This Week in Milford

January 3, 2022

Who’s Boomin’ Who?

Kaz is probing Gil about his strategy of inserting Pranit Smith into the game at clutch time with a potential for the game winner from outside. Gil reveals that he wasn’t all that confident in Pranit’s ability to hit the shot, but he was working on building up Pranit’s confidence. Well, okay.

There are two ways to look at this. Sure, if you never put Pranit in this situation, you’ll never test him and he won’t have an opportunity to grow. On the other hand, if you throw him out there and he misses, you’re going to have to deal with potentially making things worse in terms of his self confidence. It seems that neither Pranit nor his teammates thought he had much potential, but it looks like Gil had been trying to elevate Pranit’s game as a project, unbeknownst to his coaching staff (or us). The other important factor in this is timing. When do you expose Pranit to the pressure situation to build his character? At the end of a close opening game on the road? If you do it then, it suggests this was a high priority project for Gil. Again, we had no clue this was going to feature in the actual action. Heck, up until Gil subbed Pranit into the game, I wasn’t even sure Pranit was even on the squad!

So we move forward to the home opener and now the confusion increases exponentially. Rubin is giving us a Boom Goes The Dynamite?? Was that a continuation of the talk of Pranit’s confidence? Is that Pranit lighting it up in a display of his new found shooting prowess? I can’t tell because I can’t trust the stupid coloring for crying out loud! A player in black is taking a shot over a player in red, so whose dynamite is going boom here? Maybe the narration isn’t about Pranit at all and it just means Milford is getting lit up in the home opener. Maybe the narration is just drunken ramblings and Rubin just parties with the colorists and nobody gives a crap what’s going on.

Happy New Year. It looks like 2022 is gonna be more of the same crap.


  1. I want to know why the risers guy in panel 3 is holding up a sign that says “KISSUM KAI”.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — January 3, 2022 @ 6:32 am

  2. Is Vic Doucette narrating the strip now?

    Comment by teenchy — January 3, 2022 @ 7:03 am

  3. Boom, goes my brain! tryin’ to keep all these color schemes straight. That probably is Milford in black, even though they were red in the last strip but who knows? Rubin probably doesn’t even know, since it’s supposedly the syndicate that does the coloring and not him.

    Comment by franku2016 — January 3, 2022 @ 7:56 am

  4. Gil is smarter than everyone except that dumb ass Bears coach Nagy.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — January 3, 2022 @ 3:37 pm

  5. Yeah, it’s supposed to be Pranit LIGHTING IT UP in P3, but the uniform colors are reversed. I’m sure the colorists have no idea what they’re supposed to do, other than make one team red.

    I guess Gil is a genius. Because if a player lacks confidence, what you do is sit them on the bench until the final possession and task them with hitting a 3 to win it. And by making that shot, Pranit is now going to drop 25 points in the home opener and probably go on to the All State team.

    Comment by MopMan — January 3, 2022 @ 4:04 pm

  6. I’m sorry, but Gilberto’s coaching logic here confuses me…

    “Hey, with the game on the line, let’s gamble and put the ball in the hands of some scubbini who EVEN I don’t have any real confidence in!”

    If Pranit missed, I would have loved to see the second-guessing from Gilbertina, Kazuo, Martinez Luna and not to mention Gilberto’s own players….

    Comment by hitorque — January 3, 2022 @ 4:12 pm

  7. “Boom goes the dynamite” does not work without “passes it to the man”. It just doesn’t.

    Comment by billytheskink — January 3, 2022 @ 4:28 pm

  8. Funny comments, y’all.

    Hitorque, I think what’s funny is that Pranit was this geeky, clueless Fantasy Footballer a few days ago, now suddenly he’s Steve Alford. Or Keith Smart in ’87. I’m like you, Pranit has ways to go in terms of talent or general class act. Not holding my breath.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — January 3, 2022 @ 5:47 pm

  9. And where tf is Heather Burnsy with her actual smart phone and questions for Gil about why he’s gambling with a fuckin Bobby Brady type kid?

    Comment by franku2016 — January 3, 2022 @ 6:03 pm

  10. Okay, so one 1/4 we see that Milford is in black unis with red trim and we presume that in this strip (1/3) it’s Pranit taking a shot. So it’s the typical goof, right? Pranit’s uni was just miscolored by the colorist who just left the trim white instead of coloring it red. Coloring the opposing team (who we find out is Redford) red probably didn’t help things. This is giving me a headache.

    I agree with you billy, I’d wager that Rubin is not aware of the full context of “boom goes the dynamite”.

    Comment by Ned Ryerson — January 4, 2022 @ 11:48 am

  11. Title reference:

    Comment by Hitorque — January 4, 2022 @ 9:25 pm

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