This Week in Milford

November 7, 2020

Going Dutch? No, Going Swiss.

I have tried to keep politics out of my posts here for the most part, with the notable exception of the Padilla siblings basketball arc when I echoed timbuys’ sentiment about the treatment of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irma. Yet not until robmize’s* post yesterday did it dawn on me that the quarterback controversy aspect of this fall arc could be seen as an allegory of the 2020 US presidential campaign. The Mudlark gridders are roughly split between the steady, unflashy game manager who plays the cards he’s dealt with and the mouthy loose cannon who calls his own shots and comes up bigly as often as not. But enough of that analogy.

How is a high school student like Switzerland? Does he hold on to the lunch money bullies steal from other kids for safekeeping? Does he sell nice watches at recess? Oh, I get it, he’s neutral, as in he sits in his own little clique separate from the quarterback cliques.

Mimi allegedly coaches the Lady Mudlark volleyball team. Have we ever seen her coach them? Not really, but that’s par for the course. It should come as no surprise, then, that she spends as much time scanning the stands to see who’s watching her team as she does actually coaching that team. Watch for Gil to preach unity, not division, in the locker room next week after Mimi rats out his players for sitting in bunches and not in a group. Come to think of it, that’s kind of an allegory for what we saw in US politics tonight.

*Again, I think it’s appropriate to tip our collective hats to robmize for the work he does. We who have no view into the inner workings of the USPS have no idea of the forces that have influenced his ability to do his job. That he’s still able to do it is a testament to him and his fellow postal workers. Thank you, Rob.


  1. “This Gil-Hunching-Mimi-Like-A-Doberman-On-A-Fire-Hydrant Moment is brought to you by Timex. It takes a licking and keeps on ticking.”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — November 7, 2020 @ 11:30 pm

  2. Teenchy,
    I like your mention of cliques.
    The late Dean Smith would have his players rotate roommates every semester so that the Tar Heels would prevent that very thing from happening. Many times, Michael Jordan roomed with the benchwarmer on the team.

    You ever heard of TEAMWORK, Gil? Might try it sometimes. It does wonders.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — November 8, 2020 @ 2:26 am

  3. Gil will to tell Rapp & Thayer to kiss & make up.
    Guys?! You don’t need to use tongues. Enough!
    Oh, well. Team, let’s leave them to it.

    Comment by Downpuppy (I, me, mine) (@Downpuppy) — November 8, 2020 @ 8:36 am

  4. It’s what their split about that has me baffled. It’s not like Corina is passing out favors to whoever asks her and she’s about as un-cute as anyone could be. Time for her to take a ride to Swifti Mart for a pack of smokes

    Comment by franku2016 — November 8, 2020 @ 9:01 am

  5. I don’t see the mystery about what divides them. We have the quarterback the coaches have chosen, and a second, who is pissed off that he’s not the starter, and is willing to disrupt the entire season in order to advance his own selfish grievance. The mystery is why Gil– now about to be prompted by Mimi– has not intervened. I don’t know how many players are allowed in the Valley League, but it seems safe to say that forty or more Mudlarks are having their season jeopardized by this self-absorbed idiot.

    Comment by vaganova — November 8, 2020 @ 5:31 pm

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