This Week in Milford

October 6, 2016

Same Look, Different Results

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I was disappointed to learn that the Sulphur Tors aren’t named for Tor Johnson but is short for “(Golden) Tornados.” How cool would it have been to see the Sulphur fans turn out in Tor Johnson masks?

The Tors also wear dark jerseys at home. Hell of a road trip from the Great Lakes down practically to the Gulf of Mexico. If  the “later” when the team arrives at The Bucket is the same night of the game then the Mudlarks must’ve taken a chartered jet back home. Maybe Wildcat Maris and the booster club got a multi-year deal after Gil & co. lucked into the state title season before last, and couldn’t back out of it after last season’s Holly Dobbs-orchestrated clinker.

Did Marty make the trip south or is he doing a recreation from his crate? Is he mentally willing the ball into Max Ortiz’s hands via his pose, or is he channeling his inner Rooster Cogburn? And how about that puny souvenir football Max hauled in for the insurance score? If they use balls that small during game situations, maybe The Secret Pelwecki won’t have so much trouble handing them off. Let’s hope Heather Burns, The Quarterback Whisperer, has a supply on hand in the morning.

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9 Comments »

  1. Nice to see Marty Moon broadcasting from the Goodyear Blimp and calling the game via satellite. We assume someone ELSE is steering the dirigible based upon the legerdemain of Mr. Moon while skillfully implementing play-by-play or crashing this behemoth into the Milford Water Tower could have disastrous ramifications. (Kaz: “Keep your Game Face on, Gil. The Weather Bureau confirmed it wasn’t a UFO.”) As for P3, the scenery suggests Discovery One. I can imagine the dialogue. HAL: Where are you going, Dave? Dave: I gotta cut out early for tomorrow. HAL: For what purpose? Dave: Same ol’ same ol’. Quarterback drops and footwork and throwing mechanics. HAL: Good luck, Dave. Dave: Thanks, Big Guy.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — October 6, 2016 @ 2:47 pm

  2. Maybe they’re dining at the Sulphur, Louisiana Bucket, pronounced “boo-kay.”

    I like Marty Moon’s Pac-Man bangs in panel 1. Definitely a contender for the Pantheon of Hair. To paraphrase Bob Seger, “Pac-Man-Do, it’s really really what I’m gonna do. If I ever get out of here, I’m gettin’ a Pac-Man-Do.”

    Comment by John S. Walters — October 6, 2016 @ 3:09 pm

  3. “Come On Down to the Boo-Kay, where the Gumbo has actual gum in it!”

    Comment by John S. Walters — October 6, 2016 @ 3:11 pm

  4. It’s my regionalism, I am sure, but I was thinking of the Maxwell Anderson verse play “High Tor,” set near the Tappan Zee of the lower Hudson, and well received when it came out in 1936, but which is… not produced very often these days.

    Comment by vaganova — October 6, 2016 @ 5:05 pm

  5. “Golden Tornado” was the nickname for John Heisman’s Georgia Tech teams way back when…. in 1916 Tech whupped Cumberland 222–0…

    Comment by rowdyman — October 6, 2016 @ 5:28 pm

  6. I read about that game a long time ago in a book. College football back then was no comparison to today. Michigan had a 5-year stretch where they scored a point a minute. 2 of those seasons NOBODY scored on them. The last unscored-on college team was Colgate in 1948. Nobody will ever do that again, with the advanced offenses, better athletes and more games played at breakneck paces.

    Comment by robmize2013 — October 6, 2016 @ 6:08 pm

  7. Speaking of Kaz, this just in from the Milford Bugle: “Bob Kazinksi, assistant football coach for our own Milford Mudlarks has denied reports that he has talked to LSU officials about the head football coaching job following the recent firing of Les Miles. Affectionately known as Coach Kaz, this is what he had to say in regards to the situation: ‘ I don’t know where these rumors get started but I am absolutely happy coaching under (Head)Coach(Gil)Thorp and am going nowhere. My roots are in Milford and my family and I very much love calling it home.’ Upon learning of the news, Coach Thorp stated ‘While I certainly have no control in the overall scheme of things, I am extremely pleased that Coach Kaz has squelched unconfirmed reports and will remain a Mudlark.’ An LSU spokesperson refused any further comment on the matter.”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — October 6, 2016 @ 7:30 pm

  8. Late in that 222-0 game, the Cumberland quarterback fumbled and the ball bounced toward his fullback. “Pick it up!” the quarterback shouted. “Pick it up, hell,” the fullback replied. “You dropped it.”

    Comment by vaganova — October 7, 2016 @ 8:05 am

  9. Wait… was that touchdown the last play of the game? Did Gil honestly call a deep pass play up by 6 with hardly anytime left on the clock instead of taking a knee to end the game?!?

    Comment by Nate — October 7, 2016 @ 9:09 am


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