetic. The reason for the extra effort was that after above knee amputations leave people with much greater issues using prosthetics over the long haul than below knee..

    When Bill Ritter injured his leg with a chain saw and it was amputated (as I recall it was above knee), Gil helped him train as a boxer. Advanced limb saving surgeries had not made their way to Milford.

    Comment by nedryerson — June 12, 2018 @ 1:45 pm

  4. timbuys, i agree, the Mount Rushmore pose in P1 gets old. Is this for effect? Yeah, one way to bring back the good ol’ days and inspire Moose is be a promo for a nasal spray commercial. “Moose(snorting the innards in his nose clear up to his cerebellum), if ya got it in ya, you can be the next Babe. Don’t aim for small potatoes like Sharkey. Shoot for the moon.” “Uh(gag, wretch), thanks, Coach. I’m practicing my Babe ’32 point-to-left-field stance. BTW, do you want me to stop by Milford Pharmacy and get you some Nasal-teen?”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — June 12, 2018 @ 3:55 pm

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