This Week in Milford

June 24, 2008

Create your own snark!

Filed under: Coach Kaz, Gil Thorp, The Legend of Joe Sharkey — jasbeattie @ 8:56 pm



Sorry, no time to blog…perhaps the details later. For now, create your own snark!



  1. So, wait, getting him picked by the MLB will keep him in the states?


    I’m confused.

    Comment by bunnyofdoom — June 24, 2008 @ 9:07 pm

  2. Really? Wouldn’t it actually be easier and smarter if Branden just married him? They seem to be all platonic and whatnot.

    I’m LOVING the names of tangential characters in these two strips, btw.

    Comment by Oddball Cargo — June 24, 2008 @ 9:44 pm

  3. Speaking of names, Googling “Bugs McCoy” produces very little. But there is the following gem:

    “Mary ‘Bugs’ McCoy used peanut oil in a wok to begin cooking the mealworms so that people could taste test them as they went from room to room exploring Stoffer’s new equipment and new space.”

    As Homer would say, “Mmmmm, bugs!”

    Other snarkitude…

    — The letters are too sketchy to make out completely, but it looks like Gil has a poster on his wall of Roger Maris batting right-handed. Real collectors’ item there.

    — No wonder Joe Sharkey went on the sauce. The Tigers are making him play baseball with a damn golf ball!

    — To judge from recent Mudlarkian campaigns, I’d say the most recent trophy in that overstuffed case was won in 1994.

    — So now, all of a sudden, Elmer is a legitimate pro prospect? Sure he’s been presented as the team’s best hitter, but this is the first mention of him as a possible draftee. Unless, of course, Gil and Bugs are just gonna scam the Tigers into drafting Elmer just to save him from deportation.

    — Finally, I love “pouty Elmer” in the last panel. “Damn, they’re making me take tests and stuff. Don’t they know I’m a ath-a-lete?”

    Comment by johnw — June 24, 2008 @ 10:04 pm

  4. I’m not seein any earrings on Kaz in panel 2 ( if indeed, that IS Kaz)…

    I was promised earrings, dammit.

    Comment by Mooch — June 24, 2008 @ 10:16 pm

  5. Ah, so Gil calls in a favor from the Irish Mob.

    I wonder if this storyline will end with Jack Nicholson clubbing Elmer’s arm with a steel-toed boot.

    Comment by jlp — June 24, 2008 @ 10:34 pm

  6. I thought Gil and az were in the supermarket in comic #2. Then I saw the trophies…I disagree John, I think those trophies are from 1954, long before Gil and his black cloud of losing came to Milford.

    I’m going to echo Mooch…WHERE ARE KAZ’ EARRINGS, DAMMIT?

    I think Bugs is Lou Grant’s twin brother.

    Gil is getting way too involved and I’m sure he’s tired. He’s not use to working this hard. It’s time for an extended trip to PUB.

    What’s Kaz doing with his hand in his pocket…he’s getting way too close to Gil while he’s rubbin’ it.

    Comment by Regina — June 25, 2008 @ 4:12 am

  7. I’m confused too. Can MLB actually draft 17-year old high schoolers? Doesn’t sound right to me, but then this is Milford so what the hell?

    Comment by Gil'sBarber — June 25, 2008 @ 6:12 am

  8. They can draft high school seniors whatever their age. And yeah, if MLB wants a player they have a way of getting him/keeping him in the country.

    Comment by Mac Thomason — June 25, 2008 @ 6:17 am

  9. You know that old rule of fiction writing, “Show, don’t tell”? In this case, I’d prefer “Tell, don’t show”. Just start the next strip with an all-text panel saying “Elmer Vargas got drafted by the Tigers and gets to stay in America forever and everybody is happy the end.”

    And then move on to the usual summer insanity.

    Comment by sourbelly — June 25, 2008 @ 7:06 am

  10. Aw, hell, the Tigers might suck this year, but there’s no way even the KC Royals would draft someone from the sorry Milford baseball program. While someone predicted this conclusion to the immigration storyline, this is still nutty. And no way Bugs McCoy isn’t some sort of Prohibiton Era mob boss.

    Comment by El Santo — June 25, 2008 @ 8:16 am

  11. JohnW: That’s not a poster of Roger Maris batting, it is a picture of Roger Maris beating the crap outta Micky Mantle and Yogi Berra for having more personality.

    Comment by Dr. "Eat More Cheddar and Drink More Pabst," aka Gil's Dietician — June 25, 2008 @ 8:41 am

  12. If Elmer gets drafted by the Detroit Tigers, I quit life. I refuse to have my favorite team fictionally sullied for the benefit of some mulleted Mexican with a hick name.

    Comment by Paul Rodgers — June 25, 2008 @ 9:04 am

  13. So Bugs is going to attempt to get Elmer drafted? This storyline is downright daffy!

    Comment by Sed — June 25, 2008 @ 9:21 am

  14. Now if Bugs McCoy can get Gil off the sauce…

    Comment by Regina — June 25, 2008 @ 9:47 am

  15. # 12 Paul Rodgers- I’m a Tiger fan too. I think Elmer could be just what they need. He hits for power. And the rest of the team can teach him Spanish. He can replace Sheff on his next visit to the DL. Probably tomorrow.

    Is Queen touring this summer?

    Comment by Wing T Nut — June 25, 2008 @ 10:25 am

  16. Hey, I just solved the mystery of Kaz’ earring. Joe Sharkey is catching it!

    Comment by johnw — June 25, 2008 @ 10:32 am

  17. So I’ve never heard of Elmer, he’s already a high school senior, no college wants him, but I’m supposed to recommend the Tigers draft him. Oh – and the draft already happened.

    OK, maybe that’s why I’m not managing in the minors anymore.

    Gil, there you are – I haven’t seen you since your first communion!

    Comment by The Real Bugs McCoy — June 25, 2008 @ 11:31 am

  18. If Gil would get off the sauce, he’d have called Bugs BEFORE bothering Rep. Bright with her
    201st phone call.

    Comment by Gil'sBarber — June 25, 2008 @ 11:39 am

  19. Sorry, her 201st letter and subsequent phone call – Sheesh – he bothered her twice!

    Good job there Coach.

    Comment by Gil'sBarber — June 25, 2008 @ 11:41 am

  20. By the way, the overall weirdness of these strips may have taken my eye off the prize, but … who’s holding Bugs’ phone in that panel? Have we seen the return of the disembodied hand?

    Comment by El Santo — June 25, 2008 @ 11:52 am

  21. Also *raises hand* Tigers fan here too. Dee-Troit, represent!

    Comment by El Santo — June 25, 2008 @ 11:54 am

  22. #15 – Good point about Sheff.

    And…that’s the first time I’ve ever gotten a Queen joke.

    Comment by Paul Arrand Rodgers — June 25, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

  23. Wow, look at Elmer’s face in Panel Three – but then again, I would probably look like that too if my only alternative to deportation was playing for the Detroit Tigers.

    (And yes, I am also a Tigers fan. A self-hating Tigers fan, but a fan nonetheless.)

    Comment by spencer — June 25, 2008 @ 4:01 pm

  24. Substituting for Kaz 6/25 #2: Bill Pullman (actor)… suspect Kaz has checked out of Milford for the summer to catch up with the Gail Martin tour…

    Comment by SemperFi4evr — June 25, 2008 @ 8:20 pm

  25. How ’bout that Sheff? I just watched the end of the game.

    Comment by Wing T Nut — June 25, 2008 @ 10:17 pm

  26. I love the fact that Joe Sharkey was brought back for a cameo. I remember the old story lines involving Joe. When he was first drafted and playing in the minors he suddenly could not hit a lick. He was on the verge of being cut and or quitting until Gil miraculously discovered Joe was very near sighted and needed glasses so the day was saved and Joe made it to the bigs. Good to see that he is depicted with glasses in the panel above so that the strip stays true to itself. Of course having to deal with Gil again sent him on his drinking binge.

    Comment by James Reed — June 26, 2008 @ 9:04 am

  27. 23 (Spencer) Hey, the Tigers won the AL two years ago. My team, the Reds, haven’t been in the playdowns since ’95.

    Back to the story. How long does Elmer have before he can go back to Mexico without the ten-year exile? The Major League draft was three ago, June fifith and sixth. He’ll graduate the same time. Rubin has some fuzziest thinking this side of Al Gore.

    Comment by Doug Puthoff — June 26, 2008 @ 9:46 am

  28. Pitcher Mark Prior was drafted by the Yankees as a HS senior, but opted to go to USC and get his degree, then was drafted by the Cubs, and this time signed. Maybe Elmer could choose this route.

    Comment by RobM — June 26, 2008 @ 6:25 pm

  29. […] It looks like there was a passing reference to Joe Sharkey during the Elmer Vargas story. We’re still largely in the dark. I will thumb through the one Gil Thorp treasury I have at […]

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