This Week in Milford

September 28, 2019

With A Great Ground Game Comes Great Responsibility

Filed under: Coach Kaz, exposition comics, Fat Guys, football, freak hands, Gil Thorp — teenchy @ 2:29 pm


After a hot sweaty workout complete with gun show, Gil and Kaz towel down and make a little pillow talk. His guard down, a dreamy-faced Gil lets slip just exactly who it is he fantasizes about during these training room sessions. Kaz pretends not to notice, instead continuing his amateur private dick schtick and nosing around for more info on the tight-lipped Chance Macy.  There are as many valid reasons for a high school student with otherwise good grades to be a year behind other students his age as there are readers of this blog.

Speaking of Chance, quick cut to his dinner table where Macy dwarfs his grandparents and where there’s also an empty chair. Grandpa follows Gil’s lead and adds another to the pile of cryptic comments in the fall arc thus far. Where are Macy’s parents? Is he gonna have a similar backstory to Silent John Pascoe? Will it make Chance’s grandparents his equivalent to Aunt May and Uncle Ben? Will he get bitten by a radioactive spider next?


  1. I like how Rubin tries to make meathead characters like Kaz and JQ sound intelligent by having them blurt our big words once in a while. Dengue fever? Sure Kaz…. I’ll let you know if he gets that

    Comment by franku2016 — September 28, 2019 @ 4:52 pm

  2. Funny, Franku. You da Man.

    P2: Don’t feel bad Granny Clampett a/k/a Grandma Macy. I’ve learned enough in close to 60 years on this strip to complain about Gil’s calling in when things get hot and heavy.

    Come and listen to my story ’bout a man named Chance
    Poor running back who was major age-advanced
    Then one day mom and pop disappeared
    So Gil and Kaz will subsidize him through the upcoming years

    “Weeeeelllll, doggy, Granny. I reckon we kin let him use the spare bedroom upstairs fer him ta lay his head.”
    “Jest don’t let him sleep near the closet. Jethro gits his shotgun out at 4 AM ta go coon-huntin’ fer breakfast.”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — September 28, 2019 @ 5:25 pm

  3. I suspect some heavy duty family disruption (Chance’s parents were killed by a meteor, for example) and that he was hors de combat for a time, leading to his being behind in school. Gramps’s suggestion that they work on any problems together seems to support this idea, as does Chance’s self-isolation on the team. But the fact Gil is so quiet about whatever happened suggests Chance might be vulnerable to upset if the story were widely known. Maybe somebody is in prison for running a meth lab (honest work can be hard to come by in Mfnrd unless you have the Sub Standard franchise or you are the only supplier of Nutboys or “Beer” brand beer.) Or possibly Chance is in the witness protection program after testifying against a teammate in his old school who choked the coach over playing time.

    Comment by vaganova — September 28, 2019 @ 6:03 pm

  4. With the sweater vest over the collared shirty, Chance’s granddad must be channeling Jim Tressel.

    Comment by timbuys — September 28, 2019 @ 8:19 pm

  5. Nice Andre the Giant head on Chance. Gramps and Granny are so laid back about Chance’s football success. Charlie is so tensed up because Chet is such a meddler. Quit hitting me over the head with the obvious sledgehammer Rubin.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — September 28, 2019 @ 9:49 pm

  6. In panel 1, we see Gil has been hanging on to the towel that True Standish used. He’s totally checked out from Kaz’s jibba jabba and he’s just taking a big whiff of the scent of his glory days with True.

    Monday post coming soon.

    Comment by nedryerson — September 30, 2019 @ 5:18 am

  7. Chance may not have dengue fever, but its possible he has this ailment:

    Comment by robmize2013 — October 7, 2019 @ 3:20 pm

  8. […] I’d speculated that they went the way of Silent John Pascoe’s folks. Perhaps they met a more sinister fate. Have they been banished to the great unknown with the […]

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