This Week in Milford

September 13, 2017

Exploring New Lows In My Cynical Appraisal Of Gil As An Authority Figure

Filed under: Coach Kaz, exposition comics, Gil Thorp, Milford Idiots, Pissy faced Gil — timbuys @ 10:46 am


There’s so much to cover today. For example, I do my work on a laptop, in a t-shirt, with a cup (non-personalized) of coffee to the side.

But, I work from home. As casual as I like to be, when I go into the office, I at least put on a shirt with a collar out of respect for my colleagues, unlike Kaz apparently. That said, let’s go panel by panel to tee it up for our commenters.

P1: You could crack a coconut on Gil’s nose.

P2: Kaz engages in some fundamental questioning of standardized testing.

P3: Might? I’m just gonna leave this here.




  1. Nice coffee mugs. What do they do if someone’s name is longer than 3 letters, though? And why doesn’t Kaz’s say “Kaz”? (nobody calls him “Bob”, not even Gil, who hasn’t referred to him by name in what seems like decades).

    Comment by billytheskink — September 13, 2017 @ 11:14 am

  2. So, after a summer storyline that was basically one long conversation, I’m up for a fall storyline where Gil and Kaz are spouting off about advanced brain science. Put in another pot of coffee, Melva — we’re gonna be here till Christmas!

    Comment by John S. Walters — September 13, 2017 @ 11:23 am

  3. This is the real stuff, today. The two mugs are marked BO and IL. No doubt that this is to remind us that Humphrey Bogart made coffee starting with a saucepan of cold water and ground coffee. When it boiled, he let it settle for a moment, then poured it carefully to avoid getting grounds in his cup. No, I don’t know why.

    Comment by vaganova — September 13, 2017 @ 12:05 pm

  4. I used to make coffee in a saucepan. It worked better than the old percolators. Finally got a decent machine 20 years ago.

    Watching the team’s composite brain health score decline as the season grinds them down should make this the most funnest f’ball story yet.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — September 13, 2017 @ 12:14 pm

  5. Not only does Gil not want parents worrying, he doesn’t want them to know shit about how him and “Coach Kaz” are never there.

    Comment by franku2016 — September 13, 2017 @ 12:47 pm

  6. “Measuring brain function with tests … do you believe in it?” Well, considering the American Academy of Neurology seems to believe in it, and they know more about it than the two of you …

    Concussion testing reminds me of a story I must share. Years ago, during a prizefight, the ref became concerned about one boxer. He was clearly getting the worst of it, getting knocked down once and blocking a lot of punches with his face, but he kept going. Finally, he had to take another standing 8-count, and the ref decided it was time to check. He held the man’s gloves, looked him in the eye, and said, “Jimmy, do you know where you are?”
    The response was: “I sure do! I’m in Madison Square Garden, getting my ass kicked!”

    Comment by Philip — September 13, 2017 @ 12:55 pm

  7. Good story, Philip.

    Oh, great. What better way to observe a plot about to nosedive in the swamp than to start out with the atmosphere practically uttering “…the lunatic is in my head…” Gil, “Gil” etched on the mug, walks out of the room, confident nobody, not even Moose will dare to say “You rearrange me ’til I’m sane.” Technology has finally served a niche with Milford football.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — September 13, 2017 @ 1:08 pm

  8. I too like Philip’s story. When TV first began using parabolic mics, I saw a match in which a boxer, much like Philip’s, was getting his clock cleaned. The ref took his gloves and asked the same question: the boxer replied “I’m in a hell of a fight!”

    I’m going to knock off the concussion jokes, because I recognize that concussion is not a laughing matter and that the future of football will undoubtedly be affected by our growing awareness of its dangers to neurological health. I have in fact had four concussions, and remember them better than I pretend to. The first was in high school, while playing flag football on a frozen field and getting “flipped” on a kickoff return. The second was parallel, but while playing cornerback on a club team in college– a knee to the helmet. The third came when I was knocked out sparring with my boxing coach (he was a little punchy and would sometimes forget he was sparring with an amateur and instead let off a hook that would stop a rhino.) The fourth, and I hope last, came while I was warming up for a giant slalom near the end of my racing career. I caught an edge and went face first onto frozen granular at about 40 mph. That one was probably the most serious, leading to a partial vision loss in my right eye.

    So no jokes from me about concussions. Just a hope that Rubin gets the story right and adds to the understanding of concussion among his dozens of readers.

    Comment by vaganova — September 13, 2017 @ 2:36 pm

  9. Continuing from yesterday Vaganova. The guy I’m thinking of had a brother. It was during that reality show fiasco.
    I’m no neurosurgeon, but my God if we teach kids how to tackle properly that will go a long way in preventing concussions. I remember when spinal chord injuries were the major concern. You know, Daryl Stingley. Now we’re wringing our hands over headaches, which is what you got when you got your bell rung. A lot of my friends and I played pee wee and HS football. I think we are fine. If we are not, it’s not due to concussions. I will say the longer you play football the chances of CTE are greater. Dave Duerson and Junior Seau are prime examples. But the kid playing pee wee football, teach him how to tackle properly.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — September 13, 2017 @ 5:38 pm

  10. To which jokes are you referring Вагановой?

    Comment by timbuys — September 13, 2017 @ 8:14 pm

  11. timbuys, only referring to my concussion jokes at my own expense, pretending not to remember having mentioned them before, etc. Like jiveturkey, I appear to have survived football without developing CTE, but I think it would be a mistake not to consider it a risk for present day players. It’s possible that CTE only develops at the pro level, with its dramatically higher forces, but the fact that the brains of 110 of 111 deceased NFL players recently studied showed sighs of CTE is troubling. I think we have to be willing to consider that football may have to change, at least at the higher– and more violent — levels. I think HS football is the greatest, but I also think it’s possible that D-1 college, and certainly NFL, football, are unacceptably dangerous under the present rules

    Comment by vaganova — September 13, 2017 @ 9:48 pm

  12. Hi vaganova, I may have had my tongue lodged too firmly within my cheek when I wrote that. I thought rendering your handle in Cyrillic, as you did for a short period, would tip off the joke. Alas! At least I enjoyed my joke…

    Comment by timbuys — September 14, 2017 @ 8:04 am

  13. No worries, timbuys.

    Comment by vaganova — September 14, 2017 @ 8:16 am

  14. […] Minus points: What sort of quasi-Australopithecene noggin is the erstwhile Dr. Joane Gerstner, M.D., displaying on that chart there? That, coupled with her game retort to Crazy Uncle Gary, raises more questions than have been answered (i.e., that Little Ricky definitely, almost positively doesn’t have a concussion-in-fact-they-(concussions)-are-not-even-really-so serious-so-why-would-we-even-need-to-look-at-that-baseline-testing-we-established-earlier-in-the-arc?) […]

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  15. […] big kid?” Maybe Gil should’ve signed up for baseline testing […]

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