This Week in Milford

March 11, 2019

Let’s Hear It For The Girls

Filed under: Marjie Ducey, Mimi Thorp, Peering Over Eyeglasses, softball — nedryerson @ 6:52 am


Spring is in the air! It’s time to kick off our new plot. (What’s that? The last plot was an unsatisfying mess that barely limped over the finish line while puking its guts out all over the spectators? Welcome to Milford!)

For the purposes of today’s strip (colorized version) Mimi Thorp will be sporting chestnut hair. It looks nice on her, coordinates nicely with her similarly colored  bat and batting gloves and the all red uni. I’m going to assume that the colorist made this choice to keep from flooding the strip with blonde due to Marjie’s appearance.

Since we’re starting out with softball practice, can we expect to spend some time with Milford Girls Sports and some female student athletes? Nothing is guaranteed (except disappointment, mostly).

If we are going to focus on a female Mudlark this season, it will be our infielder who makes diving stops on sharp grounders in the hole. (If you are taking grounders, do you wear a batting glove? I never thought about it, but I guess it makes sense from an injury prevention standpoint.) Do we know her? Probably not. But Marjie Ducey appreciates her skill so we will be hearing a lot about her (until focus is pulled away by some nimrod on the baseball team).


  1. Ned, loved your take on girls wearing batting gloves out in the field. It’s not protocol as I recall(poet and don’t know it) but maybe I’m old-school.


    In Milford theaters everywhere

    “Girls Get a Jump on the Boys on the Planet of the Apes!!!!!!!!!!”
    Wonder if they’ll revive Aldo. Should be interesting.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — March 11, 2019 @ 7:15 am

  2. For what it’s worth (not much) the non-colorized version makes the diving infielder appear barehanded. I don’t think I’d wear a glove on my throwing hand, but I was an outfielder, so what do I know?

    I think this is the first time I’ve seen a Mfnrd sports team begin practice “on time” instead of a month or so into the season, at least the first time in a long while.

    Comment by vaganova — March 11, 2019 @ 9:42 am

  3. Well the girl athletes should be well rested since they didn’t have a basketball season.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — March 11, 2019 @ 9:47 am

  4. Good observations, Vaganova. You on point, as usual.

    Ned, whaddup with the whistle? Isn’t that really for basketball or football? When I saw my nephew practice billions of times, I never saw Coach Sparrow with one. With the chaw in his mouth? Like Mr. Horse used to say “Nope, I dont think I like it.”

    INFIELD FLY, BATTER IS OUT, IF FAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Mr. Horse as an umpire “Nope, I dont think I like to call that one.”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — March 11, 2019 @ 9:48 am

  5. Is that douche Barry Bader gone yet? If not, I’m sure that there will be another enthralling story about him or possibly Ricky Soto, stupid kid with mohawk, or Fillion…that would be the nimrod on the baseball team

    Comment by franku2016 — March 11, 2019 @ 9:55 am

  6. Given that Shortstop Ponytail is wearing a hoodie, it may not be a batting glove. It’s early March, it’s cold.
    But yeah – starting a season on time & featuring the girls! It’s like Rubin has been listening.
    Mimi’s hand looks like she’s using baseballs this year, or maybe laying off the peroxide made her hand grow.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — March 11, 2019 @ 10:21 am

  7. All the ladies except Marjie are wearing gloves. Or maybe they got the memo nixing blackface, so they’re trying out blackhand?

    Whatevs, glad to see a little pub for a girls’ team, but I agree that sooner or later we’re going to switch over to “some nimrod on the boys’ team.”

    Comment by John S. Walters — March 11, 2019 @ 10:35 am

  8. Rubin is way ahead of his normal schedule this time – I don’t know if baseball/softball has started any indoor work here in western NY, but I can guarantee they’re not outdoors, where we still have four inches of snow and four inches of mud underneath it.
    Will we learn how Mike Filion’s counseling sessions are going? Or was that a one time deal?

    Comment by Philip — March 11, 2019 @ 11:08 am

  9. Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx did dutifully record a basketball season busy with chitter chatter, partially named new characters, and very much not busy with basketball.

    We were given knowledge of 9 games total, all covering the boy’s squad. As pointed out, the Lady Mudlarks didn’t even play a game this year, and with there being no girl’s basketball in 2016-2017 either we have now seen all of 2 Lady Mudlark games since 2016 (the 17-18 seasons had only games against Goshen and West Falls). 9 is the fewest boy’s basketball games depicted since only 7 were seen in 2015-2016 and the 9 games between both teams is the fewest seen since Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx began recording in 2001, edging the 13 seen in 2013-2014.

    Milford Mudlark Boys Basketball 2018-2019 – 3-6 overall, 2-4 in the Valley Conference

    L vs Arapahoe* 47-62
    L @ Danbury* 59-60 or 61
    W @ Goshen
    L ?? Valley Tech
    L @ Jefferson by 6
    L vs Madison close
    W @ Tilden 54-52
    L vs Oakwood close
    W @ Unknown* sloppy

    * Non Valley Conference game
    Though the unknown opponent likely was a conference game, it is not counted as such by Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx

    Gil’s basketball record since 2001 now stands at 158-62 with 13 unknowns, 82-45 with 7 unknowns in the Valley Conference. In this time he is 12-4 in the playdowns and won the 2002 state championship. His squads have not made the playdowns since a one-and-done appearance in 2013, which is their only appearance since 2006. Gil’s career basketball record, minus the years from 1996 to 2000, is 747-317 with 9 state championships and only one sports radio gadfly who lasted more than two months on the air.

    A total of 25 named characters appeared this season, including real life folk singer Tish Hinojosa and a Matt Shaw lookalike reporter who was described on multiple occasions as being “The Milford Star” (Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx recognizes this as his name until further notice, because it finds that to be funny). Other new named characters included stovepipe sophomore Marcell Irby, once-mentioned basketball player and would be vandal “Percy”, Arapahoe Center Brian Ulmer, Mike Filion’s unseen girlfriend Marisa Mendez, Kelly Krystek’s demanding “old school” client Mrs. Kapoor, Mimi’s friend Peggy, and PUB owner/founder Barney.

    Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx hopes to see many more games in the coming baseball and softball seasons, but will not hold its breath. That is partially because it is a Microsoft Excel file and mostly because there have been fewer than 20 total games depicted between the two teams since 2012.

    Comment by billytheskink — March 11, 2019 @ 11:49 am

  10. Thanks billy! Illuminating, as always.

    Comment by nedryerson — March 11, 2019 @ 1:27 pm

  11. Compadres, judging from the variety of great observations above, we are back on our game. Getting that shithead Bobby Hoohah off stage has helped a lot (“Give ‘im the hook!” as vaudeville audiences cried.) And I’m delighted to see the girls featured, at least for now.

    If Barely Bader reappears, however, I may lose my composure, though like Philip, I continue to be interested in the Mike Filion story line and hope Whigrub is as well. Downpuppy suggests Whigrub may have been listening to us, and if so, it’s possible Mike Fiiion and the Diving Infielder will become involved and find not only find they both have emotional health issues but will help each other. Nah– too reasonable and too complicated. And tdrew? Thanks for the plug.

    Comment by vaganova — March 11, 2019 @ 3:12 pm

  12. Why is the batter’s box dirt and outline yellow? Nevermind that, what is up with the coach’s right forearm in P3? I do like the way coach elegantly cups the miniature softball.

    Comment by timbuys — March 11, 2019 @ 9:36 pm

  13. How about a story on a student with a substance abuse problem instead of one with a passed out mom on the couch or a dad behind the wheel? There are plenty of HS kids with these kinds of problems too.

    Comment by franku2016 — March 12, 2019 @ 9:12 am

  14. […] to one of Neal’s friends at the Detroit News.  Crazy how Happy Fun Ball goes from being tiny in Mimi’s hand to enormous in Jocelynn’s, […]

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