This Week in Milford

October 13, 2014

Up Next, Gil Skypes With Don Stebbins’ Granny

Filed under: Coach Kaz, Gil Thorp — nedryerson @ 5:21 am


It’s Monday morning at Milford High. Gil is busy doing something on his computer. It’s hard to tell what. My guess is that he’s scanning the notes scribbled on the stack of scrap paper and cocktail napkins using some freeware document filing software. He will not make much progress today as the software is Russian and he Gil doesn’t actually have a scanner, so he will soon revert back to taping his notes directly to the monitor.

In the meantime, the quarterback competition is heating up with a new voice heard from, Jarrod’s mom. Gil does his best Bob Newhart phone call. Yes, Mrs. Hale. No, don’t be silly, Mrs. Hale, I couldn’t possibly fit my head up there, Mrs. Hale, and besides how would I breathe?

Meanwhile, Kaz is roaming the halls, looking for a quick expository conversation before he goes back to….what does he do around the school all day? Is he more than a black t-shirt, sideburns, earrings and a cup of coffee?

So loudmouth Art Standish is just emailing his gripes now? He’s got to be the most toothless blowhard this strip has ever seen. If you can’t do your aggressive browbeating in meatspace, then you hardly even qualify as a blowhard.



  1. Who rub – please do not have Gil set up a romantic relationship between Jaroo’s mom and False to further add to the storyline….although I fear that will be the case.

    Comment by Milfordian — October 13, 2014 @ 5:37 am

  2. That would be Whigrub – stoopid autocorrect!

    Comment by Milfordian — October 13, 2014 @ 5:39 am

  3. Battle Of The Browbeaters.

    Comment by FoolyRain — October 13, 2014 @ 6:01 am

  4. Gil appears to have an image of an old IBM punchcard on his screen in panel two. Make of that what you will.

    Comment by timbuys — October 13, 2014 @ 6:37 am

  5. Is Kaz still a substitute teacher or does he just lurk in Gil’s office doorway all day?

    Comment by billytheskink — October 13, 2014 @ 7:17 am

  6. Is that an overdrawn sideburn in P2, or does Kaz suddenly have one of those space-age “bluetooth” things?

    Milfordian, we do not really have enough info to predict it (beyond that neither True’s mother nor Adolf’s father have been mentioned as yet) but of all the low-down, rotten, disgusting suggestions for a plot twist, I like yours the best. This is what happens when a football plot begins in June, and is consistent with my idea of pairing Gil off with Marjie Ducey. Now to find someone for Marty Moon’s mom…

    Comment by vaganova — October 13, 2014 @ 7:46 am

  7. In panel 1it looks like Gil is looking at pictures of elevator doors.

    Like the idea of a False and Jaroo’s mom romance. Maybe they could become step brothers. That would be a hoot.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — October 13, 2014 @ 8:19 am

  8. A cameo from Bob Newhart would liven this strip up much more than that cameo by Don Drebus.

    I think Gil’s monitor in P2 is displaying a talk-to-text message from Snoopy’s old pal, Woodstock.

    Comment by teenchy — October 13, 2014 @ 8:37 am

  9. If this were normal high school, Kaz would be teaching something so irrelevant that it could safely be left in the hands of a football coach. In my high school, that was the state-mandated American Government class, “taught” by head coach “Muggsy” McGuinness. Typical assignment: memorize the members of the cabinet. Yeah, we didn’t learn much about the philosophical underpinnings of the bicameral legislature.

    But if Kaz were actually teaching, I’d think the school would want him to dress in something more professional than black UnderArmor. I realize that the Gun Show is Kaz’ greatest asset and he can’t disappoint all his fans, but still.

    Comment by John S. Walters — October 13, 2014 @ 9:51 am

  10. I always thought Kaz had been hired as a gym teacher and coach, but don’t remember that being made official. Billy?

    Comment by vaganova — October 13, 2014 @ 1:11 pm

  11. Boy I just got through saying ‘players mothers deciding what position their son should play’ and here we go, a players mother complaining about her sons playing time. Close enough. Bad enough we have Jarrod being a doushbag, now the parents have entered the ring. Throw em all in the next bonfire and be done with them forever!

    Comment by robmize2013 — October 13, 2014 @ 2:48 pm

  12. vaganova, Kaz was originally hired as Milford High’s in-house substitute, and had students cheat on his geography quiz. I don’t recall seeing him teach since that geography quiz business.

    Comment by billytheskink — October 13, 2014 @ 4:07 pm

  13. Welp, my flight out to Milford got cancelled so I should not only have plenty of time to post tomorrow, but I have even more time to comment tonight: is it just me or would recreating the way Gil is holding his phone in panel one be a good way to sprain your neck/shoulder/elbow/wrist? Or does it just severely strain perspective?

    Comment by timbuys — October 13, 2014 @ 5:39 pm

  14. Good shooting, timbuys– that really is a remarkably unnatural grip. Just tried it myself.

    Comment by vaganova — October 13, 2014 @ 6:36 pm

  15. The narration box in P1 should read ‘Monday morning quarterbacking.”

    Comment by Ol'Froth — October 14, 2014 @ 9:32 am

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