This Week in Milford

September 30, 2015

On Tricky Dick Travolta

Filed under: actual action, football, Marty Moon — timbuys @ 12:22 am

I wholeheartedly enjoy how the community has cleaved the ungainly coinage ‘Young Richard Nixon Travolta’ down to Tricky Dick Travolta. The other variations and observations that have appeared in the comments are the real payoff for writing here.

I recall watching an interview many years ago featuring a very young Mike Luckovich. He (or whoever was the actual subject of the interview) talked about capturing the essence of Richard Nixon in three lines depicting his shoulders and his nose. I tried to find a clip of that to see how close my recollection was to the recording, but did not succeed.

I am sure the caricature didn’t quite look like this but, somehow, that recollection popped into my head when I first saw the below.


I could go on like this, but hey! Actual Action! Let’s check it out:

September 30, 2015


That’s the stuff. Not much else to say about this one other than that I guess we missed the part where Holly gouged out Marty’s eyes.



  1. I like how Oakwood 31’s number has moved over the football he is carrying.

    As a commenter, in all seriousness, I am happy to finally see some football action.

    Comment by billytheskink — September 30, 2015 @ 7:53 am

  2. I’m sure we are supposed to be led to believe Tank Town Expose is ruining the football team. They can’t possibly focus on footyball. Not that Gil will notice. He spiked the Gatorade cooler with rotgut and is head deep in it.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — September 30, 2015 @ 8:24 am

  3. Billy – maybe he’s not actually carrying THE football.

    As a youngster, I often wondered why football uniforms didn’t have a pigskin outline sewn into the front of the jersey; you know, to obfuscate who was carrying the “real” ball. I see the NFHS defines that adornment as “illegal equipment”; however, turns out those Oakwood cheaters may have done just that, Mr. Skink.

    Comment by g2design — September 30, 2015 @ 10:24 am

  4. Aww, did we skip the scene where Gil recites the starting lineup to Marjie Ducey? That’s always top-flight entertainment.

    Comment by John S. Walters — September 30, 2015 @ 11:42 am

  5. I for one am pissed that we did not see the recitation to Marjie. We missed not just Marjie but also the litany of filler names (my favorite from the past was not from football but baseball– “Bill Hawkins.”)

    g2design: the idea of sewing a “decorative” leather football outline to the whole teams’ jerseys was outlawed because a real team actually did that, back in the nine-teens. It made the fake carriers unnaturally convincing…

    Comment by vaganova — September 30, 2015 @ 2:35 pm

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