This Week in Milford

December 10, 2018

Two Billboards Outside Milford

Filed under: basketball — nedryerson @ 6:54 am


Here we go! The new plot is here! The new plot is here! Things are going to start happening for us! (Self delusion is a key to blogging.)

It’s kind of exciting to see a new place depicted in Gil Thorp. We’re kicking off basketball season with a look at the Milford Office Park, the home to Skyborne Advertising. If you want to advertise in or around Milford, grab your clipboard and head down to Skyborne. Talk to Jim.

I wish we could get a better look at the outdoor advertising game in Milford. Does Skyborne handle bus advertising? (Does Milford have buses? Maybe they do and if so they might have bus benches. Jim will advise a diverse media campaign for maximum impact.) Given that this is Milford, I’m sure Skyborne employs a crew of guys who don white coveralls and climb rickety wooden ladders to hand letter billboard messages or hang paper advertising with those big push broom type brushes. Why not? Milford still has a storefront travel agency.

But, we won’t get to hangout at the Office Park to see the rest of this scintillating media buy because we’ve got to get over to basketball practice, where…

somebody gets an eye injury. The injured party has the center part hairstyle most recently seen on Joe Bolek, and he has freckles. Mike Granger was the dark haired version of this model a few years ago. Remember when he and Ken Brown were tailing Aaron Aagard to his dumpy apartment? (Those dumpy apartments get a lot of play in Gil Thorp. I wonder what their media strategy is.)


  1. I’ll just point out the not-so-mysterious object behind Clark Kent in panel 2: a Swifti-Mart sign!

    Hoping panel 3 is a setup for a workplace-injury lawsuit targeting the school district, Dr. Pearl, Gil and, of course, Steve Luhm, who’ll be charged with failure to keep the gym floor clear of hazardous dust, dirt and shards of glass.

    Also, Disembodied Narrator can try to convince us this is “basketball practice,” but those two lanky dudes are clearly performing some kind of interpretive dance number.

    Comment by jvwalt — December 10, 2018 @ 7:02 am

  2. Ow ,my eye! Oh, my nose! Who’s the latest Marsha Brady like Mudlark cream puff? Wild guess. Cochise McGillicutti?

    Comment by Jive Turkey — December 10, 2018 @ 8:43 am

  3. Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx salutes Coach Thorp’s continued preference for pinnies over cheap cotton or mesh practice uniforms at basketball practice. And now, the football season summary:

    Milford Mudlark Football 2018 – 5 or 6-3 (4 or 5-3 in the Valley Conference)

    L – @ Oakwood 28-31 (snaps a 6 game winning streak in the series)
    W – vs Tates Creek (final score not given, but up 10-6 when Bolek leaves believing it is over)
    W – vs New Thayer
    L – @ Jefferson 21-23
    W – @ Central
    W – vs Goshen (“easy” win, moved Goshen to 1-5… never change Goshen, never change.)
    L – vs Madison 21-27
    W?- ? Tilden (probably a win given Andre’s pre-game confidence, but literally no information on the game itself was given)
    W – @ Valley Tech 37-17 (6th win in a row in the series)

    Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx has chosen to assume the Tilden game to be a win as it seeks to eliminate unknowns from the strip’s typically well-documented football seasons. Glossed over games have rarely been revealed (via statement of team overall record) to be losses in the strip’s recent history. The few games with unknown outcomes that are recorded as losses have some evidence to support the idea, such as the ‘Larks performing poorly in depicted in-game action, captions about “long nights” or “rough outings”, and general dejection among players in the immediate post-game.

    This is not the first time a Tilden game has been left hanging. 2015’s championship-defending team (which went 4-3 in depicted games) may or may not have played Tilden. Holly Dobbs wishes Mimi good luck at Tilden, and then we never see any evidence of the football team playing Tilden. It is possible Holly was talking about the volleyball team Mimi had not been seen coaching in close to a decade at that time.

    Also, counting Tilden as a win puts Milford’s record at 6-3, the team’s default record over the past two decades. No really, in the 18 football seasons that Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx has game-by-game information recorded, Gil’s squad has finished 6-3 eight times, 6-2-1 twice, and 5-3 once.

    In any event, Gil’s record now stands at 105-60-3 since 2001, 87-47-3 in the Valley Conference. His record against “rival” Valley Tech is 17-3… Gil’s career record since 1958, minus the 1996-2000 seasons is 315-136-19. The team has not made the playdowns since winning the 2014 state championship.

    A total of 24 named characters appeared this football season, lowest in football season since 23 appeared in 2003. Eight of these characters were new, the best hall of name candidates being Thomas Kyle “Tiki” Jansen, Freddy Malouf, and Leonard Lastname. So, really only Leonard deserves votes.

    Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx will return in the spring or 2019 to recount the billboard shenanigans and the boys and girls (provided there is one…) basketball seasons. Have a merry Christmas and all that!

    Comment by billytheskink — December 10, 2018 @ 9:04 am

  4. Guess we will never know the outcome of the last two football games. Nice way to leave us hanging.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — December 10, 2018 @ 9:30 am

  5. “Ow, my eye!”


    Comment by teenchy — December 10, 2018 @ 11:25 am

  6. OK, Hiawatha James ran back an interception. So in basketball, a less violent game, the point guard will probably be Pontiac Driver or King Philip. Metacomet is too hard to spell.

    Comment by vaganova — December 10, 2018 @ 12:29 pm

  7. Are we ever going to find out the story behind his sister…the low watt gurgler in the high back chair?

    Comment by Knoxy — December 10, 2018 @ 1:01 pm

  8. As far as obliquely confusing plot introductions in Gil Thorp go, this is definitely one of them.

    Assuming the saga of Joe Bolek and/or Tiki Jansen has concluded, can we all agree that when Kelly told Joe to ‘sit down’ while she made ‘popcorn’, the strip crossed a line that very much didn’t need to be crossed?

    Comment by timbuys — December 10, 2018 @ 3:29 pm

  9. I do agree with that, timbuys. However, it is worth noting that Kelly Krystek was introduced to this strip essentially telephone flirting with 17-18 year old Von Haney.

    Comment by billytheskink — December 11, 2018 @ 12:12 am

  10. […] Bobby calls Skyborne Advertising to move forward with his next billboard. Steve at Skyborne will get his crew on it […]

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  11. […] been established that Milford teams practice in their game uniforms (occasionally accessorized with pinnies).  They’re wrapping up practice before the road trip to Danbury and Andre is trying to […]

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  12. […] Guy’s curiosity but it nudges the plot forward just a teeny bit.  Maybe Bobby has rented two billboards and put the same message on both of them two different times, and now plans to do it again.  […]

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