This Week in Milford

July 7, 2014

Now Explain It To Us

Filed under: freak hands, What the hell is going on here? — nedryerson @ 6:13 am


So those guys from the breakfast buffet and a Central City hotel, the Meanwhile Guys, are finally getting their own three panel strip. Who they are and what their purpose is will be revealed eventually, but for now their scouting rapport represents the early gear grinding of what is shaping up to be a tepid summer plot.

We could view this incursion of football into the summer plot world as an example of the year round media fascination with all things football. It never ends with spring football events, college recruiting forecasts, scouting combines, endless draft analysis, national rankings of high school sophomores, whatever our summer mystery guests are up to (monetizing their fantasy 7-on-7 high school football podcast?), etc.

Or we could just have a little fun with these guys who Neal and Rodd are allowing us to color with our own crayons for the time being.

“So Shaggy, see anything you like out there?”
“Ya know, Mister Shades, if you ask me that question while you make that face, it comes across a little weird in the context of us two adults sitting in these bleachers, sweating profusely and watching fifteen and sixteen year old boys running around.”
“Spare me the deep analysis, Shaggy, my boy. I’m just drawn this way. Do you see any prospects?…is that okay, prospects?”
“Well…..okay, we’ve got to move this along. I think they need to cut away to Gil Thorp breaking up some lob wedge golf cart jousting over at MCC. There were a few gamers out there. No more than I can count on one hand. Whoa, what happened to my hand?”



  1. So this is Milford’s first year playing summer 7-on-7 football, eh? I wonder if Rubin will tie this into the fact that Milford has not made the playdowns in football in over a decade. Probably not, but Gil’s failure to keep up with the cutting edge in high school athletics is actually not a bad explanation for the team’s recent run of mediocrity.

    Comment by billytheskink — July 7, 2014 @ 7:29 am

  2. panel 1 is a regurgitation of last day’s panel 3…Almost same words even….only difference is the position of the shades….As somebody already pointed out, perhaps his name is Horatio….

    Comment by Rowdyman — July 7, 2014 @ 7:37 am

  3. So, despite Tilden crushing Milford in Their First Game Ever Which Explains A Lot, it seems like Milford has 3 prospects that jumped out at Horatio, as opposed to Tilden’s one? Something’s not adding up here.

    Comment by emptyeye — July 7, 2014 @ 9:14 am

  4. These scouts failed to see Jarrod Hales leadership. What a couple of ham n eggers.

    Comment by Jive turkey — July 7, 2014 @ 9:33 am

  5. Maybe it’s not football talent that’s making the players “jump out” at these guys.

    Comment by teenchy — July 7, 2014 @ 11:12 am

  6. I agree things are starting off a bit slow – I mean, c’mon this is Gil thorp we’re talking about here where the plot pacing makes a drunk monkey riding a unicycle seem steady by comparison – but I foresee a looming conflict between these guys and erstwhile ‘sponsor-hustler’ Bob Kazinski.

    Comment by timbuys — July 7, 2014 @ 11:27 am

  7. teenchy, ya think maybe GT is going to deal with paedophilia & these dudes are “grooming”…

    Comment by Rowdyman — July 7, 2014 @ 12:28 pm

  8. These guys seem a little slimy even for D-1/1A scouts. I am wondering if Rowdyman might be on to something.

    Comment by vaganova — July 7, 2014 @ 6:42 pm

  9. Too soon to tell, Rowdyman, though Ned’s “sweating profusely and watching fifteen and sixteen year old boys running around” comment makes me wonder. I don’t think these two have the boys’ best interests at heart, in any event.

    Comment by teenchy — July 7, 2014 @ 7:14 pm

  10. As empty eye points out, the buffet guys are clearly not scouting football talent, so they must be after something else, ahem. “That quick little back” indeed.

    Comment by John S. Walters — July 8, 2014 @ 5:28 am

  11. they’re running around “in shorts”!

    Comment by nedryerson — July 8, 2014 @ 5:48 am

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