This Week in Milford

September 22, 2014

Maybe A Little Less Zing Next Time

Filed under: actual action, Marty Moon — nedryerson @ 4:53 am


Ho hum. True didn’t wait for his “sea legs” to return, tried to zip a ball into a tight spot and the ball deflected off of Slotback Don Stebbins’ hands. The resulting “pick six” puts points on the board for Oakwood and “there goes the shutout”.

This scenario seemed to be fairly easy to predict. For this plot to play out, it seems True needed more adversity and a further diminished standing with Hale and his “following”.



  1. Now Twue will face the wrath of Jaroo and may God have mercy on his soul.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — September 22, 2014 @ 6:47 am

  2. Rubin making True throw the old Eli Manning tip-pick-six. Ouch. What’d he do to deserve that?

    Comment by billytheskink — September 22, 2014 @ 7:01 am

  3. Dandy Don Stebbins futzes the catch and…
    We know True’s going to catch 50 kinds of hell from jaroo (ruining “HIS” shutout) and Art (ruining his vicarious spectating), Marty’s got something wierd in his crate, and Gil’s off to Sot-Town. Thus endeth The First Game.

    Comment by FoolyRain — September 22, 2014 @ 8:11 am

  4. Still waiting for fight during post game handshake. Why throw and why is Stebbins still in the game? No bench?

    Comment by Jive Turkey — September 22, 2014 @ 8:17 am

  5. Oh fun. Jarrod will blame True for spoiling “his” precious shutout (which, by definition, is the defense’s doing), Art will go postal on Stebbins for being too lousy to catch True’s passes (shoulda gone to Valley Tech), and True will be the only sportsman in the bunch.

    As for the most interesting thing in today’s strip (Marty’s got something weird in his crate”), that’s either an old-fashioned butcher’s scale or perhaps an old-fashioned teletype machine.

    Or maybe it’s just a big container full of Old Fashioneds.

    Comment by John S. Walters — September 22, 2014 @ 9:00 am

  6. You might want to switch to the color version, because the amount of strange detail is HUGE. The ball motion lines look like Groot erupting from Don’s clavicle. There are blue windows in the back of panel 2. The returner (who is not the guy standing next to Don when he flubs it) has terrible overstriding because #11 is trying to trip him . Marty is played by Ming the Merciless.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — September 22, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

  7. downpuppy, in Louisville’s courier-journal,, oakwood is in green…

    Comment by Rowdyman — September 22, 2014 @ 1:12 pm

  8. OK, True threw too hard for Stebbins to make the play (it’s not the NFL, where you are expected to catch cannonballs.) He did hit the numbers, though, and on my home planet you do not execute sixteen year olds for an “aggressive mistake.” Yes, Jethro Hale will continue his ostracism, and we will see if this divides the team. For me, that’s still the missing component– outward signs of dissention,

    Comment by vaganova — September 22, 2014 @ 1:26 pm

  9. Twue – why didn’t you make the tackle?!?!?

    Comment by Milfordian — September 22, 2014 @ 2:04 pm

  10. I’m with vaganova re hitting the numbers and mistakes of aggression. Stebbins doesn’t get off scot free here; his hands are facing inward which tells me he was trying to pull the ball in when it bounced over his shoulder.

    Even in a blowout there are times when you want to get your backup QB in there and get some reps in a game situation. So long as he’s not going deep this might not be as big a deal as I first thought. Of course I’m fishing for some out for poor True but let’s face it, this Ausländer is in for a rough few weeks.

    Comment by teenchy — September 22, 2014 @ 4:56 pm

  11. Looking at what I wrote above, I just realized that “OK, True threw too hard” falls into the Peter Piper category of tongue-twisters, at least for me…

    Comment by vaganova — September 22, 2014 @ 5:54 pm

  12. Oh, and a Thermos full of Old Fashioneds would be just what the doctor ordered after this hectic Monday.

    Comment by teenchy — September 22, 2014 @ 6:56 pm

  13. Man, perhaps I’m projecting, but the look on Marty’s face is as though he’s giving the play-by-play of someone backing their car up and running over a dog. Dude is so contemptuous, disdainful, disgusted, etc.

    Might be an issue with me posting tomorrow and possibly the day after. Most likely it will be like last week and I will have five minutes or less to write the posts. Heck, that probably makes them somewhat better as it reigns in my prolixity….

    Comment by timbuys — September 22, 2014 @ 8:54 pm

  14. [metapost] Hey Tim, wanna swap Wednesday and Thursday this week? I’m traveling Wednesday evening and so any Thursday post I make would probably be much later than usual. [/metapost]

    Comment by teenchy — September 23, 2014 @ 3:25 am

  15. […] Yep, it’s all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows as long as the points keep coming. Magnanimous True hands out scoring plays like participation trophies and Austin Shuford is happy just to bask in the glow of his sweat. Even early-season standout Don Stebbins steps into the limelight, doing his part for the Law of Conservation of Pick-Sixes. […]

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