This Week in Milford

November 14, 2016

Super (Not) Moon

Filed under: actual action, football, Gil Thorp, Marty Moon — nedryerson @ 4:31 am


This is a double whammy. In the previous strip, we had a close-up of Marty with a wry smile and a mischievous look that seemed to promise some cutting remark. It was probably just a trick of the light since Marty offered nothing caustic, just a lame wrap-up of the previous game. Now today we get the oft repeated scene of a feckless Marty asking a presumptuous question with Gil offering a snarky answer with a withering stare. There’s no more potential for Marty Moon. He doesn’t have any axes to grind. He’s just lazy and clueless. C’mon Rubin, throw us a bone every once and a while.

Meanwhile, football. Oh no, starting QB Hakeem Archer fighting of the amorous advances of a two Tilden defenders!




  1. There’s kind of a problem here. Apparently Rubin wants to make “Milford’s first female football player” a key element in his storyline without the faintest hint of misogyny. Okay, nicely progressive. But there’s no conflict, which is a necessary element for a good story.

    So what next? Will Milford’s Quibs start dropping like flies? Will we get to #5 on the depth chart, unleashing The Secret Pelwecki? Will Heather reveal that she can throw as well as catch, and be the first female Quib in Milford history? If she does, will anyone bat an eyelash?

    Stay tuned. Or not.

    Comment by John S. Walters — November 14, 2016 @ 5:29 am

  2. Tilden may have put up 42 points against Jefferson, but Jefferson was named after a victorious presidential candidate… (though Tilden did win the popular vote)

    Comment by billytheskink — November 14, 2016 @ 8:21 am

  3. Gil with the smug, snarky Belichickian response, which almost always gets contradicted by the next action panel… Not by coincidence that the real Belichick lost last night, too… Piss on both of those assholes…

    Comment by Hitorque — November 14, 2016 @ 8:28 am

  4. We’ll probably have our offense show up. Or we’ll just send Heather because she can do it all. Gil is a complete and udder (combo cow tit (boob) and cow pie ) turd.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — November 14, 2016 @ 9:52 am

  5. Saw today’s headline and thought the column was going to be about me. Oh well.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — November 14, 2016 @ 10:47 am

  6. Most GT plot developments fall into one of two categories, those which are telegraphed so clearly that one cannot miss them (True Standish choosing Mfnrd) or those so utterly inexplicable that no one could anticipate them. The present one I am not sure of yet. But I have an odd sensation which JT perhaps shares, that– plausibility be damned– the suggestion of playing Palooka as Queeb has been a mere feint, and that Palooka will be the Tee and Heather will be the Queeb. Then, of course, there’s the issue of who plays guard, and of what happens to Hakeem’s other three backups…

    Comment by vaganova — November 14, 2016 @ 11:26 am

  7. I think one of the QB options between Hakeem and Moose is: True’s old helmet.
    John, you hit it. There’s no sense of conflict, of someone striving toward a goal against obstacles. Just a pretty-fair HS football team that wants to win its next game, and there’s nothing special about that. Maybe Tolstoy could do something with this … introduce an industrial solvent salesman, or something …

    Comment by Philip — November 14, 2016 @ 12:18 pm

  8. Philip, John S, well done. While I have been floating hypothetical plot lines, you have accurately pointed out that there is no actual conflict at present, other than Palooka’s wish to play quarterback, which has not been mentioned in about two weeks. With the industrial solvent salesman in jail and Herk the Mauler off stage for three years, it may take a blimp accident to close this story.

    Comment by vaganova — November 14, 2016 @ 3:19 pm

  9. Vaganova, perfect! Five seconds left against Valley Tech, the Mudlarks decimated by injuries, Moose lofts a prayer to Heather, and it’s intercepted. As the clock runs out, Marty moans, “Oh, the humanity …”

    Comment by Philip — November 14, 2016 @ 4:19 pm

  10. Long time fans of Gil Thorp seem to have expectations that certain recurring elements be featured. The season opening recitation of the players names and positions; the annual Milford bonfire (Rubin has disappointed a lot of readers by skipping that one this year), and Marty Moon stirring up trouble or at least trying to get Gil’s goat during an interview. Has Rubin run out of obnoxious things for Marty to do and say? If he just needs exposition, Marjie Ducey can fill that role.

    On the other hand, I think no one misses the recurring summer golf plots we had for a number of years.

    Comment by AirForbes — November 14, 2016 @ 7:03 pm

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