This Week in Milford

September 23, 2016

That Is One Unenthusiastic Ref

Filed under: football, Gil Thorp, Milford Weirdos, Trainer Rick Scott — timbuys @ 8:09 am


I may have been a bit too cavalier in volunteering to take Rob’s turn today as this one is a stumper…

So, we know Heather is ambitious. As pointed out in comments though, there is a sizable lacuna in the plot regarding the why’s and how’s of Heather’s QB coaching skills.

Never mind that, however, as in lieu of actual action we are treated to a depiction of that most rare sighting: Gil actually coaching!  Of course, we get no indication of what advice he’s actually giving.

But, clearly, it worked! The redoubtable Pete De Windt (who, like Kevin Pelwecki, is a real person) grabs a pass and makes a first down. None of which we see because, for reasons I can only guess at, it was decided that after telling us they got the first down, we don’t see the pass nor the catch, but instead are shown the ref signalling it.

Random question: Why is TE in bold italics?

Bonus Point: I like Rick Scott just standing there, arms folded, staring off into the middle distance as his erstwhile protege hastily abandons her post. I’d like to think we missed an off panel argument between the two about her divided attention and how she shouldn’t be exhorting the QB when there are ankles that need wrapping.



  1. If Hakeem’s throwing technique sucks so bad, why didn’t Gil address it in, say, summer practice?

    Real-life note: the blond, fair-skinned “Hakeem” might be a disguised shout-out to former Michigan (and NFL) placekicker Ali Haji-Sheikh, who is actually blond and fair-skinned.

    Comment by John S. Walters — September 23, 2016 @ 10:15 am

  2. If Heather is “hustling” in panel 1, I think I can see why she was such a mediocre soccer player.

    Comment by billytheskink — September 23, 2016 @ 10:28 am

  3. @John S. Walters The player you’re referencing on the bench as Heather gets her mosey on may not be the aforementioned Hakeem. We can only see the tops of the numbers on his jersey, but it certainly doesn’t look like it could be No. 16, which is what Hakeem appears to be wearing in Panel 2.

    On the other hand, I may be totally wrong. I may be trying to use too much logic and deductive reasoning on a strip that clearly lacks both.

    Comment by J.D. Springer — September 23, 2016 @ 1:08 pm

  4. I always love an Ali Haji -Sheik reference. Let’s stay in the BigTen. That ref looks a lot like former Hawkeye Jess Settles.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — September 23, 2016 @ 7:22 pm

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