This Week in Milford

November 28, 2016

What’s The Big Idea?

Filed under: Coach Kaz, Gil Thorp, Prairie Style Windows — nedryerson @ 4:28 am


Remember how we haven’t seen The Secret Pelwecki in ages? Well, there he is on the way to Valley Tech. He must play a role in Heather’s idea. I hope it’s a good idea. Gil and Kaz can’t generate ideas themselves.



  1. Kaz’ reaction is just perfect. “Ehh, it sucks, but WE sure as hell don’t have any ideas, so why not.”

    Hopefully Heather’s brainstorm involves The Secret Pelwecki lining up at QB, thus flummoxing the Valley Tech Jerks’ defense. (I do hope “Jerk” is their mascot, and not a generic jerk. I’m talking the Steve Martin movie. At key moments in the game, the cheerleaders chant “The new phone books are here! The new phone books are here!”) In the meantime, we can ponder the question, How can this dumbass maintain academic eligibility?

    Comment by John S. Walters — November 28, 2016 @ 6:29 am

  2. I’m almost half-anticipating the following Monty Python-laced storyline:
    “Coach, c’mon, you gotta try this one. What have we got to lose, especially when our big rivals are gonna be jerks anyway plus they’ve already sniffed out the plot.”
    “Heather, I told you before, NO. I appreciate you’re wanting to help the team but enough’s enough. I didn’t expect a Spanish Inquisition.”
    BOOM BOOM BOOOOOMMMM!!!!!!!! The entire city of Milford shakes on a Richter Scale of 6.7 accompanied by a saturnine jingle.
    Moose takes off his capuche.
    “Awright, Heather, I’ll run it by Coach Kaz and see what he thinks. No guarantees.”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — November 28, 2016 @ 7:53 am

  3. And, as of the end of today’s strip, we still don’t know what Heather’s idea is! Rubin sure knows how to draw out the tension! Robert Ludlum, meet the master!
    Whatever will it be? Have Moose hand the ball off without dropping it? Install the Wing T? Place a Little Free Library on the 30 yard line so the Valley Tech defenders will get distracted reading “Building a Plot Line for Dummies”?

    Comment by Philip — November 28, 2016 @ 7:54 am

  4. 1. LOL, giving a “senior” increased playing time in her last game even though she only joined the fucking team mid-season as an emergency replacement…

    2. Heather Harbaugh is cooking up some bullshit “TE option pass” trick play where she’ll get to throw for a touchdown, isn’t she?

    3. So the secret to Mr./Mrs.Thorp’s coaching success is to sit around on their ass all day and wait for a student or one of their players to spring up out of the blue and say “Hey coach! I have an idea!”

    4. Even by Milfordian standards, this storyline was craptastic… Easily one of the worst ever….

    Comment by Hitorque — November 28, 2016 @ 8:27 am

  5. The Secret Pelwecki is asking a good question here, Milford has won 12 of their last 13 against Valley Tech.

    I sincerely hope Heather’s idea involves the Wing T. I rather enjoyed how angry it made Valley Tech coach Hank Dixon that one time.

    Comment by billytheskink — November 28, 2016 @ 8:36 am

  6. @billytheskink:

    1. Gil, as always is a dick during the postgame handshake… Even Bill Belichick thinks Gil lacks a bit of class, professionalism and sportsmanship.

    2. What year is that from? Where the fuck does that old dude get off saying the Wing-T isn’t “real football”? Believe me, for folks of a certain age, the Wing-T, Maryland I, Power I and Wishbone were the last true vestiges of “real football”…

    Comment by Hitorque — November 28, 2016 @ 8:58 am

  7. I suspect Heather goes in, Valley knows its a pass, and the Secret Pelwecki has a hand in the Ol’ Statue of Liberty play.

    Comment by Ol'Froth — November 28, 2016 @ 9:06 am

  8. After winning state Milford still doesn’t have an equipment bus?

    Comment by Jive Turkey — November 28, 2016 @ 9:26 am

  9. @ Hitorque

    That strip is from 2007. Coach Dixon’s rant about the Wing-T is probably supposed to be less genuine hatred of the offense and more sour grapes for Valley Tech’s undefeated season being spoiled by a Milford team that was 2-6 coming into the game.

    Hank Dixon isn’t Gil’s brightest contemporary… Milford again brings out the Wing-T against Valley Tech in 2008, using it to sell play action passes this time, and again routs Valley Tech.

    Comment by billytheskink — November 28, 2016 @ 10:42 am

  10. @billytheskink: Which is weird, because the mid-00 decade was when a lot of paleo offenses like the Single Wing and Wing-T were en vogue on the high school level, so it’s not like it should have been a shock to Dixon…

    I’m assuming Milford was running the original Wing-T which is quite old and fairly rare instead of the Delaware Wing-T, which is widespread in high school and colllege…

    Comment by Hitorque — November 28, 2016 @ 12:41 pm

  11. Formations seem to make a big difference mostly when the teams are of equal talent. Otherwise, the team with the better players usually wins, at least at the high school level. In my region, one of the most successful teams has been using the short punt formation– with a disruptive shift– since about 1950 and still succeeds with it. The last time any significant number of teams used that formation was probably during Roosevelt’s first term.

    Comment by vaganova — November 28, 2016 @ 3:03 pm

  12. Teddy or Franklin Roosevelt?

    All this talk about old formations reminds me of one of the applicants Gil interviewed for the assistant job that Kaz ultimately got. Mr. “The single-wing worked when I was playing, and by gum, it’ll work today!” Had he not found Kaz and his knack for knowing things about two tight ends and isolating safeties, Gil should have hired him. The rest of the interviews were worse, a lot worse than a guy trying to sell an antiquated offense.

    Comment by billytheskink — November 28, 2016 @ 4:50 pm

  13. Quite the stack of coffee apparatus there in P2 – I’m impressed. In fact, it might be the most impressive thing so far in this arc. HOWEVER ( that’s a big however), I do like Ol’Froth’s S.O.L. play call.

    Comment by g2design — November 28, 2016 @ 8:08 pm

  14. @g2design All of that coffee-making stuff is just so they have something to mix the good stuff with when they pour it from a flask or a bottom-drawer bottle.

    Comment by J.D. Springer — November 29, 2016 @ 9:46 am

  15. @vaganova: Short punt formation?? I’d really like to see that someday… Please tell me this high school is on youtube or something

    @billytheskink: I don’t know how old that coach was supposed to be exactly, but he was 100% right that the Single Wing works just fine today:

    Comment by Hitorque — November 29, 2016 @ 4:46 pm

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