This Week in Milford

September 12, 2022

Hitting The Bucket

Filed under: Colorist Error, Keri Thorp, The Bucket, Volleyball — nedryerson @ 6:28 am

The Central Bobcats drop the volleyball match to Milford. The Bobcat who showed up in the wrong uniform couldn’t dig out the ball, so the let’s begin the celebration. (Yes, the colorists are still not getting the notes. Maybe a new crew of colorists checks in every week. I don’t know. It’s boring. The strips are colored by really cheap AI robots. We get it.)

The meat of the strip is an encounter between Keri Thorp and the recently introduced Tobias Gordon. I was confused by the dialog until I realized that Keri was talking to herself, nervously narrating Toby’s approach through the middle of the victory celebration. Is Keri talking to herself because she has a thing for Toby? Has she even met Toby before? Maybe Gil filled Keri in on Toby since Gil has been given the task of “watching over” Toby, by Toby’s mother.

Toby is not nervous though. He strolled right onto the court and asked Keri to The Bucket. Is he emboldened because he’s Gil’s charge? (Did Gil observe this? Did he not tell Toby to move his butt off the court unless he wants to join the team? We’ll have to wait and see what efforts Gil puts into his watching over.)

What say you, Keri? Can Toby take you to The Bucket? Is it okay if Gil watches?


  1. Haha…the joke’s on you ‘Toby’ when Keri tells you tomorrow that she’s gay and only dates women. (but they can still hang out as “friends”)

    Comment by franku2016 — September 12, 2022 @ 6:59 am

  2. In volleyball, the captain wears a different color jersey from the rest of the team.
    If Keri is really going to date Toby, Barajas is walking into a minefield in big shoes.
    We got a dog yesterday whose shelter name was Toby. Seems to be a great dog. For now, we’re calling him Wambles, after Wamba, 7th century goth king of Iberia.

    Comment by Downpuppy — September 12, 2022 @ 7:41 am

  3. @Downpuppy, if the uniform color of the player shown in panel one was deliberately used to indicate that the player was the captain, it would demonstrate attention to detail previously unknown in coloring the strip…but what the heck, nothing’s shocking.

    Yay for a new dog in your life!

    Comment by nedryerson — September 12, 2022 @ 9:07 am

  4. I believe the libero, who’s typically the shortest player on the team and great at ‘digging’ and setting up the big players for spikes, wears a different jersey than her teammates. I didn’t know about the captain jersey difference.

    Sign me,
    Guy who has a number of friends with daughters who play high school/college volleyball but doesn’t know much more beyond that.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — September 12, 2022 @ 12:09 pm

  5. Yes, my daughter played VB through HS and up to 16-U club level and the libero always has a different colored jersey. The libero also moves freely around the court whereas the other players tend to stay in the front or back lines, closer to their original positions when the ball is put in play.

    Comment by franku2016 — September 12, 2022 @ 12:49 pm

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