This Week in Milford

August 14, 2014

Such Exposition. Very Déjà Vu. Wow.

Filed under: exposition comics, Gil Thorp, Just plain sad, metapost, Mimi Thorp — teenchy @ 6:10 am

August 14, 2014

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My first thought when I read today’s strip:

Same tired cake, different frosting. I gotta admit that the typical “pushy parent living vicariously through his kid” usually has sports dreams of their own that didn’t get snuffed at the JV level, so that makes Art all the more delusional. The frosting on the cake this time is Art’s notion that everybody who plays with True must have the same monomaniacal approach to the game that True does (or, rather, that he has foisted upon True). Geez Art, it’s not like college football hasn’t had its share of multi-sport talents! Besides, what dedication have we seen from True beyond being dragged without complaint to summer 7-on-7 round robins and, via exposition, to college campuses across the country?

What did Gil tell Mimi off-panel to elicit the question “Would True’s dad be a problem?” “I think True wants to play for me here” or “I think we should adopt True to be our pool boy/boy toy”?

Can you tell Gil would rather be anywhere else than running with Mimi? Yesterday he was leaning away from her; today he’s running ahead of her and talking over his shoulder. Why he’s not enticed by the most lovingly drawn armpit in the history of the comics is beyond me. Watch out for that tree lamppost! 

Metapost CotD: I see that new WordPress interface timbuys described yesterday, and it’s not as straightforward as the old one. It’ll take some getting used to but hopefully that won’t have an impact on the stellar work product you see here every day.

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5 Comments »

  1. How many multi-sport male athletes does Milford have? Survey says (from the past academic year):

    Ric Devore – football, basketball, baseball
    Hamani Gaines – football, basketball, baseball
    Scott Fowler – football, basketball, baseball
    Jimmy Jarbo – football, baseball
    Knox Foley – football, baseball
    Omari Troy – football, basketball
    Jack Metzger – football, baseball, basketball
    Don Stebbins – basketball, baseball

    Is that a lot? Let’s compare to the numbers of one-sport athletes by sport:
    Football – 8
    Basketball – 2
    Baseball – 3

    Looks like football is the only Milford sport that does not rely largely on multi-sport athletes.

    Comment by billytheskink — August 14, 2014 @ 7:16 am

  2. I never thought I would accuse Whigrub of “nuance” but here goes.

    True has realized– heretically– that sports are supposed to be (shudder) “fun.” Not just for the spectators but the players. Thus he likes the wooded campus of Miami where they have a football team but it doesn’t run the university. And he likes the idea that kids who are good athletes should be free to play more than one sport, rather than fall into the present mania of early specialization. Ask any orthopedic surgeon about THAT one.

    The nuance part comes with the idea that True has accurately diagnosed what’s wrong and is developing a plan to continue playing, but with perspective. Most kids subjected to this kind of factory mentality succumb to burnout and quit.

    Comment by vaganova — August 14, 2014 @ 1:12 pm

  3. Tru and Gil have had some heavy conversations for a kid who’s only 16.
    Has he heard about girls yet?

    Comment by Dale — August 14, 2014 @ 1:53 pm

  4. Dale — it’s probably too much to hope that True will turn out to be gay. Now, that’d be a plot twist worthy of the name.

    Comment by John S. Walters — August 14, 2014 @ 9:41 pm

  5. […] Has WordPress forced us into the “new” post creation interface I first noticed back in August? I don’t see the option to go back to the old version. Change bad! Forced change […]

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