This Week in Milford

July 12, 2021

Break Out Your Jorts!

Filed under: Gil Thorp, golf, Mimi Thorp — nedryerson @ 3:36 am

In case that mighty thud of an ending didn’t clue you in, it’s officially summer. Gil has broken out the cargo shorts and whipped up a pitcher of lemonade. Mimi’s in her summer jorts. It’s summer.

Nothing says summer like cutting away to the Milford Star where random newspaper man is offering Heather a beverage. Heather seems okay without a beverage. Is that Heather Burns, soccer player who joined the football team? Maybe we could be sure given a little more exposition….

D’oh! Now we’re at Milford CC and the first round’s on Hendricks! WTF is Hendricks? Is the standing figure in the third panel Gil? This is going to be a wonderful summer.


  1. Ah, yes…. Gil and Mimi are getting some well-deserved R&R after months of busting their asses meddling in kids lives. Heather probably has figured out that if she can play varsity football as a position player, that she can also do better than Margie douchey does at writing too

    Comment by franku2016 — July 12, 2021 @ 8:10 am

  2. WTF is Hendricks? With an apostrophe, it’s gin! That lemonade won’t spike itself, dontchaknow.

    Comment by teenchy — July 12, 2021 @ 8:13 am

  3. Yes, that’s Gil in a characteristic pose. Notice too that his left thumb is on backwards. And I think that really is former tight end Heather Burns, interning at the Mfnrd Star with a pervy editor. I don’t remember any perv plots from the past, so it’s probably about time. Trying to figure out who the three guys are at the table. They look like junior members, but the guy at left is balding, unless the color person screwed up.

    Comment by vaganova — July 12, 2021 @ 8:21 am

  4. Once again it’s just Gil and Mimi. No mention of those pesky kids of theirs who disappeared many moons ago.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — July 12, 2021 @ 8:33 am

  5. And is that supposed to be Gilligan or is it Trapper John in P3? Maybe they are doing an alcoholic arc. Haven’t had on of those in a while either. Hendricks would be a good name for a drunk

    Comment by franku2016 — July 12, 2021 @ 8:55 am

  6. Oh no! Not Heather Burns! NO!…NO !!!!!
    Are we sure that’s dumb ass Gil in P3? Red shirt, got it. But it seems to be Hendricks agreeing, that’s fair , drinks on me

    Comment by Jive Turkey — July 12, 2021 @ 10:31 am

  7. No, that’s not Gil in P3, it’s Hendricks who either shot a hole in one or was the big loser in today’s golf round, so he’s buying. I’m going to say it’s not Heather Burns in P2, since she’s been gone forever. But who knows. If this was a tightly written, well planned strip, all 3 of these panels would be leading to a convergence later this summer. But, let’s face it, none of them will have anything to do with each other. Except for Gil butting in at the last minute to say something stupid that will resolve whatever conflict we have with Hendricks. Or Heather. Or both.

    Comment by MopMan — July 12, 2021 @ 1:07 pm

  8. P 1 thought balloon: “…geez, I wish this loser would get lost…”

    Comment by franku2016 — July 12, 2021 @ 1:28 pm

  9. Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx is cautiously looking forward to a Milford Country Club summer after wandering through this spring’s “Season of the Unknown”. Games with unknown outcomes made up 6 of the 14 total contests depicted during the 2021 basbeall/softball season, the most total unknowns in a spring season since 10 (of 24 contests) in 2002.

    Unknown outcomes are not a new phenomenon to this strip, but rarely are they so prevalent when compared to games with known outcomes depicted. Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx is not above making assumptions about the outcome of a game if the in-strip depiction gives a strong indication of a win or a loss (which is why there are no unknown outcomes listed in the football record, for example), but this season was full of games that did not provide sufficient clues to make an assumption about a win or a loss. Often these games were merely described as happening rather than depicted in any way with the art.
    The season’s results are below.

    Milford Mudlark Baseball 2021 – 3-2 with 4 unknowns (2-2 in the Valley Conference)
    W v Nottingham 4-2
    ? @ Crockett
    ? v Unknown
    ? v Unknown (Gil states that Zane will pitch again in three games)
    W ? Tilden 8-5
    ? v Unknown (Zane Clark goes 3 and 2/3 innings with 5 walks and 5 runs given up)
    L @ Madison 1-2
    W ? Oakwood
    L v Valley Tech 0-1

    Gil’s latest baseball playdown drought now enters its second decade, with the ‘Larks’ last appearance coming in 2010. Gil’s baseball record since 2001 is now 163-82 with 31 unknowns (89-52 with 9 unknowns in the Valley). His teams hold 8 and 6 game win streaks on Goshen and New Thayer respectively, but have not played either since 2017 and 2015 (also, respectively). Adding in Gil’s baseball record from 1958-1995 to his record since 2001 produces a total mark of 661-477 with 7 Valley Conference titles.

    Milford Lady Mudlark Softball 2021 – 3-0 with 2 unknowns (1-0 in the Valley Conference)
    W @ Henninger 6-3
    W v Finney 5-1
    W v Central 5-4
    ? v Unknown (Katy Brito went 0-3 with 2 errors)
    ? v Unknown (all we know is that Corinna had 7 RBI, after and presumably in this game)

    Mimi’s softball coaching record is now 50-26 with 8 unknowns (33-16 with 1 unknown in the Valley). She is 0-1 in the playdowns, her lone playdown appearance coming back in 2019. All Valley Conference opponents have played the Lady ‘Lark softball team in the past 3 seasons with the exception of New Thayer, which has not appeared as a softball opponent since 2013. The Henninger Black Knights make a rare repeat appearance as a non-conference opponent, first appearing back in 2015, where the Lady ‘Larks also defeated them.

    A total of 38 named or notable characters appeared during this baseball/softball season, 19 of them new to the strip, 5 of them members of Zane Clark’s family (the Zane Clark Five?). Milford High also saw its sixth different school guidance counselor since Marty Moon’s sister Melinda left the post in 2003. Valley tech ace pitcher Raymont Baxter is the only real Hall of Name candidate this time.

    Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx will observe the summer plot, but likely will not return until football ends. So until then… support your local library.

    Comment by billytheskink — July 12, 2021 @ 3:14 pm

  10. My slip on identifying “Gil” in panel 3. He would have to be in two places at once, which I doubt even Rubin would try to pull off. But I am still sure that’s Heather Burns, the girl who played tight end and tried to teach the lummox whose name I forget how to play quarterback.

    Comment by vaganova — July 13, 2021 @ 11:40 am

  11. And you were correct, and my guess was wrong, it is Heather Burns!

    Comment by MopMan — July 13, 2021 @ 12:15 pm

  12. MopMan, I have to wait for the TWIM post to see the confirmation, but thanks for the plug. The timing just seemed right– former students such as Jacquan Case and Haley v Baxendale sometimes resurface after a decade or more, but more often it’s after college.

    Comment by vaganova — July 14, 2021 @ 8:15 am

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