This Week in Milford

September 9, 2020

Spirits Among Us

Filed under: football, Gil Thorp, Marty Moon, Milford Idiots — teenchy @ 10:09 am

Oh look who’s finally popped his head in at Milford High. Where the hell was Marty when all that ridiculousness was going down in Milford last spring? Drying out in rehab somewhere? You just know he would have run with that whole “the mayor” situation like a kid with a pair of scissors. Either he would’ve been anti-zero-tolerance and given Gil hell for not sticking up for Mike Knappe or pro-zero-tolerance and given Gil hell for not drilling the zero-tolerance message into Mike before the butter knife incident. He would’ve had a field day with the Milford v. Valley Modified “scrimmage,” too – how it made a mockery of high school sports, exposing the Mudlarks to potential injury in a game that didn’t count; how it mocked, patronized and denigrated the Valley Mod kids all at once; and how it was even allowed to be scheduled in the first place. Finally he would’ve had something to say about the Knappe kid getting his admission revoked by State and magically reinstated via Thorpian sleight-of-hand.

Instead Marty now shows up in time for Mouseketeer Roll Call and one step ahead of Marjie Ducey, who must’ve clued him in about those freebie sloppy joes that get handed out during the preseason. He’s used his keen powers of observation to deduce that there’s a competition at quarterback between two guys who (as astute TWIMer Jive Turkey observed this past weekend) would probably get fragged if they were military officers in combat. Marty and Gil share a Milky Way bar an interest in getting blitzed themselves, hence their mutual dropping of the code word “spirited*” in conversation. After practice, they’ll go their separate ways to tie one on: Gil to the MCC or home to the company of Mimi, Marty to the end of the bar at Barney’s Pub or back home, in either case alone.

* It came to my attention after composing this post that the title, which I thought was a common phrase, is also the title of a movie, the plot of which is best described as “Christian paranormal thriller.”


  1. Gil is a tool and you are correct sir….Marty needed to be around last spring to tell Gil, Mimi & Pearl about all the stupid shit that us commenters noticed, not to mention the liability of serving food to so many people in a filthy environment like some random baseball field that could’ve had dog shit and piss on it for all they knew. Wait ’til Gil sees these two guys come to blows, possibly knocking each other out of the list of healthy players. I wonder how “good-spirited” he will think it is then. What a dick.

    Comment by franku2016 — September 9, 2020 @ 11:50 am

  2. We know Gil is clueless but is he being coy with Marty? Does Gil have an ear piece with Kaz supplying the answers?

    Comment by Jive Turkey — September 9, 2020 @ 3:18 pm

  3. Teenchy, Remember in “Son of Flubber” when the Good Guys are going to kick a 98-yard field goal to win the game? And Paul Lynde, the announcer, calls the play “ridiculous”?

    Marty Moon one night broadcasting for WDIG

    “Oh look, there’s Coach Thorp. The bars must have closed early. Or they didn’t practice social distancing. What? He’s going to coach? But it’s late in the 4th quarter and the team’s behind by 30. Ridiculous. He must have cracked under the strain.”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — September 9, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

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