This Week in Milford

March 23, 2019

Back Off Boogaloo


“More volleyball? Hell yeah! I know which sport butters my bread – and it sure ain’t softball! Also, with volleyball at least I know what my schedule is gonna look like. No scrimmages on two days’ notice, that’s for sure! Now back off, Jamila. Okay?” – first draft of Linda’s lines in P1

“How dare those girls have lives outside Milford sports!” – first draft of Mimi’s lines in P4

I think it’s fair to say that most of us at TWIM are glad to see a story line in which Mimi and one of her girls’ teams are at the forefront.  It’s also fair to say that Mimi’s not winning any friends here with her attitude.  She shouldn’t be expected to keep track of all her players’ lives, but she should also consider that changing up her team’s schedule on such short notice may have a definite impact on her players. Good thing she’s got a sympathetic ear in her old man there, as they pound down adult beverages at whichever Milford watering hole they’re at. (Barney’s Pub again? Not sure.)

Speaking of adult beverages: When they’re not jogging or at Milford High, are Gil and Mimi ever in each other’s presence without a drink in their hands? A marriage counselor would have a field day with that factoid.



  1. Yes, in real life, it would be “shut the fuck up, Jemima, jemilla, jermaine-a….whatever the fuck your name is…no one asked you”

    Comment by franku2016 — March 23, 2019 @ 12:57 pm

  2. …and if any girls on my daughter’s HS varsity softball team had dared to tell the coach that “they couldn’t be there” for a saturday practice/scrimmage, they would’ve had to run their asses off on Monday and then not be expected to play the next couple of games. Let’s see if Mimi has what it takes….

    Comment by franku2016 — March 23, 2019 @ 1:01 pm

  3. So, um… We know that one player can’t make the scrimmage on two days’ notice because of a pre-existing commitment. No word on the other three prospective no-shows. Now, with Rubin’s non-sequitur-heavy writing style, we don’t know if the volleyballer is on Milford’s team or some sort of travel team for high-level players. If the former, Mimi can take care of the conflict in a snap. If the latter, then hell, the player is right. She’s getting a scholarship for volleyball, she has to focus primarily on volleyball. Back off, Mimi.

    Comment by jvwalt — March 23, 2019 @ 1:05 pm

  4. Panel 2: Boy, Mimi’s really got a death grip on that wine goblet. Careful angry Mimi, that stem might snap in your hand! Then a bad owie, blood, and spilled Cabernet blend.

    Meanwhile, transgender Moe Howard surreptitiously spies on our coaching couple, endlessly pacing back and forth with a tray of Kilo-Burgers, waiting for the Ambien xe placed in Gil’s Guinness to take effect.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — March 23, 2019 @ 1:44 pm

  5. Please tell me the conflict driving this plot is not going to be “the other players tease Linda for having a scholarship in another sport”.
    Please show me a high school coach, band director, or driving instructor who never had a kid react to a schedule change with “I’ve already got a commitment at that time”.

    Comment by Philip — March 23, 2019 @ 4:19 pm

  6. The comments concerning Mimi and the Mimi-revolt, er, mini-revolt are valid but I gotta go with Franku.
    My nephew’s baseball coach(Coach Sparrow) was laid-back but intense in games and practices. He didn’t sit on his players but it was clear who was in charge. First off, NO coach worth his weight in salt is gonna schedule a scrimmage just a few days in advance. It’s usually on the schedule the high school passes out well before the season starts.
    And NO player popped off to Coach Sparrow and told him they couldn’t be there unless it was an emergency(death in the family, for example). You just didn’t tell him you couldn’t make it because your church had a picnic that day. As Frank mentioned, your PT on the team would be severely limited, if you were still on it.
    And believe me, coaches are understanding people and are painfully aware that kids have lives outside of sports. But Coach Hudson in X-country and Coach Tindle in boys golf and Coach Wempe(WEHM-pee) in girls golf were VERY successful(several State championships in golf) because they expected a commitment, which they got. They were all quiet dictators. Kids on their teams were well-rounded, involved in other sports and activities(encouraged by these coaches), but game time and practice time belonged to THEM.
    No appointments with the beautician which wouldn’t surprise me as that being the reason for the Mimi-revolt. Mimi DOES need to take charge and PLAN AHEAD next time, not do all her scheduling with her husband at Barney’s, Applebee’s, Chili’s, or whatever neighborhood bar ‘n’ grill they’re patronizing.
    Oh, and encourage Linda to use Dentyne for Exploding Mouth Syndrome.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — March 23, 2019 @ 4:53 pm

  7. […] they’re up to when they’re not at Milford High. Quelle surprise, there they are with drinks in their hands again. Mimi seems flummoxed by the idea that kids these days can empathize with one another over […]

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