This Week in Milford

May 15, 2019

If Everybody’s TCFS, Then Nobody’s TCFS


Gentle Reader: I don’t know what the weather’s been like where you live but here at yhs’ desk it has, until an hour or so ago, been raining almost non-stop since Saturday night. These conditions are often conducive to seeing rainbows. If you’re like me, when you see a rainbow your eyes travel its length, and you try to mentally fill in any gaps in the rainbow to figure out where it begins or ends.

That’s what I’m trying to do with David Walter’s “bloop” single today, which looks to me like it may have been launched from somewhere between the pitcher’s mound and home plate. Of course he may not have hit the ball squarely, putting some kind of spin on it. Anyway I look at it, it looks less like a bloop to me than a misjudged pop-up. Overanalyzing the one panel of baseball action we’ve seen in weeks has entertained me more than putting any thought into analyzing the TCFS phenomenon, which rears its head yet again in today’s last panel.

Linda, who is emphatically not wearing a TC button, is about to confront Nancy about said buttons. Nancy, who is emphatically aware that Linda has not been given a TC button, is about to make an awkward conversation even more awkward. I have no inclination to predict what may happen next but if the recent past is prologue, expect TCFS to be uttered at least once per strip.


  1. I can just imagine Rubin and Whigham doing the old Ralph and Sam routine from the cartoons. Check in, check out, give not a damn about what happens in between. Welp, there’s another strip done, let’s get back to day-drinking.

    Comment by jvwalt — May 15, 2019 @ 6:54 am

  2. The art project blonde in Panel 3 is back, today as a Modigliani. I look forward to seeing her as a Miro.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — May 15, 2019 @ 7:16 am

  3. Sports!

    Is this the first baseball team appearance in a month and a half?

    Comment by billytheskink — May 15, 2019 @ 7:25 am

  4. Yeah teenchy, I’m guessing OF hat fell off a few times and he put it back on each time. That’s how “blooper” fell in. I cant keep track of these characters at all. Kudos to those who can. Isn’t it a badge of honor by now NOT to have one of these Bozo buttons? Kinda like the 20 year old male who doesn’t have a tattoo and doesn’t wear hat backwards.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 15, 2019 @ 9:35 am

  5. The blooper looks like there’s a hurricane blowing in, but the hat is falling the other way, so we’re dealing with cartoon physics.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — May 15, 2019 @ 10:42 am

  6. Gotta agree with Jive Turkey. If you aren’t being included in a club that includes a damn near grown woman who collects hippo toys and another one who is proud to be in a knitting circle, then that’s a good thing.

    Comment by franku2016 — May 15, 2019 @ 11:49 am

  7. Why would Linda have any question about Nancy’s involvement with the buttons? Linda has been in the lockerroom/dugout/field/vicinity while all of these shenanigans transpired. What’s even more astounding is that Nancy herself seems rather unclear on what she has to do with this foolishness.

    Oh well. Better to wonder about that than question where Linda’s legs are in panel two. When the Oakwood catcher blocks the plate, she means business!

    Comment by timbuys — May 15, 2019 @ 12:58 pm

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