This Week in Milford

October 24, 2016

Bark At The Athletic Director

Filed under: Coach Kaz, Gil Thorp, Marjie Ducey — nedryerson @ 3:38 am


This plot is now stuck in the mud, the wheels are spinning, it’s messy and we’re not going anywhere. It’s nice to see Marjie and Gil doing their elaborate dance around the exchange of almost no information.

Panel 3 offers something pretty unique: Coack Kaz in a classroom! We know this is part of the high school coach’s life, but with the blistering pace of this strip and the intricate plotting, we just never get to see the coaches in the academic setting. Well, he’s in a classroom, but that’s about as much as me know. The classroom does have a college lecture hall feel, at least in terms of the seating that we see. I guess that’s not out of place in a modern high school. I wouldn’t know.

I don’t know what the nutty unknown kid is about to suggest to Kaz, but it has to do with The Secret Pelwecki, so hopefully it signals a plot movement. I gotta run and start studying for that pop quiz. I’ve got to look up Timi Tnuii Ivnii? Was that in the textbook or did I miss it in a lecture?






  1. Looks like Kaz made time for a trip to the hairdresser. His hair’s been pretty dark lately, but now it’s back to its “natural” blonde.

    Nightmare fuel in panel 1: Marjie’s head has been removed and clumsily re-attached. And yet she’s smiling through it all.

    Comment by John S. Walters — October 24, 2016 @ 4:53 am

  2. Coach Kaz demonstrating that he doesn’t understand what a pop quiz is.

    Comment by AirForbes — October 24, 2016 @ 5:41 am

  3. I thought Kaz was a substitute geography teacher… and now he’s giving pop quizzes on cuneiform?

    Mass hysteria, I say!

    Comment by billytheskink — October 24, 2016 @ 7:34 am

  4. When I was in high school (or as they say in Milford, “HS,” pronounced “Hiss”), the football coach was Frank McGuinness, known to one and all as “Mugsy.” Whatever smarts he possessed were devoted to football. But they had to have him teach something, so they stuck him with the required course in American Government.

    What was supposed to be a foundation for citizenship turned into a series of memorization exercises. I remember having to regurgitate all the members of the then-President’s cabinet. It was that kind of course, mandated by the state and considered a joke by one and all, which is why they had Mugsy teaching it. Coach Kaz giving students advance warning of a “pop quiz” reminds me of Mugsy, may his soul rest in peace.

    Comment by John S. Walters — October 24, 2016 @ 9:56 am

  5. I’m like AirForbes. I thought pop quizzes were ones that got sprung on us students with no warning. General Custer didn’t have the luxury of smoke signals warning of his impending doom at Little Big Horn. And our feature writer’s hilarious take on Coach Kaz’s scribbling, let alone fortuitous presence in the classroom, prompts me to wax nostalgic once again, hoping the readers are willing to go down Memory Lane one more time. When Vince Packard was assisting Gil, there was a healthy interchange between Vince in the classroom as a Chemistry teacher(shelving Org Chem books or scenes of test tubes, Bunsen burners, and Erlenmeyer flasks peeping over Packard’s shoulder) and Vince on the football field with his Heads up, Hit ’em Hard style. Now, a conversation was overheard in the hallways the other day in relation to this:
    Gil: “Kaz, I didn’t know you taught here. I’m used to seeing your mug at the ball diamond, football field, polo grounds, basketball court, golf course, and the harness-racing track.”
    Kaz:” Yup, Coach, got my endorsements in Algebra and Vulcan.”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — October 24, 2016 @ 12:23 pm

  6. I choose to believe Kaz is actually taking a pop quiz on Toes at this very moment. “How many toes are on my left foot? Hmmmm…. Lesseeee… [begins making hash marks] one, two, three, four, five… Allright! OK, now how many do I got on my right foot? One, two, three, four, five, uh, six, uh seven? Wait, 7? That can’t be right! OK, just gotta keep cool and think this through, Kaz! OK. Lessee, one, two, three, four….”

    Comment by timbuys — October 24, 2016 @ 1:05 pm

  7. I like Timbuys rendition of Coach Kaz too which is why I’m VERY reluctant to comment further(“Whew! That one’s an ingrown toenail. Saved by the bell”) but I cannot resist the temptation. With the Hearher-Burns-to-Siberia direction, fate is twisting my arm and landing me with Gil in Plotline Purgatory. To paraphrase Bob Dylan,

    What time is it, said the Judge to Gil Thorp
    When they met.
    5 to 10, said Gil Thorp. Judge said, That’s what
    you’re GONNA GET.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — October 24, 2016 @ 2:39 pm

  8. As I remember, Gil is a gym teacher and Kaz teaches geography. That would explain the cuneiform if not the non-pop quiz announcement.

    Our football coach in Hiss was the Latin teacher. He held both an AB and a masters in classics from Colgate, with a minor in German, all summa cum laude, and was also the last college player to bring down Syracuse’s Jim Brown with a solo tackle. The players noted that his halftime exhortations often invoked Cicero. Most effective classroom teacher I ever had…

    Comment by vaganova — October 24, 2016 @ 2:45 pm

  9. Maybe it’s a quiz about soda?

    Comment by lauramac — October 24, 2016 @ 4:21 pm

  10. Good point, lauramac– this is the midwest, after all.

    Comment by vaganova — October 24, 2016 @ 5:48 pm

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