This Week in Milford

August 7, 2014


Filed under: Exploding Eyeball Syndrome, Gil Thorp — teenchy @ 5:00 am

August 7, 2014


The past week’s worth of strips have all involved phones: from the smartphones the Milford kids use to watch clips of True, to the game of telephone they play in spreading the rumor that True’s coming to play for the Mudlarks, to the phone call from VT coach to Art, to the call from Coach Abbott to True (same call? I don’t think the coach would call True “Mr. Standish” unless as a lame attempt at flattery). Today the phone becomes True’s undoing as he cannot walk and reach for his at the same time. He’s not trying to chew gum, too, is he?

Astute TWIM commenter John S. Walters had this to say yesterday:

As for the strip, we get it, we get it: True is sick of football and wants to have a life the chalk lines. Give this strip’s usual packing, we’re in for a bunch more days of increasingly-obvious hints at his existential yearnings followed by a quick, unsatisfying conclusion when Rubin realizes that fall is upon us.

Well I’d say this is quick and unsatisfying – how ’bout you? It’s only a matter of days before True goes from 3-star prospect with major college program potential to scrub who’ll have to battle for a starting spot at Milford with less talented “leader” Jarrod Hale*. It has to be Milford, right? Gil’s the only coach who’s shown he cares about True the person by not talking with him about football.

I’ve tagged this strip “Exploding Eyeball Syndrome” but if I could tag it as “Exploding Toe, Foot, and Ankle Syndrome” I’d do that too.





*That is, if he can play at all.  In classic Gil Thorp “tell, don’t show” fashion, we’ve seen nothing in this entire arc that beyond hearsay and a still of him posing in uniform that proves he can.



  1. Looks like True is trying to get out of his LA Gear endorsement deal. Must have woken up and realized it wasn’t 1993…

    Comment by billytheskink — August 7, 2014 @ 7:09 am

  2. Well, John S really WAS on to something, and I think we are about to see True out for at least the bulk of the season. To end it here would be anticlimactic even for GT, so what will it be? Gil hands him a mop and bucket and has him coach the quarterbacks? I’m guessing here..

    Comment by vaganova — August 7, 2014 @ 7:10 am

  3. Tru has to cover up the injury. If Art finds out, he will beat Tru for damaging his retirement plan.

    Comment by Dale — August 7, 2014 @ 7:53 am

  4. I almost feel like we’d benefit from a decision tree here. True’s injury will no doubt diminish his prospect status if not kill it entirely. The next questions would be “Will True recover from his injury?” and “If so, how long will it take?” If the answers are anything other than “Yes” and “Not very,” bet on him somehow becoming involved in the Milford program in some capacity. My immediate guess is mop/bucket/clipboard and coaching Jarrod, but if the injury is less severe, then maybe he will compete for Jarrod’s job. I don’t see any deus ex machina swooping in and restoring True’s prospects but I can clearly see one swooping in and moving Art’s job out of the Valley… and the Standishes out of this strip.

    Comment by teenchy — August 7, 2014 @ 9:11 am

  5. Who’s the Japanese kid in panel 2?

    Comment by Jive Turkey — August 7, 2014 @ 10:31 am

  6. And now that True is on the shelf, he poses no danger to Milford’s perpetual mediocrity, and Gil will welcome him with open arms.

    Comment by John S. Walters — August 7, 2014 @ 11:23 am

  7. Now if this were “Frank Merriwell at Yale,” True would loyally support Nathan Hale as a volunteer QB coach next to Kaz. And at the very end of the season, with True largely healed, Nathan Hale would insist that True go in for him in The Big Game against Harvard or Thayer or whoever. Awww.

    And we have to admit there are often frissons of Frank Merriwell in this strip…

    But I’m guessing here, as I say. True must really be hurt or we would not be seeing this, thus some big deal will ensue. Maybe it will be as simple as False being shamed by his more noble son and deciding to Shut the Eff Up about the centrality of high school football to the orderly working of the Universe.

    Comment by vaganova — August 7, 2014 @ 3:38 pm

  8. Probably just a sprained ankle, and he’ll be good to go by the time the season starts. How bad can you get hurt reaching for your phone? I recently tripped coming out of a port-a-john, and fell on a large round rock. I finished my job, and went to the clinic for x-rays on my ribs and hand, both were negative, and they cleaned up my knee which was scraped a bit. Took 600 MG of ibuprophin, and another pill for healing/pain, and I was cleared to resume normal activites after 1 day off. Played 18 holes of golf 3 days later. Still just a bit sore 2 weeks later but another week and I’ll be 100 percent. I fell harder then True did. So lets see who’s more injured.

    Comment by robmize2013 — August 7, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

  9. Great a 3 Star prospect who can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. That should end his Milford carreer before it starts. Unfortunately I’m sure that won’t be the case. Twue will become Jaroo’s unofficial mentor. Then with second place at stake in the last game of the season he will step in for the injured, or better yet, terminally ill Jaroo to save the day.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — August 7, 2014 @ 5:06 pm

  10. […] “Maybe, but remember: you’re less likely to injure yourself stepping off a pitcher’s mound than off a curb.“ […]

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