This Week in Milford

November 8, 2011

Also OK: The finest Plurbing shop in town.


First, I guess it’s pretty cutting edge to use the word ‘tard in a newspaper comic. Perhaps Rubin told his 85-year-old comics editor it was short for leotard.
Second, way to stand up for yourself, little buddy.
Third, oh great Derek’s on your side. Gosh, I sure hope Derek thinks you’re OK. His opinion really matters to me.


“I know this kid just stood up for himself, but that part doesn’t matter. His self-esteem and budding social skills are way less important than my opinion as a popular yet injured kid. And whatever I say is OK goes. So, Brody is OK, OK?”

“Do you think Brody is OK, jerk kid, (son of jerk dad)?”
“Sure. the cool kid said he’s OK, so, OK, he’s OK. But you know what’s not OK? You invading my personal space, weird blond sidekick kid. OK?”


Hey great, instead of a series of boring-as-hell comics, we’ve gotten a completely confusing-as-hell comic! So, who the hell is Junior Bobcat talking about in the first panel? And what the hell are Senior Bobcat and Deke the Snitch talking about? Dissension? Threats? Whatever that’s all about, it sounds a whole lot more interesting than anything we’ve been seeing. Maybe Deke wandered over to Mark Trail and is trying to spice things up by providing plot points from a punchier, less yawn-inducing comic.

The only mystery solved today is how Maris made his money: Plurbing. It’s all about the plurbing in this town.


  1. A plumbing contractor does not need a showroom with 12 foot high windows.
    Was there an earlier story with a new car dealer?

    Comment by dale — November 8, 2011 @ 4:28 am

  2. So Deke hasn’t been coaching but he has been snitching. Snitches get stitches so don’t be surprised to face Kaz’s fists of fury. Count it! Bonk!

    Comment by delvaldawg — November 8, 2011 @ 5:59 am

  3. Kaz is looking for any excuse to pound Deke. He is a threat to his cushy job.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — November 8, 2011 @ 8:24 am

  4. hey thats not a nice word well this whole story dont make no fucking sense but ill still be here everyday to view it .is coach deke the coach sandusky of milford thats what im thinking but gil will skate just like joe paterno

    Comment by mr12ozcan — November 8, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

  5. I think Gil and Kaz will skate before Paterno does. So will Brody will end up kicking for Gil or coach (wow, another unpaid coaching job) someone else to?

    Comment by delvaldawg — November 8, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

  6. If Deke saw “dissension and threats”, did he intervene? No.
    Did he take accurate notes? No.
    He was way too busy trying to think of a big word like “dissension”.

    Comment by dale — November 8, 2011 @ 10:30 pm

  7. OK, so Deke is a spy. We suspected this, right? Nice coincidence, considering that “The Plumbers” led to Nixon’s downfall, that Maris the Plurber is conducting surveillance. Predict that Deke will more or less vanish, a sincere if stupid tool, and hope that Kaz has occasion to drop this loser– Bobcat? Housecat? I forget– with a couple of crisp jabs and a hook.

    Comment by vaganova — November 8, 2011 @ 11:01 pm

  8. This season is more painful than the one a few years back where the team was so bad that Gil let all-conference defensive lineman Les Neemy play every position in a game. They still beat Goshen that year, a questionable prospect this year.

    Comment by billytheskink — November 9, 2011 @ 7:42 am

  9. I’m starting up the bandwagon again to fire Coach Thorp. What an a%%wipe!!! He gets confidential data so he knows Brody is special needs. He even talks to the kids mom for the full extent of Brody’s ‘specialness’. Then he tosses Brody to the jocks without asking the team to respect his limitations and sure enough, Maris showcases his fathers d%ckishness by insulting him. Smooth move, Ex-Lax… set yet another kid up to fail. Gil-do, there’s a reason there’s no book called “Better Living through Alcohol.” You sorely need an intervention. And a job where you can’t damage kids lives.

    Comment by semperfi4evr — November 9, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

  10. Maybe Maris Jr. isn’t as big a d-bag as this old man. Will that set up a confrontation between father and son or will Gil and Kaz get wind of the of Widcat’s plot to get rid of them and do a Jimmy Hoffa on him and Deke. They could be planted in the end zone of Mudlark field.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — November 9, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

  11. Hey, DD – aren’t you coaching the defense? The only that just allowed 27 unanswered points?

    No wonder Wildcrap thinks you have the stuff to replace Gil!

    Comment by Milfordian — November 9, 2011 @ 5:56 pm

  12. lol semperfi – Ease up!

    Comment by Gil'sBarber — November 9, 2011 @ 8:36 pm

  13. in fact, ease up everyone — this is a comic strip

    True that the Wildcrap sucks but since when does a booster club member rule in friggin HIGH SCHOOL?

    Comment by Gil'sBarber — November 9, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

  14. Public high school!

    Sorry, maybe I’m missing something here,

    Comment by Gil'sBarber — November 9, 2011 @ 8:50 pm

  15. so sorry but gotta say a word about a real guy, Joe Patano, (sp?) Nittany Lions coach for like 45 years

    you guys know who I’m talking about…

    sad that he has to go out like this…

    Comment by Gil'sBarber — November 9, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

  16. Gil has been coaching longer than Paterno.

    Comment by billytheskink — November 10, 2011 @ 8:00 am

  17. I do not get this from many readers that Coach Thorp abuses alchohol. He is a coach trying to help high schoolers and he is honorable man. I hope Milford wins some games but it is comic strip.

    Comment by Diego — November 10, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

  18. 15 Gil’s Barber, yes, by all accounts Joe Paterno has been a great leader, a moral example, and a credit to sport. But this is not about him, it’s about little boys who came into the dreamland of Penn State Football and who, by all accounts, got raped in a shower room. Half a dozen PSU people, including Paterno, either saw this or were told about it by reliable witnesses, and NOBODY CALLED THE POLICE. I admit that as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse myself, this is a hot button issue with me, but even trying to filter out my own nightmares, I can think of no way that the denial and inaction of PSU football’s leaders can be defended.

    Comment by vaganova — November 10, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

  19. 15 Gil’s Barber, vaganova is spot on. I’m also a survivor and know how it can impact lives. Apparently in that institution of high level academia the glory of winning football and resultant $$$ trumped common human decency.

    Comment by semperfi4evr — November 11, 2011 @ 11:50 am

  20. Thanks for the support, Semperfi4evr. Maybe you have to have “been there,” as you and I have, to really get it, I don’t know, but I’m still incredulous that at Penn State– as well as a lot of other places– horrible crimes such as these can be denied, covered up, set aside. I do feel bad for Paterno, who accomplished so much, such as proving that Div I football players could also be strong students who actually graduate with a real degree, but in the final test, he failed to stand up for the weak, which is what leadership is often about.

    Comment by vaganova — November 11, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

  21. 20 C’est vrai. vaganova. I’m in sync with all you said. Yes, PSU has so many positives. But I think standing up for the weak is what leadership should always be about. I hope you are in a good place now.

    Comment by semperfi4evr — November 11, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

  22. I hope the same for you. One good thing that may come out of this horror is that people will talk about it. Since the story broke a week ago, two acquaintances have “come out” with stories from childhood. I don’t think the typical citizen has any idea of how damaging such experiences are, nor how shockingly common they are. If you think you are unique in this, as most of us do at first, you are overcome with shame and bury it. If the atmosphere and the expectations of the public were to tackle such crimes head-on right from the jump, we might begin to make some gains against predators.

    Comment by vaganova — November 11, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

  23. Amen. And as the pace of technology/psychiatry/etc accelerates I’m optimistic that there will be more gains made.

    Comment by semperfi4evr — November 11, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

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