This Week in Milford

November 13, 2014

The Quarterbacks Are Running The Asylum

Filed under: actual action, football, Gil Thorp, Milford Idiots — teenchy @ 6:42 am

November 13, 2014


Backup QB dictating his playing time and positions?

Starting QB calling his own plays – not audibles – in the huddle?

Gil Thorp has lost control of the offense at Milford. Add to that his laissez-faire approach to coaching up talent and inability to win big games, conference titles, and playdowns, and it could be argued that Gil is the Mark Richt of the Valley Conference. (There’s that matter of the pesky little drinking by the pool habit though…)

Gil doesn’t even bother to name his plays. The one the player brought in from the sidelines would usually be some variation of formation/direction/ball carrier/hole/movement, like “Red Right 28 Sweep.” Maybe that’s why True ignored it. Now he wants his own soundtrack as he stuffs Jarrod up the middle to three yards and a cloud of dust:

Hey, now, I’m an All-Star, get to call my own plays
Hey, now, I’m a rock star, gonna get Hale waylaid

Tune in tomorrow. Someone’s bound to get hurt.



  1. “Let’s play smashmouth. I give you the ball, they smash your mouth.”
    Too easy, too uninspired, but I’m stuck in a terrible drought.

    Comment by FoolyRain — November 13, 2014 @ 6:46 am

  2. 1999 was a pretty good year for me too, True…

    Comment by billytheskink — November 13, 2014 @ 8:24 am

  3. Impressive; I always thought Shrek wrote that song…

    In P2, True Standish is accorded his full name, in P3 I assume Austin is a first name (only), but in P1 “the Troys” have to share.

    Comment by G-Man — November 13, 2014 @ 8:25 am

  4. Is it Madison time again?

    I hate that phrase “smashmouth football”. Makes me cringe every time I hear it. Yuck.

    Comment by nedryerson — November 13, 2014 @ 8:31 am

  5. Time for a torn ACL for someone. Who will it be?

    Comment by Bobby Joe — November 13, 2014 @ 8:36 am

  6. I think Gil is in the stands shaking hands with spectators a la Northwestern basketball coach Ricky Birdsong. (Recently,Did someone mention that they played with Otis Birdsong in high school. No relation I presume.) Also, he is frisking them for flasks. Only play Gil knows is 23 Skido.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — November 13, 2014 @ 9:50 am

  7. I thought the Green Bay “Power sweep” featuring Taylor & Hornung was indeed smash mouth football…

    Comment by Rowdyman — November 13, 2014 @ 10:44 am

  8. I’m guessing not only will there be an injury, but it will be a career-ending injury for True, shattering his dream of a scholarship to Miami of Ohio. This cautionary tale courtesy of the Milford adage: never, ever choose to do something different than Coach Thorp says you should do

    Comment by Moon Mullins — November 13, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

  9. Ned, I hate that term “smashmouth” too. Makes all too clear the real objective of the game. Moon raises an interesting scenario, and Whigrub tends to be a fairly classical (if also fairly inept) storyteller, thus True’s calling an audible a couple of weeks ago– and Gil’s indecision over how to respond to it– may have been foreshadowing.

    But we have to wonder what “smashmouth” (ugh) means in this context– John Pascoe on a tackle-eligible play?

    Also wondering what’s become of Don Stebbins, who was left counting his fingers after True’s bullet pass into traffic a few weeks ago, and has not been seen since. But most of all what a HS quarterback is doing overruling the coach on play selection.

    Comment by vaganova — November 13, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

  10. @Bobby Joe, does it only have to be one? I can see a scenario where True hands off to Jarrod, their legs clip each other and both of them go down. Then, Joe Ely, fresh off playing a set at the Dosey Doe in The Woodlands, can come in and lead Milford on to victory!

    Comment by timbuys — November 13, 2014 @ 4:28 pm

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