This Week in Milford

November 17, 2015

Dislocation, Dislocation, Dislocation!

Filed under: actual action, football, Just plain sad, Marty Moon, metapost — timbuys @ 9:20 am


Welp, as pretty much everyone who is still paying attention anticipated, Dory’s antics led to him getting benched which led to True’s grievous injury.

Nice artwork today: from True’s elbow getting jammed into the turf, to Marty’s bleary eyed ecstasy at Milford’s failure, to Jarrod’s head bobbling as he takes a sideways glance at True and wonders why Gil (or really any one of the adults nominally coaching this team) isn’t the one telling him to get ready to play. All of it is very well done.

Meta: Hey, new WordPress setup for posting. It only caused me to accidentally delete a post once and added several minutes to the process trying to figure out where everything has been moved to.  The important thing is it will have no impact on the quality (or absolute lack thereof) of my posting but will cause me some gratuitous stress. I’d call that a win in today’s world.



  1. Looks like it will soon be former State Championship Coach Gil Thorp.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — November 17, 2015 @ 10:21 am

  2. The fall story probably ends 5 December or 12 December. Between now and then, Gil will have to discover why Dory missed practice, which will set up a confrontation with Alan, which (I hope … oh, do I hope!) will lead to the Milford School System throwing the reality show out of town, and spare us having to see how “Welcome Back Carter” affects basketball season. Also, we have to wrap up the Madison game, and see how Jarrod does against Valley Tech. Milford will lose at least once and miss the playdowns. Whatever those are.
    Will Rubin find time to squeeze in a panel or two of Holly, wistfully lamenting What Might Have Been? Or of Marty, discarded and disillusioned, retreating to the adult beverage, right back where we found him at the end of August? Will True’s injury cost him that scholarship offer from the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople?

    Comment by Philip — November 17, 2015 @ 11:28 am

  3. Gil doesn’t realize True is injured. He’s doing his Ricky Byrdsong impression again as he walks through the Milford grandstand shaking hands with the ham n eggers. Of course he’s frisking for flasks and sharing rot gut whiskey for all willing drunkards.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — November 17, 2015 @ 12:00 pm

  4. Maybe Rubin is going to borrow liberally from the story of the 2014 Ohio State football team. Ha, of course he isn’t. It’s mid-November and this is just the fourth game of the season. There’s not really time to wrap up the other 5 games much less show a playdown run.

    Yes that’s right, mid-November, GAME FRICKIN’ FOUR.

    Comment by billytheskink — November 17, 2015 @ 12:47 pm

  5. It’s close enough to the end of the year that I’m getting serious about the 2015 t-shirt. Not likely that we’ll repeat this one is it? So, maybe a tanktown theme with Panel #1 art on the front.

    At the rate we’re playing (actual action) games, there will be plenty of room on the back for sponsor logos.

    Comment by g2design — November 17, 2015 @ 1:13 pm

  6. And so Gil has allowed one of the high school kids he works with — the star player, no less, but that’s besides the point — to get injured, just so he can send a message to another kid who missed one frickin’ practice? I can understand not letting the punished kid get introduced, or not start, but to sit him out the whole game, when it’s clear that only he can prevent serious assault on the quarterback? (Especially because of the results, it seems like he put the backup punter at the tackle position, rather than someone who can block the defensive linemen).

    This is not the same as not putting out your best squad as part of a punishment, this is danger of bodily harm we’re talking about. If True is hurt to the point that he’s lost his chance at a college scholarship and perhaps pro football, if I was his sometimes-angry father, I’d be getting a personal injury lawyer pronto (“So, Mr. Thorp, on the day in question you exposed the plaintiff to likely serious harm to punish an altogether different student for missing one practice? What would your punishment have been for that student missing two practices, decapitation of the plaintiff?”)

    Comment by Moon Mullins — November 17, 2015 @ 5:35 pm

  7. I have seen coaches not only sit a kid for a game, but drop him from the team for missing practice unexcused. It’s a major no no. And coach cannot be expected to anticipate grievous harm to player B because of the absence of player A.

    Comment by vaganova — November 17, 2015 @ 6:03 pm

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