This Week in Milford

September 3, 2014

Yes. This Is the Good Stuff.

Filed under: freak hands, Gil Thorp — timbuys @ 9:14 am

September 3, 2014


Ladies and Gentlemen, let me confess that it would be quite churlish for me to criticize today’s strip as it is clearly the setup to what will be an undoubtedly epic and awesome knockdown of Art in the days to come.

In fact, it occurs to me that this is too much, too soon. Alas, I’ll have to indulge my inner churl* and engage in some snarkiness after all. First off, I love everything about Gil’s posture and desk in panel one. The man is taking ‘don’t give a frig’ to a whole new level. That he manages to get both his name plate and his ‘Gil’ coffee mug mostly in frame just makes it even better. Indeed, who is this Art Standish who is so foolish to think that he can come in and make demands of someone so evidently exalted as Gil? Remember, Gil’s not just the head coach of every featured team sport at Milford, he’s his own boss. If he wants to hire his wife as the girls’ coach, ain’t no one gonna stop him. If he ever caught any flack for letting some deranged man come in and coach the baseball team, it’d be the first I ever heard of it. He taught a one armed man to golf and wrestled an early onset dementia patient for charity. I’m not saying Gil is the most interesting man in the world or anything, but if you want to come in and make a lot of noise about your gimpy son’s brand, you better not go sticking your finger in his face because he might just snap it clean off**.

*Actually a word! Look it up!
** My actual prediction is that Gil will just say something really condescending and this dynamic won’t resolve itself until Milford misses the playdowns by only five games.***

*** As pointed out in the comments by downpuppy, Art may be better prepared than most to have one of his fingers snapped off as he apparently has six!


  1. “I don’t always drink gatorade & grain alcohol from my GIL mug, but… oh wait, yes I do.”

    Comment by lauramac — September 3, 2014 @ 9:25 am

  2. All glory to the mighty THORP.

    Comment by FoolyRain — September 3, 2014 @ 9:28 am

  3. …And Senior Standish now shows his lifetime pass for the Marinovich Express. ‘Twas inevitable.

    Comment by FoolyRain — September 3, 2014 @ 9:32 am

  4. P1: See, now that’s what Gil was supposed to look like in 8/28 P3!

    Something tells me Art learned about branding in some mandatory training session at his new job. He should realize he’s in no position to negotiate and the only branding going on will be a reversed “Reebok” on his ass when Gil puts his foot in it.

    Also props to you for not titling today’s post “A Man Called Thorp,” “They Call Me MISTER Thorp!” or “Thorp. Gil Thorp.”

    Comment by teenchy — September 3, 2014 @ 9:39 am

  5. Just noticed Art had on a solid dark tie on 8/30 but a striped one thereafter. When did he do the wardrobe change?

    Comment by teenchy — September 3, 2014 @ 9:58 am

  6. Hey look: Gil’s entire office is decorated with Squiggle Art! Perhaps they’re the last vestiges of his long-departed children — a final trace of a more innocent age, when Gil’s home was full of the sounds of playtime and he was actually a good coach.

    Often, he spends entire afternoons gazing wistfully at the Squiggle Art as he slowly empties his desk-drawer trove of those little airline liquor bottles.

    Comment by John S. Walters — September 3, 2014 @ 10:18 am

  7. “Non-negotiable” is kind of a crazy setup line, given that Gil told him a month ago that he wouldn’t negotiate squat. More importantly: How did you overlook that 2-thumb freak in Panel 3?

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — September 3, 2014 @ 10:34 am

  8. Art’s gonna end up in Marty Moon’s “Dead Hooker Crate” by next week. He has no idea who he’s dealing with.

    Comment by PRiverside — September 3, 2014 @ 10:39 am

  9. Tim’s right. It’s too early for this degree of confrontation, especially since Gil has already pointed out that there is nothing to negotiate (football is a voluntary activity, and Gil is in charge.) Not sure where we can go from here tomorrow unless False “sits” his kid in protest, to which Gil’s response would be “it’s your funeral.”

    Comment by vaganova — September 3, 2014 @ 10:54 am

  10. Downpuppy – the six-fingered hand observation is right on! That is the best of the TWIM hand drawings to date!

    Comment by milfordian — September 3, 2014 @ 11:04 am

  11. Wow. I completely missed the six fingers! I’ll update the post now.

    Comment by timbuys — September 3, 2014 @ 11:10 am

  12. Me too! Good catch, Downpuppy. Check True while you’re at it. Extra digits means extra spin on the ball.

    Comment by teenchy — September 3, 2014 @ 1:42 pm

  13. […] high school football program was committed to poaching players to help showcase his kid and to polishing his brand, I might not be a complete ray of sunshine either. I also don’t recall seeing behavioral […]

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