This Week in Milford

September 9, 2019

Leave It To Chance

Filed under: actual action, football, Oakwood — nedryerson @ 6:00 am


The opener against Oakwood has mostly been the Chance Macy Show. Remember back in summer when the coaching staff saw the promise in this sophomore competing for the half back slot?

But we don’t really expect to learn much about Chance Macy besides his performance here, do we? Chance just happens to be the player who will take the starting spot from Charlie Roh, who is Chet Ballard’s stepson. What we know about Chet Ballard is that he just seems like one of those Milford dicks. He’s kind of a hybrid dick though. He’s a combo aggrieved parent/school official. So he has multilevel malice towards Gil.

Sorry Chance. You’re just pawn in game of Gil Thorp.

Seeing a guy break off long runs like Chance Macy does kind of remind me of high school football back in my day when it seemed like most teams lived or died with running backs. When a team had a great one, they’d feed him the ball thirty times a game and ride him to victory. I’m thinking of the coaching staff of Escambia High in Pensacola, Florida who didn’t do anything for four years except get the ball to Emmitt Smith.

Those were the days.


  1. We had a local coach who won 182 games between 1951 and 1976. He believed in the maxim that when you throw a pass, three things can happen and two of them are bad. Or as he put it, “If your running game is working, why the hell pass?” But times have clearly changed.

    Comment by vaganova — September 9, 2019 @ 7:18 am

  2. There were those Joliet Catholic teams in the 1970’s -1980’s (coached by Gordon Gillepsie) that had guys the size of most teams O-linemen that would run over everyone. Tom Thayer (brother Mark played guard for the Chicago Bears – Tom was bigger) and Mike Alstott (later played for Tampa Bay) come to mind. By the 4th qtr, there was no way an opponent had any energy left to put up a fight against this kind of offense. Thayer was just tough to bring down and Alstott was also fast. Chet’s a jag-off. I see him suddenly growing a pair of balls now, even though he didn’t have any when HvB made him look like a punk.

    Comment by franku2016 — September 9, 2019 @ 7:38 am

  3. Oops…mixed up the Thayers….Tom played for Bears and the kid that was bigger and ran everyone over was Rick..I was thinking of Bortz

    Comment by franku2016 — September 9, 2019 @ 7:40 am

  4. Yea, old football!

    High school football games in my youth were like track meets. Passing plays looked awkward and destined to fail.

    In recent years, I’ve seen some of the state champion contenders running these high powered, spread offenses with confidence. It’s probably better talent cultivation (don’t dare call it recruiting) and maybe the influence of those seven on seven summer camps where “elite” players might work on developing the kind of timing needed to pass the ball efficiently.

    Comment by nedryerson — September 9, 2019 @ 8:02 am

  5. Yep. Watching the elite teams now is definitely different with all the passing, play action, and kickers that can make it from 40+ no problem. The small schools from downstate still rely on 95% running, using fullbacks, and 2-point conversions though.

    Comment by franku2016 — September 9, 2019 @ 9:38 am

  6. My father played in the late 1920s, and he and his teammates used to agitate for the forward pass, which most high school teams rarely used despite the fact the Carlisle Indians had successfully introduced it as far back as 1906. His coach believed that passing took considerably more precision and timing than did running plays, and in this he was probably right. Further, in the early years of the forward pass (I am not sure when these rules were abandoned) there were some severe restrictions. An incomplete pass brought a fifteen yard penalty, and a pass which fell untouched meant loss of possession.

    Comment by vaganova — September 9, 2019 @ 10:48 am

  7. “Chance needs a blow!
    Put in Charlie Roh!
    Chance needs a blow !
    Put In Charlie Roh!
    Chance needs a blow!
    Put in Charlie Roh!”
    And the crowd goes wild.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — September 9, 2019 @ 11:07 am

  8. Speaking of old-time football, Chicago Bears QB Jim McMahon used to practice drop kicks on a regular basis but never got to use one in a game.

    Comment by franku2016 — September 9, 2019 @ 11:51 am

  9. I’m waiting for Tiki to make some big game-winning play and watch the opposing coach go bat-shit while telling Gil “I know that kid don’t live in Milford and I’m filing an official protest on Monday…you guys better have a good lawyer”…haha….a “good” lawyer

    Comment by franku2016 — September 9, 2019 @ 1:56 pm

  10. Drop kicks, franku! My father loved them. A much neater way to kick a field goal than by having it handled by a holder, which adds to the potential for error. The change came when the football was redesigned to promote passing. It became slimmer. The older, fatter footballs were relatively easy to drop kick if harder to throw, while later ones tended to squirt aside on impact.

    If we ever have a Mfnrd convention, I’ll tell you about my father’s football career. College football is absurdly corrupt today, but was even worse in the late twenties. My father supported himself for a couple of falls by playing as a ringer. He’d line up for Lehigh and the guy opposite him would say “Bill, right? Didn’t you play for Penn State last week? I recognize your stance!”

    Comment by vaganova — September 9, 2019 @ 2:24 pm

  11. I think I already told the story of an acquaintance who, while playing safety in a high school playoff game in New Orleans, was repeatedly burned on play action passes by some guy named Peyton Manning. His team hadn’t really come up against that sort of thing before.

    As for today’s strip, it’s all actual action!! That’s splendid! I’m really looking forward to seeing whether Milford can win their home opener. This is exciting stuff! I’m running out of exclamation points…

    Comment by timbuys — September 9, 2019 @ 2:59 pm

  12. Vagnova – so true. Apparently, Purdue got the “boilermakers” moniker when they got tired of their student-body players getting easily pummeled on a regular basis and went down the street to a (steam) locomotive builder and paid their rather large and strong blacksmiths and locomotive boilermakers to play for them instead of the bookworm-ish college students. I took my daughter there for a school visit several years ago and this story is shared during the school tour..

    Comment by franku2016 — September 9, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

  13. Horse Feathers

    Comment by Jive Turkey — September 9, 2019 @ 6:11 pm

  14. P3-“And Gazoo is pushed out of bounds at the 1-yard line. It’ll be first and goal, Milford.”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — September 9, 2019 @ 6:18 pm

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