This Week in Milford

March 12, 2022

Even a Broken Coach Is Right Twice a Day

Filed under: basketball, Brown Hair, Heather Burns, High Five Fail, Madison Time, Mimi Thorp — teenchy @ 2:59 pm

Today’s post title originally had something to do with hogs or squirrels, but I was informed that using that language is considered ableist. Suffice it to say that Mimi got lucky in Madison when Hollis stepped up and into the guard slot with some success. So what if some of her teammates are yapping about her cutting in on someone else’s playing time? That’s part of Mimi’s job – not the job of some first-year zoomie-in-waiting – to nip dissension in the ranks in the bud.

Besides lucky Mimi, everyone else in today’s strip appears to be some kind of rando. These two Lady Mudlarks in the foreground aren’t any we’ve been introduced to by name. They don’t seem too pissy about Hollis’ playing time or lack thereof; they just seem happy to have beaten Madison, even if their handclasp/high five/whatever seems a bit awkward.

This dark blonde/light brown-haired woman Mimi’s chatting to about Hollis’ game: gotta be Heather Burns, right? Who else would give a rat’s about how Hollis played and, what’s more, who else would Mimi give a rat’s to share her thoughts on Hollis’ game with? Hollis’ mom?

Not much else to add today since this is sort of an anti-cliffhanger. Nice set of posts by my fellow bloggers and nice, insightful comments by you gentle readers this week. Hope your team gets selected on Selection Sunday tomorrow. If not, hope they get selected for the NIT. If not, hope they find a decent replacement for their canned coach (at least that’s what I’m hoping).


  1. So, with less than one week of work at the position, Holllis goes out and looks like the second coming of Kyle Lowry. I’ve seen this plot trick over and over in the Thorpiverse, dating back to Wally Lamb in the mid-’80s.

    Comment by Philip — March 12, 2022 @ 3:46 pm

  2. “… it will be fun to watch her develop at guard…” huh?… shouldn’t this move have been made earlier? Like 2 or 3 years earlier? Personally, I think it will be fun to watch this story come to an end.

    Comment by franku2016 — March 12, 2022 @ 5:55 pm

  3. Teenchy, I understand, as this is Keystone Kops on the cafeteria table who got lost on their way to McGill University and arrested Chance for hocking candy from the McGill Bookstore.

    That said, here’s a tidbit I bet you and the readers might be interested in on the Selection Show. Bellarmine University, a small Catholic school in Louisville, Kentucky, went to Division I this year. They were told by the NCAA that they would be ineligible for the NCAA Tournament. It sucks but okay, them’s the rules. What compounded the problem was they just won their conference tournament(A-SUN, Atlantic Sun Conference) over the weekend(even though Jacksonville State won the Regular Season Title) and were told they were also ineligible for the NIT when they were led to believe otherwise. So how did California Baptist get into the Women’s NIT when THAT school went to Division I? Simple. The NCAA does not sanction the Women’s NIT.
    And I loved following their brand of basketball over the radio, their coach, Scott Davenport(who has a radio sports talk show of his own when he’s not coaching) willing the team to every victory. I’d hate to see them in the, for example, College Basketball Invitational, though that may be the reality, a tournament sponsored by The Gazelle Group, a sports marketing corporation. Goodness, we have a billion bowls in college football, from the Rose Bowl to the Toilet Bowl and I hope college basketball doesn’t cheapen this great game by pitting Rhode Island A & T at Woonsocket versus Montana Culinary Arts Institute at Billings, thereby sponsoring tournaments the equivalent of the Sani-Flush.Com Bowl.
    I can see the NCAA side. They don’t want every Tom, Dick, and Harry going Division I. Make them pay their dues. University of Southern Indiana(USI, once Indiana State University-Evansville(ISUE)) is going Division I this year after solid success at Division II(Bruce Pearl, Auburn’s coach, coached there and won a National Championship) and will have to endure the same 4-year agony.
    But I would have liked Bellarmine to at least gone to the NIT, same with USI if they were in that situation. While I see the NCAA side, people wouldn’t be bitching AS LOUD if they could at least get an NIT bid. There is legislation in the NCAA to reduce the initiation whupping to 2 years from 4 years and that’s great but they’re going to keep howling about the NIT snub, a point of contention somewhat hard to argue. If they don’t get in, I won’t crucify the NCAA but I won’t be happy. Bellarmine Knights found a way to get it done(Liberty University game comes to mind in the A-SUN Tournament-beat an excellent established powerhouse). But if they do, well, there is justice in the world after all(ha).

    Comment by tdrewhardin — March 12, 2022 @ 7:51 pm

  4. Tdrew. I have noticed Bellarmine scores on occasion, but have not seen them play. It’s a shame the NCAA has these dumb rules. If you’re competing in division 1and succeeding, then you should be rewarded.
    How is Mimi going to watch Hollis develop? Season is about over. Have fun watching her in the rec league.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — March 12, 2022 @ 8:50 pm

  5. As others have already said, basketball doesn’t work that way!

    Comment by Hitorque — March 12, 2022 @ 8:52 pm

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