This Week in Milford

October 2, 2014

The Sputtering

Filed under: actual action, exposition comics, football, Gil Thorp, Highlight reel — teenchy @ 4:59 am

October 2, 2014


Nothing to see here but actual action with a dash of exposition. P2 isn’t so weird when you realize it’s the Milford punter (name?) milliseconds before putting foot to ball. What is a little weird is Jarrod telling his teammates it’s their turn now when they’ve had at least two turns after the two Shaw scores. Then again what does it take to motivate teenaged boys these days? I’m clueless.

Shaw has that “team of destiny” look to them: when they score, their ballcarrier is bathed in holy light. All that’s missing is a halo.

The countdown to “furious Milford comeback that may or may not fall short, but probably will” continues. Ya know, some teams have run a two-QB system with success. Maybe Gil could do the same: put True in when the Mudlarks need a few quick scores and put Jarrod in when the offense needs to sputter.



  1. The punter image is so much less satisfying than, say, a picture of Jarrod getting viciously sacked on third-and-long. Up next: Will Jarrod’s head actually explode when Gil puts True into the game?

    Comment by John S. Walters — October 2, 2014 @ 6:47 am

  2. It took Shaw until the 3rd quarter to learn one of the basics of DOS?

    Comment by billytheskink — October 2, 2014 @ 7:14 am

  3. Where are the Milford ham n eggers clamoring for Gil to put in True? Surely the towns folk have heard about him. If Milford loses this I expect mailboxes to be knocked down and garbage to strewn about in the Thorp estate.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — October 2, 2014 @ 8:24 am

  4. I see panel two as a good model for the Milford version of the JumpMan logo. Whereas JumpMan is a silhouette of one of the most famous athletes in our time soaring majestically on his way to performing a slam dunk, PuntMan shows a schlubby and and anonymous kicker dejectedly dropping the ball in anticipation of an undoubtedly awkward rugby style punt that sets up Shaw’s third humiliating score.

    Hey, ‘awkward’ is kind of a funny word, isn’t it? How many other words in the English language contain the consonant string ‘wkw’ I wonder.

    Comment by timbuys — October 2, 2014 @ 9:06 am

  5. Finally realized what was bothering me in panel 2. Take away the football, and the punter appears to be taking a corner kick instead.

    Comment by vaganova — October 2, 2014 @ 3:12 pm

  6. I’m guessing True leads a couple of garbage time TD drives that aren’t enough to make him the starter, but they are enough to get him a bit of media attention. This of course drives Harrod insane and the team finally quits on him en masse. Maybe he’ll have a redemptive arc where he offers to play a different position and catches a game-winning pass. Look for it around Easter.

    Comment by Tracer Bullet — October 2, 2014 @ 4:44 pm

  7. Good scenario Tracer. Very likely to occur.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — October 2, 2014 @ 6:40 pm

  8. Have to say its hard to see them punting after a ‘few first downs’, and trailing 14-0. They should at least be to midfield by then, and I’d be going for it or maybe trying a FG, though that doesnt help the deficit much.

    Comment by robmize2013 — October 3, 2014 @ 11:36 am

  9. Yeah, we’re left playing connect-the-dots here, the dots in this case being those puny Shaw lights. Fortunately today’s strip will help us… I think…

    Comment by teenchy — October 3, 2014 @ 11:56 am

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