This Week in Milford

November 22, 2011

Shaw’s Rank Redemption

Filed under: Boredom in Milford, Coach Kaz, Coach Shaw, football, freak hands, Gil Thorp — jasbeattie @ 1:58 am


As horrible, Deke-angering, buried-in-narration-box losses continue to pile up, headway is made in one area: The issuance of a snapper holder to the team’s current  non-kicker!

Stay tuned to see how many games Milford can lose in the time it takes Brody gets a physical!


…and while Gil tries to explain the apparent connection between Asperger’s Syndrome and the inability to put on football pads, Milford loses another 3 games by the combined score of 92-6.

Later, Coach Shaw shatters his record for number of lines spoken in one season. (He was excited when Gil told him that keeping a giant loser front and center all season would  make the kids feel less awful about their own current losing streak.) Though Shaw’s still not allowed to look Kaz directly in the eye or make comments about his Wonder Woman bracelets. Meanwhile, while Shaw was busy keeping his eyes shut, the Mudlarks just dropped another game.


  1. 11/21 panel 3: This plot has become so boring and contrived even the crown molding is catching Zs.

    Comment by delvaldawg — November 22, 2011 @ 5:31 am

  2. Oh, no! Thaxton and Maris are hazing Brody in the locker room! That’s no way to treat A Bro! Check it! Count it! Bonk! HRONK! FOOZLE!

    Comment by Don, the Rebel without a Blog — November 22, 2011 @ 9:21 am

  3. Cha-ching! Coach “Today, we’re going to learn about hardwood flooring” Shaw is pulling down some serious speaking-role moolah! Count it!

    Where are Thaxton and Maris? How ’bout, where are the Thorp kids?

    Comment by Dood — November 22, 2011 @ 11:52 am

  4. I can see Maris and Thaxton getting benched for their tardiness and Wildass going berserk as a result. He lead a hanging in effigy at coach Thorp’s house with the local gentry carrying their pitchforks.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — November 22, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

  5. Dood or anyone else: how old are the Thorp kids supposed to be? Could they have gone all Chuck Cunningham and left the nest already? If they’re teens why aren’t they in school at Milford?

    Comment by delvaldawg — November 22, 2011 @ 12:40 pm

  6. Gil sends Brody to Dr. Wally Lamb [in Central City(?)]. Wally prescribes copious doses of Ritaln which Brody shares with his new football pals at game time. Milford crushes the opposition with Brody kicking an 80 yard field goal..

    Comment by semperfi4evr — November 22, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

  7. On the bright side, we’re almost done with a terrible football season laced with a variety of plot stink bombs.

    Soon, we’ll have Lini (Count it!) Verde and Cortez (“My belief in a higher being compels me to punish you with my elbows!”) Beecher tearing up the hardwood. OK, so that’s not really a bright side.

    All right, next spring we’ll have young Micah Huang on the mound getting shelled and…

    Actually, what exactly is there to look forward to with this strip? More Marty Moon-induced insanity and inanity?

    Comment by Dood — November 22, 2011 @ 1:50 pm

  8. Ease up, Dood! Next summer we’ll have the return of Clambake and Gail Martin (she’s the rock and roll Carole King!). HRONK!

    Comment by Don, the Rebel without a Blog — November 22, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

  9. hey brody already got his physical from dr coldfinger ? gil was just tel;ling his mom chincup he needed one.

    Comment by mr12ozcan — November 22, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

  10. Widespread Cut ‘N Paste artwork from Whigham: Over the last few weeks, there have been lots and lots of close-up profile shots of Gil, Marty, Coach Shaw and others. They’re clearly cut from the same template. Some are direct copies (10/24 and 11/22 panel 1, identical coffee klatsches with Gil and Mrs. Abro, and on 10/27 Whigham used the same Gil closeup in a different setting). Some are slight variations; on 11/10 there’s a closeup of Marty, and on 11/12 there’s a closeup of Coach Shaw; the two are virtually identical.

    Okay, I just spent way, way, waaaay too much time looking at Gil Thorp comics.

    Comment by jvwalt — November 22, 2011 @ 6:48 pm

  11. I see a hasty wrap-up in preparation. Thaxton and Son-of-Polecat will be found to be in the locker room giving Brody a hard time. Gil will, incredibly, bench them. Polecat himself will jump into the middle of things with “evidence” gathered by Davey Dick, and Brody will kick the field goal that gives Milford its only win of the season, in the final game. In January. By then, we will have missed two months worth of strips about the most interesting combo in a year or two, Cortez Beecher and Lini Verde.

    Comment by vaganova — November 22, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

  12. I remember Kaz with the player on his shoulder from somewhere, maybe someone can look it up. And the huge sunglasses.

    Comment by Rob — November 22, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

  13. 5. – delvaldawg

    If the Thorps can afford private school and the kids have no athletic ability,
    why would they go to Milford?

    Comment by Dale — November 22, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

  14. Was the last official sighting of the Thorp kids on one of those very special holiday greetings strips?

    Comment by Dood — November 23, 2011 @ 7:56 am

  15. According the scan of a Gil Thorp trading card from 1993 that I found on the Internet a couple of years back, Gil’s kids should both be out of high school. It says his daughter Keri was born July 1, 1988 and son Jami was born August 11, 1991. Not bad for a guy who started coaching in the fall of 1958…

    They never appeared as Milford High students as far as I can recall, and outside of the Christmas strips, it seems they were Chuck Cunninghamed around the time Keri should have been starting high school.

    Why was I looking for Gil Thorp trading cards on the Internet? Because shut up…

    Comment by billytheskink — November 23, 2011 @ 10:19 am

  16. Jami? R U shitting me? How do U pronounce Jami? And Y would U do that to a kid of any sex?

    Comment by Dale — November 23, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

  17. if gil gets fired i say let him take over the andy capp strip if thats still around . hes too serious for tank mcamara

    Comment by mr12ozcan — November 23, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

  18. 12/24/11: miles paris picks up his 4th foul? the offocial is signaling for a violation, open right had over head while pointing. a foul signal is a fist over head while pointinf to the violator.

    Comment by bob warguleski — December 24, 2011 @ 7:06 am

  19. […] – hey y’all, look! It’s a rare Coach Shaw spotting – and with more lines than just about ever. He’s setting us up for the fifth-string QB‘s transition into the third-string TE. Kaz, […]

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