This Week in Milford

February 2, 2022

It’s No Secret: This Is Boring

Happy Groundhog Day, everybody! Just like in the movie and just in time for the rodent to see his shadow, we get a strip that feels as boring and repetitive as many before it in this arc.

Pranit “Call me Bob” Smith has been bragging about his online gambling from the moment we were introduced to him and pretty much every time we’ve seen him since. The only thing he hasn’t done was jump up on a cafeteria table and shout it to the entire student body (though he has bragged about it in the cafeteria proper). Why he’s acting surprised when Chubsy-Ubsy* rolls up and asks him about his gambling is a surprise in itself.

It’s only a matter of time before Gil, either directly or through his mouthpiece Kaz, confronts Pranit Smoothie about his little racket. What it does to Pranit and the Mudlark hoopsters remains to be seen, but odds are it won’t be positive.

Do those Milford High lockers keep getting bigger or what? Pranit Rock could stuff big boy in one of them without skipping a beat – that is, if he wasn’t so scrawny.

*Fun fact of the day: Norman Chaney, who played Norman a/k/a “Chubsy-Ubsy” in the Our Gang comedies, was a native of Cambridge, MD. Apropos of nothing, here’s a photo son of teenchy took of some ducks wintering in Cambridge.


  1. Yeah, Milford’s lockers have always been tall, like 7′! But now they’re also 4′ wide. What are they storing in those things?

    Comment by MopMan — February 2, 2022 @ 10:47 am

  2. Those birds look like golden-eye and northern shoveler ducks. They pass through my area in late spring. Good point about Pranit…he’s been bragging non-stop like he’s in a fuckin’ knitting circle to anyone within a 100 feet of him since this arc started and he now sounds so surprised that fat-boy-John-Daly-body-double is telling him that “everyone knows” , which we all know is bullshit…Gil definitely doesn’t know, because Kaz, Mimi, Heather, and Kaz’s gf have not mentioned it to him yet. That chubby kid must be part of the library board’s inner circle too because it looks like he’s knocked back a lot of pie lately. And, of course, he’s gotta’ start out by calling him “dude”. Every kid in the school must answer to “dude”.

    Comment by franku2016 — February 2, 2022 @ 11:27 am

  3. @franku2016: The golden-eyed ducks are Lesser Scaups. There are a couple of Mallards and a male American Wigeon obscured by the male Canvasback rearing up. A female Canvasback is behind the male. Pretty good guesses, though! ;)

    Comment by teenchy — February 2, 2022 @ 11:39 am

  4. 1. Okay, that crazy slant on the floor is messing up my vision… My mind keeps thinking these characters should sliding off the right side of the panel…

    2. I’m guessing we’re going to find out Pranit the Greek has either been bullshitting about his gambling hot streak, or like I suspected earlier the amounts he’s been betting have been laughably small, like $2 parlay bets getting him $19.50 payouts…

    2a. Or maybe the value of a dollar is different in the Milfordverse? After all, Cart Hendricks had been hustling marks every weekend at Milford CC for a few months at least, and the grand total of his haul was **MAYBE** $400-500, which was egregious enough to run ban Carter from the club and presumably run him out of town on a rail….

    Comment by hitorque — February 2, 2022 @ 1:16 pm

  5. Teenchy…. Those are good shots of some cool birds. I expect to see buffleheads and blue wing teals soon. There are a lot of hooded mergansers on Lake Michigan by Montrose Harbor this time of year, even in this cold-ass, snowy weather

    Comment by franku2016 — February 2, 2022 @ 3:38 pm

  6. Yep. Freckle faced jock turned into Chubsy Ubsey/ John Daly quickly. I work with a young lady who resembles Chubsy Ubsey/Norman. “Oh, Miss Crabtree!” What a swinging gal !!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — February 2, 2022 @ 4:13 pm

  7. Teenchy, I think Blubber Butt in P3 ate one of the lockers. Nobody will ever accuse him of missing a meal, no matter how he obtains it.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — February 2, 2022 @ 7:38 pm

  8. Everyone but Gil knows, naturally. Gil never finds out about these things until they hit the fan.

    Comment by billytheskink — February 3, 2022 @ 9:26 am

  9. Once Gil finds out, he will pull Pranit out of practice, keep him in his practice duds, and march him straight into Mini Pearl’s office to have her tell him that “…gambling on school property is against district rules…this is serious…you are hereby expelled….”. Pranit will end up at some alternative school and him and his new friends will later play a exhibition basketball game against Hollis and the Milford girls where lots of complimentary fast food and treats will be served after the game. Hollis will keep interrupting the game to give BB pointers to one of Pranit’s new friends. That would be a great story!!!

    Comment by franku2016 — February 3, 2022 @ 11:06 am

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