This Week in Milford

July 5, 2019

Old Home Week? More Like Old Home Summer


Picking up a few of the pieces of the meet-cute backstory from yesterday. TWIM old-timers, you may want to fast-forward through this (or read this kinda summary from two summers ago).

In 2005 Jaquan Case, then playing for Bishop Tardy, was under pressure to turn pro straight out of high school. The pressure was coming from his Uncle Rudy, who was Jaquan’s guardian after the death of both of his parents, and from the sporting goods company Tronix (which would rear its head years later by sponsoring a football camp for college prospects). Meanwhile Hadley V. Baxendale, spawn of lawyers, was making her case that the Lady Mudlarks weren’t getting the perks and attention that the boys’ team was getting. Gil shot Hadley’s demands down whilst manspreading, except the one for letting the girls have the gym on a Friday night because the boys wouldn’t be using it.

After meeting Jaquan in Gil’s office (where he ducked his handler to study), Hadley decided that she needed to help Case make his case to postpone his NBA plans and go to college. With then-boyfriend Steve Luhm’s help, Hadley arranged a meeting between Jaquan, Gil, and Hadley’s lawyer father, Ed (what is it with lawyers named Ed in the comics?) who confirmed that Jaquan’s dealings with Tronix wouldn’t harm his college eligibility. Turned out Rudy could fail and Jaquan could go to college.

As a way of thanking Hadley for helping him make his case, Jaquan pulled some strings and had Tronix send new practice jerseys and game unis to the Lady Mudlarks, who proceeded to work their way through the playdowns against several teams from the Philly suburbs. What Jaquan still thought he owed Hadley is best left to the imagination.

Hello, TWIM readers. We’ve come to the point in this post where those who didn’t read through all of this will have to stand up, or sit down and scroll down the page. In fairness to those readers, we’ll now take a few seconds before we begin side two.



Thank you. Here’s side two.

Once again Gil reminds us that Milford is a man’s man’s man’s world. He can’t be bothered by such trivia as wedding dates and locations, knit hats, rally hippos, merit badges, and winning ball teams. Those spatula-shaped second-degree burns on the back of his hand might bother him, though.

Oh look, another old character pops in this summer to make us forget about golf.  This time we don’t have to go back a decade and half but only a few months to revisit the tale of Tiki Jansen. You’ll recall Tiki was a New Thayer football player who wanted out of New Thayer because he was being bullied there, so his fam rented an apartment in Milford to give him a fake address and let him play there. Looks like the Jansens are keeping up this charade but the MHS School Board has no interest. How do these plot lines come together? Probably by letting Hadley get in some pro bono work.


  1. P2: “ Gil…. you are such a dick”

    Comment by franku2016 — July 5, 2019 @ 1:12 pm

  2. Well, Teenchy, at least we’re making progress with how a spatula supposed to sound like when it comes in contact with the human head.
    Instead of KROC or KLACK or WHIPPOORWILL or CROTCH or CLATCH, we DO witness a passable spelling of a normal sound of the action mentioned above, though the American WHAP would be probably be more advisable than the European WAP.
    But we’re making progress SOMEWHERE.
    Now if we can only say the same for the plot. We’re seeing more basketballs, spatulas, and matching gas grills than we are golf clubs.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — July 5, 2019 @ 3:36 pm

  3. I’m pleased to see so little golf. I know people love it, but it’s hard to create a compelling golf plot in a comic strip. My hat’s off to teenchy, who has summarized the Hadley/Jacquan story with admirable clarity, and now offers a reasonable path toward closing the Tiki plot through the efforts of Hadley v Baxendale, attorney at law. She’s been given time off after a major victory, probably just enough to help out Tiki. Set-up city. Thrilled that at least so far, it appears the summer will not be spent on showing that some drip from a nearby golf club has been improving his lie.

    Comment by vaganova — July 5, 2019 @ 3:57 pm

  4. So exactly how many riding crops does Mimi own?

    Comment by nedryerson — July 5, 2019 @ 7:24 pm

  5. “After the Dynamic Duo, Men, or we’ll all go up the river to the Gotham City Pen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
    So a lot of fighting is going on between the Caped Crusaders and the Joker’s gang, accompanied by that B-side music played by(hey, just a guess but that couldn’t be Ted Nugent, not even when he was in puberty with Amboy Dukes)The Ventures(“Walk, Don’t Run”, natch, is on the A-side).
    Then Batman whops the Joker upside his head with a baseball bat, creating a WAP on the TV screen.
    Eh, needs work.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — July 5, 2019 @ 8:25 pm

  6. “Punch each other in the shoulder” is a euphemism for something but I don’t wanna know what.

    Comment by TimP — July 6, 2019 @ 2:49 pm

  7. […] I can only imagine Rubin keeps feeding us these aw-shucks types ’cause he imagines his GRIT-reading base eats ’em up like flapjacks, but for once I’d like to see a college prospect in the Thorpiverse whose approach falls somewhere between this faux humility and the Jaquan Case hype machine. […]

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