This Week in Milford

September 20, 2016

Once You Look At The Bun, It’s Hard To Look Away

Filed under: actual action, Blogroll, football, Gil Thorp, metapost, Pissy faced Gil — timbuys @ 6:10 am


I’d say the look on Gil’s face in panel one just about perfectly captures the wry expression any of us might have when your boss accuses you of lying to your face.

Also nicely done? Cutting away right to the actual action showing just how quickly Gil’s web of lies unravels.

Not so nicely done? I’m guessing this means no bonfire.


Shout out to frequent TWIM commenter, chronicler of the Hall of Name and keeper of the Milford.xlsx, billytheskink who is taking a spin in the driver’s seat over at Son of Stuck Funky.

In his honor, I submit a picture of a Skink I saw over the weekend.




  1. I’m having a hard time picturing Dr. Pearl caring enough to listen to Marty Moon’s WDIG report. Or, what if … Dr. Pearl is secretly Marty’s mom?

    Comment by Dood — September 20, 2016 @ 6:33 am

  2. That’s a new twist on delivering the line-up. Comics Curmudge Josh decried the lack of bonfire today.

    Hey, I took a skink photo too! This guy is a five lined skink I saw at a place called The Devil’s Millhopper:

    Five lined skink

    Comment by nedryerson — September 20, 2016 @ 6:50 am

  3. If I’d have known you all were into skink photos, I would have started posting those years ago…

    It is weird to see Dr. Pearl discussing an actual sport with Gil, instead of forcing him to accept a role in some money-making scheme (the televised Bishop Tardy basketball game, Welcome Back Carter) or chiding him over the behavior of his players (Hutch Renfro’s poker game, Brent Raptor’s alleged suicidal tendencies, Cody Exner’s drug dealing). I would think she listens to Moon’s show religiously simply to get more dirt on Gil’s players in order to hassle him.

    Comment by billytheskink — September 20, 2016 @ 8:32 am

  4. I haven’t seen if anyone has figured this out at the Curmudgeon, but this says the opener is AT Oakwood. The traditional bonfire would be before the team’s HOME opener.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — September 20, 2016 @ 11:53 am

  5. How much of a tank town is Milford, that people actually listen to a local high school sports talk show? Is Milford in some sort of geographic dead zone that outside broadcast and satellite signals can’t reach, and cable providers haven’t bothered to wire?

    I know the only way I’d listen to Marty is if WDIG was the only station on the dial.

    Comment by John S. Walters — September 20, 2016 @ 12:20 pm

  6. John, I agree completely. The Milford news outlets cover the Mudlarks like the New York Post used to cover A-Rod.

    Comment by Philip — September 20, 2016 @ 1:20 pm

  7. It’s something like the Shyamalan movie “The Village,” in which younger people in what passes for an eighteenth century tank town are not aware there is a larger world not far away. The suspension of disbelief for that movie was interesting– all it would take would be one airplane passing overhead to pop the bubble, but that’s one of the things you’re not supposed to point out. Here, we accept that there are places where a “Central City” is a major destination, or as I sometimes say, Mfnrd is “1961 with cell phones.” When I was a freshman in high school in the fall of 1961, we used to stop at the local radio station, not unlike WDIG (except that we had a semi-literate former local sports star covering sports) where we would pick up a weekly top 40 list… The nostalgic quality of GT is one of the reasons plots such as last year’s asinine “reality TV show” are so annoying– they attempt to connect Mfnrd with the present, which is impossible.

    Comment by vaganova — September 20, 2016 @ 2:25 pm

  8. Go Billy!

    Speaking of buns and reptiles, there must be a Sir Mix-A-Lot joke around here somewhere.

    Comment by lauramac — September 20, 2016 @ 2:42 pm

  9. You all think it is ridiculous that everyone apparently listens to Marty Moon on WDIG nowadays, but Milford’s high school sports radio market was an even bigger deal back in the late 90s and early 2000s.

    Back then, WDIG was new on the scene and WFMD ruled the airwaves with the team of Moon and the great Paul Strange calling Milford games and doing a daily sports talk show. WFMD canned Moon for being the semi-slanderous hack that he is, and an unscrupulous fellow named Mr. DiGiovanni quickly scooped him up to put his upstart WDIG on the map. For a couple of seasons, both WFMD (with Paul Strange) and WDIG broadcast Milford’s games and carried daily talk shows run by their respective star sports personalities. Moon and WDIG eventually pushed WFMD out of sports coverage, firing Paul Strange, who wound up back with Moon at WDIG. Treating a downtrodden Paul as a friend and offering him a job at WDIG is one of the few genuinely human things this strip has ever had Moon do.

    None of this, by the way, seemed especially reasonable back then much less now.

    Paul Strange, who I always liked, disappeared after the 2004 football season, though he may have made an uncredited cameo back in 2015, sitting next to an on-air Moon before a late-season basketball game.

    Comment by billytheskink — September 20, 2016 @ 3:52 pm

  10. The tank town I live in called Morris, Illinois used to have radio show where the sports guy would talk to coach and sometimes players on a Sunday morning. You talks out radio gold! It was good stuff. No Marty Moon type stuff. Just ask a few questions and let the head ball coach or player carry the show. Show no longer exists due to budget restraints I guess. What a shame.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — September 20, 2016 @ 6:49 pm

  11. You talk about radio gold! I even proofread it.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — September 20, 2016 @ 6:53 pm

  12. Would that be WJOL? Thats a good station – I liked hearing the Joliet Hilltoppers games and the postgame was good too.

    Comment by robmize2013 — September 20, 2016 @ 7:20 pm

  13. No WCSJ in Morris. WJOL is evil because they broadcast JCA games. Just kidding. Sort of.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — September 20, 2016 @ 8:16 pm

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