This Week in Milford

November 7, 2017

Oh Goody. More Waiting.


Amazing. So, Gil’s brilliant strategy of implementing a new offense mid-season was based on, among other very dubious assumptions, the notion that it keys entirely off of one and only one player. That’s some coaching.

Panel 1: I had a job with a guy from the midwest who used ‘gents’ frequently. A recent development was that I had to work with/for him a lot more. I don’t work at that job anymore.

Panel 2: Should I recognize this guy? I sure should. He’s the dynamo who is driving the plot, Andre! Here he is as part of the crowd and here is where we confirm his name. We also see him here being kind of a jerk about supporting Little Ricky’s fledgling singing career. Way to go, Andre! That can-do spirit is exactly what the team will need while they are getting pounded into the turf at Tilden.

Panel 3: Speaking of jerks… Jeeze guys. Maybe save that talk for after practice. Are coaches Shaw and Boone the shadowy figures lurking in panel two? Guys! Gil and Andre can totally hear you.

Bonus Question: What is the purpose of that card Steve is holding? I checked the color version of the strip which shows that it’s a white, blank card.

Bonus Bonus Question: Speaking of, by what means is Steve’s towel suspended?



  1. Well, Steve Boone is the line coach, so he’s going to have to prepare Rick Soto’s temporary replacement for the Tilden game. Could the card be in preparation for the plays being taped to that lineman’s wrist, the way the Colts did with Tom Matte, the back who filled in at QB when both Johnny Unitas and Gary Cuozzo were hurt? I’m not sure Soto is the whole key to the new offense, but I would hate to try to run the veer with a relatively inexperienced lineman as the lead blocker much of the time– things get crazy near the line of scrimmage even when everyone knows what he’s doing. Since this is Mfnrd, we can be pretty sure there is no third tackle who plays a quarter or so a game– last year they were so short on tight ends that they played Heather Burns in that position, not that she did not play it well. I’m looking for something completely illogical, such as playing a reserve center at tackle.

    Comment by vaganova — November 7, 2017 @ 12:10 pm

  2. So, the veer isn’t ready for prime time, but Gil just wasted some practice snaps trying to implement it while Mfnrd’s old offense was a complete disaster. Tilden must be the Cleveland Browns of the Valley Conference.

    Comment by John S. Walters — November 7, 2017 @ 12:38 pm

  3. Just a few things at random …
    1. What happens when Rick steps to the microphone for the anthem and sees a big enough crew for Celine Dion? He’ll realize Uncle Gary is behind it, but will he do anything about it?
    2. I think someone already touched on this: what does Gary do for a living? He’s able to take off for at least a month, probably more, and it’s not obvious that he really does anything that the Soto household needs doing.
    3. A major problem with this plot is that no one has anything at stake. Rick seems to prefer football to singing, but we haven’t seen that any bad things happen if he doesn’t play football. For example, there doesn’t seem to be a college scholarship at stake. Gary seems to think that something bad will happen if Rick stays on the field, but how many football injuries affect your throat? And, as much of a jerk as he’s been, we haven’t seen him gloating about how he’ll spend the money once Rick is famous. Kaz has been invisible for a long time, Dr. Pearl just serves as a minor irritant to Gil, and Gil? That guy can survive longer without any motivation than any other character I can think of. In short, there’s no sense of urgency on anyone’s part.
    4. Chekhov’s gun is getting rusty on the wall. If Rubin sticks to his usual schedule, the fall story ends on 8 December, and no one has gotten a concussion.

    Comment by Philip — November 7, 2017 @ 12:43 pm

  4. Perhaps Soto forgets the words to the anthem because of being concussed

    Comment by franku2016 — November 7, 2017 @ 2:47 pm

  5. Philip @3: We’ve been working under the assumption that Uncle Gary is/was a lawyer, based on his statement, “That’s just the lawyer in me.” that was followed up by his secret thought “…and… the future agent!” This could mean that he’s an unemployed/underemployed lawyer who is seeking to become an agent by way of Rick. Or it could just mean that he had a lawyer inside him at the time.

    Comment by teenchy — November 7, 2017 @ 3:27 pm

  6. It’s bad enough that the plot has assumed an aura of the Ziegfeld Follies, i. e., talk, talk, talk, GAME, talk, talk, talk, GAME, talk, etc., but now Gil must be strapped for cash if he’s advertising for MTV(those free golf lessons over the summer finally caught up with him). His attempts at bringing Milford athletics to the 21st century took a detour. I look forward to the day when Hall & Oates, er, Coach Shaw and Coach Boone(forgot Oates doesn’t generally sport a beard) appear late at night, just after a video from A Flock of Seagulls(“And I rannn, I ran so far awayyy…”), shouting “I WANT MY MTV!!!!!!!!!!!” They have to make money somewhere if they are laboring less than 40 hours/week on Gil’s strip.

    Uncle Gary throws down his clipboard, frustrated at Rick’s attempt to sing Tori Amos’
    “Almost Rosey”

    NO!!!!!!!!! NO!!!!!!!!! NO!!!!!!!!!!!! IT’S ‘UH, UH, UH/
    Rick is dumbstruck for an answer.
    “FROM THE TOP!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — November 7, 2017 @ 4:53 pm

  7. That is one helluva beard that asst coach has. Gotta be the most interesting man in Milford.
    “I don’t usually drink rotgut. But when I do it’s with Coach Thorp.”

    Comment by Jive Turkey — November 7, 2017 @ 5:13 pm

  8. teenchy, if Gary is an agent or attorney in the entertainment area, he has time to hang out in Milford and send faux-grassroots e-mails. Can’t be much of a client list. Vanilla Ice? Jonathan Taylor Thomas? Calista Flockhart?

    Comment by Philip — November 7, 2017 @ 6:27 pm

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