This Week in Milford

July 18, 2015

Nothing More Than Feelings

Filed under: Chunky Bracelets, Fat Guys, freak hands, Gil Thorp — teenchy @ 8:39 am


At first glance yesterday I thought we’d returned to Janet’s Diner for another opportunity to riff on Suzanne Vega. Then I realized the two venues don’t look exactly the same. Maybe the awning fell off Janet’s place? How many stainless steel diners can there be in Milford anyway?

Fresh from knocking back a few on the porch with Mimi, a wall-eyed Gil realizes not only that he’s never had such a talented player on his team before, he’s also unprepared to coach True to the next level. Gil resorts to reaching for a page from Marty Moon’s Intro to High School Sports Journalism course and asks True “How does that make you feel?”

With only four words True offers a glimpse into the anachronistic mindset of Art Standish. Behind that pencil and land-line phone on Art’s roll-top desk lie some big dreams. Dreams of his son starring at some big football factory, maybe making it onto the cover of a regional Street and Smith’s College Football guide, then onto the Playboy All-American Team (an excuse to read the magazine “for the articles”) and fifteen seconds of fame with Bob Hope.

Never mind that True’s dream is to walk on at Miami of Ohio, marry his high school sweetheart, become an Über driver, maybe pick up a mop with Steve Luhm…




  1. Kind of wondering why False, living through True right down to his desk, chose a photo of him about to fumble.

    But what has been an implied plot is about to open up: False wants what teenchy described above, and True just wants to go to a college he likes and play football in a league that’s still fun…

    Comment by vaganova — July 18, 2015 @ 9:02 am

  2. Wow, the first guy that comes out in the video, Michael Hartenstine of Penn State, was our neighbor many years ago. We lived in the same town where the Chicago Bears practiced (Hartenstine played for the Bears in the 80s), and some of the players lived in the area. I recall having a long chat with Hartenstine at a neighborhood barbecue one year, he was a really nice guy. Too bad the video cuts him off, I would have liked to have seen Bob Hope’s joking with him.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — July 18, 2015 @ 1:09 pm

  3. Is that a picture of True on Art’s desk… or is it a picture of ace high school quarterback Art Standish, taken shortly before the horrendous knee injury that robbed him of a scholarship and forced him into a deeply unsatisfying desk job and a loveless marriage?

    Comment by John S. Walters — July 18, 2015 @ 2:50 pm

  4. I wish I could’ve found a less cut-up clip that was of better quality; I found some from the 80s that were longer but the video was blurry and the audio off a bit (probably copied from VHS). Some of the other guys who got cut off are UNC’s Ken Huff (played for the Colts in the 70s), Oklahoma’s Joe Washington (another Colt and a Charger) and Cal’s Steve Bartkowski (the long-time Falcons QB). Panning through the group you can see a bunch of NFLers: Clemson’s Bennie Cunningham (Steelers), Maryland’s Randy White (Cowboys), Michigan’s Dave Brown (he of the huge Afro, long-time Seahawk), Texas A&M’s Pat Thomas (Rams), Georgia’s Craig Hertwig (Lions) and Arizona State’s Bob Breunig (Cowboys).

    Comment by teenchy — July 18, 2015 @ 3:01 pm

  5. Mike Hartenstine played for the Bears and was known as Mike not Michael as he said. He was the one who blindsided Ron Jaworski around 1979, I still remember the play but cant find it. How about the OSU guy saying Ohio State, instead of The Ohio State University as they do now. Joe Washington had the Monday Night Football game where he caught a TD pass, threw for a TD and returned a kickoff for a TD all in 1 quarter against New England. He also played for the Redskins in Super Bowl 18 and was involved in the Jack Squirek INT for a TD that broke the game open.

    Comment by robmize2013 — July 18, 2015 @ 7:15 pm

  6. I may have told this story before, but when I was 12 or 13, my mom and I went to my at-the-time barber. While we were waiting, I happened upon some of the magazines they had, among which was at least one copy of Playboy. My mom and the barber were both shocked that A. I had found and picked up said Playboy, and B. By every indication, including my memory of this incident, I actually WAS reading the articles inside it.

    Later, in college, I used an interview Martin Luther King Jr. did with Playboy as one of my main sources for a paper regarding various civil rights leaders of the 50s and 60s. My definition of a scholarly source notwithstanding, I recall getting a pretty good grade on the paper (All joking aside, evidently Playboy in its early days DID have some high-quality articles, because they paid more per-word than most of their competition. No clue if that’s still true today).

    Reading Playboy. Emptyeye does it right.

    Anyway, this comic. My immediate thought was “NO! You can’t jump back and forth with the dialogue between panel one and panel two like that!”

    Comment by emptyeye — July 19, 2015 @ 7:53 am

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