This Week in Milford

November 18, 2014

A Tale Of Two Lousy Recruiters

Filed under: Gil Thorp, Marjie Ducey — timbuys @ 6:10 am

November 18, 2014


Huh, I guess we’re going full bore on this recruiting controversy thing. I might object to yet another meander of the plot except that panel two just makes me laugh and laugh and laugh. The VT coach may just be one of the most pathetic, sad sack antagonists to make an appearance in this strip in recent memory. As Gil rightly notes in panel three, he’s a lousy recruiter inasmuch as we saw him passively discourage True from coming to Milford, being rather standoffish with Art (remember him?).

Bonus point: We saw some chatter from the Marjie Ducey fan club – including Ned’s creation of a, um, interesting nickname – yesterday, but today we learn something shocking: Marjie apparently doesn’t know how to sit with her legs crossed. Read into that whatever your dirty minds will.


  1. I’ve not seen a panel that screams “Fat bozo” as loudly as P2 in a very long time.

    Comment by FoolyRain — November 18, 2014 @ 6:53 am

  2. P3: I think we’re seeing Ms. Reamed starting to cross her legs. Up ’til then she was, ah, receptive to Gil; at least until he admited he’s lousy.

    Comment by G-Man — November 18, 2014 @ 8:13 am

  3. Hey, has Juicy always been a lapel-badge wearing member of the Federation? I really need to pay better attention…

    Comment by G-Man — November 18, 2014 @ 8:18 am

  4. After hearing “He committed to us”, my next question would be “So, you’re saying you recruited True Standish?”

    So recruiting players is against the rules in the Valley-verse? Not that that doesn’t make sense in general, but we’ve already seen evidence that it is not. For all of Art’s faults, he was totally transparent about shopping True around the Valley, and while Gil refused to give the Standish’s any special treatment he did so on principle, not because he’d be breaking any rules. The time to speak up about this being illegal is when it was occurring.

    Comment by billytheskink — November 18, 2014 @ 8:31 am

  5. *Sigh* If only Marjie were rockin’ that beret. Who ran over and flattened her foot?

    Comment by Dood — November 18, 2014 @ 9:23 am

  6. Flat foot Marjie with a floy floy!

    Comment by nedryerson — November 18, 2014 @ 9:38 am

  7. I’m getting a very The King of Comedy-era Jerry Lewis vibe from VT coach in P2. Can’t wait to see if he offers a bounty to his players for taking out True.

    Comment by teenchy — November 18, 2014 @ 11:35 am

  8. The way Marjie is holding that combination microphone/diabetic finger stick, I’d say she couldn’t possibly give fewer damns about recording that interview. And who can blame her?

    Comment by John S. Walters — November 18, 2014 @ 12:32 pm

  9. John S, I have to agree. Others have noted Marjie’s presumably unladylike leg position; I for one thing she is not crossing it but swinging it to our right for a flying exit. And well she might: with Ytram Noom stirring the pot at Valley Tech, this will be a tennis match for a few days.

    I still think the closing of the plot may be the team rallying around True against VT’s accusations. But that coach really is a blockhead– in most places, recruiting players is seen as sufficiently unethical to get you fired, and he has just admitted to doing so. I hope Billy sees this– I know he will remember if it was Valley Tech whose fans dressed as hobos in order to ridicule Ted Pearse. I don’t remember other specific schools being consistently nasty and am thinking VT may be the designated villain of the league.

    Comment by vaganova — November 18, 2014 @ 1:23 pm

  10. Here’s a different take on this development. Maybe Milford is forced to forfeit all of their wins due to a recruiting violation. Or,True is suspended while there is an investigation of recruiting violations. This puts Jarod back at QB.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — November 18, 2014 @ 1:42 pm

  11. Bobby Joe, anything can happen in the Thorpiverse, as we have seen. But the only way I can think of that Milford could be charged with a recruiting violation would be if False, in the process of further making an ass of himself, were to blow off about some imaginary thing Gil “promised.” But the fact the question has so quickly become a press controversy suggests Whigrub may be leading up to some kind of official action such as a suspension-during-an-investigation. But the only thing I remember Gil promising True is a chance to “compete for the position.”

    Comment by vaganova — November 18, 2014 @ 3:15 pm

  12. Agree that facts as they have been presented don’t warrant that action but as you point out anything can and does happen in the Thorp universe.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — November 18, 2014 @ 3:57 pm

  13. vaganova, the fans who heckled Ted Pearse for being homeless were from North Bend. That actually occurred during a playdown game, remember those?

    Valley Tech’s jerkery was probably best expressed by the backwards cap-wearing shmuck who vowed to “restart that rivalry” with Milford back in 2007. He was later punched out by one-legged Bill Ritter. Unbeaten Valley Tech fell to 2-6 Milford and their surprise Wing-T offense later that year, prompting this bitter and hilarious exchange between Gil and Valley Tech coach Hank Dixon. The light-haired, bespectacled Dixon no longer appears to be Valley Tech’s coach… but perhaps he is the reporter interviewing him?

    Comment by billytheskink — November 18, 2014 @ 5:14 pm

  14. billy, I knew you would have the details firmly in hand. Thank you. I recall the Bill Ritter episode now and certainly the wing-T. I liked that story because one of the most successful high school coaches ever in my region also had great success with a supposedly obsolete formation, the “short punt,” carried off with a stand-up shift which used to drive opposing coaches nuts. They were so busy challenging its legality (it was perfectly legit) that they would forget to coach…

    Was there also a story at about that time which involved Mfnrd pranksters painting some celebrated rock in front of VT’s building, or was that the other way around? Whatever the story, the VT coach appears to have replaced False as Jerk of the Month.

    Comment by vaganova — November 18, 2014 @ 6:59 pm

  15. I thought True decided on his own to go to Milford. Fair enough.

    Comment by robmize2013 — November 18, 2014 @ 7:26 pm

  16. Right, robmize2013. He told Gil he had decided on Valley Tech then changed his mind and showed up at Mfnrd. Gil had shaken his hand, as I remember, and offered some predictable variation of “See you on the field!” I have begun to wonder if in the middle of the controversy, True will shame the adults– including False as well as the VT coach– by making some kind of “high school sports are ultimately for fun” speech.

    Comment by vaganova — November 18, 2014 @ 7:49 pm

  17. The first game of the season often happens before classes start and almost always takes place by the end of the first week of school. True must be some kind of quarterbacking savant who picked up the offense instantly because Jaroo lost his job to a guy who’d been on the team all of two weeks.

    Comment by Tracer Bullet — November 19, 2014 @ 3:58 am

  18. vaganova, the bit about <a href="; painting Valley Tech's rock occurred the same season as the Wing-T surprise, just prior to Ritter punching that VT kid with the backwards cap. Ritter and Killer Cully Vale were the culprits.

    Comment by billytheskink — November 19, 2014 @ 8:01 am

  19. correct link that I messed up above. Sorry.

    Comment by billytheskink — November 19, 2014 @ 8:02 am

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