This Week in Milford

August 19, 2014

The Tao Of Gil (And Kaz)

Filed under: Boredom in Milford, Coach Kaz, exposition comics, Gil Thorp — timbuys @ 5:53 am

August 19, 2014



Well, the non-whacky summer plot might just be wrapping up. It has been an interesting one, reminding me of that classic koan/riddle: if a tree does nothing particularly interesting in a forest, how will TWIM bloggers snark about it? 

Following that thought, let’s use today’s strip to explore some philosophical questions. Perhaps, at the end, much like a journey of a thousand miles beginning with a single step, we’ll end up right where we started. Regardless, as we all know, wherever you are, that’s where you’ll be. Oh man, this is getting deep.

So, Kaz appreciates that the lazy summer – where his job as the 7-on-7 coach entails a main responsibility that he not do anything at all – has somehow convinced himself that the endlessly repetitive, mindless stacking of helmets and shoulder pads is about as good as it gets. Give Gil credit for suckering him in on that one. Next thing you know Gil will have him whitewashing his fence.

Panel two gave me my inspiration for this post’s theme. I think, if I have this right, that the stumper here goes as follows: If the question you never asked receives no answer, then perhaps the answer has already been given. 

I’m mostly gonna ignore panel three rather than try to cram it into the theme though. At first I thought it was something to do with True being on the level or some crap like that, but then I noticed the walking boot and that just makes the whole panel even more inane. 


August 18, 2014

Do You Have St. Fabian Boy On Tap?

Filed under: Coach Kaz — nedryerson @ 6:07 am


Hello everybody, Kaz’s earrings here with a special greeting for all our loyal fans out in This Week in Milford land. It’s great both of us to be featured so prominently in a Gil Thorp strip, even if, and this is just our personal opinion, it is a bit of a dud of a strip in that it doesn’t advance the plot and pretty much just reiterates the tired premise that Art Standish is a tool. Nevertheless, we are so happy that Kaz gets a right and a left profile, each of which feature us, along with our great friends, those wicked sideburns as well as the temples of Kaz’s sunglasses. How awesome is this? Probably the best day of the summer. Okay, we admit, Art Standish in Panel 3 with an expression on his face like he might have just sharted in his rental car is pretty noteworthy, but still we really shine here.

As you all likely know and have indeed commented on in the past, we have evolved over the years from some sort of hoops into sort of simple, small discs. Yes it is awkward for us too, but we are loath to explain why. It’s just something that happens in to earring community. I think we can all agree that, despite our metamorphasis, we still accentuate the hell out of Coach Kaz’s lobes.

Hey, it’s been great catching up with all you guys. Follow us on Twitter or Instagram if we ever set up an account.

Oh, and don’t forget, Art Standish is a douche.

August 16, 2014

The Receivers You Have

Filed under: Coach Kaz, Gil Thorp — teenchy @ 8:56 am

August 16, 2014


I believe it was Donald Rumsfeld who said “You go to war with the receivers you have, not the receivers you might want or wish to have at a later time.”  Or something like that. In any case, none of that registers with Art who wants the Hershey kid on the Mudlarks so that True can throw to him. Implicit in this statement is that Art has resigned himself to go along with True’s desire to play for Milford.

How’s Art gonna react when he finds out Keegan is a multi-sport athlete? True obviously doesn’t care; he sees Keegan’s layup skills as a bonus for all the times he’ll sail the ball over his receiver’s head. Maybe True wants Keegan at Milford to serve as his wingman as he pursues Wendy Wiley.

Kaz is clearly on to Art’s shenanigans; I’m guessing Gil filled him in over Long Island Iced Teas back at the pool. It’ll be fun to see if Kaz, who’s already on the record (well, sort of) as wanting to see True come to Milford, will try to get the wheels turning to get Keegan in a Mudlark uni as well. So much potential tension here – between True and his dad, True and Nathan Hale, Keegan and the Wileys, Gil and Kaz. I can’t wait to see how it all fizzles out over the course of a week.

Today’s TWIM post is brought to you by “Tires” – the official tire supplier of BACKYARD TIRE FIRE!


August 15, 2014

Put me in coach!

Filed under: Gil Thorp — robmize2013 @ 10:00 am

Looks like True will select Milford as his high school/football team of choice. Makes sense, as these guys have a hard enough time showing enough Milford games without adding to the behindness. I think we need another storyline, as this one looks pretty settled. Do we have a QB controversy in the works? Thats always fun.

August 14, 2014

Such Exposition. Very Déjà Vu. Wow.

Filed under: exposition comics, Gil Thorp, Just plain sad, metapost, Mimi Thorp — teenchy @ 6:10 am

August 14, 2014


My first thought when I read today’s strip:

Same tired cake, different frosting. I gotta admit that the typical “pushy parent living vicariously through his kid” usually has sports dreams of their own that didn’t get snuffed at the JV level, so that makes Art all the more delusional. The frosting on the cake this time is Art’s notion that everybody who plays with True must have the same monomaniacal approach to the game that True does (or, rather, that he has foisted upon True). Geez Art, it’s not like college football hasn’t had its share of multi-sport talents! Besides, what dedication have we seen from True beyond being dragged without complaint to summer 7-on-7 round robins and, via exposition, to college campuses across the country?

What did Gil tell Mimi off-panel to elicit the question “Would True’s dad be a problem?” “I think True wants to play for me here” or “I think we should adopt True to be our pool boy/boy toy”?

Can you tell Gil would rather be anywhere else than running with Mimi? Yesterday he was leaning away from her; today he’s running ahead of her and talking over his shoulder. Why he’s not enticed by the most lovingly drawn armpit in the history of the comics is beyond me. Watch out for that tree lamppost! 

Metapost CotD: I see that new WordPress interface timbuys described yesterday, and it’s not as straightforward as the old one. It’ll take some getting used to but hopefully that won’t have an impact on the stellar work product you see here every day.

August 13, 2014

Howl At The Moon, Argue With The Sunshine

Filed under: Boredom in Milford, Gil Thorp, Milford Idiots — timbuys @ 5:00 am

August 13, 2014


Oh, hey! True is in fact talking about Miami of Ohio. Fascinating. I’m sure every kid who has played Coast football dreams of moving to the dreary mid-west just for the chance to go to a college that looks as though it’s ‘from an old movie’ because if there’s one thing that’s for sure, there are very few colleges out there that have architecture suggestive of times gone by. 

I’m sure if I thought about this more and put some effort into it, I’d have some neat links to share, but much like the artwork in panels two – how old timey!- and three – is that Mimi? Why is Gil’s head cranked up and away like that? – I’m going to have to just phone this one in. 

Update: I guess there’s a new interface for WordPress. Like any right thinking American, I hate and fear change. So, I have to say that without the time to figure out how it works and without regard for the fact that it’s got something of a WYSIWYG aspect to it, I’m going to have to go with: it sucks for now. 

August 12, 2014

The Tree Must Mean Something, But What?

Filed under: Boredom in Milford, Gil Thorp, Milford Idiots — timbuys @ 4:43 am

August 12, 2014


Let’s start last panel first: Miami you say? Sure, why not. Seems like a reasonable place for a three star recruit to get a chance to start at a school well known for producing head coaches. Oh wait, does True mean Miami as in the one down in Florida? Sure, that makes as much sense as anything. What recruit wouldn’t be chomping at the bit to play there?

OK, now that that’s out of the way, can someone tell me what’s the deal with the tree in panel one?

August 11, 2014

Monday Morning Coffee Klatch

Filed under: Boredom in Milford, Gil Thorp — nedryerson @ 4:00 am


It looks like Gil ducked the meeting with True and instead sent the mission statement spewing GilBot 2000. Maybe he really will open up about the team…

…We also have a this raging hemorrhoid named Nathan Hale or something who thinks he’s the next Tom Brady. I haven’t really watched him play much, but odds are he probably sucks and is full of hot air. We don’t a kicker yet, but I drive past this soccer field every once in a while and I’ve been keeping my eye out. Defensively, uh, well I think we still have that Irish kid that led the league in personal fouls last season, or was that two seasons ago? Kid, I’ve been doing this for a long time, this shit tends to run together. I’ll probably just make the linemen play both ways, but it usually doesn’t matter since nothing the d-line does ever really matters much, unless some hulking kid shows up in my office socially stigmatized, with a history of violence. I have my feelers out in the guidance counselor’s office for head cases like this.

As far as game planning goes, I’ve got Coach Shaw working out in the equipment shed with a dry erase board and fake bootleg DVDs of sports movies formulating this year’s “new wrinkles”.

What else do you want to know, Trevor?

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