This Week in Milford

October 2, 2017

It’s All On The Ground!

Filed under: actual action, football, Marty Moon — nedryerson @ 6:19 am


The color edition of today’s strip indicates that we’re playing the opener on a beautiful summer day. Is that just a coloring issue? We will find out if the spaceship with the blinding lights lands on the field later on. If it’s daytime, maybe the bonfire will be after the game.

On the field, we find that Kevin Pelwecki picked up a first down and then displayed that patented Pelwecki versatility by going right back to the line to block on a sweep play. We could talk about Kevin’s blocking in panel 2, I guess. Hands outside the shoulders is problematic, but #28 seems to be giving ground and clearly got beat to the spot.

Marty is already in midseason form. His goatee is nicely trimmed and he’s got exclamation points at the ready.

I love those single fans with raised arms, as seen in the periphery of panel 3. That guy is a huge fan of the ground game and he wants everybody to know it.



  1. You know what Marty could’ve done in panel three to advance the plot? Give us down and distance, maybe an update on how much time is left what with all of this ground game usage. Instead, he reminds us that Milford is down four. Not for the first time, but thanks for nothing, Marty.

    Comment by timbuys — October 2, 2017 @ 7:11 am

  2. You know, this strip might suck a lot less if Rubin knew the first motherfucking thing about American sport… And no, I’m not in the mood to write another laundry list of everything wrong today…

    Comment by hitorque — October 2, 2017 @ 7:17 am

  3. Thanks, vaganova. I loved the ’50’s version of The Blob AND the one that came out in the early ’70’s(I believe). That scene of the guy getting swept down the bowling lane by that hideous thing was a trip(ha).

    Anyone from the ’80’s era who remembers Men Without Hats knew they came out with a song called “Safety Dance”. I never knew how you danced to it until I saw P2 today. Nice footwork too.
    And good to see Marty Moon has recovered from amnesia and is no longer Uncle Gary. His presence in the broadcast booth accompanied by his acid tongue has been missed.
    P1: “YYYYYYY!!!!!! M! C! A! It’s fun to be at the…”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — October 2, 2017 @ 8:14 am

  4. Yes, T Drew! The safety dance is Palooka’s way of distracting the officials from the fact he’s holding the cornerback.

    Comment by vaganova — October 2, 2017 @ 9:29 am

  5. Guys, I think the ref’s drunk. He’s pointing “First Down” toward the sideline.

    Also missed the “picking up the defender and shaking him vigorously” penalty on Pelwecki.

    Irrelevant tangent: I once interviewed the woman who wrote the screenplay for the original 50s “Blob.” Her name was Kate Phillips; she’d been a Hollywood actress in the 30s and 40s (“Kay Linaker”) and then turned to screenwriting, mainly for TV. One day, as she told it, a couple of producers came into her office, put a coffee can on the table, tipped it sideways, and this… thing… came oozing out. One of them said “That’s your star. We need a screenplay in two weeks.” She, being used to the pace of TV writing, had no problem with it. The rest… is history.

    Comment by John S. Walters — October 2, 2017 @ 9:46 am

  6. Also, panel 3: There’s always one dingbat in the crowd who keeps trying to start The Wave. Shut up and sit down, you jerk!

    Comment by John S. Walters — October 2, 2017 @ 9:48 am

  7. The Safety Dance is a mashup of Rennaissance Fair & Prancercise

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — October 2, 2017 @ 4:10 pm

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