This Week in Milford

October 1, 2014

Thud, Thud, Thud Went The Ball

Filed under: actual action, football, What the hell is going on here? — timbuys @ 3:54 am

October 1, 2014


We interrupt this brewing QB controversy to tell you that Milford may have lots more problems than a squabble between a petty, narcissistic, semi-delusional starter and a gimpy interloper with daddy issues.

Aw, who am I kidding? This is clearly just a setup for True to somehow rally the team and put that awful, awful Jarrod Hale (not a real person to my knowledge) and Don Drebus (just as real a person as Don Stebbins it would seem) in their places.

Again, apologies for the abbreviated posting – your refunds are in the mail! – but just when the crazy seems like it can’t get any crazier, new crazy comes from a crazily different direction. Life sure can be interesting that way!



  1. Timbuys, may your travails sort out quickly and easily.

    We do have to credit Harrod Hale with one thing– he’s chasing the play in p-3, so far as we know intent on making a tackle. But the UFO lifting off to his right (the one we last saw behind Richard Dreyfus’s pickup in “Close Encounters”) has held him at a distance. Predicted fun from tomorrow’s strip: poor Hale finds a way to blame True for the two breakdowns.

    Comment by vaganova — October 1, 2014 @ 6:43 am

  2. Well tomorrow we should see True get the call to save the day and Jaroo Niedermeyer will fade into obsuriy as his third grade dream dies.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — October 1, 2014 @ 6:55 am

  3. Nice “football move” Austin Shuford…

    Comment by billytheskink — October 1, 2014 @ 7:26 am

  4. Hang in there, Tim. Bumpy road for a lot of us lately.

    Shaw’s white-jerseys-at-home ploy and poor field lighting – supplied only by the measly rooftop light bar on a Toyota FJ Cruiser – has totally psyched out Milford.

    The physics in P2 have me baffled. No way would a collision like that result in a ball coming loose and arcing away in that direction. Maybe if the ball was thrown and bounced off the receiver’s chest (or the defender’s helmet) but still that’s a stretch. Besides, we’ve already been told it’s an end around so not a pass attempt.

    Speaking of the defender, Shaw #10’s neck is bent at an unnatural angle. Wouldn’t surprise me if he got carted off the field on a backboard.

    Comment by teenchy — October 1, 2014 @ 7:34 am

  5. Number 10 does look like he has a serious neck injury. I hope he gives us the thumbs up. The 2 guys in panel 3 resemble some of my players in electronic football, broken arms and all.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — October 1, 2014 @ 9:14 am

  6. Never fear – the Twue/Stebbins connection will come through in the second half, and big John and the Oteri twins will rally a crushing defense.

    Or not!

    Comment by milfordian — October 1, 2014 @ 9:27 am

  7. True will save the day, but Jaroo will still blame der verdammte Ausländer. Why, he took away valuble reps from the One True Milford Quarterback!

    Comment by FoolyRain — October 1, 2014 @ 10:44 am

  8. Harold Jale’s vendetta is only beginning, I am sure, and I think others are right that True will now do something outrageous– a sixty yard completion into traffic, for example, with “Durable Don” Stebbins breaking a tackle and going all the way. But “dramaturgically” this is a little askew, since Bitter Bale is not to blame for either TD, unless Shuford’s fumble was the result of a poor handoff. Predict that Gil will start True in the second half after the self-styled Mr Milford delivers some kind of asinine pep talk at halftime.

    Comment by vaganova — October 1, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

  9. Point well made. A halftime tirade against Shuford would drop Hale down past junk bond status with everyone.
    Will Silent John Pascoe finally speak up, telling Jarrod to put a sock in it, and for that matter, would the rest of the team assist Jarrod with said sock?

    Comment by FoolyRain — October 1, 2014 @ 2:40 pm

  10. I like your thinking, FoolyRain. I recall that somebody gave Tip Nunn the cheerleader turned football player a hard time, and Pascoe showed up to glower at the bully, arms folded like Mr Clean only with hair. Hence he might not need to speak, even now, just show physical solidarity with Shuford or True or whoever became Hale’s target. Pascoe did not remain in this story as scenery, I don’t think.

    Comment by vaganova — October 1, 2014 @ 2:46 pm

  11. Anyone who can get up at 4 AM and do this (or anything else) I salute – this strip is about the last thing I think about until I turn on my PC, whenever that is.
    More to a team then offense is special teams and protecting the ball, and so far Milford hasnt done either well. Hope Gil considers all this before pulling the trigger on a QB change. Neither score is Jarrods fault.

    Comment by robmize2013 — October 1, 2014 @ 6:26 pm

  12. Exactly, robmize– that’s why I hypothesized some kind of misbehavior at halftime. Jarrod may be a jerk but he is not to blame for the fact Mfnrd is down by two touchdowns.

    Comment by vaganova — October 1, 2014 @ 7:12 pm

  13. My guess is that Shaw will score art least once more before the half. Being down by three scores they will need True’s superior arm to get them back on the game quickly. No time to grind it out.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — October 1, 2014 @ 8:41 pm

  14. Slightly different take here: Shaw will extend its lead, and True will enter the game, leading a furious comeback that will fall just short. That’ll ensure that (1) True’s stock is on the rise, (2) Jarrod will resent it because it wasn’t his fault they lost, and (3) a defeat will keep Gil on track for just barely missing the playdowns..

    Comment by John S. Walters — October 1, 2014 @ 9:46 pm

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