This Week in Milford

June 4, 2015

Part the First: In Which Gil Begins to Diffuse Blame for Milford’s Failure to Repeat as State Football Champions

Filed under: baseball, Fat Guys, football, Gil Thorp, What the hell is going on here? — teenchy @ 5:26 am

June 4, 2015


Gil you clever bastard.

You can almost smell the wood chips burning in his head, activating the laissez-faire cortex in his brain as he breaks the fourth wall with a sidelong glance in P2.

“I figured you should know.”

“So now I should start focusing on baseball? But I’ve been specializing in football since I was 14.

“Our three biggest stud linemen are gone. You wanna spend your senior year beaten into a pulp, your dreams of Miami of Ohio mangled like your throwing hand? Let Jarrod Hale absorb that beating.”

“But Coach Thorp, my future is in football. You said so yourself.

“Maybe, but remember: you’re less likely to injure yourself stepping off a pitcher’s mound than off a curb.


  1. In P2, Gil’s not sure if Buckethead is holding a phaser, landscaping paver, or simply a Jugs. At least two of those could be lethal, which explains his nervous sidelong glance. (Random Large Man sports an Star Fleet insignia on his polo, so I vote phaser.)

    In P2.5, Gil miraculously escapes. In P2.75, Gil pounds a stiff drink and changes his underwear, in that order.

    P3: Bonus points- what is that “R” all about? MILFORDER?

    Comment by g2design — June 4, 2015 @ 7:13 am

  2. A high school pitcher throwing 91, and his coach didn’t have a hint? Only in Gil Thorp.
    Of course, in the real world, Gil (who started at Miilford in ’58) would be about 77 years old, unaware of his surroundings, and incapable of remembering anything about his own kids. Instead, this is a comic strip, so he’s always 35 … unaware of his surroundings, and incapable of remembering anything about his own kids.

    Comment by Philip — June 4, 2015 @ 8:08 am

  3. A rank beginner throwing 91 is almost certainly doing it wrong. It takes natural ability plus a lot of work on one’s delivery to generate that much power. Once again, I see a shoulder injury and/or Tommy John surgery in True’s future.

    Oh, and Philip — you should see the portrait in Gil’s attic.

    Comment by John S. Walters — June 4, 2015 @ 12:02 pm

  4. Wilde observation, John S. I remember than when Gil married, our local paper ran it on the weddings page with Miss Clover’s cartoon image, remarking that “Coach Thorp, despite having been head coach at Milford for 25 years, is still 35…”

    I have to agree that it is bizarre that Gil did not realize True was throwing 10 mph faster than the typical high school fastballer, and that it is also extremely unrealistic. Throwing that fast takes a lot of time and work, and just a couple of weeks ago True was still beaning spectators.

    Comment by vaganova — June 4, 2015 @ 7:07 pm

  5. Hey, Gil improved his golf score by 50 strokes in 2 weeks. Stat guy look that one up. Please and thank you.

    Comment by robmize2013 — June 5, 2015 @ 5:27 pm

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