This Week in Milford

December 4, 2014

Pius Pounds, Plus Poor Punt Plays

Filed under: actual action, exposition comics, football, Gil Thorp, Highlight reel — teenchy @ 7:23 am

December 4, 2014

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Yesterday we were introduced to “Pius XI’s jumbo linemen” (wonder if they have Swiss Guards?) as a force to be reckoned with. Now they’re helping extend Pius’ lead and Gil somehow thinks the Mudlarks will wear them down. Has the prospect of a state title made Gil delusional? (Could be. Who’s the dark-haired guy just above crouching Gil’s head on the Milford sidelines? Gil’s doppelgänger?) Is this whole postseason run one of Marty’s fever dreams – his Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge? Time has slowed down significantly these past couple of days, after all.

Though now down 21-10, and with their only previous attempt at a late-game rally coming up just short, Milford shouldn’t be counted out quite yet. Pius XI coach Howie Mandel, his assistant Ralph Lauren and players have begun celebrating, and you know what happens when people show hubris in the Thorpiverse…

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8 Comments »

  1. Kudos for the Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge reference. The guy with the “P107!” sign is surely disappointed that this is a football game, not a vintage military vehicle show like he thought.

    Comment by billytheskink — December 4, 2014 @ 8:20 am

  2. I all this time, I thought pious (Pius) meant “humble”. I looked it up to be sure; before leaving some snarky comments about the goings-on in P3. Come to find out there’s no humble in Pious. Dutiful, loyal, blessed; but no humble. Ok then, XI men, party on I guess.

    Comment by G-Man — December 4, 2014 @ 8:24 am

  3. Yeah, Bierce, now there’s a happy fellow.

    Comment by G-Man — December 4, 2014 @ 8:25 am

  4. I too am impressed with the Owl Creek comparison. Can’t help trying to picture how Bitter Bierce might tell THIS story… Never officially declared dead, he is presumably still wandering the State of Chihuahua with other associates of Gen Francisco (“Pancho”) Villa…

    Comment by vaganova — December 4, 2014 @ 8:46 am

  5. It probably isn’t helping the Mudlark’s spirits that they’re wearing the special “MILFUKD” jerseys. Foreshadowing much?

    For Bierce (and Milford) fans, here’s a little something from the Devil’s Dictionary:

    Christian, n. One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor.

    Comment by John S. Walters — December 4, 2014 @ 10:47 am

  6. As Stan Lee would say, this is some Pius-pounding action!

    Comment by Dood — December 4, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

  7. Yes, John S! But cynical as I am, I do hope that Gil’s being “positive” that Mfnrd can win does not translate as “Mistaken at the top of one’s voice.” OK. Down 21-10 someplace in the 3rd and the Piusians are looking confident. Spinning my wheels here trying to figure out how the story arc to date translates to two touchdowns and no more defensive lapses… Jarrod has not been mentioned in a week or so (not since the halfback option) thus it is probably time for him to “shine,” as my old Latin teacher used to say.

    Comment by vaganova — December 4, 2014 @ 4:02 pm

  8. “They’ll wear down. We won’t. Keep at ’em!” is pretty good as an exhortation I suppose and, if I were being truly fair, I wouldn’t criticize it, but the dopey grins on the players in panel one have me thinking that they don’t buy it and neither should we.

    Comment by timbuys — December 4, 2014 @ 4:27 pm


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