This Week in Milford

April 16, 2015

Just Because [blank] Can Doesn’t Mean [blank] Should

Filed under: exposition comics, football, Gil Thorp, Milford Idiots, Where is Milford? — teenchy @ 5:18 am

April 16, 2015


We’re all familiar with John Pascoe’s backstory by now so I’m not gonna bother to hyperlink to it. It could very well be that John doesn’t speak because he doesn’t have an intelligent thought in his brain. After all, Mister Ed will never speak unless he has something to say. Better not to go to State and be thought a fool than go to State and blah blah blah.

Today’s title could apply as equally well to State’s football program as to Silent John. If he turned State down before, why would they offer a scholly to Pascoe again? Apparently he’s just that big of a stud lineman that they can overlook his selective mutism, hence the comments spanning Panels 2 and 3. [EDIT: I just caught that Gil didn’t speak both comments, that it’s one of the Guardians of Pascoe in P3 talking, hence the “we.”] (Pity there isn’t a fourth panel today; I’d like to see who the recipient of John’s backhand will be. Maybe he’s trying to swat that word balloon back into P2, but more likely it’s meant for whoever just called BS on him.)

For a second day in a row I’m playing the “Where is Milford?” card, this time wondering which State is being referenced here. Could be North Carolina, ’cause as the Dukies like to say, “If you can’t go to college, go to State.”



  1. My first thought about panel 3 was silent John is fixing to unleash a “pimp” slap…

    Comment by Rowdyman — April 16, 2015 @ 6:29 am

  2. “One of State’s recruits didn’t qualify academically. And, two guys were arrested. And, everyone who used the whirlpool in the trainer’s room has flesh eating bacteria. Point is, there’s lots of scholarships open. For no obvious reason, they’re allowing me to pass them out. Want one?”

    Comment by Philip — April 16, 2015 @ 6:40 am

  3. Gil, I believe, went to and lettered at “State” U (Class of 58!). Conflict of interest here?

    Comment by billytheskink — April 16, 2015 @ 7:14 am

  4. I don’t sign, so I have to rely in the interwebs for help. Folks, I still can’t figure out what the hell Pascoe is saying. He’s either calling 2 minutes for slashing, or perhaps flashing some gang shit, but I couldn’t find any clue what that arm motion means in ASL.

    Comment by g2design — April 16, 2015 @ 7:27 am

  5. Gil got more drama than he bargained for. He’s pissed they didn’t offer a Long Island ice tea. He’s thinking about which tank town tavern to head to.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — April 16, 2015 @ 10:30 am

  6. I’ll be honest. I’m glad to see Silent John back. Yes, his particular is perhaps not fully credible (as far as getting through high school this way, seemingly no therapy or doctor involved, etc.) but after the last storyline, someone who doesn’t speak comes off as considerably more intelligent than Bobby and Bacon Boy.

    Comment by Andrew Leal — April 16, 2015 @ 3:05 pm

  7. Yes, Andrew.

    Gil did graduate from State. Then there was a stint in the Army or the USMC (accounts differ.)

    But the big story is what John’s sharp reaction means, and what reason he has had for not wanting a scholarship. With any luck we will return to his story for a while, which will be a lot more interesting than that of The Two Dipshits from basketball season.

    Comment by vaganova — April 16, 2015 @ 3:39 pm

  8. “as far as getting through high school this way, seemingly no therapy or doctor involved, etc.” he was lucky that his parents steer clear of doctors..

    Comment by Rowdyman — April 16, 2015 @ 6:49 pm

  9. Waitwait. In panel 1, we see Gil and Silent John with a skinny blond guy and a skinny blond woman between them. In panel 2, we see Gil’s strong chin (? I guess) and a kinda chunky guy with darker hair. So I still don’t know who’s who in this episode.

    Comment by John S. Walters — April 16, 2015 @ 10:58 pm

  10. John S., I think that’s the same guy from P1 to P2. His hair is dark on the same side of his head that his nose is throwing shadows. But why shadows only on the side of his head and nose and not that whole side of his face, I don’t know.

    Comment by teenchy — April 17, 2015 @ 4:14 am

  11. John S, I had the same confusion. The dialog arrows don’t help.

    Not to be a spoiler, the 4-17 strip DOES help.

    Comment by vaganova — April 17, 2015 @ 1:54 pm

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