This Week in Milford

September 30, 2014

The Best There Is?

Filed under: actual action, Gil Thorp, Marty Moon, What the hell is going on here? — timbuys @ 3:48 am

September 30, 2014


When researching today’s post, I found that Brett “The Hitman” Hart seems to be most closely associated with the phrase ‘The best there is’. Rather than embed one of the many so titled videos documenting his career, though, I think today’s post might best be done by looking at the artwork…

P1: Nice portrait of the authoritarian Drebus while Gil has gone all dreamy on us. Ned has given us more than enough background on Don to make us wonder what is the deal with the multiple call-outs. Seriously… what is the deal with Drebus? Further googling on my part has yielded nothing.

P2: Lefty Marty Moon tries to distract us from the fact that Shaw High isn’t the only one loaded in this depiction.

P3: Uh-oh indeed. I thought that number 5 there was coughing up the football on first glance. Then, I became distracted by his codpiece. Now, I kind of dread having to think about this stuff at all. It really isn’t easy being a TWIM blogger…



  1. What Marty meant to say in P2 was “I haven’t done any research or prep work for tonight’s game, so a quick Google of Shaw on my laptop seems to indicate that the team has many good players this year. I wonder if Milford has any good players – let me check Google.”

    Comment by milfordian — September 30, 2014 @ 6:54 am

  2. Aside from the Ashland County Sports Hall Of Fame, the only other Google post of note I got for Don Drebus was for “Guzick v. Drebus”, a 1969 free speech case that got up to the US District Court level in Ohio.
    Defendant Drebus won that one.
    Looks like #5 flubbed the catch or is having a rough time keeping ball control.

    Comment by FoolyRain — September 30, 2014 @ 7:27 am

  3. Did Gil travel back in time in Mr Peabody’s way back machine for this game ? Based on the bio for Don Drebus, in which by the way they screwed up his name as Do Drebus, he has to be 85 at least. Hard to believe he would be patrolling the sidelines at that advanced age.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — September 30, 2014 @ 7:47 am

  4. Milford on the road twice and wearing dark jerseys twice? Almost makes me want to think the Valley is in the South or West, where home teams often wear white early in the season to gain the psychological advantage of putting the visitors in their “hotter” dark jerseys. Then I remember all the Rust Belt shout-outs.

    Shaw #5 is toting an enormous football. Looks to be the length of his entire forearm.

    Comment by teenchy — September 30, 2014 @ 7:54 am

  5. Not sure if it has ever been established where Milfotd is. Usually only top rated schools travel outside their state for away games to playother top teams. I don’t think teams that are fighting to tie for 2nd place in the Valley qualify for that distinction.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — September 30, 2014 @ 8:17 am

  6. Does the Twue legacy at Milford begin this week?

    Jaroo benched/injured, Twue leads the ‘Larks to a victory?

    A love interest for Twue also needs to show up soon, because one always does in Milford. Will it be a he or she? Conservative or liberal? Blonde, brunette or redhead? Etc, etc. Whichever, it will cause some kind of problem. Just not Wendy Wyle!

    Comment by milfordian — September 30, 2014 @ 8:32 am

  7. The “real” location of Milford has never been established. When strip creator Jack Berrill was still alive and writin’, there were signs that Milford was in New England. Connecticut, I believe. But it’s been unmoored from geographic reality under the present writer Neal Rubin. Rubin is a longtime newspaper columnist in Detroit, and he frequently name-checks friends and colleagues from the Midwest in the strip.

    What I couldn’t stop staring at was Marty Moon’s astonishingly freakish fist in panel 2. Nightmare fuel. I do give artist Rod Whigham credit for a fairly realistic rendering of a laptop, though.

    Comment by John S. Walters — September 30, 2014 @ 9:49 am

  8. I don’t know where to begin, so I’ll join in on the Whigster. The drawing may be a little ambiguous, but the forearm frame also appears to give Marty an extra finger, something we have been seeing from time to time.

    Mfnrd is a mobile place. I have thought that perhaps Whigrub adds place names from around the country as a kind of shout-out to their readers– a couple of years ago, a Milford team played several schools in central NYS, for example, including Binghamton and even identified the correct mascots. But John S is right that a midwestern bent is the rule. Like Homer Simpson’s Springfield, Mfnrd cannot be found on any map…

    Comment by vaganova — September 30, 2014 @ 11:00 am

  9. Oh, right, the game– I’m sorry– I forgot. I THINK Marty’s “uh-oh” is supposed to indicate a big kickoff return is underway, but it appears more likely to express a different kind of concern. Shaw’s #5 is bringing Marty a fresh fifth rolled up in a sweater, and Marty may be worried he will be discovered.

    Comment by vaganova — September 30, 2014 @ 11:03 am

  10. It’s Bret with one T, by the way.

    What’s the deal with Marty’s drink bottle?

    Comment by PRiverside — September 30, 2014 @ 12:40 pm

  11. I was so focused on Shaw and the game, I missed the incredibly-blatant, homo-erotic conversation between Gil and Don is P1! Will Kaz be joining in later tonight as well?!?!

    Comment by milfordian — September 30, 2014 @ 12:59 pm

  12. The picture of Drawing of Drebus in panel one is almost identical to the photo of the legendary coach in yesterday’s link. Freaky.

    Comment by Jake — October 1, 2014 @ 8:36 am

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