This Week in Milford

February 11, 2008

Just because I don’t care doesn’t mean that I don’t understand.

Filed under: basketball, Gil Thorp, Just plain sad, Marty Moon — jasbeattie @ 10:55 am


Gil, having contractually gotten angry once in 2008, goes against the writer’s wishes and just stands there blankly staring at the emaciated, disconnected skeleton of the character formerly known as Curley-Horse. It’s a good thing he’s not getting mad at him, because as we’re now all now beginning to suspect, Andrew Gregory may act like an ass, but he’s secretly a super swell nice guy…His exhaustion and malaise are due to his lack of sleep and eating. And his lack of sleep and eating are due to the fact he must hold down an all-night job video-taping things and selling them to the local paper, in order to raise money for his sick siblings, who are at home, slowly wasting away from feline leukemia. At least that’s the most likely scenario.

As a coach and mentor, it’s good to see Gil taking such disinterest in his player. I mean, why try to help him?

“Hey, I asked the kid why he didn’t want to karate-chop the inbounds screen pass, and he just collapsed and started having a seizure. If I cared enough to raise my blood pressure, I’d have yelled at him some more. Say, honey, do you need any help doing the dishes? You appear to be falling asleep at the wheel there…”

“Nah, you talking about your troubled students just made me as sleepy as I am when I’m not helping my girls. If you shut the hell up, I may be able to open my eyes.”

“OK, but don’t get soap on that snappy sweater vest, or I’ll smack ya with a levitating frying pan”

Then, Andrew Gregory is removed from the starting line-up due to gout, skeletonitis, and being deceased.


Lucky for Andrew, it’s not the team’s night, so he can sit on the bench and be deceased in silence. It seems those Valley Tech pranksters sneaked in last night and rotated the backboards 45 degrees, making it difficult to accurately shoot the volleyball. Luckily, the glare from Marty Moon’s fine hair helmet is keeping Milford in the game. But things start to look up, as last year’s psychotic hero, Tyler Jay, is allowed out of the psych ward and on to the court, where he proceeds to confuse his opponents by grabbing their arms and bashing himself in the skull with them. (Will anyone notice that we’ve never seen Tyler and Curley-Horse at the same time? I smell a secret identity!)


  1. So after a bunch of lame pranks by the Rob Riggle Gang, which were never properly attributed, Valley Tech is suddenly an arch-rival?

    Comment by Scott de B. — February 11, 2008 @ 11:06 am

  2. Tyler’s back! Tyler’s back! Man, now there’s a character. I mean, he’s no Clambake or Gail Martin, but still, self-clubbin’ Tyler’s back!

    I hope he sets himself on fire this time, and blames Andrew.

    Comment by Zaq — February 11, 2008 @ 11:13 am

  3. I’m as glad to see Tyler as the next guy (can Clambake be far behind?… we can but dream), but really now. Neal Rubin doesn’t mention Tyler AT ALL since last spring. No explanation of how he managed to get back on Gil’s good side (depicted in panel 1 of the 2/9 strip). No resolution of his intensive therapy. Just, “Oh, by the way, Tyler’s been here all this time.”

    It’s this kind of storytelling genius that makes GT so mockable.

    Comment by johnw — February 11, 2008 @ 11:25 am

  4. I’m not ashamed to admit it, but I seriously marked out at the sight of Tyler Jay.

    Comment by El Santo — February 11, 2008 @ 11:31 am

  5. The hand in panel 3 is a lesson on why you should always seek professional help for a broken or dislocated finger. Don’t try to set/relocate it yourself, or your hand will end up looking like that. Seriously, that hand gives me the jibblies.

    Comment by Wikitorix — February 11, 2008 @ 11:56 am

  6. So, are Curly Horse and Tyler really the same person, as Jason suggests? Note the spit curl that Tyler is sporting today. Look familiar?

    Comment by sourbelly — February 11, 2008 @ 12:09 pm

  7. I hate to be the spoilsport (and to show off how disciplined my reading of the strip is), but Tyler did make a brief appearance earlier this B-Ball season when Kaz and Gil debated whther or not to let him play this year.

    In the end, they decided it would provide more potential excitement than what’s happened ince and for our sakes, I hope so.

    Comment by ry — February 11, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

  8. For the record, that was 9 days and 23 panels between the last basketball game (“Milford at Central — and it’s one of those bights”) and this one. See you at the Playdowns — in August.

    Comment by Roy Gillen — February 11, 2008 @ 2:14 pm

  9. 2/11’s first panel is largely recycled, I think. Last year, it was Ted Pearse bricking a shot, if I remember correctly. Hmm, just checked, and it wasn’t the panel I was thinking of, but it still was recycled from January 1st, 2007, panel 3.

    Comment by Cash — February 11, 2008 @ 2:29 pm

  10. Have to admire Tyler’s focus. A creepy floating volleyball with a patch of fur is reaching toward him with a horrible spirit claw and he is at most bemused by the situation.

    Comment by clem — February 11, 2008 @ 3:02 pm

  11. 1 – Scott de B.

    I’ve been wondering about that too. The only “resolution” was the bogus fight after the rock painting episode.
    Painting the school buses had to be a misdemeanor. Maybe the school didn’t want to bring in the cops because that would show how vulnerable the buses were to real vandalism.
    I really want to know how they got the tires on the flagpole. I believe it could be done. I just want to see the official explanation. Maybe the writers never figured out how to do it.

    Comment by dale — February 11, 2008 @ 3:24 pm

  12. I agree dale. Must’ve been another early golf day for Neal.

    And yep (head-bashing) Tyler Jay does look a lot like Curly-Horse, except for the long face.

    Gil is obviously just waiting for a chance to coach in the college ranks with his non-chalant attitude toward his eating-disorder players, not to mention his wife’s nervosa players too.
    No wonder the Thorp family Christmas Card scored big on the list of creepiest panels in 2007 — sheesh! I feel sorry for their kids. They are more emaciated than poor widdle Sarah in Rex Morgan.

    Comment by Kaz's--Ex — February 11, 2008 @ 8:39 pm

  13. Based on this article, (via the Comic Curmudgeon), I think Gil has a lot to more to worry about than Curleyhorse’s anorexia:,2933,330236,00.html

    Comment by Regina — February 12, 2008 @ 6:56 am

  14. Also panel one in comic panel two is an early contender for Craptacular Angle.

    Comment by Regina — February 12, 2008 @ 6:59 am

  15. this strip is all mocked-up

    Comment by SemperFi4evr — February 12, 2008 @ 7:26 am

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