This Week in Milford

January 8, 2020

Susan Gets the Cherries, Alexa Gets the Pits


What else do Alexa Watson and Chris Schuring have in common besides being in competition for Milford High valedictorian? A reluctance to take shots, apparently.  If not for the media relations director of the National Cherry Festival (at least I think that’s who she is; fits Rubin’s MO of Pure Michigan shout-outs), the Lady Mudlarks might not have been able to hang on to beat the Lady Raiders.

Phoebe manages to elude the disembodied fist threatening to bonk her on the head to deliver the message to Alexa. Dunno if that was spontaneous or if Mimi planted that bug in her ear. Pulling kids out of class for 20 minutes then making them dress out and stand in front of her while she lectures them is not a Mrs. Coach Thorp thing, but if the Milford girls don’t start putting up more points Mimi may be forced to follow Gil’s lead and actually do a little coaching.



  1. Teenchy, in P1, is the fist indicating “Milford won” or VIVA LA REVOLUCION!!!!!!!!! Maybe a straggler from the Cuban Revolution? A holder from Castro?

    FIDEL!!!!!!!!! FIDEL!!!!!!!!!! A LOS THORPS DALOS DURE!!!!!!!!!!!!(Fidel!!!!!!!! Fidel!!!!!!!!!! Hit the Thorps hard!!!!!!!!!)
    Can’t wait for his weekly speech at the Mudlark gym.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — January 8, 2020 @ 1:25 pm

  2. So, I guess that this is gonna be the story for the next 8 weeks min…these two strokes are gonna show how non-aggressive that they are until they become an item and are both sitting on a couch somewhere afraid to touch each other in any way that might be considered “inappropriate” or “too aggressive”

    Comment by franku20166 — January 8, 2020 @ 2:51 pm

  3. Bravo, franku. I was about to post something similar. Two strong players reluctant to “take the shot.” Neither is acting like the star player in “Hoosiers,” played by the non-actor Maris Valainis, who, when the coach plans to have somebody else take the final shot in the state final, insists “I’ll make it.”

    Hoosiers was more than a feel good movie for me in that it featured a fellow method actor, the far more advanced and accomplished Dennis Hopper (“Pletely outta position to make that call! S’chargin’ all the way!) My hat’s also off to the director and the casting director, for their casting non-actors in key roles. Remember “Ollie,” the stumblebum who dribbled off his foot and twisted a towel in anguish at being called into the game? The kid was actually a star high school guard in Indiana. The rationale is that it takes enormous skill to convincingly look that bad…

    But in fairness, confidence that one will come through under extreme pressure is not something which we all have.

    Comment by vaganova — January 8, 2020 @ 3:11 pm

  4. Vaganova, good story. I liked your observation that it takes a lot of talent to bounce it off your foot intentionally.
    Somewhat related to that was in the movie “Nashville”, a typical Robert Altman cult classic, where that lady, Suleen(don’t know if I’m spelling it right) Gay, was singing quite badly at that honky-tonk. THAT WAS NOT AN ACT. She actually sang that badly.
    And the audience of conventioneers who were relentlessly booing her were REALLY conventioneers. They weren’t actors. Altman just happened to run across them while he was shooting the movie and, striking while the iron was hot, offered to slip each and every one of them a generous chunk of change if they would hiss and hoot and holler and be generally obnoxious while she was singing out of key all the way down to her strip act. And THEY DID THAT IN ONE TAKE. No reshoots, no rehearsals. The camera was rolling and Altman just let ‘er rip. What you saw on the screen was what you got.
    My dad always brings up Suleen Gay from time to time. I have a CD buried somewhere of my sister imitating Suleen while my sister was in 8th grade(my sister CAN sing, BTW). My sister was hilarious.

    Good story again, Vaganova. You da Man.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — January 8, 2020 @ 5:12 pm

  5. Doesn’t surprise me about Dennis Hopper if you think back to the making of “Easy Rider” and how many of those scenes involved *real* people (i.e., the hippie communes, the diner scene, etc.)

    As for today’s strip, I feel kinda ambivalent so I don’t have a comment today. If this pattern holds, then this basketball season will break the seven-year Ripkenesque streak of “Literally every seasonal storyline being as bad, if not worse than the preceding one”…

    Comment by hitorque — January 9, 2020 @ 9:48 am

  6. […] strip. If you read the narration box in parallel with the dialogue, you get that Susan Wilcox (née Wilcox-Olson; maybe she got divorced since the last game?) has lightened the mood with her lame joke and […]

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