This Week in Milford

November 3, 2016

Milford 26, Goshen 10, Suspension of Disbelief 36

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Two games in four days and we saw what, one play?

Something tells me unamused eavesdropping blonde with the blunt cut is going to blow H.E. Burns’ cover to Marty or Marjie. Something else tells me she’s probably a soccer-playing mean girl with a personal axe to grind and a desire to see the nail sticking up hammered down.

Very short post today as a very long work day ahead and no, I did not stay up for the end of the World Series. Congrats to all you long-suffering Cub fans out there and, as to you long-suffering Tribe fans out there, I feel your pain. Here’s hoping for a Mariners-Nationals World Series next year.

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  1. Maybe they *did* know she was in the game and just didn’t care?? Because girls playing high school football has been a thing for awhile now…

    Comment by Hitorque — November 3, 2016 @ 6:23 am

  2. I wonder what that lunch lady is thinking back there.

    Comment by nedryerson — November 3, 2016 @ 6:46 am

  3. Coming up next week: Gil comes up with the brilliant idea of making “H.E. Burns” wear a fake beard so he can make the ruse stick…

    Comment by Hitorque — November 3, 2016 @ 6:56 am

  4. I wonder if this Triumph Of The Girl plotline is a make-good for Rubin’s cavalier treatment of Boo Radley in the spring/summer. I have to think he got some blowback from regular GT readers, and not just here at TWIM.

    Comment by John S. Walters — November 3, 2016 @ 7:12 am

  5. They kept the secret for one whole game, may as well keep doing it until the reveal makes for an interesting plot device. Hey, it worked in the Gabe Kaplan classic Fast Break… and that was basketball. Swish didn’t have the benefit of a helmet or pads to hide her gender.

    Heather talking about this with her teenage friends in the cafeteria, of course, is a lousy way to keep a secret.

    Comment by billytheskink — November 3, 2016 @ 7:13 am

  6. As someone who used to make a point of attending Opening Day at Wrigley every year (back when tickets were always easy to get), last night was something else.

    Back to the comic: What is with ‘Easy, Dad’? Is HE not from around here? Everyone else from Milford would’ve said ‘Ease up’.

    Finally, while I’m in tune with John S.’ point regarding this being a make-good, I would very much be interested in getting a panel or two depicting people giving Pete De Windte’s normal back up grief for losing snaps to a girl.

    Comment by timbuys — November 3, 2016 @ 8:19 am

  7. @John S. Walters: Somewhere down in North Carolina, True Standish is still humping the memory of his onetime girlfriend-turned-fuck buddy….

    Comment by Hitorque — November 3, 2016 @ 11:53 am

  8. @John S. Walters: Wait a minute — What “cavalier treatment” did Boo Radley get? Her death had a longer mourning period than JFK’s….

    Comment by Hitorque — November 3, 2016 @ 11:55 am

  9. Hitorque: Her death itself was depicted in an almost laughably cartoonish way. (Two collisions? Why not three or four or everyone in Milford piling on?)

    But that’s a relatively minor point. The bigger one is this: Her life and death were reduced to mere McGuffins — simple devices to advance the plot. It wasn’t about Boo the person, it was about how True became a better man through is suffering. You could have had the same exact plot without killing Boo. She could have been injured in a crash caused by a teammate’s father, and the boys could have learned the same life lessons.

    More broadly, it was all about the boys. The girls played only a bit part in the death of a star of their softball team. Boo’s death may have gotten a lot of strip time, but it wasn’t quality time.

    Comment by John S. Walters — November 3, 2016 @ 12:38 pm

  10. Teenchy, your observation on the Sphinx in P1 has inspired me to point out that she is Single White Female only now a soccer mom who still has a fetish for stealing identities. Good luck this time around. Aside from Marty Moon’s lack of awareness to the wart in plain sight on somebody’s butt going for her(hey, the strip’s almost 60 years old, Alzheimer’s is due to seep through his cranium), there is little hope in usurping Heather Burns unless she can transpose her frame into the shoulder pads while H. E. Burns is sent up the river in a body bag. SWF, why don’t you target Mrs. Butterworth in P3 instead?
    While we’re enduring this Hallmark moment, who’s #2(#3, etc.) on the tight end depth chart? Gilligan?
    (Skipper, while swiping his cap up side Gilligan’s head) “Oh, Gilligan, you were supposed to run a double out right, didn’t you read the playbook Coach Thorp handed out?”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — November 3, 2016 @ 4:42 pm

  11. Wait a minute– is the girl in the right foreground in the cafeteria (panel 3) the same one as the Sphinx in panel 1, or is the Chief simply recycling?

    Comment by vaganova — November 3, 2016 @ 6:27 pm

  12. Pops said awesome. Seems more of a neato-keen kind of guy . Wouldn’t Kenzie been more likely to play for boys basketball team than this chick playing TE?
    Moon not knowing about this is absurd. Same goes for the tank towns folk. I picture some of the ham n eggers in this town like the ones in the movie All the Right Moves. They would vandalize Gil’s house after a tough loss. And would surely know that a broad has infiltrated the team .

    Comment by Jive Turkey — November 3, 2016 @ 9:17 pm

  13. @John S. Walters: Yeah, I’ll definitely agree that it was dumb to let the story be all about True and how the death affected HIM, as if that was all that mattered…

    It was especially weird given that they were no longer dating at the time, yet True became the sole guardian and caretaker of Boo’s “legacy”

    Comment by Hitorque — November 4, 2016 @ 6:52 am

  14. John S. Walters said : “Her death itself was depicted in an almost laughably cartoonish way.”

    If only Boo had been run over by Gabe Kaplan…..

    Comment by Moon Mullins — November 4, 2016 @ 7:12 pm


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