This Week in Milford

August 28, 2014

Better Living Through Marty

Filed under: Coach Kaz, football, freak hands, Gil Thorp, Marty Moon, metapost — teenchy @ 5:14 am

August 28, 2014


Steve Boone only sees the holes in that chain link fence and at the end of his left shirt sleeve. (BTW, isn’t it refreshing that he lets his sleeves dangle free instead of pinning them up like that band director lady in Funky Winkerbean? No pity party here, at least not anymore.) Nevertheless Gil puts a gag order on Steve before he talks to Dante Hicks Marty Moon.

You’d think after all these years Marty would understand how team sports work. I’d interpret his zinger attempt as a jab at Gil’s inability to land True Standish but for the fact we’ve been given no indication Marty even knows about The Truman Show. Probably spent his summer redecorating his crate and passing out drink cups. “That’s why I’m the coach and you’re the microphone talking guy, Marty.”

The reference to chemistry on top of Saad Shamoun’s rapid muscle gain is such a broad hint at steroid use I’m not even gonna bite on it today (well, except in the title of this post, of course).

Gil wasn’t left entirely unfazed by his chat with Marty.

“How was Moon yesterday?”

“Typically sour.”

“How sour was he?”

“So sour my head shrunk and my neck stretched. Hopefully this nice steaming hot cup of Gil will restore me to my usual proportions.”

I had to do a double take at the papers in Kaz’s hand to realize he was looking at Xs and Os. At first I thought it read “Vigo” in cursive and that Kaz was reading for the long-awaited Ghostbusters III.

Meta moment: Today is the first day of school for the high schoolers in our district; the elementary and middle schoolers went back yesterday. In that respect Whigrub aren’t far off the mark, though the football team here has been going in full pads for at least the past week.



  1. That is one amazingly steaming cup of GIL! I’m thinking he has added some dry ice to his mimosa for an extra-bracing start to the new school year.

    And as Gil should be around 90 years old this year, shrinkage has got to be expected!

    Comment by Milfordian — August 28, 2014 @ 5:22 am

  2. Dry ice in the mimosa? Well, Milfordian, Gil needs something to shock him into giving a damn for this season.
    Or maybe the dry ice is what made him start turning into the Forest City Auto Parts guy.

    Comment by FoolyRain — August 28, 2014 @ 6:56 am

  3. In Kentucky, school started the week of 18 August and games were played last weekend (aug 22)….In NY, school does not start until after Labor Day…

    Comment by Rowdyman — August 28, 2014 @ 7:25 am

  4. Potential plot: the Mudlarks and Valley Tech have undefeated seasons and meet in the last regular season game for the title and a trip to the playoffs. It’s Twue vs whatever players Whigrub makes the storyline this season. The Mudlarks would have to win that game to keep things right in the GT universe!

    Comment by milfordian — August 28, 2014 @ 7:50 am

  5. Typically sour ? Gil’s thinking whiskey sour. Is that a Schlitz tall boy in the background in panel 3? Good to see Gil is still above the alcohol policy at Milford High.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — August 28, 2014 @ 7:54 am

  6. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Whigham revert Gil to the Frank Bolle style rendering.

    Comment by timbuys — August 28, 2014 @ 8:10 am

  7. I always recall the high school football team starting practices long before the actual first day of school.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — August 28, 2014 @ 10:50 am

  8. Tim, there are times when Whigham Gil looks less to me like Washington Senators-era Ted Williams and more like The Longest Yard-era Eddie Albert. This is one of them.

    Comment by teenchy — August 28, 2014 @ 11:07 am

  9. Did Marty just get back from his bowling league?

    Comment by PRiverside — August 28, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

  10. “Don’t tell that to Marty Moon. If he thinks we’ve got a good team, he’ll raise expectations. And we don’t want expectations interfering with Happy Hour.”

    Comment by John S. Walters — August 29, 2014 @ 9:33 am

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