This Week in Milford

May 1, 2019

Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!


“Only one loss.  Are you surprised?”

“Sure as hell am! I haven’t even been coaching this team this spring.”

“There’s a swagger and spirit to this team that’s infectious…. Know what else is infectious? This fungus under my fingernails.”

“Eww! Gotta run, Mimi.  Smell you later.”

I get that Marcie Marjie usually comes over to MHS to interview the Coaches Thorp at the beginning of each season, but it seems like this little talk could’ve been conducted just as easily over the phone.  With all the too-cool-for-school hobbies front and center, the Lady Mudlarks’ record has kind of slipped under the radar.  Not to worry; Marcie will fix that…

… and so will the Lady Mudlarks.  Nothing like jinxing* your team in front of a crowd, is there, Molly Hatchet?  Make sure you say that again, and louder, to the formerly-focused-but-now-more-unfocused-than-her-teammates Linda Carr.  Mimi will need a good scapegoat.

*metapost: I was gonna title today’s post “Jinx!” but looks like I already pulled that stunt.


  1. And after that stirring exhortation from Blonde Player No.2, the team huddles and chants: DON’T SCREW IT UP! DON’T SCREW IT UP! DON’T SCREW IT UP!

    So inspirational. Meanwhile, Mimi is nowhere to be found. If there’s a swagger and spirit to this team, she had nothing to do with it.

    Comment by jvwalt — May 1, 2019 @ 9:26 am

  2. …and then Molly Hatcher demonstrates how to do the Charleston for some reason.

    oh, yeah….Mr. Bakst!

    Comment by nedryerson — May 1, 2019 @ 10:03 am

  3. That’s right Mimi!…you haven’t done shit to motivate this group…they created their own motivation through idiotic gadgets like knit caps and stuffed animals from a kid that’s way too old to be into such things. No wonder Linda seems depressed. Now that Molly has stated the obvious, what’s next? A comment like “Hey Jamilla!…did you know that we’ve played four innings and you haven’t allowed a single hit?”

    Comment by franku2016 — May 1, 2019 @ 10:15 am

  4. MarCie Ducey?
    That feels like sacrilege, or at least lèse-majesté.
    We were not amused. Fixed! – t

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — May 1, 2019 @ 10:34 am

  5. @downpuppy, curiously, the Comics Curmudgeon made the same substitution in Marjie’s name when commenting on today’s strip. It is a tribute to Ms. Ducey’s reportorial prowess that her article in the Milford Star yielded apparently big results at the softball field box office.

    Lingering question: Did the hippo ever get a hat or did Jo(y)ceyln and her mom get tired of all that knitting?

    Comment by timbuys — May 1, 2019 @ 10:55 am

  6. Ned is dead right about the Charleston: Molly’s pose is a standard transitional position– easy to miss– between the leg swing to the front and the downward looking toe tap to the back…

    Comment by vaganova — May 1, 2019 @ 1:59 pm

  7. I may be a minority in the jinx department but I think talk of jinxes is lame. But then I’m not a Cub fan. I liked Mark Buerhle’s approach. When He had a perfect game going the team wanted to leave him alone. He would have none of it. His attitude was c’mon Guys, talk to me. I got a perfect game going here! And the announcers are not supposed to mention it? Bull! Hawk would say call your mom, your dad your friends. Buerhle’s perfect through 7! Hell yeah, call some people. Don’t want to miss it. And that foul line they jump over? Kick up dust as you cross it! And DO NOT throw that home run ball back!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 1, 2019 @ 5:46 pm

  8. […] no big whoop. Have I told you about my girls and all their interests off the field?  It gives them swagger and it’s infectious. Kind of like toenail […]

    Pingback by Coffee Talk with Linda… Carr? | This Week in Milford — June 8, 2019 @ 9:34 am

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