This Week in Milford

August 12, 2014

The Tree Must Mean Something, But What?

Filed under: Boredom in Milford, Gil Thorp, Milford Idiots — timbuys @ 4:43 am

August 12, 2014


Let’s start last panel first: Miami you say? Sure, why not. Seems like a reasonable place for a three star recruit to get a chance to start at a school well known for producing head coaches. Oh wait, does True mean Miami as in the one down in Florida? Sure, that makes as much sense as anything. What recruit wouldn’t be chomping at the bit to play there?

OK, now that that’s out of the way, can someone tell me what’s the deal with the tree in panel one?



  1. That’s no tree, that’s a weather-beaten sign shaped like Newfoundland…

    Comment by billytheskink — August 12, 2014 @ 7:14 am

  2. billy I like your imagination, but I beg to disagree…The Avalon Peninsula is wrong for openers. And the place where the Vikings landed is completely misrepresented…

    Comment by Rowdyman — August 12, 2014 @ 7:42 am

  3. I like Gil’s face painting in panel 2. looks like a golf flag on left side of his face. Bet it’s the 19th hole.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — August 12, 2014 @ 8:09 am

  4. True must mean Miami (OH), otherwise he’d be flashing the “The U” gang sign.

    Comment by teenchy — August 12, 2014 @ 10:18 am

  5. That’s a Splodey Tree, so named because its leaves grow in random outburst patterns. No two trees are alike.

    How about Miami-Dade College? According to its website, it’s “the largest and most diverse college in the nation. With seven campuses, two centers and more than 165,000 students from across the world,” Doesn’t actually have a football team, but hey, True just said he’s tired of football, amirite?

    Comment by John S. Walters — August 12, 2014 @ 12:12 pm

  6. I agree with Billy. The Newfie sign may not be accurate in every respect, but notice it is surrounded by approximate representations of, 0K, not provinces, but states and countries– the LP of Michigan, Austria, perhaps Hungary or the former Czechoslovakia…

    I’m thinking Miami OH too. If we want to see False absolutely shit, though, True will have to choose Oberlin.

    Comment by vaganova — August 12, 2014 @ 3:34 pm

  7. My personal guess is that it isn’t a tree at all and instead some enraged former athlete has inexplicably stuck a giant troll doll’s head on a pike staring into the window at Gil. Gil, meanwhile, blithely ascribes it to the DT’s and carries on his conversation with True.

    Comment by timbuys — August 12, 2014 @ 3:35 pm

  8. Yes, timbuys– my sense is that Gil has adjusted to way too much already. But we have to give him some slack– he’s been coaching at MIlford since 1958–56 years– and even old Woody Hayes lost it toward the end.

    Comment by vaganova — August 12, 2014 @ 7:05 pm

  9. vaganova–Not all Newfoundlanders are amused by the term “Newfie”…In some contexts, it’s used like the “N” word by people from mainland Canada…In Québec, “Newfie” is slang for stupid…

    Comment by Rowdyman — August 13, 2014 @ 6:05 am

  10. Rowdyman, thank you. I had thought it was a milder slur, more like like “grit” for southerner.

    Comment by vaganova — August 13, 2014 @ 7:48 am

  11. yes vaganova it is a mild slur, compared to the N word. I just wanted you to know to watch the context…Yes we call each other Newfies, but all across Canada we are the butt of “newfie jokes”…soe not very funny…

    Comment by Rowdyman — August 13, 2014 @ 10:16 am

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