This Week in Milford

October 10, 2016

Who’s Snapping?

Filed under: freak hands — nedryerson @ 5:07 am


Heather Burns’ Quarterback Camp continues and Heather’s hands do the talking! Now, that’s freaky!

We find out that Heather inherited her mastery of quarterbacking mechanics from her Dad. She literally inherited it according to her explanation to Moose Pelwecki. I know it because my Dad knows it. That’s really not really how knowledge works, Heather. Certainly, Heather is implying that her Dad taught her these skills and clearly she learned quarterbacking fundamentals in a very formalized manner. We’ll all sit and wonder why until the next installment.


  1. Heather’s dad is Marv Marinovich?

    Comment by billytheskink — October 10, 2016 @ 8:03 am

  2. So now the truth’s out or at least beginning of something that our contributors have been conjecturing for several days although we’re really getting just the Joe Friday version when some criminal or creep says something intended to fix Joe Friday’s wagon and Joe Friday hits that creep with a timely rejoinder followed by music in a minor chord to accentuate Joe Friday’s point. It understandably never surprised our contributors, myself included. It’s kinda wound up like Professor Heather Plum with the pigskin knife in the locker room, game over.
    P2: “You put your left foot in
    You put your left foot out
    You put your left foot in and
    you shake it all about!!
    You do the…THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — October 10, 2016 @ 12:03 pm

  3. The Monmouth Fighting Scots are 5-0, scoring 137 points in the last three games. If Heather’s dad is one of the coaches, he might well know something about offense.

    Comment by Philip — October 10, 2016 @ 2:27 pm

  4. Hadn’t considered that Heather’s father might be the Monmouth coach– I assumed he was a former player there. If he is the coach, that would locate Milford as being near that college in Illinois, and I don’t think Milford has ever been tied to that narrow a location– the implication has always been that it is Hometown, USA, with readers free to project their favorite small town onto it. There is a Monmouth University in New Jersey, but I think we can agree Mfnrd is not a Derty Jerzee kind of town.

    Comment by vaganova — October 10, 2016 @ 2:50 pm

  5. “10:35AM on October 10th. It was cool in Milford with a slight breeze blowing throughout the city. The forecast called for showers later. We were assign to the Special Investigations Unit, a branch of the Milford Police Department dealing with questionable and unusual activities and transactions. The boss is Captain Kazinski. My partner Gannon and I were sent to stake out a rendezvous involving some people who had graced the football field at infrequent intervals. We were bracing for the worst.”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — October 10, 2016 @ 2:54 pm

  6. Not to make too much of location, I am thinking that if Burns Sr were coaching, it would more likely be at the more ambiguously situated “State.” Other than for the unidentifiable “Central City,” Mfnrd plays in the Valley League against similarly imaginary opponents, and each year takes on teams from various parts of the country. One year they played games against teams here in central New York.

    Comment by vaganova — October 10, 2016 @ 5:10 pm

  7. The strip’s creator, Jack Berrill, lived in Connecticut and said the strip “definitely” took place in Connecticut. There have been at least two other writers since Berrill died (about 20 years ago), and any sense of Connecticutty place is no longer evident.

    Current writer Neal Rubin is a longtime newspaper writer in Detroit, but as far as I know he has made no representations about the strip’s location.

    Comment by John S. Walters — October 10, 2016 @ 5:39 pm

  8. John S is right. And there is definitely nothing Connecticutty about Mfnrd in the present. It feels much more like “unsituated small town midwest,” but as I say, Rubin does try to include the rest of the country by having Gil’s teams play in other regions.

    Comment by vaganova — October 11, 2016 @ 7:43 am

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