This Week in Milford

August 1, 2015

Side Trip to “The City Beautiful”

Filed under: football, Gil Thorp, Neal's friends — teenchy @ 6:26 am


“Rodney Curtis, you just attended Pro Potential Passing Camp, drank some Power Blast, got name checked a whole bunch of times, and made friends with some tank town kid with a Mayflower Society name. What are you going to do next?”

“I’m going to… home?”

True has succeeded in sowing the seeds of FUD in Rodney’s mind. Now he has a better chance of finding Jimbo Fisher’s Golden Ticket while Rodney stays home and becomes a Citronaut Knight of Pegasus.

Makes me wonder if Rubin went on a theme park tour to “research” this past week’s strips.



  1. First, the easy shot: I cannot recall any Gil Thorp character “overthinking” anything. Mostly, they’re like Boo, who underthinks (and if that’s not a word, it should be).
    But … they normally wrap up the summer story line around 30 August, and this one hasn’t even started. True went to camp. Then … wait for it … True came home. Unless Rodney Curtis is considering a transfer to Valley Tech, I can’t imagine the next month turning into the kind of compelling drama we’ve come to expect from Gil Thorp.

    Comment by Philip — August 1, 2015 @ 7:24 am

  2. “Yeah, what’s the big deal? College is college. You go to Harvard, you go to Indiana-Purdue At Indianapolis, you have fun, you make friends, you have a life. In fact, I think I’ll put a bunch of college names on a bulletin board, throw a dart, and that’s where I’ll go. That’ll show those weirdos at”

    Comment by John S. Walters — August 1, 2015 @ 10:24 am

  3. Panel III–who are those bozos in Orlando??? And what are they “overthinking”???

    Comment by Rowdyman — August 1, 2015 @ 10:42 am

  4. Is that Rodney Curtis and his dad and high school coach? Or the hitmen hired by Boo to kill the tire slashers?

    Comment by Jive Turkey — August 1, 2015 @ 3:56 pm

  5. Without claiming clairvoyance, I suspect the the bozos in Orlando are Rodney’s dad and some recruiter. Possibly the lights have gone on for Rodney (as they did long ago for True) that these gladhanding recruiters are simply out to use him to make themselves look good. I mean that’s about it, right? Can any of us say with a straight face that a star prospect’s choice of a school means something beyond a lot of money for everyone but the player?

    But to return to the main point, it’s true there isn’t enough time to fully develop a summer plot before football, unless it involves some oversimplified story with Boo, or better yet the return of Herk the Mauler. I would not at all mind having him mistake a recruiter for some old opponent– The Toledo Trickster, perhaps– and stuff him into a trash barrel at the Sub Standard.

    Comment by vaganova — August 1, 2015 @ 6:15 pm

  6. F – L – A ? Like the Lynyrd Skynyrd song? Not just FL, or simply Orlando? I guess not, we’re not having this denouement in Orlando, KY; Orlando, WV; Orland WV or even in Soweto S.A. No sir -P3 is going down in “The City Beautiful” and not Chandigarh, India either.

    Comment by g2design — August 2, 2015 @ 8:00 pm

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