This Week in Milford

August 19, 2014

The Tao Of Gil (And Kaz)

Filed under: Boredom in Milford, Coach Kaz, exposition comics, Gil Thorp — timbuys @ 5:53 am

August 19, 2014



Well, the non-whacky summer plot might just be wrapping up. It has been an interesting one, reminding me of that classic koan/riddle: if a tree does nothing particularly interesting in a forest, how will TWIM bloggers snark about it? 

Following that thought, let’s use today’s strip to explore some philosophical questions. Perhaps, at the end, much like a journey of a thousand miles beginning with a single step, we’ll end up right where we started. Regardless, as we all know, wherever you are, that’s where you’ll be. Oh man, this is getting deep.

So, Kaz appreciates that the lazy summer – where his job as the 7-on-7 coach entails a main responsibility that he not do anything at all – has somehow convinced himself that the endlessly repetitive, mindless stacking of helmets and shoulder pads is about as good as it gets. Give Gil credit for suckering him in on that one. Next thing you know Gil will have him whitewashing his fence.

Panel two gave me my inspiration for this post’s theme. I think, if I have this right, that the stumper here goes as follows: If the question you never asked receives no answer, then perhaps the answer has already been given. 

I’m mostly gonna ignore panel three rather than try to cram it into the theme though. At first I thought it was something to do with True being on the level or some crap like that, but then I noticed the walking boot and that just makes the whole panel even more inane. 




  1. Kaz loves the process of tucking his polo shirt into his form-fitting sweatpants.

    I’ll bet that shed full of pads and helmets smells pretty rancid. A real world, hygenic procedure would probably involved dragging those racks out into the fresh air and using a pressure washer with a cleaning solution or a high pressure steam hose. But who has the time, and besides, a full on outbreak of MRSA would make for an exciting fall plot.

    Comment by nedryerson — August 19, 2014 @ 7:35 am

  2. P3: “They”? The sign with the letters “gym” in the background? Is Twue meeting with Keegan himself?

    If so, I see Keegan being offended by Twue’s suggestion that Keegan join Milford, and Twue deciding to commit to the Mudlarks to teach Keegan/StFab a lesson in humility. Or Keegan gets Twue to enroll at StFab – another interesting twist, but less likely.

    Comment by milfordian — August 19, 2014 @ 8:31 am

  3. Dunno about the tao of things in this strip but I took True’s reference to “level ground” to be a reference to The Art of War:

    On level ground, position on places that are easy to maneuver with your right backed by high ground, with the dangerous ground in front, and safe ground to the back.

    This is positioning the army on level ground.

    Comment by teenchy — August 19, 2014 @ 10:12 am

  4. In my history of injuries & operations, a single crutch is usually used with Cam Walker after sufficient rehab to wean off 2 crutches…I was anxious to see if True used his single crutch under the proper arm….

    Comment by Rowdyman — August 19, 2014 @ 1:30 pm

  5. I have a terrible feeling we are about to get whacked by a deus ex machina development– True is about to tell a heretofore unannounced coach who has been stalking him (with False’s connivance) that has decided to play for Mfnrnd, because he is sick of his father’s pimping.

    Comment by vaganova — August 19, 2014 @ 3:11 pm

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