This Week in Milford

September 25, 2017

The Real Deal!

Filed under: football, Gil Thorp, Prairie Style Windows — nedryerson @ 6:00 am


P1: Scrapper Fillion is working on an interesting release. That’s probably not the kind of work the passing game needs. Pelwecki’s been drilling all summer on catching the ball. Maybe he could get in on this. Oh yeah, Gil thinks fullbacks are horseshit.

P2: Uncle Gary continues to play impresario to the reputedly talented Rick Soto. He believes wholeheartedly that Rick’s got the goods. He even called Jackie! Jackie! Can you believe it?! Uncle Gary called Jackie. It’s on now. Wait until Jackie shows up and hears what Rick can do. This will be epic.

P3: The opening game is drawing near. LT Rick Soto is excited. He’s gonna be protecting the scrappy QB. Mom is whipping up something mushy…..aaaand it’s time to squeeze in one more plot point. Dad can’t be here. Why not? Is it important or did he just have a business trip that he couldn’t reschedule? Will this matter? Maybe we’ll find out or maybe we’ll still be wondering about it in months. This is Gil Thorp. We’re pretty used to this stuff.



  1. Maybe dad is pressing license plates with Master Bader’s father.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — September 25, 2017 @ 6:15 am

  2. That’s Master Bader.

    Fixed! – TimP

    Comment by Bobby Joe — September 25, 2017 @ 6:18 am

  3. Gil’s Patented Coaching Technique: “I make our QBs throw a misshapen boulder during practice, so the football feels light by comparison. Also, the more torque they can generate on that elbow, the better.”

    I hope “Jackie” is a minor member of Gail Martin’s entourage, but that’s probably too good to be true. Tarzana Nights Forever!

    Comment by John S. Walters — September 25, 2017 @ 6:28 am

  4. Where is the bonfire?!

    Comment by billytheskink — September 25, 2017 @ 7:18 am

  5. And who will be the one to tell Uncle Gary to ease up?

    Comment by vaganova — September 25, 2017 @ 7:36 am

  6. I think I’ve figured out Panel 1. He’s working on his spike.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — September 25, 2017 @ 8:46 am

  7. They skipped the part where all the kids are at the beach talking about how awesome the ‘Elk’s Club’ talent show was, especially LT/banjo player/ whatever the fuck he does/ Rick Soto

    Comment by franku2016 — September 25, 2017 @ 9:21 am

  8. The Bazooka Joe artwork has struck again. In P1, Gil reminds me of the old Popeye comic strip where in the side panel, there’d be a “Kids, you too can draw Bigfoot with just a few simple strokes.” In this instance, Popeye tells the kids “…and if yuz kin draw 2 bowling pins, puts ’em horizontal, yuz kin drawr a man foldin’ his armz.”
    And downpuppy, I too am befuddled at whether the QB is THROWING or PITCHING the football. I’d like TO THINK he’s not on the mound throwing to a catcher into the catcher’s mitt but based upon the UFO and its trajectory I’m not betting the lottery on the former. We were told to throw to the glove but baseball ended about a month and a half ago. And if Fillion can’t cut it at QB, he has a nice career ahead of him as a contortionist when the next circus comes to Milford.
    And being a Classic Rock junkie, it’s hard to fathom Mick Jagger/Pete Townshend/John Lennon/Jim Morrison in their teenage years staging a lukewarm performance at the Moose Lodge one day then the next day be trippin’ the light fantastic at the Hollywood Bowl. Then again, Thorpiverse proves that if you can disguise Marty Moon as Wolfman Jack(P2), you can shoot for the moon in less than 1/2 hour and still not upchuck. It can happen.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — September 25, 2017 @ 10:15 am

  9. Rightly, people are fixating on the arm in panel one. If you have had your fill pondering that one, may I please draw your attention to Rick’s left hand in panel three? I would pay real money to view the reference photo used for that image.

    Comment by timbuys — September 25, 2017 @ 10:40 am

  10. I think I found the hand models

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — September 25, 2017 @ 10:56 am

  11. The answer to Filetmignon’s unusual arm position has already been hinted at. Since baseball ended only a few days ago (and he was presumably #14 on the JV pitching depth chart) it is clear he is still working on his screwball. Look forward to his rotator cuff blowing up within the next few days.

    Comment by vaganova — September 25, 2017 @ 2:34 pm

  12. Good grief, timbuys, I’m glad you noticed P3. I admit I was so fixated on the scroogies(good one, vaganova) that Fillerup was a) pitching b) throwing c) flamethrowing d) all of the above, that I overlooked Edward Scissorhands with his appendages in the developmental stage(could be worse, at least he doesn’t have zits, no Clearasil commercials in the offing) aiding Rachel Ray with the cooking. Cutting up asparagus or radishes oughta be a snap.
    Frank, your point is well-taken. We’re not sure if Jackie is a front man for Lawrence Welk so our hero better keep his fingers nimble when playing the accordion for songs ranging from “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” to “Free Bird” or Jackie is looking for another Pete Townshend who can do the windmill just as deftly. Performing “Won’t Get Fooled Again” with those troglodytic fingers and windmillin’ at the speed of sound oughta get SOMEBODY’s attention.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — September 25, 2017 @ 4:36 pm

  13. […] Again with the confusing numbers: Filllllllllion has been shown as #9 to date but the guy carrying the big croissant behind Soto is wearing a double-digit number. […]

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  14. […] couch-surfing status unless his dumb ass changed his address to that of his agent friend (Jackie?)’s house. Neither is the dumbfounded Connie, who apparently couldn’t figure out how to […]

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