This Week in Milford

November 29, 2016

Did Gil And Trainer Rick Scott Ever Talk About Heather’s Injury?

Filed under: actual action, football, Gil Thorp, What the hell is going on here? — timbuys @ 12:42 pm


Today’s strip is a truly frustrating one to review. So much packed into so little space when we’ve wasted days on arcane plot twists. In view of that, I will simply point out that it’s pretty great that we now can all refer to Valley Tech as VT.



  1. In panel 1 good ol’ number 72 is trying his darnedest to catch that fleet wideout. Bless his heart, it’s not his fault Gil asks DT’s to drop in coverage on occasion. Who says Thorp isn’t innovative!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — November 29, 2016 @ 1:05 pm

  2. Folks, I have tried to make sense of the passing angles and the position of the VT receiver and the hapless Mudlark defenders desperately trying to catch him along with the angle of the fence and can only conclude that VT’s field sports the dimensions of a rhombus. I initially thought trapezoid but no way could one team stand along the sidelines in such cramped quarters while the team on the other side of the field was free to roam, assuming that to be VT. Talk about home field advantage. Anyway, while I’m getting over these same Mudlarks rising out of a cave, a la Lazurus, I fathom the possibilities. I mean, goal-line stances must be interesting. And a team deep in its OWN territory better hope a screen pass works to perfection because if it’s smelled out, it’s a safety, for sure.
    Whatever Heather has up her sleeve is with the understanding she has an incisive intuition for Plane Geometry. The somewhat predictable script(after an, indeed, arcane view of things noted by our feature writer) in the panels today should egg her along in that regard.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — November 29, 2016 @ 3:15 pm

  3. Nick Hawker so very nonchalantly tosses the football to the referee, as if he were returning a hand towel to the men’s room attendant.

    So much cooler than jumping up and down, or doing a little dance, or pointing to your chest or flexing your muscles. Act like you’ve been there before.

    In doing that, you’re behaving like an anagram of Alec Guinness — with Genuine Class.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — November 29, 2016 @ 3:23 pm

  4. T Drew’s analysis of Mfnrd’s alternative geometry is wonderful. I am hoping that when we get to baseball season, he will go to work on the fact that in the Valley League, the foul lines end at the front corners of the plate, there are steel fences ten feet from the first and third base foul lines, and parallel lines routinely meet.

    Looking forward to that “situationally limited” play. Unexpectedly eligible lineman? TE throwing a forward pass? We will likely know by Saturday.

    Comment by vaganova — November 29, 2016 @ 3:56 pm

  5. Looks like #72 is wearing an old Johnny Unitas-style helmet complete with two-bar face mask. The fellow behind him looks like he’s affixed 3 single bar facemasks to his helmet, which is something that a handful of players did in the 1950s and 60s.

    I admire Valley Tech’s decision not to do the obvious and rip off Virginia Tech’s helmet.

    Comment by billytheskink — November 29, 2016 @ 4:44 pm

  6. Are we playing Quiddtich in P1? (The Harry Potter version, not the real thing.) VT8 is carefully palming the Quaffle; I don’t understand why ‘cuz it has no wings like a Snitch.

    I wonder, did Heather get her nails done for her swan song? Something blood red to match the uni’s? A quick check of the colored panel reveals, “no.”

    As an aside, is that Billy Mays calling the P3 substitution? [R.I.P.]

    Comment by g2design — November 29, 2016 @ 5:11 pm

  7. “A 2-yard plunge by Nick Hawker,” who looks to be about Heather’s size standing next to that hulking ref. So the same coaching brilliance that had the Mudlarks running directly at Heather’s spot while she tried to block a defensive lineman or linebacker, has a tiny scatback running the goal-line plunge. (Albeit a scatback with a truly kick-ass name. Sounds like a flying ace from a British World War I movie.) With this kind of play selection, how in hell does Milford ever win?

    Comment by John S. Walters — November 29, 2016 @ 8:17 pm

  8. Thanks, Vaganova. You da man. Come Spring, I’ll be Harry Callahan with my .44 Magnum(ha).

    To pick up the tag from g2, I’m concerned Coach T. might have contracted Tourette’s syndrome at half time. It’s highly doubtful as the disease is rare in adults but since the plotline has a Karn Evil 9 plotline somewhere betweenthe Gypsy Queen performing on guillotine and the seven virgins and a mule, anything goes.
    And I pray it wasn’t as a result of Exploding Eye Syndrome. God forbid. Can you imagine searching for his eyeball on the ground with all the cleats making tracks? And we thought looking for a lost contact was a pain. If he’s spitting Skoal in a cup…

    “Arrrrrggggghhhh, Matey, get your arse out thar and run the Wing-T, ya lubber, or you ‘n’ yore grimy cohorts’ll be fresh meat for the hammerheads ‘n’ yull be the first awf the plank, Burns!!!!!!!!!!”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — November 29, 2016 @ 9:00 pm

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