This Week in Milford

November 20, 2014

Gil Shows ’em the Door

Filed under: Boredom in Milford, Fat Guys, Gil Thorp, lessons learned, Milford Idiots — teenchy @ 9:01 am

November 20, 2014


So Art Standish, who has been mysteriously absent from the Milford stands this fall, suddenly finds time in his busy schedule to show up at the Milford School Board Star Chamber to defend Gil. Art looks to be lecturing himself (or is that Ray Walston?) on how Gil’s laissez-faire “lessons in leadership” have benefited True. (Faking an injury? Letting your backups dictate when and where they play? Calling “audibles” in the huddle with no repercussions? Some “lessons in leadership,” alright.)

Classic Imperious, Dickish Gil then dismisses the Board and shows them where to go (through True or some other mop-headed youngster, apparently). A wave of the hand, a point of the finger, some rejection letter boilerplate language, et voila – problem solved! Getting one of your most vocal critics to defend you in front of your adversaries? Now that’s True Leadership!

Or is it something more? Come to think of it, that may very well be Ray Walston, reprising one of his most famous roles as Mr. Applegate. Maybe Gil struck a deal with him to bring a Valley Conference title to Milford, in exchange for True’s soul.



  1. Does Gil have compromising photos of the School Board in a naked drug-fueled “executive session” or something? He keeps his jobs despite never winning, he pads the athletic department payroll with people who do even less than he does, and now he’s basically telling them all to eff off. That’s one self-confident minion.

    Comment by John S. Walters — November 20, 2014 @ 9:56 am

  2. How the hell did Marty get on the Milford School Board? Oh, wait, this is his fevered basement dream. “Who are supposed to see Friday, Marty?” “Mom!”

    Comment by Dood — November 20, 2014 @ 9:58 am

  3. On another note, it’s a pity that Hobart — he’s an appliance and a school board member! — sat this meeting out.

    Comment by Dood — November 20, 2014 @ 10:01 am

  4. Dood, I don’t think that’s Marty – his hair’s too neat, not at all rumpled from the “headset.” I think he’s just sporting “The Marty,” what passes for ironic facial hair in Milford.

    Comment by teenchy — November 20, 2014 @ 10:09 am

  5. Yet another “Perry Mason” resolution, at least to the eligibility subplot. You remember– tense courtroom scene, and with a minute to go before commercial, some unexpected person jumps to his feet crying “I can’t stand it any more! I KILLED HER!”

    Comment by vaganova — November 20, 2014 @ 11:28 am

  6. Who among us predicted in August/September that Art Standish would turn out not be the “heavy” but one of the good guys?????
    Not me, fer sure…

    Comment by Rowdyman — November 20, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

  7. And right after I groused about how predictable this strip is… Still, everything always comes up roses for Gil, has since Cody Exner, we should remember that.

    Comment by billytheskink — November 20, 2014 @ 4:30 pm

  8. Now go out there and lose to VT. That could lead to an opportunity for the coveted tie for 2nd place.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — November 20, 2014 @ 8:12 pm

  9. Dood, so glad you reminded us of that asshole Hobart, and Gil’s caution to the BOE that they take a look at who they were “following off a cliff.” I have a feeling he did not get re-elected… This is probably a matter for billy, who may have such an algorithm, but is there a pattern here, that in Mfnrd, men with mustaches in official positions are automatically jerks?

    Comment by vaganova — November 20, 2014 @ 8:12 pm

  10. […] gun show, his own puny bicep curls, or memories of Hobart, Bill “Wildcat” Maris or some other pains in the ass on the Booster Club/School Board who’ll try to meddle in his efforts to help […]

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