This Week in Milford

November 27, 2019

Hasn’t There Already Been an Investigation?


Excuse me but haven’t Marjie, the superintendent and Captain Man Bun already investigated Ballardgate?  What’s left to investigate?  How about some of the details in today’s strip?

P1: How much squirming must it take to get your forearm in front of you to facepalm at that angle?  Careful Chet, you’ll poke your eye out.

P2: We’re on to the third day in a row where people are just reading Marjie’s article aloud to other people.  I can see why Gil looks a little pissy, especially since Mimi’s leaning over him to point at what she’s reading.  (Bet she’s one of those people whose lips move when they read to themselves.)  It’s enough to distract him from his carbo loading. Must have a heavy day of lifting with Kaz on the agenda.

P3 triggered a lot of childhood memories for me, as I remember fondly the day my father bought me a Howard Elston catcher’s mitt. Superintendent Elston looks like a lot of recycled art pasted together: Lee Corso’s head with Paulie Walnuts’ hair spliced atop a  torso Walt “No Neck” Williams style, an odd suit jacket with contrasting lapels and a pocket square but no necktie, and topped off with Whigham’s signature gesticulating hand.  He gets the “immediate” part of the investigation; not so sure about the “thorough” though, as he sends his female charge off with no real direction.

That’s all I have to say about that.  Tip of the hat to Rubin for reminding me of the first black Yankee and the man who had the unfortunate task of having to fill Yogi Berra’s shoes.



  1. Yeah. I hate when people do what Mimi’s doing. “…Hey!…I ….can…!…get the fuck outta’ here, would ya’ please?…and brush your teeth while you’re at it…”

    Comment by franku2016 — November 27, 2019 @ 9:16 am

  2. P 1: Rosie O’Donnell is about to show Chet that ‘blowtop’ is not a good thing in this case

    Comment by franku2016 — November 27, 2019 @ 9:18 am

  3. One minor correction, it’s Elston Howard not Howard Elston. Certainly beating the dead horse. What more is there to investigate? Boot Chet’s smug ass already and run his out of town on a rail.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — November 27, 2019 @ 9:45 am

  4. Are you sure Teenchy’s father didn’t give him a cheap knockoff Howard Elston mitt?
    So I tested the facepalm pose. The forearm part was easy. The problem is that when you do it, your head naturally rolls to the side of the arm, while Chet’s went to other way.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — November 27, 2019 @ 11:26 am

  5. Gentle readers, my mitt was indeed an Elston Howard model. I wore it out and replaced it with a Bob Boone model, one of the first Mizuno mitts I ever saw.

    I expect a future strip to feature the next Milford school superintendent, Munson Thurman.

    Comment by teenchy — November 27, 2019 @ 11:35 am

  6. P1-While we’re savoring Ma and Pa Kettle The Next Morning After a Night at Milford Lounge…

    Well, judging by Mrs. Roh’s “You’re sleeping out in the garage tonight” look, I think we MIGHT get to basketball before December this Sunday. Stick coal in Chet’s stocking, feed him some gruel for Thanksgiving, and let’s get a fresh start by the weekend. It can happen.

    Teenchy, LMAO(per usual) at your Thurman Munson comment. Came out of nowhere and that made it funnier. You da Man.

    And Lee Corso was hilarious which is why I’m VERY reluctant to add

    “Here’s your Milford Enquirer for the day, Mr. Dangerfield. Hope your wrist surgery turns out okay.”
    “Yeah, well, the last time my wrist was turned this way was when my wife said no more sex and I wanted to congratulate her. I’m tellin’ ya, I get no respect. And what’s this headline? ‘Chet Ballard Rides With Elvis on a UFO While Stealing Chance’s Reform School Record!!!!!!!!!!!!!’? Man, of all of the nerve. I’m gettin’ to the bottom of this. The least he could was snatch my wife in the bargain. I’m tellin’ ya, I don’t get no respect.”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — November 27, 2019 @ 12:21 pm

  7. I completely missed the reference to Ellie Howard. Stengel and later Ralph Houk knew they needed Yogi in every game possible, because we was probably the most reliable out-of-the-zone hitter of all time. But catching is rough on the body, so Yogi played much of his career in left field. In most parks, left is the easiest outfield position, but at Yankee stadium it may be the most difficult. This meant Elston Howard caught much of the time. Luckily, Howard was also a superb player.

    I think I was distracted by the fact the superintendent appears to be wearing a notched lapel tuxedo jacket, without a tie. The notched lapel, a fairly recent development, is technically not even proper, but in Mfnrd it would probably fit right in. I wonder if his is a TUXEDO brand tuxedo…

    Comment by vaganova — November 27, 2019 @ 1:45 pm

  8. Why an investigation instead of action? Because Howard Elston is Mitt Romney, hiding from reporters until impeachment is over.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — November 27, 2019 @ 2:02 pm

  9. This is so stupid I’m speechless. Does anyone remember a glove brand name Meteor? It was the biggest freakin’ glove I’ve ever seen at the time. Late 70’s early 80’s. The Blatz of outfielder’s gloves. Yep, cheap. But quality glove.
    It’s a little late to inform but Local H will be at the Looney Bin in Bradley, Illinois tonight. I’ll be there. They will be playing NYE in Lemont, Illinois. There. Plenty of advance notice. See ya then!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — November 27, 2019 @ 5:28 pm

  10. […] actually. My first was an Howard Elston Elston Howard model, my second a Bob […]

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