This Week in Milford

September 1, 2014

Be True To Your School

Filed under: exposition comics, Gil Thorp, Prairie Style Windows — nedryerson @ 7:40 am


Rah Rah Rah Rah Siss Boom Bah.*

So it just didn’t feel right, eh? True just wasn’t feeling the way the Valley Tech players lined up and charged headlong into a chain link fence. He wasn’t feeling their silly knees-bent running around advancing behavior. He wasn’t feeling their lack of stepping off a curb drills. How long will it be before Art breaks his silence and chimes in? Stay tuned.

*I couldn’t recall many lyrics from the Beach Boys song I name in the post title (and embedded above). I was surprised that one line is “On Friday we’ll be jacked up on the football game”. Jacked up? Who knew that phrase was even in use circa 1964. Of course jacked up means different things to different people. Marty Moon’s jacked up may not be the same as Gil Thorp’s. This song really should resonate with Gil, what with all those loud braggarts trying to put him down.

Is it just me, or has Mike Love always been a straight up douche?



  1. Of course Mike Love is a straight up douche. Why do you think the Beach Boys broke up? The live version you show here doesn’t include Brian Wilson, who was long gone by that point. That makes it like seeing The Police without Sting.

    Do you think this is an advance on the plot? Will True’s presence destroy the team chemistry that the other quarterback had created, just like Mike Love ruined the chemistry of his cousin Brian’s band? Will one of the Milford players become friends with an anarchist serial killer? We should know soon, as this is not an endless summer.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — September 1, 2014 @ 10:23 am

  2. We really should congratulate Whigrub for this summer’s plot. Out of the slightest of materials, such as 7 man football and a transfer student, they have kept the day to day flow of events at least mildly engaging, and now, with school starting, absolutely nothing has been resolved! (In other words, the plot could still go in many directions.)

    I think this is a first (not the lack of resolution– in Mfnrd that is a constant) but the fact that a summer plot has flowed smoothly into football season. No Clambake, no Herk the Mauler, no dorky fathers naming kids for golf courses. Does anyone (Hello? Billy?) recall such a development in past summers?

    Comment by vaganova — September 1, 2014 @ 12:07 pm

  3. Wow. I completely had no idea that in the 1970’s the Beach Boys bordered on Elton John/ABBA/Bee Gees style gay camp. I only recall the “Cocktail” days when they started turning up on Full House and bopping with John Stamos, looking like a bunch of Wall Street boomers who threw on Hawaiian shirts and sandals for the company’s corporate Luau.

    I’m waiting for old man Art to cut in and say “Enough small talk, Thorp, as that young negro fellow says….SHOW THE MONEY!!!!”. I hate this smug bastid, and you know this crap is gonna go on for months. LOVE IT

    Comment by PRiverside — September 1, 2014 @ 1:17 pm

  4. Brian Wilson is the Beach Boys. There is no Beach Boys without Brian Wilson.

    I settled on the dumb 70s vid instead of the ones where the song plays over some homemade montage because I hate those. They are fine for listening to the song, but I try to avoid using them on the blog because I’d rather use something ridiculous looking rather than one of those paint drying slideshows. I’d rather look at the 45 spinning around on a record player.

    At least the crappy Don Kirshner Rock Concert/Midnight Special/Disco Bondage Headgear one has that old fashioned cheerleader film and it’s short and to the point. There was an even later one featuring John Stamos but it goes on forever and ever with some stupid stage banter before they get to the tune.

    My girl will be working on her pom-poms now
    And she’ll be yelling tonight

    Comment by nedryerson — September 1, 2014 @ 1:49 pm

  5. Gil’s right arm looks wierd. There’s some strange bending and extending action going on there, blocked by Standish The Elder’s shoulder.
    Now hand in hand with that stupid Beach Boys song, I can’t get that (equally stupid) Elvis movie “Clambake” off my mind, either.

    Comment by FoolyRain — September 1, 2014 @ 5:27 pm

  6. Good shooting once again, FoolyRain– in p-1, unless his wrist is cocked in a way not seen in nature, Gil’s right arm would have to be about five feet long for those angles to work.

    Comment by vaganova — September 1, 2014 @ 5:53 pm

  7. Years ago, I saw the Beach Boys — some variation of the Beach Boys — on the Today show, and Love was asked what his favorite Beach Boys song was. He responded, “Kokomo.” Oh, a song he WROTE. From the entire magical Beach Boys catalog, his favorite song is one of HIS. He’s the worst person.

    Comment by mtd — September 2, 2014 @ 4:01 am

  8. Mike Love, total douche. He was either coming from or going to a Village People tryout in that clip.

    Comment by teenchy — September 2, 2014 @ 4:12 am

  9. #7 mtd: That is insane, but totally expected, phony bologna. Kokomo? I’d like to keep this thread going with stories of what a total douche Mike Love is. If any of our twenty or thirty faithful readers know anybody else who would like to talk about ridiculous things Mike Love has done in claiming “front man” status of the Beach Boys, bring it on!

    Here’s an fun blog post: Mike Love is Kind of an Asshole

    Comment by nedryerson — September 2, 2014 @ 6:48 am

  10. So is Mike Love the Jamarr Gaddis of the Beach Boys or is Jamarr Gaddis the Mike Love of Milford?

    I think this is a first (not the lack of resolution– in Mfnrd that is a constant) but the fact that a summer plot has flowed smoothly into football season. No Clambake, no Herk the Mauler, no dorky fathers naming kids for golf courses. Does anyone (Hello? Billy?) recall such a development in past summers?

    The summer of 2012, maybe. Steve Boone was re-introduced during yet another summer golf plot before letting Gil hoodwink him into a recurring role as unpaid labor.

    Before that? 2004 – The original summer of Kaz (and Brent Raptor and some other unmemorable kids playing fast-pitch softball in Lane City).

    Comment by billytheskink — September 2, 2014 @ 7:23 am

  11. The link to the original summer of Kaz shows that Coach Kazinski was originally Gil with the Heatmiser’s hair.

    I was thinking about Steve Boone too, billy. He was introduced in the summer, faced his own personal crisis and then factored in to the fall football plot. It’s a stab at narrative, anyway.

    He wanted to go out with Molly Kinsella, but she was having none of it and now that’s just something we joke about.

    Speaking of Molly, she’s probably on the LPGA tour already, making cardboard bikinis and dating a nice Korean lady.

    Mike Love doesn’t like fat people.

    Comment by nedryerson — September 2, 2014 @ 7:39 am

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