This Week in Milford

November 9, 2016

The Disaster We All Predicted


If Heather is the second or third string TE, then why in the heck would you have her in on plays where you anticipated the TE blocking? I suppose it is a twelfth dimensional chess move on Gil’s part only the results are just what you’d expect and, indeed, was predicted repeatedly in comments.

Not sure the size discrepancy is really to blame in panel one, however, as I’m not sure how HE’s elbow to elbow blocking technique is supposed to work.

Minus points: Can’t the narration box play along with our latest game here at TWIM? That should be the LB and DE shrugging HE off…



  1. Gil coaches in his first tie in over a decade earlier this year, multiple ties in the NFL, even one in MLB this year… but not in the election. This has nothing to do with this strip, but it would have been a heck of a prop bet.

    Oh yeah, and Rubin finally remembered some of the disadvantages Heather might have at tight end. To his credit, he did it before Gil did…

    Comment by billytheskink — November 9, 2016 @ 8:47 am

  2. You’d want to have Heather in on some running plays just as a decoy if anything, but you wouldn’t run straight at her position. You’d send the RB up the middle or around the other end.

    Also, I don’t know who that chump #44 is (I’m sure billytheskink could tell us), but in panel 1 he’s clearly got the outside edge and acres of open field in front of him. Did he just stand there while the LB caught up with him?

    And while I’m quibbling… Heather could be an effective blocker, but not straight-up face-to-face. She could do very well undercutting a defender or simply getting in the way long enough to let the play develop. Lots of small players find ways to block effectively, and she’s supposed to have a mastery of football technique.

    Comment by John S. Walters — November 9, 2016 @ 10:47 am

  3. Nick Hawker (or “Hawkins”, as Gil originally called him) and 4th-year player Austin Shuford are stated to be Milford’s running backs this year. Hawker appears to be #30 in a couple of strips, so we can reasonably assume that #44 is Shuford.

    Comment by billytheskink — November 9, 2016 @ 11:14 am

  4. I still keep wondering about the ‘tight end’ status of H.E. Isn’t Rubin a sportswriter as his day job? Certainly you wouldn’t put a frail young woman as a ‘tight end’, which is usually a person who is large and strong enough to do blocking as much of their role. I would think Heather would be more of a split end or wide receiver, whose blocking is usually more on downfield situations rather than straight up against defensive ends.

    But another point, blocking is about positioning and technique more than size alone. And what makes this story even screwier. H.E. gets on the field because she can catch the football? What about the teammates who’ve had four years of learning how to block, tackle, follow the playbook, etc?

    Of course, that’s just an example of why this site is such a favorite diversion for me every day (and I miss it on Sundays!) This is the most insane comic and so fun to snark. I hope it never goes away.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — November 9, 2016 @ 11:24 am

  5. Good luck blocking LB in open field. She’d be more effective in a cross block double team on a d lineman. I know from experience as a 110 lb TE my freshman year in high school.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — November 9, 2016 @ 12:28 pm

  6. Once again, I am wondering where Rubin is going with his story … or if he knows. I guess Moose may get a few snaps at QB if a game turns into a rout, but no reader will feel cheated if he doesn’t. Heather got onto the field for a few snaps, and has apparently reached her limitations, so there’s no suspense there. Marty may do some ranting about something. I stopped wondering what would happen next when I realized nothing has happened so far. Moon, you’re right: snarking is all the fun we can get here.

    Comment by Philip — November 9, 2016 @ 3:05 pm

  7. Gilbert repeatedly puts his smallest, weakest, least experienced blocker on a defensive end and runs plays in her direction because COACHING!

    Jesus Fucking Christ he is an idiot…

    Comment by Hitorque — November 9, 2016 @ 3:56 pm

  8. Our beloved New Thayer meanie could have a statutory rape charge slapped on him if his tackling technique on HE Burns resembles P2. He’ll have more than the Hanson Brothers(academic ineligibility be damned, Steve Hanson’s rollin’ back his sleeves) swarming around him, Coach Kaz might forget he’s an adult, etc. I mean, this could get ugly.
    And as John S. mentioned, where in the H— is Marty Moon? We have been left hanging, anticipating the slime that we’re assuming he was going to spew while reading from the newspaper a few panels ago and it metamorphosed into Rollerball.
    But the way the plot’s going, perhaps I’ve answered my own question.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — November 9, 2016 @ 5:24 pm

  9. OK, today’s strip laid out for the casual observer what we’ve been saying all along, that in high school, tight ends are usually 6-2, 225 lb types who love to dispense attitude and that this is a stretch for the skills tee, Heather.

    The extensive exposition concerning Palooka (and again, I mean no discourtesy toward the actual Mr Pelwecki, whom I salute) is here for a reason. Waiting for the Burns/Palooka story to develop.

    Comment by vaganova — November 9, 2016 @ 9:47 pm

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