This Week in Milford

November 13, 2007

On a Wing-T and a prayer

Filed under: basketball, football, Gil Thorp, Recycled art — jasbeattie @ 11:20 am


It amuses me to imagine that yet again, no time has passed between yesterday’s final panel and today’s first panel, and that Gil hasn’t explained a damn thing. But the recycled panel from yesterday tells a different story. Shadow Guy #4’s hair has grown at least half an inch, and more importantly, Señor Buttface at right has gotten a nose job and grown out his bangs. So they’ve probably been listening to him blather on for a month or so.

Proving how complicated this new system must be, it has Milford’s smartest resident (he wears painted-on glasses AND knows how to use a search engine!) utterly baffled. It’s also pissed off Jimmy Hughes, (boy retard!) and made some unidentified 40-year-old man soil himself out of fear and confusion. Now that’s a system! Let’s hear it for the Wing-T!

Fortunately for this anti-MENSA meeting, Gil has extremely low expectations. “At least two weeks” before they use it in a game? Really? Are they still going to be using it in a football game? Perhaps the reason they’re in the gym rather than on the football field is that he’s gonna employ the Wing-T for the basketball team…

Up Next: The baseball team stays after class to learn the 1-3-1 trap defense!



  1. Wow! Jimmy Hughes is totally channeling The Rock! Check out the People’s Eyebrow. Can you smell what the Hughes is cookin’?

    Comment by El Santo — November 13, 2007 @ 11:58 am

  2. So, Gil is just going to throw this week’s game? Might as well.

    Comment by Mac Thomason — November 13, 2007 @ 12:04 pm

  3. The Wing-T is too complicated for you guys to learn in one week… so we’re going to start learning it at the same time we practice the sucky conventional offense for our NEXT game! Double duty! Great!

    I think they’re doomed to a 1-8 season no matter what they do — so unless Coach Gil plans on a permanent conversion to the Wing-T, this is truly an exercise in futility.

    But then, so is the act of reading Gil Thorp itself, so why am I complaining?

    Comment by johnw — November 13, 2007 @ 12:09 pm

  4. A wingback lines up outside the tight end. Whatever offense they are running, it is not a wing-T! Way to go, Coach Thorp!

    Comment by Richard — November 13, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

  5. Gil: “We’re doing something WRONG, guys! Here’s a new offense.”
    LG Howard Four-eyes, etal: “Doh!”
    Gil: “No problem, we’ll lose the next 2 games before trying it.”

    Comment by Gil'sBarber — November 13, 2007 @ 12:41 pm

  6. Two weeks in Thorp time means eight weeks in real time.

    Comment by Regina — November 13, 2007 @ 1:39 pm

  7. IS that Jackson Browne on the far right of panel one?

    Comment by john b — November 13, 2007 @ 2:02 pm

  8. Richard is right, that’s not the Wing-T. My best guess is it’s a full house with the fullbacks lined up wider than normal.

    Comment by B — November 13, 2007 @ 2:11 pm

  9. It looks almost like an old school “Dead T” — two tight ends, a fullback, and two halfbacks on either side of the fullback. Except that both of these backs are not equal distance from the LOS; that means they are both in motion, which isn’t exactly legal.

    Of course that may not even be the offense. It might just be a illustration of crop circles appearing aound the Greater Rural Milford Area.

    Comment by ry — November 13, 2007 @ 2:17 pm

  10. I like the weird pacing. I look forward to the day when everything cycles around and we’re watching the the 2016 football season play out in Gil Thorp during the real world fall of 2017. It will be like having a time machine. Well, having a time machine that can only take you to one really crappy location in spacetime, that is.

    Comment by Wikitorix — November 13, 2007 @ 2:40 pm

  11. I’m wondering if Frank used to draw those “spot the differences” cartoons you see in some papers.

    And I think that is Jackson Browne, doing research for his contribution to the soundtrack for the upcoming “Fast Times at Milford High”. Can’t wait for the Gail Martin duet and the 40-year-old blonde cheerleader coming out of the swimming pool scene.

    Comment by Ivan — November 13, 2007 @ 2:40 pm

  12. “Uh, so what are we going to run this week, Coach?”

    “The West Coast Offense. And you knuckleheads better have it all down pat by Thursday or we’ll be blown out by 40….”

    Comment by PRiverside — November 13, 2007 @ 2:51 pm

  13. Slight digression, Jason, but this caught my eye:

    Top Posts

    * Getting Ripped for the New Gameplan
    * On a Wing-T and a prayer
    * Look who’s boxing!
    * Hmmmm, Satchel Paige is that dog in “Get Fuzzy,” right?
    * The Three Stooges School of Coaching

    * Look who’s boxing! and

    * Hmmmm, Satchel Paige is that dog in “Get Fuzzy,” right?

    are threads from a long time ago. What are they doing on that list?

    Comment by Ennui Willie Keeler — November 13, 2007 @ 5:18 pm

  14. Yeah, that makes sense. If the wingback went in motion to possibly
    receive a handoff, he’d run into the other back parallel to him
    in Gil’s formation. Thats still a good play; lets see if Gil runs it.

    Comment by rob — November 13, 2007 @ 5:47 pm

  15. #13: Ennui, those are in the top five ’cause I linked to those two posts in my most recent two entries. (For more past non-chronological hilarity, just click the “Read a Random Post” button!)

    Comment by jasbeattie — November 13, 2007 @ 6:47 pm

  16. Aha! Thanks, Jason.

    Comment by Ennui Willie Keeler — November 14, 2007 @ 5:44 am

  17. BTW, Bishop Tardy, Bishop James Tardy was the name of the school that the LeBronesque Jaquan Case attended.

    Comment by Ennui Willie Keeler — November 14, 2007 @ 5:52 am

  18. You guys lost me with all your fancy “sports talk.” All I know is that LG Howard Gourwitz has recycled himself back from dreamboat to squinty-eyed nerd. Choosy housewives readers demand their gorgeous Gourwitz!

    Comment by Laura Jane — November 14, 2007 @ 7:51 am

  19. Hey Laura Jane!

    No pollutin’ our Gil Thorpian mantalk with discussions about dreamboats! Next thing you know, you’ll be wantin’ better character development out of the girls’ sports teams and equal time for Mimi! Rubin and Co. have their hands full with with this wing-T debacle.

    By the way, where is Mimi these days? Waiting for basketball and then softball? Doesn’t Milford have a Girls’ Vollyball program?

    Comment by ry — November 14, 2007 @ 8:32 am

  20. I think you all have it wrong. What Gil means is that it will be at least two weeks before Rubin even gets around to discussing the next game.

    Comment by Scott de B. — November 14, 2007 @ 8:58 am

  21. I don’t know about wing-t and dreamboats, but that building just told LG Howard to “ease up”, well, almost.

    I’ve noticed how this strip will get into using similar sequences of panels for several days in a row. During the last football game it was stupid football action/Marty’s funky booth/stupid football action. Now it looks like implement wing-t/implement wing-t some more/weird talking architecture. The weird architecture is by far the best part.

    Comment by Ned Ryerson — November 14, 2007 @ 9:21 am

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