This Week in Milford

July 18, 2013

Central City Armory, For All Your Gun And Adult Entertainment Needs

Filed under: Gil Thorp, golf — nedryerson @ 6:21 am


Okay, collective sigh of relief! The Herkelshimers have not abandoned us to suffer through Gil putting condoms on golf clubs in front of gobsmacked pre-teens. I’m going to credit Neal Rubin for an awesomely hilarious misdirection gag aimed at Gil Thorp faithful, even if it wasn’t his intention. Big ups, Neal and Rodd, for making this summer weird and somewhat unpredictable.

When Gil tells the kids about their “other coach”, are we to believe that he even knows the identity of this “coach” at this point or do we still wait for someone to wander in at the eleventh hour?

Perhaps, we have already met the “other coach”. One of the Herkelshimers (after Gil gets summoned over to Central City to bail them out after a McDougals gets trashed)? Eddie Grant? He doesn’t have anything better to than run Subwich into the ground. Maybe one of those smacked down clowns will seek to redeem himself by teaching kids the proper way to insert a golf club into a bag. Were these two panels of golf a red herring? Would Rubin dare? Dare, Rubin, dare!

Now as far as the Herkelshimers go, it’s nice to find out that Pop wasn’t driving after all. Also, it’s interesting to see that the Central City Armory (noted cathedral of the “squared circle”) is outfitted with a flashy marquee. The Fort Hesterly Armory in Tampa (previously discussed in the Championship Wrestling from Florida digression) had all the architectural flair of a mid-century American high school.

Fans flinging fire extinguishers at competitors? How awesome is professional rasslin’?



  1. The only reason to say “other coach” is the person is so famous you want to keep it a surprise.
    Here it’s just stupid.

    Stupid is why “goodbye to the Herks” works as a trick. Our expectations are so low, we are not surprised when Rubin cuts off a story leaving bloody stubs.

    Comment by Dale — July 18, 2013 @ 8:33 am

  2. The other coach: Marjie Ducey! A member of the 23-readers-of-this-comic club can dream, right?

    Oh, look, another MST3K license plate. And getting hit with a fire extinguisher. Yep, good times.

    Comment by Dood — July 18, 2013 @ 9:20 am

  3. Hmmmm…. maybe we’re going to get a lawsuit by the Foley Law Group PLLC against the Midwestern Transcontinental Amalgamated Wrestling Federation for Pop’s concussion induced dementia…. Throw in Central City and the extinguisher manufacturer to make sure there are some deep pockets and Herk and Herc will be halfway towards a decent cash settlement. Unless, of course, after Geoff McKay and Knox Foley blow the deposition by failing to sue the right defendants, Herk goes postal and maims everyone in the room.

    Comment by TimP — July 18, 2013 @ 11:14 am

  4. I’m hoping the “other coach” is Lanny Penn from the legendary Summer 2006 storyline, but I’m prepared to be disappointed. Like usual.

    Also, I’m hoping for lots and lots of strips about Hairy and Herk’s travels to all the tank towns in Milford’s athletic conferences, and little or nothing about teaching golf to Mountain Dew-fueled preteens.

    And I’m prepared to be disappointed.

    Comment by John Walters (@johnswalters) — July 18, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

  5. Ah, Fort Homer Hesterly Armory. Now that was a great venue – I saw the Ramones there when I was in high school (though by that point their best days were long behind them). Or at least, I remember it being great.

    Comment by spencer — July 18, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

  6. Could the “other coach” be Matt Shaw? Did someone unplug his freezer, thawing him out a month-and-a-half early?

    I’m with John. Prepared to be disappointed.

    Comment by Dood — July 18, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

  7. We have all learned to be disappointed. But the fact the Herks are in Central City (how important is Central City? It has its own ARMORY!) is encouraging indeed because it suggests Gil will be drawn out of town to deal with something, or that the Herks will be driven back to Mfnrd as fugitives.

    Anything to keep the damned golf plot at bay. Could the “other coach” be some famous player? Tiger, perhaps, performing community service and trying not to blow his rehab by getting it on with Molly Kinsella?

    Comment by vaganova — July 18, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

  8. Oh I know – the 1-armed guy from last year. Remember how the one guy wanted to shake the hand of a ‘war hero’? Then he kinda learned how to play golf, then gave it up? Well he’s back! Maybe I’ll look up his name.

    Comment by Rob — July 18, 2013 @ 8:06 pm

  9. #3 TimP, if the Foley Law Group loused up a legal matter for the Herkelshimers, I could see Pop knocking Geoff McKay and Knox Foley’s heads together like a cross between Moe Howard and Joe Jarbo, maybe going Gene Krupa upside their heads with a folding chair. He’d smash Geoff McKay’s head into the turnbuckle and give Knocker the Atomic Piledriver.

    Anybody got odds on the appearance of Gil in a singlet this summer?

    Comment by nedryerson — July 18, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

  10. Rob, the one-armed war vet who played golf (poorly) last summer was Steve Boone.

    I thought Boone was an odd character to bring back, since he appeared in only one single season as a student, 2004 football. He was a not-too-bright offensive lineman resigned to the fact that he was a not-too-bright offensive lineman until Von Haney tutored him and convinced him he was smart enough to go to college. After that, no appearances until last summer.

    Comment by billytheskink — July 19, 2013 @ 6:50 am

  11. Well hold the phone cause todays strip is about the old man reminiscing. No other golfer yet…

    Comment by Rob — July 19, 2013 @ 7:26 pm

  12. Good call on Steve Boone, Rob.

    Comment by billytheskink — July 20, 2013 @ 6:29 am

  13. Thanks – my reaction is in the 7/19 thread. Maybe I’ll make the headline.

    Comment by Rob — July 20, 2013 @ 2:43 pm

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