This Week in Milford

September 17, 2011

Do We Call Him Bobcat?

Filed under: Exploding Eyeball Syndrome, football, Gil Thorp, Marty Moon, Recycled art — nedryerson @ 7:33 pm


Hey, did anyone think that Wildcat Maris was just a minor digression in this season’s football plot and that we wouldn’t have to go down the over-involved parent road again? Yeah it’s a fools paradise. Surprise! The Wildcat is the guy proud of the huge holes his Bobby is opening.

So to get Wildcat out of his face, Gil falls back on some sort of liability concern? Yes, this a legitimate point for the real world, but in Gil World? Okay, I’ll allow it, grudgingly, but I’m sure Gil is just bluffing. Maybe in a few days he’ll call Dr. Pearl and ask, “Hey boss, we do have some kind of insurance for the football team, don’t we? Hey do you think it would cover an exploding eyeball? What? Oh, no reason, I was just wondering.”

The moral of this story: Parenting in Milford sucks.


Wow, look at the rapid fire delivery of the beginning of the season! Bonfire! Coin toss! Touchdown!

Okay I can match that with my commentary: Is that Sackodog from Prep Spotlight? Did that guy eat Steve the Disco Referee? The Prefab Pressbox, one million sold.



  1. Not only an over-involved parent, but a booster as well. He is going to be a thorn in Gil’s side until it is discovered that he has been having lavish parties on his pontoon boat during which a topless Mrs. Maris serves Nutboys to football players.

    Comment by gwilo — September 18, 2011 @ 6:31 am

  2. wildcat has his son on the team plus deke davey . gil will have to think fast with 2 spys on the team. does he dare bring out his private water cooler of gin and tonic ? i say get that gal cassie back to date wildcat jr and deke to cause scandel . which gil will then expose problem solved.

    Comment by mr12ozcan — September 18, 2011 @ 10:31 am

  3. We’re one losing streak away from a Wildcat-funded campaign to oust Gil for the younger, cheaper, and better-qualified Deke Davey. Said campaign to be spearheaded by the Vengeful Return of Hobart, presumably.

    Whigham Incompetence Alert: after completely blundering the perspective in 9/16 panel 2, any self-respecting artist would have thrown away the panel and started over again. But then, the Tribune Syndicate probably got turned down by all the artists with self-respect when they hired Whigham in the first place.

    On the other hand, I am glad to get a full view of Marty’s “press box.” At least he has a nice view of the factory where the box is located. I assume he’s just making up the play-by-play as he goes along; some little part of him must be aware that he lost his radio job years ago, and that nobody can actually hear him.

    Comment by John S. Walters — September 18, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

  4. I think the ref has a masters degree in shadow puppets…hmph…

    Comment by Knoxy — September 18, 2011 @ 2:25 pm

  5. “paging you to the sideline” is as dumb as it sounds. Obviously, you don’t want him on the playing field.
    But standing on the sideline, he could still get run over (and sue the school).

    Also, this asshole might do a Woody Hayes on some kid who bumped into Little Precious.

    Comment by dale — September 18, 2011 @ 2:30 pm

  6. Dale is right, but Gene Hackman’s line to Kelcie Ross in Hoosiers (“uh, leave the basketball?”) was already taken. Delighted to see the reference to poor crazy Woody Hayes, who coached a season or two too long.

    School football is fine if it remains with the coaches and players, but once the crazy parents and boosters get involved, things change. As the president of the University of Chicago remarked when they dropped football in 1939, “Football has the same relation to education as bullfighting has to agriculture.”

    Comment by vaganova — September 18, 2011 @ 4:18 pm

  7. It looks like Marty’s pressbox is precariously perched on the side of a parking garage. Hey, the white zone is for loading and unloading only! Well, where there’s an Ottewill, there’s a way.

    Comment by Dood — September 18, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

  8. Staying healthy is the key to surviving the Milford football season kickoff bonfire?

    Comment by Dood — September 18, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

  9. And how many times are we going to see Bigby’s interposing hand (seen once again in 9/16, panel two).

    Comment by Dood — September 18, 2011 @ 5:26 pm

  10. Wait, what? Marty’s in a press box? That could blow my whole theory that all of thi goes on inside Marty’s head in his parents’ basement! You don’t suppose he could be in a treehouse he built with his dad, do you?

    Comment by delvaldawg — September 18, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

  11. *this

    Comment by delvaldawg — September 18, 2011 @ 5:53 pm

  12. Bonfires are held before the first home game, not tAnhe first game of the season!

    Anyone been down to the park to get some varsity grade stuff for the season?

    Comment by Milfordian — September 18, 2011 @ 11:46 pm

  13. Bonfires are held before the first home game, not the first game of the season!

    Anyone been down to the park to get some varsity grade stuff for the season?

    Comment by Milfordian — September 18, 2011 @ 11:46 pm

  14. Is that a bonfire or an appearance by Backyard Tire Fire?

    Comment by J.D. Springer — September 19, 2011 @ 5:41 pm

  15. When did Jamarr Gaddis transfer to Oakwood?

    Comment by Dood — September 20, 2011 @ 8:27 am

  16. 9/19-20: Well we see where this is going: a missed extra point and a missed field goal will lead to a Milford loss. Azal Jaddou will be consigned to the scrap heap of Mudlark history as Brody, A Bro – who can cripple NFL placekickers with his words – enters, stage left…

    Comment by delvaldawg — September 20, 2011 @ 10:32 am

  17. Who’s under the bleachers thought-ballooning that “Hmph”? Is that where they keep Matt Shaw tied up?

    Comment by Dood — September 20, 2011 @ 10:45 am

  18. Panel 2 today is just perfect. Looks like a running back, a football player, the mean expression as he does his job. No bs, no unusual sized objects, just the football cradled under his arm as he scores a touchdown. I love that guy. Anytime they want to recycle this one, fine by me.

    Comment by Rob — September 20, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

  19. Glad to see Steve the Disco Referee return in 9/17-2 (and like the touch of having the quarter intersect the frame line) but am still trying to figure out how anyone’s hand would get into that position upon tossing a coin.

    Comment by vaganova — September 21, 2011 @ 7:05 am

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