This Week in Milford

December 23, 2020

Free Eats. Now Scram!

I have to start today’s post with an apology. To the real Vic Doucette, I apologize for writing that your surname was spelled more pretentiously than Michael Doucet’s. I’m going to venture a guess that either your family picked up the “te” or his family lost the “te” somewhere during the Acadian deportation and diaspora*. I’m also now wondering whether strip regular Marjie Ducey‘s surname is a corruption of yours.

Today’s strip is one of those that would benefit from an audio file. As it is we have to take it as canon that strip Vic is a small kid with glasses that magically change size a big voice, not unlike the previously mentioned Dave Zinkoff. Knowledge of hoops trivia would seem to be less relevant to the PA announcer’s job than, say, some knowledge of the rules of the game. Calling a free throw attempt as a one-and-one when the team is not yet in the bonus could cause confusion for the easily confused, leading to unnecessary substitutions, raining frogs and heaven knows what else.

Since we never (at least in my memory) have heard from Mr. Staley (possibly of the Decatur Staleys?) we have no real standard against which to hold Vic’s work. Suffice it to say if Rubin holds true to form, Vic will join a line of nebbishy boys with oversized egos whose antics will throw a stick in the spokes of the wheels that roll the Mudlarks to second place in the Valley. With that in mind, here’s a clip of the real Dave Zinkoff to give us an idea of what a basketball PA announcer should sound like.

*I found myself going down this rabbit hole this morning and had to pull myself back out to finish this post. Interesting reading if you don’t know the history already.


  1. OK, then. Here’s a 2017 newspaper story written by NR that’s all about a baseball league I volunteered with for 15 years. There’s also a video; about 2:30 in, a guy who looks and sounds a lot like me shows up.

    Comment by Vic Doucette — December 23, 2020 @ 9:08 am

  2. “….kid,….You drive a hard bargain…the hot dog is old and dried out and the drink is warm and watered down so it’s all good….”

    Comment by franku2016 — December 23, 2020 @ 11:35 am

  3. For that wage what’s her name should do PA. Glad she isn’t. Thanks for the Zinkoff teenchy. As tdrew would say , you da man!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — December 23, 2020 @ 11:48 am

  4. @Vic Doucette, thank you for sharing that clip. At least we know where “60 Pounds of Pure Speed” Max Ortiz gets his name! ;-) Seriously, kudos and a “Bless You Boys!” to you for the work you’re doing with the Miracle League.

    Comment by teenchy — December 23, 2020 @ 12:08 pm

  5. @teenchy I no longer volunteer with the league. It was time for somebody else to do it after 15 years.

    The Miracle League started in suburban Atlanta, Georgia, circa 2000. There are now a few hundred such leagues around the country and at least a couple in Canada. Our league was visited a few years ago by an Israeli rabbi and his wife; they said they loved what we did and wanted to bring it to their area, though I have no idea what became of that.

    In addition to the baseball, the Miracle League of Michigan also offers dance, yoga and bowling programs, assuming there isn’t a pandemic raging through society.

    Here’s a link to the national site:

    Comment by Vic Doucette — December 23, 2020 @ 12:52 pm

  6. Dammit @Vic Doucette, how the heck are we going to make fun of your comics namesake now that we know what a great person you are? Seriously, thank you for what you do for the Miracle League, it looks amazing.

    But can you give us permission to snark again? The kid in the strip is only named after you, and doesn’t even have a beard.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — December 23, 2020 @ 1:17 pm

  7. It wouldn’t be GT without a giant hand (or two) in one of the panels

    Comment by franku2016 — December 23, 2020 @ 1:37 pm

  8. You may slag on my character all you wish. The character is fictional and I will take no offense at you mocking a dweeby high school kid, especially an imaginary one.

    OTOH, if you start in on me personally, I’ll send my wife to kick your ass!

    Comment by Vic Doucette — December 23, 2020 @ 1:46 pm

  9. Times are tough for decommissioned Philadelphia 76ers mascot Big Shot. I hear he’s sleeping on Bobby Jones’ couch.

    Comment by nedryerson — December 23, 2020 @ 1:47 pm

  10. Vic, You’re gonna fit right in around here.

    And a HUGE thank you for sharing this article. My one nephew played high school baseball but my other nephew had cerebral palsy and played in a league similar to the one you and Rubin are talking about. I was also involved in it for several years and have nothing but great memories. It was a blessing to see these kids play ball and I liked the final comments: Everyone is a winner. Couldn’t agree more. It makes you an inch taller in the end. I loved it. Thanks again for the blessing. You da Man.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — December 23, 2020 @ 3:21 pm

  11. I told ya, Vic. You’re a cool guy.

    Comment by billytheskink — December 23, 2020 @ 7:50 pm

  12. Lot of old colorful names in that sixers clip

    Comment by Hitorque — December 25, 2020 @ 2:21 am

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