This Week in Milford

September 1, 2011

The Pride of the Udlarks

Filed under: football, Gil Thorp, Mimi Thorp, Recycled art — jasbeattie @ 7:05 pm


“Poor, poor Mark and his human problems.”
“Gil, take that shit-eating grin off your face, at least until he’s further down the street.”
“Oh that’s right, I ‘care’ about people. I just find the whole parent-child dynamic humorous and puzzling…Having never been a parent or a child myself.”
“Wait…er, didn’t we used to…?”
“Now, now, Mimi. On to my selfish issues: Will you coach for free for me this year?”
“Only if this strip acknowledges a women’s fall sport!”
“Screw that, I’m off to repost that Craigslist ad.”


We hereby interrupt the standing-around fantasticness of football practice to bring you… some crazy-ass crap!

Booster meeting? And who’s there to boost the team (Go Udlarks!, apparently…) Why it’s none other than Phil and the Milford crowd template. And who’s the lead booster? Why it’s none other than the infamous Wildcat Maris! Who’s that you ask? Who cares? All I know is his wife, Cougar Maris is going to be teaming up with Mrs. Drunklark, Kay “Sloppy Joe” Morgan, Peggy Wyche and Jolene Raptor in the new season of Real Housewives of Milford. I can’t wait.



  1. Young Mimi:”He and Ellen are moving to Tucson?”
    Old Gil:”At least until his parents shit the bed”

    Old Gil:”Want to play ‘Hide the baloney pony’?”
    Young Mimi:”Sure, but first, pull my finger”

    Comment by Knoxy — September 1, 2011 @ 7:13 pm

  2. Wildcat Maris? Brody Abro? Hobart? Kaz? Mayor Mazo? It all sounds like FOOZLE! to me. (Seriously, what is UP with these names?)

    Comment by The Mighty Untrained FOOZLE — September 1, 2011 @ 7:18 pm

  3. Panel 3, 9/1: Is that Cully Vale in the background?

    Comment by richard sansing — September 1, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

  4. The football players look like they’re about 3 feet tall. Looks like another long season, and it hasnt even started yet!

    Comment by Rob — September 1, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

  5. As someone whose ex-girlfriend was one of the original Real Housewives of Orange County (first season — for real!) I can’t wait for the Real Housewives of Milford either.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — September 1, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

  6. You know, I was thinking that the 8/31 strip was going to lead to some serious chin to forehead Thorp-alien sex, but no, just when you think this strip is predictable, we get Milford booster Wildcat Maris. That and Gil seems to be coaching Pop Warner this fall. Let the descent into Marty madness begin.

    Comment by Dood — September 2, 2011 @ 7:29 am

  7. 8/31, Panel 2. How does Gil do that with his hand?

    9/1. I agree with Rob. Those are supposed to be high school football players? For what team, “The Pygmies”?

    Comment by thorpnotized — September 2, 2011 @ 8:15 am

  8. Go Udlarks! To celebrate the start of fall madness, I have immortalized this excellent new character in verse.

    Hail Wildcat Maris!
    All-State, 1984 –
    now, Booster Club boss!

    Comment by jules — September 2, 2011 @ 8:50 am

  9. Put a sock in it, Wildcat.

    Comment by Ned Ryerson — September 2, 2011 @ 10:26 am

  10. Jules, previous post: Sure hope Brody Abro is indeed afflicted with Asbergers – seems plausible – yet being in Junior high what the #$@% would he have to do with ‘regular’ high football? Yup, I know, I get what I pay for…

    8/31 P!: Those Thorps, what a’holes… you’d think they would have told Mark he had a bat clinging to his left leg, but no, they can’t wait til he leaves so they can go to the carnal carnival that Knoxy so eloquently described.

    Comment by semperfi4evr — September 2, 2011 @ 11:06 am

  11. Hey Mimi, want to go to the library and brush up on some Balzac?

    Comment by Ned Ryerson — September 2, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

  12. Hey Mimi, want to pretend you’re Marty Moon and disseminate my microphone?

    Comment by semperfi4evr — September 2, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

  13. 10 – semperfi

    It didn’t really say the kid’s in Jr. High.
    Maybe he just goes there to practice whatever abominations he’s up to.

    Comment by dale — September 2, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

  14. Maybe the Udlarks are holding their practices at the junior high school because Marty’s setting up his crate & microphones on the high school field and refuses to give way.

    Comment by jules — September 2, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

  15. To you newcomers, welcome. To the old-timers, welcome back. We’ve got recycled panels, funny sounds, freak hands, shadows and walls talking, bad football, basketball, and baseball, characters you wont care about in 3 months, storylines that will bore the hell outa you in a New York minute, kids in trees, golfers maturing overnight, midgets playing high school sports, coaches working for free, announcers in cardboard boxes, janitors tutoring athletes, former players re-appearing more dull then they ever were as players, bloggers who write better then the strip writer, and other miscellanious crap to fill 3 squares.

    That being said, this meeting is adjourned. I need to start the bonfire.

    Comment by Rob — September 2, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

  16. no doubt wildcat maris owns the local cash for gold store

    Comment by mr12ozcan — September 2, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

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