This Week in Milford

June 18, 2014

Tell Me What I’d Say

Filed under: Coach Kaz, Gil Thorp, Milford Idiots — timbuys @ 4:42 am

June 18, 2014


Hey, check it out – the boys appear not to be practicing in their uniforms! The verisimilitude of this strip is amazing.

Panel two – wait, I did the commentary on Gil’s little chat with Lucky just yesterday. Please tell us, what’d Gil say about groveling to Amy during that chat? I’m pretty sure that all we were shown of Gil giving Lucky advice was telling him the gist of Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff and, based on Gil’s rendition, I think we can safely infer that Gil only picked that morsel of advice up while glancing at the cover on his way through the self-help section to the free public restrooms at Barnes & Noble.*

I’m not sure what’d I say to Lucky in his situation but I guess the groveling tactic worked. It’s hard to be sure as we only have his version of the story so far and the notion that there might not be some lingering repercussions for their relationship due to his having ruined her prom by breaking up with her for the flimsiest of reasons may weigh against my statement about the strip’s realism above.

* That’s the one that still exists, right? I can’t be bothered to do the research on that…

On that note, and apropos of nothing other than it was an early inspiration for the title of this post that I never got around to revising, here’s some Ray Charles to start your day (if you’re reading this in the morning):



  1. Exactly the quick, convenient, tell-don’t-show, loose-end leaving ending that has become Rubin’s trademark. I’m fine with it this season, provided the rest of June gives us some game action and recaps, and a reasonable conclusion to baseball and softball falling short of the playdowns AGAIN.

    Am I betting on that? Heh.

    Comment by billytheskink — June 18, 2014 @ 7:18 am

  2. Here’s the sum total of what we’ve seen Gil say over the last three days:

    “To say the least.”
    “Ever hear the saying, ‘You make your own luck’?”
    “What’s the luckiest thing that’s happened to you this year?”
    “Right. No skill involved. And now you’re so obsessed with smaller things.”
    “You ever seen a grown man naked?”

    Okay, so I threw that last one in but really, it’s no more of a stretch to that than it is to Gil telling Conrad to grovel for Amy’s love.

    Credit where credit’s due: Kaz’s subtle smirk in P3 is orders of magnitude better than anything Tom Batiuk has ever drawn.

    Comment by teenchy — June 18, 2014 @ 8:07 am

  3. My imagined picture of Conrad’s grovelry: he boombox-serenades Amy (Amy Lange), “Say Anything”-style. Then when she comes to the window, he dumps a pail of root beer on his own head & begs her to take him back — he’s been riding the Happy Bus too long, and he’s ready to go back to The Bucket.

    Comment by lauramac — June 18, 2014 @ 9:35 am

  4. I love it, Lauramac. But that degree of self-parody may be a lit-tle advanced for GT.

    Unless the softball team makes the play-acrosses (I am assuming that Lucky’s meltdown took the baseball team out of contention) we are mere DAYS from whatever summer plot Whigrub has in mind. Guarantee it will not top Herk the Mauler taking out the punks at the– what was it? Not the Sub Standard… that was the year before–

    Comment by vaganova — June 18, 2014 @ 4:43 pm

  5. […] is all just window dressing here. No, the real story is Lucky who, after a crisis of confidence and a tell-don’t-show lecture from Gil, still believes everything that happens to him is the result of luck (and still uses the word […]

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