This Week in Milford

September 24, 2018

Creatively Blocked

Filed under: actual action, football, Marty Moon — nedryerson @ 6:21 am


It’s fun to dump on Marty Moon. His sippy cup is full of bottom shelf vermouth. He’s sealed up in a crate, imagining that the cockroaches crawling around him are playing football. His headset is assembled from odds and ends scrounged from the kitchenware area of Goodwill. His lifetime batting average of successful sick burns on Gil is .002, but I’m going to have to give him a small win today. Gil’s whole approach to the punt team is a disaster. Sure, things go wrong even with the best personnel, but Gil is just throwing crap at the wall to see what sticks during the game. Hey Weibe, you just scored a touchdown. Congrats, you’re the new long snapper. What are you doing Gil? Maybe that game video software that was hinted at earlier is so much fun to play around with that the whole coaching staff forgot to sort out the depth chart during practices. Wait, practices? Oh yeahhhh.

Never fear, everything will come up roses for Gil. Look! A miraculous play on the other side of the ball on special teams. Tiki Jansen, proud driver of a 2000 Breeze, blocks a field goal attempt. There’s no way to know how he got through or around the Oakwood line. He just did, okay?

eta billytheskink pointed out a similarity between Tiki’s dive and a cut scene from Tecmo Super Bowl. I think this is what he’s referring to:

I only played the first Tecmo Bowl game, and I was bad at it so I ended up mostly watching others play. I don’t think there were insert shots like this in that game.



  1. Technically, Tiki didn’t block the kick. In panel 3 he’s gesturing hypnotically, just like Mandrake the Magician, and the befuddled ball is simply dropping to the ground.

    Comment by jvwalt — September 24, 2018 @ 7:00 am

  2. Also, Oakwood’s kicker is WAAAAY too close to the ball and the holder.

    Comment by jvwalt — September 24, 2018 @ 7:01 am

  3. jvwalt…and he’s on the wrong knee. I wonder if Gil is coaching Oakwood special teams too.

    Comment by franku2016 — September 24, 2018 @ 7:40 am

  4. Still with the Canadian footballs and their 360 degree stripes… This is a sports-focused strip, I expect accurately-depicted footballs.

    Jansen’s flying kick block reminds me of the kick-blocking cut scene from Tecmo Super Bowl, so the rest of the artwork gets an A for today.

    Comment by billytheskink — September 24, 2018 @ 7:49 am

  5. That is the cut scene I am referring to, Ned.

    The original Tecmo Bowl did not have cut scenes beyond a brief animation of two players high fiving after scoring a touchdown. That high five scene, I believe, was based on Walter Payton’s leaping high five touchdown celebration.

    The cut scenes in Tecmo Super Bowl were a great addition to the game because they had multiple outcomes, causing brief bits of drama and uncertainty. In the flying kick or pass block animation, the player could strike the ball or he could miss. Field goal attempts could ricochet off the uprights in or out. Leaping receivers could come down with a catch or have the ball glance off of their fingertips.

    Comment by billytheskink — September 24, 2018 @ 12:41 pm

  6. 1. Shouldn’t Marty be giving us his treatise about blacks and Jews and how his radical ideas are going to make America “pure” again?

    2. Even though this bullshit has completely blown up in Gilberto’s face, watch him not get a single tough question or first bit of criticism in the postgame…

    Comment by hitorque — September 24, 2018 @ 1:17 pm

  7. Marty’s expression doesn’t line up with his non-exclamation pointed sentence. I was actually almost impressed that he got this worked up about the situation but then I realized it’s almost certainly because Marty has money on the line.

    Comment by timbuys — September 24, 2018 @ 1:43 pm

  8. The set-up for that place kick really is a mess. The holder is perfectly set up to trip the kicker, and the kicker’s plant is two feet short. Amazing that he didn’t top the ball but instead got it far enough for Tiki Tinkle to block it. I had wondered when that kid would reappear.

    Comment by vaganova — September 24, 2018 @ 3:42 pm

  9. P1: “Captain, my Captain, that’s the third fumble we’ve given up. Are you sure the wishbone punt option is really going to work?” “Me lad, The Captain is dead. No need to talk over option reads now. We’ll bury Coach Thorp in Davy Jones Locker.”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — September 24, 2018 @ 5:17 pm

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