This Week in Milford

December 8, 2014

Slide Of Hand

Filed under: actual action, football, Gil Thorp — nedryerson @ 4:48 am


…and the state championship game continues. Gil wanders over into the huddle to reiterate the theme of this storyline, lest we forget! Then, injured shoulder True drops back, looks around for a while, chants a few more teamwork mantras, then brings the ball down and does some kind of behind the back shuffle to Hale. With teamwork, all things are possible, even the improbable.



  1. What’s Gil doing in the huddle? This isn’t Pee Wee football! Seems like a 15 yard penalty is in order. Is that thee Ol’ Statue of Liberty? Is this a halfback pass that will be thrown to the other side of the field to True? Can the offensive line block that long without holding?

    Comment by Jive Turkey — December 8, 2014 @ 7:25 am

  2. Between True’s behind-the-back pass in P3 and the way he palmed the ball in 12/3 P2 I’m seeing a lot of hooper foreshadowing as well.

    Comment by teenchy — December 8, 2014 @ 7:30 am

  3. Man, I’m psyched for the all-week super-slo-mo action! Really. What else is there between now and the bowl games? Mark Trail is lame lately, Judge Parker is lame right now, but this 7-11 bromance? The best.

    Comment by G-Man — December 8, 2014 @ 8:50 am

  4. Tomorrow: Jerkrod either passes or faces an opponent at the goal line….

    Wednesday: result is announced.

    Thursday: result is discussed by players/Gil

    Friday: town rally/assembly for State Champs/Runners Up

    Saturday: some lame transition into Mimi/Gil talking about the upcoming basketball season.

    Also, we TWIM-ites need to promote Gil for the “Fictitious Sports Hall of Fame” (!

    Comment by milfordian — December 8, 2014 @ 10:37 am

  5. That was a long explanation of what qualifies for fictitious sports HOF. They are considering movies and TV shows apparently . But if Gil isn’t in the FSHOF there shouldn’t be one! Comic strips should be included.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — December 8, 2014 @ 10:46 am

  6. This is a great set of observations, above. I was going to make a Magic Johnson comparison for panel 3 and really was wondering about the likelihood of holding, but now I don’t have to. I really don’t think there’s time for Jarrod to go around left end, so True really has started a basketball play, in this case a give and go. No mention to date of him as a receiver or runner, but it would have a nice symmetry, and if he can do a convincing fake carry (as if he’s going around RIGHT end) he might be able to turn downfield through a hole and catch a pass.

    Comment by vaganova — December 8, 2014 @ 12:02 pm

  7. The transition between P2 and P3 could’ve lasted all week, so I’m thankful to just describe it instead: A quick ball transition from the right to left hand, a simultaneous twist of the shoulders, a bootycall to sell the defense to bite right, and then J-Rod appearing to… slap the ball to the turf with his right hand? – FUMBLE!

    Comment by G-Man — December 8, 2014 @ 12:24 pm

  8. The Pope in the backfield doesn’t seem to be interested in the ball, but if he wakes up, Tru will finally get to try a block. Not sure where Jarroo is headed, though. Looks like the Statue left, but maybe good old faceless Don Stebbins will somehow get involved.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — December 8, 2014 @ 2:05 pm

  9. The hidden-ball trick! A rarity in football, but in the world of Gil Thorp, where 12-inch-long hands are common, it becomes more practical.

    Comment by Roscoe P. Soultrain — December 9, 2014 @ 12:41 am

  10. It’s the Statue of Liberty play! True behind the back to Jarrod, who sweeps left and into the end zone for a touchdown! And then he goes to the stands and proposes to the head cheerleader! I haven’t seen anything like this since… 2007!

    Comment by John S. Walters — December 9, 2014 @ 12:48 am

  11. John, I haven’t seen anything like it since… late November.–gif-052631715.html

    Comment by billytheskink — December 9, 2014 @ 8:25 am

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