This Week in Milford

August 27, 2015

A Fistful of Popcorn

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With another one of his “tell, don’t show” story arcs, Rubin has squandered a perfectly good opportunity to show us the lengths college football programs will go to entice high school kids to come play for them.

I don’t know what kind of gifts or attention have been showered on True. Maybe he was able to have the gap in Boo’s front teeth fixed? Some school could’ve offered them a package deal and given Boo a softball scholarship. Or maybe they could’ve sent True some hostess pies (not the fruit kind).

So much missing this summer. No cars with bows on top of them have mysteriously shown up in the Standish driveway. No shady bag men. No awkwardly drawn golfers. No Gil feet. Oh, wait…

Instead we just get two kids on a couch watching some talking head (seated in front of heaven knows what – a crystal football? Trump’s head?) and eating popcorn. Gotta shake my head at how they go from sitting side by side to having Boo behind True and over his shoulder. She’s become the Cayla to True’s Les Moore.

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8 Comments »

  1. I was gonna say that you are being far too cruel to True with the Les Moore comparison, but looked back at panel 3… That smug humblebrag, THAT SMIRK. Good grief, he’s halfway down the Les Moore path already, isn’t he?

    Comment by billytheskink — August 27, 2015 @ 7:16 am

  2. Ah, c’mon. A diastema is not something to be “fixed”. Lily Aldridge, anyone?

    I am trying to understand what just happened here. Truest munching on a popcorn grenade in P2? Boopster’s inability to JUST SIT STILL for 2 panels? How about the four, count ’em, four poorly drawn headshapes in P1? The TV station call sign T-A-P must be like WLS, huh?

    This probably makes as much sense as the strip, but I’ll leave you with some Poindexter:
    “And in the end, we were all just humans… drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness.”

    This shiite’s broke, boys.

    Comment by g2design — August 27, 2015 @ 7:43 am

  3. This story line might have had a point if Troo and his band of merry men had collectively decided to band together and turn some entirely irrelevant school into a powerhouse (your 2018 National Champion Akron Zips!). As it is . . . they did exactly what they would have done without Troo’s “influence” except they took all summer to do it. Moreover, the recruiting battle isn’t over until a player files his LoI with the school, so this plot means exactly nothing.

    Comment by Tracer Bullet — August 27, 2015 @ 11:00 am

  4. Keep in mind: these are tweets, not signed contracts… where could be a whole new avenue here…

    Comment by Rowdyman — August 27, 2015 @ 6:34 pm

  5. g2: I didn’t mean to imply that there’s anything wrong with a diastema, only that Whigham started out drawing Boo with one and doesn’t anymore.

    Comment by teenchy — August 28, 2015 @ 4:23 am

  6. TAP, by the way, is Total Athletic Programming, the ESPN of the Milford universe.

    They aired the Milford-Bishop Tardy basketball game back in 2005, despite Gil’s objections. TAP’s slimy producer Bruce Panzer later had a cameo appearance in the 2009 baseball plot, trying to book Gil for an interview after the video of him getting hit in the head with a baseball went viral.

    Comment by billytheskink — August 28, 2015 @ 7:17 am

  7. It must be the dramatic lighting. Hey, the Wall Street Journal, paragon of All Things Fashion, thought the “lucky teeth” were seriously on fleek. In 2010. No way Boopster messes with her late-aughts vibe. #allaboutthatspunk

    Comment by g2design — August 28, 2015 @ 8:46 am

  8. As others have already pointed out, a commitment made on Twitter is not legally binding. If this were real life, the scheming relatives would continue urging reconsideration — and even maintaining back-channel communications with top schools. A real Art Standish wouldn’t give up his USC dream so easily.

    Also, Boo has now transmuted into Boopsie, for those familiar with the Doonesbury backstory. Arm candy for a star athlete.

    Comment by John S. Walters — August 28, 2015 @ 8:56 am


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