This Week in Milford

December 13, 2014

Dreams Can Come True

December 13, 2014


“That’s what I love about The Bucket, man. I get older, it stays the same age.”  The Bucket overflows as the postgame party spills into the parking lot. Just how cold does it get in Milford this time of year? Seems like sassy hair-flippin’ blonde and her cohorts should be dressed a little more warmly. Ah, to be young and have a high metabolism again.

Jarrod did make that bet with Austin but we never saw Austin take it. But if True takes Jarrod’s offer – cash or burgers – he could get stripped of his amateur status a la Jim Thorpe. Maybe that’s part of Jarrod’s plan, if he still has one. (Or does that just apply to coaches buying refreshments for players? Just how much does a burger cost at The Bucket, anyway?)

No matter: True’s talk of future plans in Milford will no doubt doom him. That shoulder injury doesn’t seem to be bothering him – at least for the moment – but it could turn into something more. Art could get transferred back out of the Valley. I’m still waiting for those allegations of Saad Shamoun’s steroid abuse to surface. If not, we could witness unprecedented plot continuity in Gil Thorp.



  1. The Bucket may never get old, but the oil they use in the deep-fryer — that’s beyond “get old.”

    I see True’s figured out how Milford athletics operates. He knows Gil doesn’t do a damn thing, so he and Jarrod will have to plan out the senior season.

    Overall, though, I have to say this fall’s plot has been relatively coherent and centered on sports. It’s a throwback to Jack Berrill days!

    Comment by John S. Walters — December 13, 2014 @ 9:14 am

  2. T-Shirts are here for your enjoyment!

    Comment by G-Man — December 13, 2014 @ 9:45 am

  3. The buxom Bucket it appears. Are we seeing J-Rod revealing his inner Art Schlichter? That’s so Ohio…

    Comment by G-Man — December 13, 2014 @ 9:48 am

  4. Transitional strip to basketball on Monday. What new, never noticed by the coaches in gym class talent will emerge on this year’s team?

    Comment by Milfordian — December 13, 2014 @ 10:14 am

  5. Milfordian: I wonder what unanticipated personal issues, ripped from today’s headlines, could befall a Milford hooper?

    I see Josh Fruhlinger has picked up on the gambling theme as well. One of his commenters also grabbed my Dazed and Confused reference.

    Comment by teenchy — December 13, 2014 @ 11:37 am

  6. A two season plot involving kids and sports. Yes, a rivalry with some hard feelings learned from, thus basically an old-time GT plot. Kids confronted with current social problems, fine– I liked the stories of the illegal, the homeless kid, the gay kid making it in basketball– but I was getting tired of junior admen and junior lawyers dominating the stories. This one was terrific– just concerned that from this high point, every direction is down. Please, let’s not find out on Monday that a kid who wants to be a chiropractor is doing dangerous things to the basketball players…

    Comment by vaganova — December 13, 2014 @ 12:46 pm

  7. I’m with ya, vaganova. Don’t even get me started on the extraordinarily creepy Wynn ‘self appointed guardian of my sister’s chastity and rage-aholic’ Wiley.

    I am intrigued by the woman in panel one.., Is she winking at us? I am also intrigued, as was teenchy, about this concept of the The Bucket never aging. Should we suppose there is a Nighthawks style painting that depicts an increasingly decrepit and aging burger place?

    Comment by timbuys — December 13, 2014 @ 4:58 pm

  8. Ah, timbuys, “The Picture of Dorian Grey,” or as i tell my son, “Somewhere in an attic there’s a painting of me that looks like hell.” The Bucket never does age, and I think old Jack is to be credited with coming up with that unlikely but perfect name.

    Is the young woman hopping tables in the foreground of P! winking at us? I do hope so, but suspect this is Whigrub’s way of telling us that all of Mfnrd is in on this one.

    Comment by vaganova — December 13, 2014 @ 5:24 pm

  9. In a sincerely non-snarky way, I enjoyed this storyline and felt it was well executed. For four months GT was the first strip I wanted to read every morning.

    Comment by krisclewey — December 14, 2014 @ 8:31 am

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