This Week in Milford

May 8, 2017

Trust Me… I Know

Filed under: Gil Thorp — nedryerson @ 5:40 am


Ryan “Cane” Van Auken has a reputation as a hot head. He has famously lost his cool, establishing a reputation known as far away as Central City.

Gil Thorp has been doing this for awhile. He’s coached a wide assortment of socially maladapted athletes. He specializes in (eventually) addressing seething, young adult rage.

These two characters come together now to finally get this plot going. If Dafne and “Fake News” Heenan get any more play this Spring, I’ll be shocked.



  1. “I’ve been doing this for awhile. Sixty years, in fact. There’s a portrait of Old Gil Thorp in my attic.”

    Comment by John S. Walters — May 8, 2017 @ 6:48 am

  2. It’s a little early in the plot for Gil to start caring, isn’t it? Shouldn’t he be waiting until the situation is completely out of control and substantial damage has been done and his team is eliminated from the playdowns? PLOT TWIST: This so-called “Gil” is an imposter.

    Comment by Drew Funk — May 8, 2017 @ 6:54 am

  3. Gil needs to remind his players that he’s been doing this for a while, because he so rarely comes across to them as an experienced coach, I guess.

    Comment by billytheskink — May 8, 2017 @ 7:10 am

  4. I agree with drewfunk. Usually Mr. Brady shows Greg or Peter or Bobby the errors of their ways at the END of the episode, they pull up their bootstraps, we move on to the next episode/sport. What are we going to do with all this dead time? Watch Dafne Duck gouge the Milford Little League Association about overspending on the ICEE machine? Watch Moose Pelwicki(he IS on the baseball team; the plotline gods had to put him SOMEWHERE) throw out his arm while hitting the cutoff, therefore rendered totally useless as a crack QB(The Experiment Part 2: Life Beyond Heather) in the upcoming season? Maybe we can check the activities calender at the minimum-security facility where Mr. Bader is in custody. Those shuffleboard tournaments can get cutthroat.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — May 8, 2017 @ 8:34 am

  5. Man, I think we hit the motherload of pissy-faces per panel with today’s strip.

    Comment by timbuys — May 8, 2017 @ 11:00 am

  6. Still no clear idea where this is heading. I am fairly sure the Central Citians will set off– or perhaps reveal– some sort of problem, and that Daffy and the Trumpet will be involved. But I keep looping back to that weird Joe-Pesci-in-Goodfellas moment, when Van Auken leaned on I think Mike Granger before insisting he was only clowning. There are revelations coming about our fireballer. And I also join in our colleagues’ notice that Barely Bader, at the unwelcome center of everything last spring, seems now to be just a name on the lineup card.

    Comment by vaganova's guessing — May 8, 2017 @ 2:45 pm

  7. That’s one helluva type o in panel 2. It should be “failing at” not “doing”. These guys are getting sloppy .

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 8, 2017 @ 4:19 pm

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