This Week in Milford

October 19, 2016

I, For One, Refuse To Believe That Gil’s Flattop Would Wilt In Any But The Most Cataclysmic Deluge

Filed under: freak hands, Gil Thorp, Marty Moon — timbuys @ 7:36 am


Anyone out there familiar with protocols for calling off a game? I would think that if you’re waiting until you see lightning, you’re waiting too long. I do kind of like the notion of Marty losing his vintage 2008 MacBook to a lightning strike though… Also, I kind of like the fact that Marty refers to PUB as home.



  1. Who is that keen observer in panel 1. The lightning bolt lit up the hold stadium but he apparently was the only one to see it.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — October 19, 2016 @ 7:45 am

  2. Meanwhile across the river….

    Comment by Jason — October 19, 2016 @ 7:46 am

  3. Poor, poor Marty Moon. Surrounded by electronics in one of the tallest parts of the stadium. Nobody at the radio station warned him about the incoming storm system, even though that’s one of the primary functions of local radio. I think everybody wants him dead.

    Comment by John S. Walters — October 19, 2016 @ 7:46 am

  4. Following our feature writer’s train of thought, you know Mother Nature is inflicting her revenge in M-town when the refs remove Gil’s hood and see his Herman Munster flattop, normally a pillar of society, reduced to rubble and ruin. No survivors here. And no sleazeball journalism from Marty Moon? That went south and he’s sounding the part of Paul Harvey. You forgot to mention Roach Prufe, Moon. As long as your caustic comments are going the way of Herman’s, er, Gil’s hairline, if the shoe fits, wear it. Anyway, it’s just as well. The refs saw the writing on the wall on this whole plotline and were going to tough it out to see if Heather’s Heriocs could salvage the strip but it was bad enough that Gil’s hair couldn’t stand the heat but when Marty Moon downsized his tone to Captain Kangaroo, it was time to call it a day.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — October 19, 2016 @ 8:21 am

  5. Other than it being the ref’s call, it’s pretty standard now : you see or hear of lightning, get inside. Sure, the flash looked right overhead, but hey – more fun to draw than a tiny flash on the horizon.

    The Ohio policy is:

    Coaches, athletic trainers, athletes, administrators and contest officials should be educated regarding the signs indicating thunderstorm development. Since the average distance between successive lightning flashes is approximately two to three miles ANYTIME that lightning can be seen or heard, the risk is already present. Weather can be monitored using the following methods:
    • Monitor Weather Patterns – Be aware of potential thunderstorms by monitoring local weather
    forecasts the day before and morning of the competition, and by scanning the sky for signs of potential thunderstorm activity.
    • National Weather Service – Weather can also be monitored using small, portable weather radios
    from the NWS. The NWS uses a system of severe storm watches and warnings watch indicates
    conditions are favorable for severe weather to develop in an area; a warning indicates severe weather has been reported in an area, and everyone should take proper precautions. Any thunderstorm poses a risk of injury or death even if it does not meet the criteria for severe weather. Therefore, anytime thunderstorms are in the forecast (even if it is only a 20 percent chance), event organizers should be at a heightened level of awareness to the potential danger of lightning.
    • Evacuation- If lightening is imminent or a thunderstorm is approaching, all personnel, athletes
    and spectators shall evacuate to available safe structures or shelters. A list of the closest safe
    structures should be announced and displayed on placards at all athletic venues.
    • Thirty-minute rule- Competition or practice shall be suspended once lightning has been
    recognized or thunder is heard. It is required to wait at least 30 minutes after the last flash of
    lightning is witnessed or thunder is heard prior to resuming practice or competition. Given the
    average rates of thunderstorm travel, the storm should move 10-12 miles away from the area.
    This significantly reduces the risk of local lightning flashes.

    Comment by Drownedpuppy (@Downpuppy) — October 19, 2016 @ 9:03 am

  6. Speaking of Ohio, Ohio State’s home game a few week’s back against Tulsa was delay for about an hour due to a lightning storm in the area. The players had to wait until 30 minutes after the last flash of thunder before resuming. The following week, OSU’s away game against Oklahoma was delayed because of a lightning storm. And I’ve know a couple of NFL games that were delayed because of one. But I’ve never heard of a game being totally abandoned because of it.

    I just checked the ‘Net. There have been cases of college games being called during the game because of lightning, including a 2011 Western Michigan-Michigan game called of in the third quarter.

    Comment by dougputhoff — October 19, 2016 @ 9:34 am

  7. First tie for the ‘Larks in 12 years. A 13-13, full-length game at Central.

    Comment by billytheskink — October 19, 2016 @ 2:27 pm

  8. Gil has a “you gotta be kidding me!” look on his face. I took the Mudlarks -3! I’m also out of rotgut and the liquor stores closed 15 minutes ago. “You’ll never ref a Mudlark game again, Zebra!”

    Comment by Jive Turkey — October 19, 2016 @ 5:33 pm

  9. What’s with Marty’s “shutting down my electronics”? Is he a Westworld-type android who’s afraid his circuits will fry? (Explains a lot, really.) Why isn’t he WDIG’s officicial Stormtracker weather reporter as a side gig?

    “Heading home? But you are home, Marty.”


    Comment by Dood — October 20, 2016 @ 5:36 am

  10. Dood @9: “Mom, the basement needs waterproofing again!”

    Today’s post up.

    Comment by teenchy — October 20, 2016 @ 5:49 am

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