This Week in Milford

April 12, 2018

Marty Moon: The Straw That Stirs the Milford Drink


Today’s strip just serves to bring the glaring plot holes, inconsistencies and missed opportunities into stark relief, not unlike Marty’s face in P2.  Without belaboring the obvious – oh, who am I kidding? Let’s belabor the obvious:

  1. If an Aagard scores 26 points and there’s no one there to report on it, does it make a sound? Last winter’s saga of Aaron and his opioid-addicted mother ended with his transfer into the protective custody of the Hiatt-Brown family. Rubin brought Aaron back this season, but Big Ken Brown is no longer around to make things happen. Couldn’t those loose ends have been tied up in a panel?
  2. Nice use of parallel drinking by the not-broadcasting broadcasters, one with hooch, the other with Yoo-Hoo (or does that just say “Poo”?). The glaring sign behind Marty’s head must be meant to offer a contrast to his apparent sour mood. It also offers a nice segue into a song parody but I fear those days are behind me. The idea that WDIG can’t or won’t run games without Marty to call them borders on the absurd. Absurd doesn’t begin to describe the Milford Pirate Network’s approach to the games. If they’d been up front about why they popped up then played it straight, they’d still be on the air and no one would’ve cared that there was no coverage from Marty and WDIG. But noooo, MPN based its whole schtick on taunting Marty, so no Marty, no MPN. For that matter…
  3. … no Marty, no Gil to antagonize or be antagonized by Marty. Hence Gil’s call on Pocket Square Sporting Radio Station Manager to no doubt try to get Marty back on the air. As with his meeting with Marty, Gil’s on neutral ground where drinks are involved but this time it’s only coffee (unless Gil’s secretly making it Irish).

If all this is a pivot towards turning this strip from Gil Thorp into Marty Moon, I could be persuaded to stick around. The travails of a drunken shock jock looking to redeem himself to unwitting victims of his shock doesn’t cover new ground but it has potential.

late metapost: Over lunch I came across this article about Latinos attempting to assimilate in the American South. No one in the story is Puerto Rican, but it touches on an angle Rubin has chosen not to pursue to much extent in this arc.


  1. My favourite part: mega-hand holding the coffee cup in such a way that it is pointing back towards him, with one finger; looks painful and awkward!

    Comment by Richard A. — April 12, 2018 @ 7:49 am

  2. Hasn’t every sitcom in history had an episode in which our plucky heroes lose their hated antagonist, but life is actually worse without them, so they have to save said antagonist? I guess it was Gil Thorp’s turn to trot out this well-worn plot device.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — April 12, 2018 @ 7:59 am

  3. teenchy, you is in rare form as always, My Man.
    LMAO City.

    Ernie is working on his homework, a typed, double-spaced, 3 inches from the margin, must-have-attention-getting-device in the intro, 1000 word essay on “How I Ruined Marty’s Career”. If his spelling and grammar are on-point, he should get an A-.
    And do Darrin Stephens and Larry Tate enter the bar after EVERY Milford home game(regardless of sport)? I thought unwinding was restricted to discussing ad campaigns. Shows you how much I know.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — April 12, 2018 @ 10:26 am

  4. We rightfully give both the character and the characterization of Marty Moon a lot of grief around here. That said, I genuinely appreciate the depiction of said notorious local radio celebrity thriftily day drinking during Happy Hour at PUB.

    Comment by timbuys — April 12, 2018 @ 11:59 am

  5. GT: Who could forget Aaron Asgaard, Mr. “I’m literally starving to death at home because my mom isn’t cooking and I haven’t bothered to learn how to prepare even basic meals and there’s never any money in the house to buy food even though my mom works all day and I’ve always got gas money for my car and date money for my girlfriend and I’m lethargic and don’t have any energy even though I’m driving 20 miles over to the next town and ravin’ up in da club until literally daybreak three nights a week and I’ve always got money for cover charges plus drinks…

    GT 2: A shame Martin Luna Martinez isn’t around, I was just dying to hear his “Thor/Vikings” cracks…

    Comment by hitorque — April 12, 2018 @ 12:12 pm

  6. GT 3: “…Oh yeah and despite my mom battling drug addiction, let me just completely abandon her ass and leave her to rot so I can live with a teammate’s family and eat up all their Soul Food!”

    Comment by hitorque — April 12, 2018 @ 12:14 pm

  7. “Sam, what HAPPENED to Marty?”
    “Oh dear, Mother turned him into a toad.”
    “Well, don’t let him go!!!!!!!!!! He’s jumping out the back entrance of the gym!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — April 12, 2018 @ 2:48 pm

  8. So, in panel 3, did Gil just acknowledge that he either drunk dialed or butt dialed the station manager? You know Gil has that guy’s numbers in his contacts.

    ETA: Rock ‘n Roll Thursday and all that:

    Comment by timbuys — April 12, 2018 @ 3:12 pm

  9. “Robert Plant!
    That slimy f***!
    John Bohnam man, he really sucks!
    Those greedy f***ers!
    Those phony shits!
    They made their money,
    Off idiots!
    I hate Led Zeppelin!”
    I don’t really. I love ‘em. But I guess Screeching Weasel this weeks Rock n Roll TTTTTTTHHHHHUUUURRRRRSSSDAAAYYY’s band of the week doesn’t.
    I will be talking about their first album 1988’s Boogadaboogadaboogada. To me with a few exceptions it’s the only album worth listening to. That’s because it’s their only hardcore raw sounding album. The rest of their albums are pretty much Blink 182 popish. Not good.
    They start out with the song “Dingbat” then “Love”. Then in the 4th track “This Ain’t Hawaii they name drop Jim McMahon and Nancy Drew, lamenting that every one at beach is trying to look like ol’ Jimmy Mac. I failed to mention they are a suburban band from Chicago, hence the McMahon reference.
    Then a few songs later we get “I Hate Led Zeppelin “ and “My Right”
    As they are rolling right along with songs usually taking less than 2 minutes, comes” I Wanna be Naked” which is not far from the Ramones “I Wanna be Sedated “
    Then comes my favorite “Ashtray”. Try to keep up with Ben Weasels fast talking lyrics. “ Monday morning 9:00 I gotta start looking for a job. I don’t want a career I got enough to deal with here!” He don’t know what the f to do!
    Don’t forget “Mad at the Paperboy “ . Very short song but who can’t relate when the paperboy used to roll up the paper and through at your door. I know, I used to do that.
    Towards the end of the 30 song album or there about see get,”Supermarket Fantasy “ , “ I Believe in UFO,s” and Hey Suburbia”
    Those are some highlights, but certainly not all. Check all the songs out. And maybe you’ll like their other albums. I just don’t. ROCK ON!!!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — April 12, 2018 @ 5:25 pm

  10. What radio station forgoes advertising revenue just because the current play-by-play guy is suspended? There is no one else working for WDIG capable of calling a game?

    Comment by Ol'Froth — April 13, 2018 @ 9:57 am

  11. Can’t they put Von Haney on a short term contract until they decide to bring Marty back? The lack of coverage is reminding me of time (back when stations played records) that a local DJ stepped out for a smoke and locked himself out. Until a colleague turned up with a key, we heard forty minutes of bup bup bup as the record turned in the last groove…

    Comment by vaganova — April 13, 2018 @ 2:26 pm

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