This Week in Milford

September 12, 2014

Long way to go

Filed under: Gil Thorp — robmize2013 @ 11:52 am

I thought the plot was moving along nicely for a change, and then … today happens. First Gil has to find to JV kids for True to throw to; no way can he use any of his precious varsity regulars who really need to work with him to develop some timing. Thats what happens when you sit on your ass all summer watching 7 on 7 meets instead of lining up your preferred school last spring, so you can actually participate in the 7 on 7’s, then you’d actually be ready for This season. Ain’t no red-shirting in high school, chump. By the time your ready for this year (which by the way is in Week 3 in real-life), hoops will be starting. Then not only will you have wasted a whole season getting ready for it, you will be even more game-rusty when you finally hit the turf.
Then we have True talking to 3 players who arent looking at him, and inwardly deciding he’s not being assertive enough. The one guy looks like his head isnt on straight either. Get that fixed pronto, son. A good QB knows how to take command of the huddle, and it looks like True still needs work in that area too.
And finally we have the interview with Marjie I’ve been waiting for, which reveals that he’s wanted to be a Mudlark since childhood… what?? Who dreams of going out of town to play football at that age? And to a perennial loser at that. And if he knew where he wanted to go, why waste time looking elsewhere? Marjie must be doing all she can to not burst out laughing.

METAPOST: OK guys, looks like I was off the beam on who was who here, but that happens. I do agree thats Hale in P2 and P3, not True, but where’s his mesh jersey he was wearing last time? That probably threw me off, but True looks numberless for now. And the P2 puzzle is solved – the players see True running on the field and are looking at him, hence Hales thought balloon. Does True get a mesh jersey too? And I guess we still have the Marjie interview with True in our future then, so what will she ask him, and more importantly, what will she be wearing?



  1. Robmize, I think that’s Nathan Hale talking to Marjie. And it does sound like him– he should play because he’s wanted to be Mfnrd’s QB ever since third grade! That and his strident, unpleasant manner would convince me to start him.

    I recognize Marjie’s glasses, but she seems to be skanking it up with her attire and posture instead of making her usual stylish presentation. The way her pen hovers over that notebook, though, makes it appear she expects that at any moment Nathan Hale will reveal the precise content of Nixon’s 18 1/2 minute gap. Poor Marjie. Been in Mfnrd a couple of seasons too long: I suspect she has her res in at the Daily Thunderstorm over in Central CIty…

    Comment by vaganova — September 12, 2014 @ 12:23 pm

  2. Hmmmm… Rob, I was already excited for you when I saw you got Marjie in the Friday strip, but now we hear she’s definitely ‘Miss’ Ducey.

    Vaganove, I have to agree with you on all points. Also, I though Marjie used one of those digital recorders. Maybe the Star’s technology budget has been hurting lately.

    Comment by timbuys — September 12, 2014 @ 12:29 pm

  3. Tim, I think that’s Jarrod chastising his teammates, having the thought bubble, and not taking control of the huddle in P2. He’s wearing number 7, which Gil wouldn’t make him give up for True.

    Jarrod’s plaintive remarks to Marjie in P3 reek of classic Eddie Haskell. “Honest, Miss Ducey, I’ve wanted to be Milford’s quarterback since third grade… and may I say that’s a very lovely blouse you’re wearing today.”

    Comment by teenchy — September 12, 2014 @ 12:29 pm

  4. Sorry, didn’t see vaganova’s comment as I was typing up mine.

    Comment by teenchy — September 12, 2014 @ 12:30 pm

  5. It’s the beauty of the strip that it is open to so many interpretations–who IS that QB in the huddle? Really, a modern-day Rashomon.

    Comment by RayRayRay — September 12, 2014 @ 12:31 pm

  6. I think Teenchy’s right. That’s Jerkod trying to throw his weight around. And I’ll third Vaganova and Teenchy regarding Hale snowing Marjie in P3.
    Weird left arm and watchband on Marjie, too.

    Comment by FoolyRain — September 12, 2014 @ 1:26 pm

  7. RayRayRay is right about Rashomon and multiple takes. And today they threw us a curve with the quick cuts– one would hardly expect a shift in every panel– True on the sidelines to Hale in the huddle to Hale in an interview. What tipped me– aside from Hales’s attitude– was hair color and what looked like maybe a 7 on the jersey in panel 3. You know, the 7 that is part of True’s brand and is non-negotiable? I think too that the fact the horse’s ass False is not in today’s strip probably caused us all to let up a little.

    Comment by vaganova — September 12, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

  8. I think True should ask for jersey number 14, as both a snub to Jarrod (14 is twice 7) and a nod to Art (who’ll be drowning his frustrations with Seven-and-Sevens).

    Comment by teenchy — September 12, 2014 @ 2:06 pm

  9. Hale, I believe, is a junior. That would mean that the Milford team he saw when he was in 3rd grade was the 2006 edition, which went 6-3 (the first of SIX 6-3 seasons that Gil has posted in his last EIGHT) and was quarterbacked by homeless Ted Pearse. That was legendary Stormy Hicks-Bill Ritter school year.

    There was actually a glossed-over QB controversy that season, as low-talent, loudmouthed “leader” Ken Burger (best known as the catcher who called Clambake out for lying) apparently wanted to play quarterback before Gil moved him to fullback for being less good than Ted Pearse. 2006 was also Marjie Ducey’s first year covering football for the Milford Star, she had first appeared in the 2005-2006 basketball season.

    Comment by billytheskink — September 12, 2014 @ 2:48 pm

  10. Given all the semi-historical names, my half thought out gloss on panel one (bear in mind that I’m working on four hours sleep and just got off a long flight on a tiny plane to come home to sick wife and kids), is that Gil is channeling Admiral David Farragilthorp, “Be mindful of the torpedoes! Half speed to the side!”

    Comment by timbuys — September 12, 2014 @ 5:48 pm

  11. robmize has nailed it this time– I too await True’s interview with Marjie. He seems to charmed the pants off everybody else and we could be days away from a blockbuster development in Mfnrd. This would also explain her uncharacteristically sloppy appearance today– she thought “I’m just talking to Patton Jr today. Not getting out the demi and the slit skirt until I get to talk to this hot rod from the COAST LEAGUE.

    Comment by vaganova — September 12, 2014 @ 6:05 pm

  12. Rob, Tim, sorry I mixed you guys up in post 3.

    Comment by teenchy — September 12, 2014 @ 6:42 pm

  13. Teenchy, it’s in the air today– we’re all misidentifying people as if this were a Shakespeare comedy.

    Comment by vaganova — September 12, 2014 @ 8:38 pm

  14. What lights that look like alien spaceships thru yonder Frank Lloyd Wright prairie-style window break? It is the east, and Margie Ducie is the sun.

    Steve Shakespeare

    Comment by Milfordian — September 12, 2014 @ 10:56 pm

  15. […] more than berating his teammates to improve their performance. (I can, however imagine his essay: “Honest, I’ve wanted to be Milford’s junior attendant since third grade.”) Nope, the only way I’m buying this ridiculous plot development is if it’s part of a […]

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