This Week in Milford

July 5, 2014

The Rule of Fours

Filed under: actual action, football, Gil Thorp, Pantheon of Mysterious Objects — teenchy @ 6:03 am

July 5, 2014


So the four-team round-robin alluded to in yesterday’s strip is football-, not golf-related.

The talented 7-on-7 zebra (who can talk without moving his lips and blow a whistle at the same time) calls a four-second violation for delayed unloading.

The two shmoes from A Central City Hotel make up a crowd of four that includes an unamused preteen and Horatio Caine*. Younger shmoe carries an object more mysterious than yesterday’s hotel lamp with a curling stone for a base. Clipboard? Cocktail shaker?

The exploding world of 7-on-7 summer football and its ramifications for the high school and college games have admittedly caught me flatfooted. Credit where credit is due to the Whigrub combine for giving us a summer arc on a topical sport. Will this turn into Herk the Mauler-type insanity or awkwardly-paced action with improbable in-game twists? Let’s grab our Wayfarers and a cold drink and go along for the ride!**


*Alert readers will spot the sleeve and right torso of a faceless fifth crowd member – thus throwing out my entire premise for this post.

**That last paragraph was long but I was trying to stick to my Rule of Fours. With this footnote, I just didn’t.



  1. Well, if it makes you feel better, the teeny-tiny town where I am visiting my in-laws is celebrating the Fourth today on the fifth so make of that what you will.

    I think yesterdays’ mysterious object could possibly be a poor Weber grill knock off – because indoor grilling is the best – or possibly a profile view of an ED-209… As for today’s mysterious object, I’m going to go with hand-held breathalyzer even though a google image search shows me that they don’t really look like that.

    Comment by timbuys — July 5, 2014 @ 6:21 am

  2. Interesting article on 7 on 7 football..NCAA says College coaches are prohibited from attending the events,.. also it appears each state has its own rules regarding 7 on 7…IMHO the big objections are all spelled CONTROL. Coaches love to control their jock straps. The claim about a high school coach being involved in a kid’s life and cut out of recruiting is bogus…With 120 players, a head coach rarely knows every player’s name….Coaches’ agenda is winning, not doing what’s best for teenage players…..

    Comment by Rowdyman — July 5, 2014 @ 7:56 am

  3. FINALLY the completely inane and pointless Lucky storyline seems to have mercifully ended. Of course, the “writer” had to get in a few last sentences having to do with Lucky being lucky, etc, etc, ad nauseum. If this were in any possible way a portrait of reality, the other kids would be telling him to STFU already if not just ostracizing him outright. Unfortunately, what seems to have replaced it looks to be an equally poor plot line but different in that, instead of a story without an arc or finale, we are subjected to a series of disjointed panels strung together. Clearly, the “writer” and “artist” both are giving the Gil Thorp – demanding public the most minimal effort possible – as if that were even possible. This strip is… not very good.

    Comment by Stevo — July 5, 2014 @ 2:57 pm

  4. Its a water bottle.

    Comment by robmize2013 — July 5, 2014 @ 6:14 pm

  5. and I knew the round robin was football – how do you play golf like that? Teams either play each other, or have a 3-team event where the lowest score wins – they dont have time for a round robin – would have to play 54 holes.

    Comment by robmize2013 — July 5, 2014 @ 6:20 pm

  6. The older shmoe from A Central City Hotel is my nominee for summer storyline bad guy: either his shirts all pleat in a really odd way, or he’s overweight. Fat people are villains in “Gil Thorp.” It’s like facial hair in “Mark Trail.”

    Comment by John S. Walters — July 5, 2014 @ 8:45 pm

  7. Just got around to reading that article and I am 100% with Rowdyman. Everytime one of the coaches started clutching their pearls and pulling out the ‘won’t somebody please think of the children?‘ line, I laughed.

    Comment by timbuys — July 6, 2014 @ 1:18 pm

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