This Week in Milford

September 13, 2019

Scratching a 6-year itch

Filed under: actual action, football, Gil Thorp, Oakwood, Recycled art — robmize2013 @ 7:35 pm


and finally on Day 15 of this game, it ends, with a Milford win and the traditional handshake between Gil and the Oakwood coach, who is now white with hair.

Here they are in 2013………


…..and in 2007.

and finally in 2006…..

So every 6 years or so they are shown shaking hands. Hey, when the game lasts longer then some haircuts, the least you can do is congratulate your opponent for surviving a taffy pull.



  1. Great job looking up old strips Rob. That last Oakwood coach looks pretty dastardly. You know he had some recruiting scandals. Back to today’s coaches. What a couple of morons. They don’t even realize what kind of team they have. Did they just throw this team together ragtagedly ? Weren’t they paying attention to the practices?

    Comment by Jive Turkey — September 13, 2019 @ 8:22 pm

  2. I miss the days when Gil’s head looked like a shoebox.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — September 13, 2019 @ 8:35 pm

  3. You know, we give Whigham a hard time here, but all you have to do is look at those old strips (or the truly regrettable “Girls in 3-G” Frank Bolle mini-era) to see what an upgrade he is as an artist.
    Those football players in the 2006 strip don’t look like high school kids, they look like 45-year-old longshoremen.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — September 13, 2019 @ 8:40 pm

  4. I think the Oakwood coach should be asking Gil if Tiki ever moves to Milford…. legitimately

    Comment by franku2016 — September 14, 2019 @ 7:49 am

  5. Well done, Rob. Oakwood is relatively impatient with its coaches.

    Comment by teenchy — September 14, 2019 @ 10:26 am

  6. And after I did the post I went out bowling and scored 124, 157 and 143. Got home at 1 am and went to work the next morning.

    Comment by robmize2013 — September 14, 2019 @ 4:59 pm

  7. […] As for that “clobbering,” a 14-7 win is hardly Ben Grimm worthy, and there have been years when Oakwood has beaten Milford, most recently in 2018 when Tod Andrews sneakily called time out to […]

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