This Week in Milford

January 19, 2019

How to Groom Your Point Guard


“You’ve run hot and cold… Is something bothering you?… There, let me rub that kink out of your neck.  Say, Mike, do you like movies about gladiators?”

Sorry about that.  Yesterday’s JoePa reference kinda triggered me.

Let’s recap what we’ve seen but not heard out of Filion so far this season.  He’d been slipping in one class and “had a one-week dip last spring because he was texting his girlfriend all night.”  Mike let Kaz know he wasn’t dipping anymore, so that’s not a factor. He gave Milford the lead at Danbury, but a deflection and an odd bounce gave the Mad Hatters the win.  All we have to go on is one panel in a strip set in the pre-season for any indication that Mike may be having moments of self-doubt.

Now the Mudlarks, distracted or not, are 1-4 and mediocrity would look like a step forward.  Social media exists in the Thorpiverse, Marty was already called out as a putz by Paloma Padilla & co. last season and, if Liesl Ishii is still alive, so has B/Robby.  So why are these kids so spooked?  The billboard and AM talk radio smear campaign should be giving these kids bulletin board material to fire up for the next game.  Seems like it’s Gil who’s distracted, and now he’s gonna pin it on Filion retroactively.  (Here I thought scapegoats were a Westview thing.)  Plant enough seeds of FUD in the kid’s head and soon enough he’ll crack, spilling his guts to Gil while ignoring where that big flipper goes next.




  1. “Coach, can you get me a Pepsi?”

    Comment by anthrax2525 — January 20, 2019 @ 7:34 am

  2. FWIW, Gil has shown more follow up than the bearded Milford Star stringer ever did. Marty, too, for that matter.

    Comment by timbuys — January 20, 2019 @ 8:57 am

  3. Gil is distracted by coaching 3 sports poorly. And if he should re-bury the kids. He’s hearing things. Maybe re-bury them in Los Angeles. Not the one in Los Angeles. Not the one in south California. They got one in South Patagonia.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — January 20, 2019 @ 9:43 am

  4. Actually, there has been a little more than we’ve noted concerning Mike Filion, including panels which reminded some of us of the story of Bubba Joe Tilwell’s clinical depression. Gil has the sense to stay on the case without pushing his point guard to talk about things he isn’t ready to talk about. And to ignore permanent earaches such as Marty and passing ones such as the pissant Howry.

    We get impatient sometimes, because we want Mfnrd to win, but a high school coach is basically a teacher, and Gil is showing signs of handling the present matter just right. It’s not as if his teams are terrible year after year– as billy will I think confirm, his overall record is quite good. And he’s coaching kids, not the Lakers.

    Comment by vaganova — January 20, 2019 @ 3:25 pm

  5. 2 ideas as I rolled through some old posts–

    1.Joe Bolek and Mike Filian have the same haircut and look almost identical

    2. I think Mike and Bobby(Robby) Howry are in cahoots. I think Mikes on-off performance is related to getting together with Bobby and plotting the ouster of Thorp. It explains not only Mike not being where he should be all the time, (helping Bobby with his road signs) but his play on the court is deliberately subpar in order to help the team lose games and hasten Gils firing. Makes as much sense as anything else I can think of. There has to be a connection with Bobby somewhere, and Mike not telling Thorp a lot is another clue. Of course Joe has been forgotton about for now, but we’ll see if he’s another ally in the Howry Thorp Firing Team.

    Comment by robmize2013 — January 21, 2019 @ 9:55 am

  6. P3 reminds me of Leslie Nielson in Airplane:

    Comment by franku2016 — January 21, 2019 @ 10:13 am

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