This Week in Milford

October 5, 2017

Soto’s Escort Service


Three days to finish one play, and the first game will be finished by the end of the first week of October. Something tells me at least three games will be told and not shown in a single strip in about a week or two. Rick Soto’s exploding head tips us to his imminent concussion, so while we’re waiting for that reveal let’s focus on the little details:

(1) Whigham’s shout-out to his mom via Milford’s and Oakwood’s glow-in-the-dark helmet decals, ’cause working it into a shirt collar like they did at Wendy’s just isn’t as dramatic.

(b) 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. The Oakwood player Soto’s blocking is pretty big to be wearing #14, don’tchathink? Maybe he’s a former lineman who wants to be a ball carrier, too. Maybe he’s the son of The Battleship Lorenzen.

(iii) Marty’s scar face is particularly nightmare-inducing today. The dried hooch crust in his beard is a nice touch, as are the slats in the lid of his crate. At least he trims his nose hair.


  1. Dried hooch crust FTW!

    Comment by nedryerson — October 5, 2017 @ 8:27 am

  2. A big croissant or a stack of Parker House rolls? You make the call.

    “Who’s untouched, Marty?”


    Comment by Dood — October 5, 2017 @ 9:40 am

  3. In P2, Fillion is upset that Rick is his escort because he wanted Pussy Galore

    Comment by franku2016 — October 5, 2017 @ 9:42 am

  4. In the setup a couple days ago, Gil had his arm around QB (Not Nathan) Fillion and said, “Now, here’s the play…” as if he was basically drawing it out in the dirt.

    “Here’s the play. You fake it to Pelwecki, THEN you fake it to Hawker, he levitates over the line of scrimmage, Soto breaks left and you roll out behind him. Got that?” If they hadn’t practiced this to death during the week — when Gil had no way of knowing that Pelwecki would be seen as a convincing decoy — there’s no way a bunch of high schoolers would be able to pull off something that convoluted.

    Comment by John S. Walters — October 5, 2017 @ 9:43 am

  5. I question the complexity of the play, too. Unless they practiced nothing else all week, not having it collapse of its own weight would be a big order. Palooka went right, as did Hawker’s fake plunge, and now the QB is going left behind Soto, the tackle. But Soto is blocking the safety out, not in– is the QB going through rather than around? Though we don’t see helmet-to-helmet in panel 3, I’m thinking that’s what the crash marks on that block indicate. Concussion time? It would be very GT-ish to have the big bad tackle get hurt while the smaller safety walks away, you know, to rub in the fact that any player can suffer a head injury.

    Comment by vaganova — October 5, 2017 @ 10:58 am

  6. Marty ain’t looking too bad, considering it’s the dreaded up-nostril view.
    Using Pelwecki once to establish him, and then faking with him may be a pretty simple plan in our world, but by Mfnrd standards, Gil is now a SuperGenius.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — October 5, 2017 @ 11:11 am

  7. I wonder if 45 seconds is enough time left for Oakwood to run it back and get into field goal range.

    Comment by timbuys — October 5, 2017 @ 11:29 am

  8. With concussions being foregrounded for this story, and with a line plunge by Nick Hawker, I suddenly remember a story about Bronko Nagurski.

    In his time, the 1930s, the goal posts were still on the goal line and were a hazard to be avoided. But on one plunge, Nagurski somehow went headlong into one post, nearly knocking himself out. His older teammate Red Grange said Nagurski appeared shaken, but would say only “That last guy was tough.”

    Comment by vaganova — October 5, 2017 @ 1:27 pm

  9. Marty is truly scary in in P3. I have got to get the Marty mask for Halloween. Hey Dood, Marty’s not untouched. He touches himself. Huh! Huh! Huh! Huh! Huh! Huh! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — October 5, 2017 @ 5:24 pm

  10. teenchy, after observing P3, I NOW KNOW where Blue Oyster Cult got its inspiration for “Godzilla”. Try spending a night at the museum and waking up to THAT on a mobile. I’d barely get through Wheaties at breakfast. And try making a bobblehead of that. So THAT’S the parting gifts they give when a contestant loses on “Wheel of Fortune.” Can you imagine it floating in the Macy’s Day Parade?

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — October 8, 2017 @ 4:26 pm

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