This Week in Milford

November 19, 2016

Gil, Kaz and Coach Shaw Weren’t Busy Doing Anything Else Apparently


Panels one and three are plenty ridiculous, but panel two is a cornucopia of Milford weirdness. Had I more time and inspiration, I would try to track down the vintage of whatever monitor that might be or, at least, I would make a joke about how Gil had coasters stacked on either side of it.

Unseen footage: I would love to have a strip with one of the AP teachers complaining to Dr. Pearl about all of the bullshit passes Gil sends to excuse students from class on the flimsiest of pretenses.

Updated to add ‘freak hands’ tag… don’t look too long at Heather’s wrist in P1 if you know what’s good for you.



  1. Level 10 Mary Sue alert!

    Jesus Christ… Do Kaz+Gil realize they’re getting paid to do this shit and they’re getting outclassed by a 17-year-old girl?

    So what happened to her ambition to be a physical trainer after graduation? Are we just supposed to forget about that now?

    Comment by Hitorque — November 19, 2016 @ 6:33 am

  2. I’m glad Heat’s wearing the blonde wig today. Coaches would have ignored her in the brown one she wore yesterday.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — November 19, 2016 @ 7:30 am

  3. Man, doesn’t that Coach Shaw ever shut up?

    Comment by un1quename — November 19, 2016 @ 10:38 am

  4. Heather: “OK, they ran a cover two, Tampa most of the time, so the Mike has the inside vertical seam. They would have been vulnerable to the flat or any kind of a check down, but we had a 150 pound tight end for some reason. After they went up by two touchdowns, they went to Green two. Their front four were able to scoop to the open side A gap all night long, and we never adjusted.”
    Gil: “Yeah … ”
    Heather: “They played better than we did.”
    Gil: “Yeah …”
    Heather: “Isn’t it going to be time for basketball before long?”
    Gil: “Yeah …”

    Comment by Philip — November 19, 2016 @ 11:03 am

  5. What is it with that mysterious streak that frequently plagues the Milford scene? Taking Downpuppy’s cue(you NAILED it, my friend), is that the reason why Heather was the Clairol girl yesterday and is Lynn Anderson NOW? She could show up onstage at the Grand Ole Opry and nobody would know the difference.
    Does that explain, judging by her hand, her distant relation to C-3PO(“bleepybloopyreekyroopbeepbop””No, R2, I beg to differ. I submit that a blocking scheme on the safety blitz would be deemed most appropriate.”)? Otherwise,
    A) Gil’s computer screen is beset with a bug OR somebody from outer space is trying to reach us(“Do not adjust your set, earthling, WE control the transmission”).
    B) That’s the sorriest excuse of a lightning bolt to grace the sky.
    I don’t know if the latest edition of the Manhattan Transfer in P3 has an answer to that or to offensive adjustments for the upcoming game but we’ll see.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — November 19, 2016 @ 11:30 am

  6. I am eager to learn what “it” is that is “There again.” Envelopes of money being slipped to the referees so they don’t call holding? Kevin Palooka falling for the same head fake every time Tilden goes right? If it is anything like Philip’s simulation I know I will not understand it. I’m an old soccer player, where the most complex instructions you normally get are at the level of “Drop the man and pick up the space!”

    Comment by vaganova — November 19, 2016 @ 11:56 am

  7. Or in my case (I was a defender) “DON’T let him turn!”

    Comment by vaganova — November 19, 2016 @ 11:58 am

  8. I mean, there’s a country somewhere in South America or Africa whose flag has its design based upon Gil’s screen in P2.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — November 19, 2016 @ 12:31 pm

  9. Congo Republic?

    Comment by vaganova — November 19, 2016 @ 12:44 pm

  10. I have stayed away maybe just long enough.

    I’m really enjoying that unmoored P3 speech balloon. Did Coach Shaw blurt it out his innermost thoughts, but then think better; letting the words drift to the floor and hoping nobody heard it? Maybe Heather’s going third-person on us(?) She does have many talents; ventriloquism too?

    Well, the puck’s in the net. We’ll credit Shaw’s bicep with the goal and give Heather a single assist.

    Comment by g2design — November 19, 2016 @ 1:25 pm

  11. The unmoored speech balloon probably resulted from wanting to show the characters without a looong arrow connecting the dialog to the person. As it is, though, the effect is that the two possible speakers are Heather’s collarbone and Coach Shaw’s sternum. What’s missing is the thought balloon over Gil’s head, “Vaffanculo, why didn’t I see that?”

    Comment by vaganova — November 19, 2016 @ 2:26 pm

  12. Good one, Vaganova

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — November 19, 2016 @ 4:28 pm

  13. Oh(lightly slapping my forehead), I forgot, Patty Duke had an identical cousin. They just had different hair colors. Patty’s cousin is the one with the athletic genes in the family. She played on the Freshman team and sat out the Reserve team one year when she pulled a muscle.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — November 19, 2016 @ 4:32 pm

  14. Does anyone else see a hint of Cdr Will Riker in this iteration of Coach Shaw? Red Alert! Shields up!

    Comment by vaganova — November 19, 2016 @ 5:50 pm

  15. I’m guessing those aren’t coasters around the monitor, but piles of 3.5″ floppy disks (which weren’t exactly floppy but still called that for some reason, likely to keep people from getting confused because the older, bigger disks were truly floppy). If that’s what those are, the computer is so vintage timbuys would likely have a very difficult time tracking down the hardware, no matter how much time and inspiration he had.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — November 19, 2016 @ 6:10 pm

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