This Week in Milford

October 20, 2013

This Weakened Milford?

Filed under: Gil Thorp, metapost, What the hell is going on here? — jasbeattie @ 11:28 pm

Hi all, I crawled out of deep-freeze for two reasons:

First I want to commend and deeply thank Ned for his years of faithful blogging here, first as a part-time substitute whenever I needed to check into Oakwood Rehab for a bit, then taking over completely when I decided to make a life change…(becoming a Tarzana-head and following Gail Martin around on her worldwide tour, but that’s a story for another day.) Kudos to Ned, for doing what so few can do…snark continuously about the utter nonsense in Milford.

Second, I wanted to throw out the offer: is any reader out there brave enough to want to take the reins* of this blog? Just like Lassie, Dr. Who, or Alex Trebek, whenever the current version drops dead, an upgraded replacement can easily step in to keep the show going. When I started this thing on a whim over seven years ago (yikes!), I guess I never imagined it would go this long, but it would be sad to watch it disappear completely. So if you think you have what it takes, send Marty Moon an email and he’ll screen out the totally drunken requests from the mentally deranged ones.

Just be warned that if you blog about this comic, eventually your head will explode too:

…in the meantime, you can prepare yourself for all the glory, fame, mountains of cash,  and sex appeal that you’ll inevitably gain from authoring this masterpiece of the internet. I hope to hear from interested lunatics soon.


*Yes, blogs have reins.


  1. Thanks Ned, Thanks Jason, too, for starting this crazy blog. I enjoy it a lot, particularly the community, and I too would be sorry to see it end. I still anxiously await every new Gil Thorp posted, if only to see what hilarious comments it produces.

    Comment by Scott P. — October 21, 2013 @ 8:55 pm

  2. Jason…thanks for the mammaries……………… was a great run…………..

    Comment by Knoxy — October 22, 2013 @ 8:06 am

  3. Longtime listener, second-time caller (I think I’ve delurked once before).

    Over on Comics Curmudgeon, Uncle Lumpy suggested that maybe a group of snarkers could split the blogging duties. I don’t have enough free time & creativity to shoulder the whole blog myself, but if there were some others who wanted to share the work, I’d be glad to pitch in too.

    Comment by lauramac — October 22, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

  4. Oh! And of course — THANK YOU, Ned! You did a great job keeping this blog running. And thank you, Jason, for starting it up in the first place.

    Comment by lauramac — October 22, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

  5. Where is Regina when we need her? Quit your table top dancing and start blogging, Regina!

    Thanks, Jason and Ned, for your efforts!

    Comment by Milfordian — October 23, 2013 @ 6:32 am

  6. I’d be willing to help out as a part-time poster or coordinator — TWIM must go on!

    Comment by Uncle Lumpy — October 24, 2013 @ 12:37 am

  7. I have a highly variable work schedule – as in, sometimes I have nothing but copious spare time to post comments and peruse the archives and others I don’t have time to take care of basic hygiene and get very little sleep – so it’d be hard for me to commit, but I’d be willing to give it a go as part of a team.

    Of course, the fact that most of my present day writing is along the lines of ‘by proactively leveraging the synergies of cross-functional modalities, client x will rapidly optimize the realization of multi-dimensional value streams, etc.’ my writing style ain’t what it once was.

    Comment by TimP — October 24, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

  8. I know nothing about sports or WordPress, but if duties were split, I be willing to help out, or stay out of the way, whichever helps more.

    Comment by The Mighty Untrained FOOZLE — October 24, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

  9. Hooray! I sort of offered to help out as well in a post on the ‘mudgeon. Surely the collective hive mind could put forth a team effort worthy of the Valley Conference’s finest.

    Comment by teenchy — October 26, 2013 @ 10:25 am

  10. I’m sure Jason is busily perusing all the applications for this job, and will have an announcement soon as to the next blogger. What will happen first, next Cub manager or next blogger?? Stay tuned!

    Comment by Rob — October 28, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

  11. I could pick up the responsibility of posting–I’m retired & I got the time. However, I am not sure if I could come close to the witty comments made on here….. But I am willing to try…

    Comment by rowdyman — October 28, 2013 @ 8:30 pm

  12. Rowdyman:True that; Jason & Ned leave some intimidating footprints. Bless ya for picking up the gauntlet.

    Comment by semperfi4evr — October 29, 2013 @ 7:43 am

  13. Hope this site continues. I look forward to reading the snarky comments that are posted. I love good sarcasm.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — October 29, 2013 @ 8:05 am

  14. Of course, we could continue to leave comments, even though somewhere down the road it would be: 6/24/17 P3: Since Mimi left Gil for Marty, and their son is due to get out of prison soon, do you think Gil will still be up for teaching golf?

    Comment by Knoxy — October 29, 2013 @ 8:38 am

  15. My bet as to why BBJ doesn’t talk is that he has a falsetto, high-pitched voice that makes him sound like a first-grade school girl, and he is embarassed to speak!

    Of course, Gil will do some coaching/parenting and get BBJ to accept his attributes, and BBJ will go on to lead the Milford accapella group!

    Comment by Milfordian — October 30, 2013 @ 6:37 am

  16. I like it, Milfordian! But you know Gil would have to farm out the coaching/parenting bit. Who could he get to do it for him? Maybe Slim, the singing cowboy of Mudlark baseball? Or dare we hope for the return of Gail Martin?

    Comment by lauramac — October 30, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

  17. Thanks Ned and Jason big time! Sorry I have been absent lately but I too would hate to see this blog go away…

    Comment by gil'sbarber — October 30, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

  18. Hey 15. How do we know that Gil and Kaz don’t have first-grade school girl voices too, Ha?

    Comment by gil'sbarber — October 30, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

  19. seems like I’m always here late, but since this weekend everyone gains an hour of sleep maybe I can catch up

    Comment by gil'sbarber — October 30, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

  20. extra hour for the evaluation process – or maybe someone (perhaps me) can just start a new blog with the same name. If I do I’ll let you know.

    Comment by Rob — October 30, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

  21. This Week in Milford cannot die!

    Says the guy who thrives on it but has not as yet offered to do anything to advance the cause. My excuse is that if it were to get out that the site were being run by a ballet dancer people would desert in droves. But as Yogi said, “If people don’t want to come to the ballpark you can’t stop ’em.”

    Comment by vaganova — October 31, 2013 @ 6:10 pm

  22. Any decision, Jason, on The Annointed One? Or perhaps no one is worthy?

    Let us know – since high school football is winding down in the real world, that means we only have another two months of football in Milford. So much to snark about!

    Comment by Milfordian — November 1, 2013 @ 5:28 am

  23. Angie:”Great game John”
    Angie:”Don’t you get tired playing both offense and defense?”
    Angie:”Do you love the Twilight movies as much as I do?”
    Angie:”Does this cheer leading outfit make me look fat?”
    Angie:”I’m like thinking of going to medical school, how about you?”
    Angie:”If you could come back as an animal, what would you be?”
    Angie:”You know, it’s dangerous to put a gun in your mouth like that”

    Comment by Knoxy — November 1, 2013 @ 7:08 am

  24. lol, Knozy!

    Comment by Milfordian — November 1, 2013 @ 9:38 am

  25. how does one actually apply? I would definitely take this on.

    Comment by completepublicrelations — November 2, 2013 @ 7:44 am

  26. Guardians????!!!!


    Comment by Milfordian — November 2, 2013 @ 9:43 am

  27. Read the post – he has a link to his email address. (Marty Moon) Send an email with your qualifications.

    Comment by Rob — November 2, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

  28. i been tracking mr baskt for months i come back and the place is empty.

    Comment by mr12ozcan — November 5, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

  29. 11/6 strip: Tipp’s ‘cheer’ could also read as “Hunt their feeble sphincter!”

    Comment by TimP — November 6, 2013 @ 7:22 am

  30. So the Cubs have named their manager – its high time our ex-TWIM blogger chooses his worthy successor. Maybe he’s waiting 40 days and 40 nights like Moses. This is Day 36 since the last strip on the blog (Oct. 2). We wait, like the Egyptians waiting for Moses to come down from the mountain with the 10 Commandments.

    Comment by Rob — November 7, 2013 @ 7:48 pm

  31. Guys, it might have been a mistake to have John Pascoe dictate the blog entries…

    Comment by odinthor — November 8, 2013 @ 10:27 am

  32. 11/9:Mimi’s eyes!!! Gahh! Give me exploding eye syndrome any day over what’s happening in P3 today… Also, what’s with her pink 1/2 inch thick socks and capri lounging-around-the-house look? I have to admit, I live in the South nowadays and it’s November and I’m still wearing shorts, but back when I lived in the chilly mid-west, I don’t ever recall seeing a getup quite like that.

    Comment by TimP — November 9, 2013 @ 3:45 pm

  33. I wore shorts in November and I live near Chicago. The South can be as cold as anywhere.

    Comment by Rob — November 9, 2013 @ 6:47 pm

  34. Fair point, Rob. Way back when, I used to always make the trek up to Wrigley for opening day – classes? what classes? – I always wore shorts and, although I tolerate the cold very well – there was occasionally quite a bit of ribbing to be endured from my fellow fans. In any case, it was never so cold that a few Old Styles couldn’t make it all better. Gosh, how I miss those days.

    Comment by TimP — November 9, 2013 @ 6:56 pm

  35. Boy rescued from family of mimes, film at 11.

    Comment by Knoxy — November 11, 2013 @ 10:00 am

  36. Good one, Knoxy. I was surmising the poor kid saw mommy and daddy playing the beast with two backs.
    Sure hope somebody picks up the gauntlet with this blog. C’mon someone, PLEASE!!!
    BTW, a belated Happy 238th O Mighty Teufel Hunden!

    Comment by semperfi4evr — November 12, 2013 @ 9:37 am

  37. Back at you semperfi4evr…..and a happy veterans day as well…

    Comment by Knoxy — November 12, 2013 @ 11:26 am

  38. they need to get hired. Otherwise I will start TWIM II.

    Comment by Rob — November 12, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

  39. Not sure if anyone’s still following or commenting on the strip, but 11/18 is the first time in my memory that i recall seeing Milford wearing dark jerseys. The Mudlarks always seem to wear white home and away.

    Comment by teenchy — November 18, 2013 @ 9:04 am

  40. Kaz:”Knox Foley has the flu. The Jefferson kid got both legs ripped off in a combine. Our center was run over by a beer truck over the weekend, and both wide receivers were killed in a freak hunting accident.”
    Gil:”Thank God the kid that won’t talk is still okay”

    Comment by Knoxy — November 18, 2013 @ 9:12 am

  41. Finally! BBJ points out Nunn-nuts as a possible replacement player. Or was BBJ pointing out his squeeze, Angie, to Kaz?

    “Yeah, Coach K, I’m gettin’ me some of that!”

    Comment by Milfordian — November 19, 2013 @ 5:50 am

  42. It looks like TWIM is no more. It has been fun and I’ve enjoyed everyone’s comments. As a reader of GT since the early 1970’s (Chicago Tribune sports page!), I enjoyed finding a community that was as interested in the Milford craziness as I am. Alas, apparently this too must end. Thanks for starting this blog, Jason – your snarkiness was excellent. I still think we will see a GT movie in the future: give me some leadtime to grow a bad beard and I am ready for my “Mr. Baskt” audition!

    Signing off,

    Comment by Milfordian — November 20, 2013 @ 7:57 am

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