This Week in Milford

July 17, 2017

Fullbacking For Dummies

Filed under: football, What the hell is going on here? — nedryerson @ 5:42 am


Okay. Maybe we’re done with baseball? At least, for today, we’re talking about football. At least we’re preparing for football. Somebody is preparing for football. Is it Heather Burns and The Secret Pelwecki? Heather tried to coach Pelwecki into a QB last year. Maybe he’s got different ambitions this year. Was Pelwecki bigger than 220? Maybe it’s a new project for Heather. Maybe these are two other people with hair of similar configuration.

All those questions may or may not be answered in the coming days. But who are these two tall men? Is one of the crushing on maybe Heather Burns? If we’re repeating Heather coaching Kevin from last Fall, why not revisit the stupid who’s crushing on who from Spring (liberally defined to include July)? “Crushing on”….ick.

ETA: Observant commenter Downpuppy just pointed out that the Pelwecki at fullback scheme was revealed at the conclusion of last years fall plot. Thanks Downpuppy.



  1. Of course Heather was a senior last year and presumably be preparing for her first year of college, but who needs details?

    Comment by Hitorque — July 17, 2017 @ 6:44 am

  2. Two tall men who could possibly be Mafia enforcers or undercover cops… but Gil Thorp being Gil Thorp, will probably turn out to be assistant coaches from some Tank Town college.

    Or maybe we’ll never see them again.

    As for panels 2 and 3, I guess the female (Heather?) is showing proper technique to the male (Pelwecki?), but it couldn’t have been portrayed any more confusingly.

    Comment by John S. Walters — July 17, 2017 @ 7:21 am

  3. Heat & Pelwecki agreed on the fullback scheme last year.
    I do wonder where 5’8″ is an average size girl. Is Milford in the Netherlands or Slovakia?

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — July 17, 2017 @ 7:31 am

  4. ‘On the stairs’? Wouldn’t anyone else render that as ‘In the stands’?

    I guess it’s to distract from the very awkward poses those tall man are striking.

    Hey, wouldn’t it make sense for Kevin to be practicing some of this stuff in 7-on-7 games? Didn’t that used to be a thing in Milford/The Valley?

    Comment by timbuys — July 17, 2017 @ 10:09 am

  5. Boy, it didn’t take long to hang Chekhov’s gun on the wall this time. What role will these two mysterious tall men play ? (Until Rubin gets lost in his own plot halfway through act 2).
    Timbuys, I’ve never watched 7-on-7, but I was led to understand that it was a pass-on-every-down game. So no one would practice handoffs.

    Comment by Philip — July 17, 2017 @ 10:18 am

  6. Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx was caught slightly by surprise at the abrupt mid-July end of baseball and shift to football. It is disappointed that another year will go by without a silly summer plot and believes that the two tall men in today’s strip look a lot like Jeff Ponczak and Jaquan “The Don” Case.

    2017 Milford Mudlark Baseball – 9-4 with 2 unknowns (7-4 with 2 unknowns in the Valley Conference, assuming unnamed opponents are conference foes)

    W @ Wellington
    W vs Tilghman 4-3
    2W – “A few more wins for the boys… with a shutout by Ryan Van Auken”, 3 wins assumed due to 3 man rotation
    W ? Goshen – Later stated that “Ryan beats Goshen for the second time”, assumed to be part of above 3 wins
    L vs Central 3-13
    L @ Tilden
    L ? Jefferson
    ? ? Oakwood
    W ? Goshen
    3W – Moon states that Milford has won 4 straight starting with Goshen
    L vs Tilden 2-4
    ? ? Unknown (possibly Jefferson) – Moon states that there is one game left after loss to Tilden, but we never see it

    Gil’s record since 2001 now stands at 152-77 with 21 unknowns (83-49 with 6 unknowns in the Valley, and 11-5 in the playdowns). His record since 1958, excluding 1996-2000, is 650-472, with one state championship. The ‘Larks have not made the playdowns since 2010. He currently holds an 8 game winning streak against Goshen.

    2017 Milford Lady Mudlark Softball – 1-1 (no games were definitively played against Valley Conference opponents)

    W vs Argonia 3-1
    L vs Unknown

    Mimi’s record as softball coach is now 31-19 with 6 unknowns, 17-12 with 1 unknown in the Valley Conference, with no playdown appearances. With 2 games depicted, this is the shortest softball season since 2005 (Mimi’s first). At least they got to play a couple games, which is more than could be said for the 2016-17 girl’s basketball team.

    A total of 31 named characters appeared during this baseball/softball season, 14 of them new to the strip. No surefire hall-of-namers, but Dafne Dafonte, Chris Rizk, and Casper Heenan are possible candidates. Funky Winkerbean‘s Les Moore made a cameo in April 11th’s strip, appropriately becoming the 666th named character to be recorded in Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx

    Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx will return to report on Milford football’s inevitable 6-3 record.

    Comment by billytheskink — July 17, 2017 @ 10:27 am

  7. I don’t see any pushing around. I guess the spring story has made any mild violence taboo. I think Pelwecki should save the puss gloves for games. In these handoff drills he should wear boxing gloves. But I guess that’s thee old ball coach talking.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — July 17, 2017 @ 10:54 am

  8. The guy on the left does look a lot like Jeff Ponczak, who is 6-7. The last time we opened a summer plot with two guys watching from the stands, they were Standish father and son. Wonder who these guys are… I was confused by panels 2 and 3 too. I think that in 2, ?Heather is demonstrating how to take a handoff, and that in panel 3, ?Kevin is taking one.

    Comment by vaganova — July 17, 2017 @ 10:55 am

  9. @phillip, thanks for the clarification and I suppose that makes sense as you couldn’t really do blocking schemes. Still, seems to me that both of these mopes should have better things to do with their time.

    Comment by timbuys — July 17, 2017 @ 11:27 am

  10. As a few of our writers have mentioned about P1, those are either Goodfellas passing through town on their way to do a job or maybe the representatives from Powell College are here ONE MORE TIME in another effort to lure Gil Thorp from the friendly confines of Mudlarkland to big time athletics. Given their attire, Gil won’t even bother. The Powell College contingent were snake-oil salesmen but they did take a trip or two to Men’s Wearhouse. So that leaves the 1st option. Does somebody in Marty Moon’s family owe The Don a lotta money?

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — July 17, 2017 @ 12:30 pm

  11. “Powell College?” I did miss GT for much of the time 1965-69 (away at college) and 1991-94 (living in Boston) but Powell College does not sound familiar. Somebody tried to get Gil to move “up” to NCAA coaching?

    Comment by vaganova — July 17, 2017 @ 2:17 pm

  12. vaganova, yes, back in the ’70’s(showing my age-ha), PC tried to lure Gil out of his comfort zone and coach their team(can’t remember which sport) and I think they were throwing in the position of athletic director as well. Gil agonized over it for weeks in a typical plot that dragged on, FINALLY the recruiter pulls a fast one and announces on the radio that Gil had taken the job which was blatantly untrue, causing Gil to flatly turn down the position, pointing out(understandably) if they wouldn’t play it straight at that point to not expect PC to in the future or at all. I think they came back for an encore for roughly the same thing during the mid-90’s(’95, I’m thinking). Needless to say, ethics wasn’t their middle name but Gil has encountered that ilk for close to 60 years. Good question, vaganova. You da man.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — July 17, 2017 @ 4:17 pm

  13. Thanks, T Drew. I knew I had missed something. Been following the strip since 1958, but as I say, with a couple of lapses.

    Comment by vaganova — July 17, 2017 @ 4:41 pm

  14. The situation T Drew describes sounds like what the Bears did with Dave McGinness a few years ago. Talk about life imitating art. Or in this case since Gil is such a turd, life imitating fart.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — July 17, 2017 @ 6:34 pm

  15. “Is one of the crushing on maybe Heather Burns?” Yeah I had a major crush on Heather last year. That was me in the stands.

    Comment by lester — July 17, 2017 @ 8:59 pm

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