This Week in Milford

July 23, 2015

Rodney Gives True No Respect

Filed under: football, freak hands, Gil Thorp, metapost, Neal's friends — teenchy @ 5:19 am


At Pro Potential Passing Camp, we’ll give you a lift but we won’t lift your bags. We figure if you tear your rotator cuff schlepping luggage, that’s one fewer guy we have to teach. (You did sign those release forms, didn’t you?) Funky van they’ve got there, too: a rear lift-gate with no visible means of support and a sliding door with the handle at the wrong end. All that’s missing is a “free candy” sign spray painted on it.

True hoists himself in to meet Rodney Curtis, who could be anybody but given the Michigan angle Rubin often gives this strip, is probably a shout-out to the author/photographer/leukemia patient. Then again, with the creepy van it could be a shout-out to the Zanesville, Ohio Rodney Curtis. In any event True’s heard of this Rodney Curtis but the recognition isn’t mutual. That’s what happens when you move from the Coast to flyover country: even with a state title under your belt the mainstream media doesn’t come to Milford.

Between Rodney’s lack of recognition and his gargantuan paw that dwarfs True’s already massive mitt, young Standish is quickly realizing  he’s becoming a smaller fish in a bigger pond. Good thing he’s already aiming low.

metapost: I’m traveling this coming Saturday and posting this open request to my fellow TWIM bloggers to cover for me if they can. I’ll gladly pick up one of your days next week. Okay? Okay!



  1. I suspect that “Rodney” is really Bryce Larkin, Stefan Harvey, or Derek Tolan. Mostly because of how rare quadruplets are.

    Comment by billytheskink — July 23, 2015 @ 7:24 am

  2. Rooney shakes hands like a Methodist pastor: flat palm, horizontal and limp as a fish. You know, Roonster’s just faking it to mess with TheOneTrueOne’s head. Welcome to the big time, young man, let the games begin!

    Comment by g2design — July 23, 2015 @ 11:34 am

  3. Nice “dead fish” handshake by True.

    Comment by John S. Walters — July 23, 2015 @ 11:35 am

  4. Great minds….

    Comment by g2design — July 23, 2015 @ 12:13 pm

  5. Wait wait wait hold up. Do high-schoolers really go to “Pro Potential Days” or whatever? I know prospective top NFL draft picks who are college upperclassmen will have a Pro Day sometimes, but high schoolers?

    Comment by emptyeye — July 23, 2015 @ 4:18 pm

  6. Ignore the phrase “pro potential” and you have the camps that spring up all over the country a couple of months before practice officially begins. Some broken down QB (“Held for seven kickers on five different teams!”) takes checks from obsessed parents like False and in return, dispenses advanced advice (“Make sure your fingertips are on the laces”) for about a week. The kids get to meet other good HS athletes, learn the buzzwords for the development of the month, and no doubt enjoy the camaraderie.

    Waiting to see if Boo pops out of the shrubbery during this session.

    Comment by vaganova — July 23, 2015 @ 6:11 pm

  7. I can do Saturday; my work schedule has changed since January, and I work Fridays and am off Saturdays, explaining my late posts on Fridays. I do the best I can.

    Comment by robmize2013 — July 23, 2015 @ 8:37 pm

  8. Thanks Rob! Would you like to swap Fridays for Saturdays for a while? I just realized that, by taking the Saturday slot, I end up getting the last day of a season’s story arc. The end strips are usually so stupidly anticlimactic that I don’t often do them justice. I’d be glad to let someone else take a stab at them.

    Comment by teenchy — July 24, 2015 @ 4:26 am

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