This Week in Milford

July 18, 2014

Now we know why Gil cant win

Filed under: Gil Thorp — robmize2013 @ 5:39 pm

As a lot of you may know, the Chicago Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908, and havent played in one since 1945. There are several reasons why, but the main one is for many of those years the owner didnt care about winning. When that happens, everything else is flawed, be it hiring of coaches, scouts, drafting of minor-leaguers, and facility upkeep. Now that the owner does care, the fans can see the difference in the way the organization is run from top to bottom.

So what we have here is Gil revealing that he is not interested in acquiring top-notch talent from outside the area that would put his team over the top with other areas of the team squared away. Yes education comes first, but I’ll bet most of the Parade top 100 high school football players also are fine students in their own right, if not also honors-level. You need difference-makers to win titles, and Gil hasnt had one in so long I’ve forgotton his name(s). And in this day and age with everything on video, for him to not even know who this kid is is a glaring oversight. The frontman of a sports program has to be on top of all talent acquisition avenues, continually reloading every season at all levels, frosh, soph, jv and varsity. Until Gil makes that kind of commitment, get ready for more playoff-less campaigns my friends.



  1. At one level, treating all the kids equally is fairness. When it turns into controlling all the kids, and exploiting them without listening to them, no matter how good they are or how hard they work, that’s just being a fascist pinhead.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — July 18, 2014 @ 5:48 pm

  2. Didn’t he do a lot of bargaining not long ago to get a differently-abled kid to kick field goals?

    Comment by Moon Mullins — July 18, 2014 @ 5:59 pm

  3. “Yes, education comes first.” This is not a throwaway line but the essential mission statement. If Standish came into my office and wanted “input into the offense” so the colleges could see Twue throw the ball, I would throw him out. The purpose of high school sports is recreation, achievement, and healthy competition, not grooming some dip for college scouts. I coached myself, though not football, and a number of times threw fathers out of my office on this exact ground. Yes, it’s nice to have a championship season– we had six or eight in a row at times– but that’s not the fundamental goal.

    Comment by vaganova — July 18, 2014 @ 6:10 pm

  4. Part of me would really like to see a Kaz v. Gil standoff on this. How long has Kaz labored in Gil’s shadow, hoping Milford would do well enough to earn him some consideration for a head coaching position, preferably outside the Valley? All those sweaty nights in the dojo, getting buff for the highlight reel, and for what? Handmaiden to this sloppy drunk coach-for-life who does nothing to improve his team’s chances for success?

    OTOH, Art Standish is a douche and deserves the door. “We’ll need input into the offense.” “You’ll run the Delaware Wing-T and like it!”

    Comment by teenchy — July 18, 2014 @ 7:42 pm

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