This Week in Milford

October 27, 2016

Playing Around with Kaz and Dad

Filed under: Coach Kaz, exposition comics, football, Gil Thorp, Prairie Style Windows — teenchy @ 4:35 am


More exposition (and a whole bunch of double entendres) implying that Daddy Burns has been teaching Heather to catch as well as throw.  I agree with the TWIM hive mind that if the Mudlark braintrust is considering her as TE Pete DeWindt’s replacement they should be finding out if she can block as well. As has also been postulated, maybe Gil will introduce the spread. Can Hakeem or The Secret Pelwecki execute the Mouse Davis run and shoot?

There’s a possible backstory to this father/daughter relationship (besides the usual sports parent living vicariously through his children angle we’re treated to in this strip) that merits exploring but I doubt we’ll get much of it. Instead I’m going to focus on the little things in today’s installment:

1) Our beloved Prairie Style Windows make an appearance in P1, but the oddly proportioned football has my attention. Doesn’t it look like it’s made of milk chocolate and wrapped in tinfoil?

b) Damn them’s some big apples in the Burns kitchen. What kind do you reckon they are?

iii) I’m getting a bit of an Uncle Charley vibe from Daddy Burns in P3. You?



  1. “You know, Heather, when I was in the Merchant Marines … “

    Comment by Dood — October 27, 2016 @ 6:51 am

  2. The football in panel 1 looks like a chocolate version that’s been sitting on a heating vent for a few minutes. On the other hand, Heather is holding it like it’s a Faberge egg.

    Comment by John S. Walters — October 27, 2016 @ 7:25 am

  3. Sure, everyone wants to talk about the misshapen football – and I totally understand that – but I think what we really need to be discussing is just what the hell is going on with Kaz’s ear. We don’t have a Freak Ear tag but….

    Comment by timbuys — October 27, 2016 @ 7:39 am

  4. What the hell is Up High and In the Dirt? Is this some mind of Milford folk lore like kick the can?

    Comment by Bobby Joe — October 27, 2016 @ 8:07 am

  5. I think that there’s a misspelled word in P3. They spelled “asinine” as “cool”.

    Comment by Jim — October 27, 2016 @ 9:03 am

  6. Bowl of eggplant, a Burns household tradition.

    Comment by billytheskink — October 27, 2016 @ 9:37 am

  7. I’m wondering if a double switch is in the offing. I could see Kenzie Hanley as “a tackle with hands” more readily that I can Heather, but she is drawn as of similar size to the boys on the team, so it’s not impossible, especially since her blocking technique is probably as good as the rest of the package. Maybe there is a big receiver of some kind who can move to tight end with Heather taking that players position? Doesn’t everyone want two players learning new positions in the middle of the season? Will Burns Sr, who has been teaching his daughter football, agree to her playing with the boys? Will success spoil Leo DiCaprio?

    Comment by vaganova — October 27, 2016 @ 11:47 am

  8. Hey, what happened to Bub?

    Comment by nedryerson — October 27, 2016 @ 1:21 pm

  9. “Heather, please don’t squeeze the Charmin!!!!!”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — October 27, 2016 @ 3:19 pm

  10. @vaganova – Well, if there is one thing we can be sure of, it is that USA Youth Rugby would be absolutely A-OK with Kenzie playing varsity football.

    Comment by timbuys — October 27, 2016 @ 4:41 pm

  11. Yes, timbuys, they ignored her foray into basketball, not to mention assault.

    Comment by vaganova — October 27, 2016 @ 4:48 pm

  12. I’d be fine with the Return of Kenzie Hanzley! She’s fun. Of course, we’d probably have a rollicking good plot line for a bit, and then it goes off the rails when… I don’t know, Heather & Kenzie are running drills and a mysterious grand piano falls on them.

    The rest of the semester is devoted to Maxwell Bacon’s descent into mopiness: we find out he’s a concert pianist in his free time (WHO KNEW?) but now his traumatic pianophobia means he can’t accept that spot at Juilliard.

    Comment by lauramac — October 27, 2016 @ 5:08 pm

  13. Anything to take the girls from center stage, lauramac– you know the drill.

    Comment by vaganova — October 27, 2016 @ 5:15 pm

  14. What bullshit – first, my state is already in to the playoffs starting tomorrow, (fine time to be breaking in new blood) second, how the hell dont they have ONE other tight end in the whole system thats better the a girl who”s never played a down, 3rd, how can she just know all the plays already, 4th, yes, can she block a 250-pound defensive end or linebacker, 5th, what about permission from both her parents AND her doctor?? I cant believe that all of a sudden TE is a vital cog in Thorps offense when they havent done a goddam thing in 50 years?? Cant wait to post tommorow.

    Comment by robmize2013 — October 27, 2016 @ 6:34 pm

  15. I think we can agree that tight end is an unlikely position for a girl bucking onto the football team. Most of the time, a girl on team is a kicker, punter, or holder. But never forget Mfnrd is an alternate reality…

    Comment by vaganova — October 27, 2016 @ 9:33 pm

  16. Teenchy, the Uncle Charley is hilarious and pretty well nails it. I was going to contribute a lightweight Archie Andrews when he’s in his ’40’s and had played some football, thanks to words of wisdom that eventually sunk in from Coach Kleats. Now our latter-day Archie is discussing football with his daughter over martini and rocks. And Robmize, your points are well-taken and I hope you nail this plot at Calvary(our state has also begun the Playoffs), but in Milford, when you have to railroad a player on the team at midstream, all you have to do is go to Milford Pharmacy and Rent-a-Physician and do all the normal procedures to fast-forward a potential Mudlark, including checking for cavities. The rental must be returned within 48 hours with no damages(there is a fee) but there is a 15 minute grace period, accounting for rush hour in Milford. It’s quick, it’s easy, and in Milford, IT’S THE LAW.

    edit: Hi T. Drew. Your post got stuck in moderation so I approved it. Not sure what happened to put it there. Thanks for your contributions, they’ve been fun! – teenchy

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — October 28, 2016 @ 7:30 am

  17. Teenchy, thank you for the kind words. My wicked sense of humor serves me well. I draw a lot from one of my idols, Mark Twain. Plus my nieces and nephews, my sister and my dad egg me on. I shoulda been fired from several places where I worked but my fluency in Spanish plus the productivity that I guess was as a result of the high morale that(some would say anyway) my humor incited kept management from showing me the door(ha). My philosophy on humor is based on a scene in Good Morning Vietnam where one of the DJs comes up to Adrian Cronauer(Robin Williams) and asks
    “Sir, can you say something funny NOW?”
    “I doubt it.”
    I may not get it out of me RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND but if I have fun with it and relax and let it flow, it’s amazing what’s funny.
    And the coup de grace?
    I never print anything I wouldn’t laugh at myself.
    Thanks again for the note.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — October 28, 2016 @ 7:08 pm

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