This Week in Milford

October 3, 2020

North Dallas Mudlarks

Filed under: actual action, football, Gil Thorp, metapost — teenchy @ 12:55 pm

Here we are in the waning minutes of Milford’s home opener against the non-conference Ballard Bruins, who traveled all the way from Louisville, Kentucky for this showdown. The Mudlarks had a comfortable 15-point lead until Will Thayer’s bungled exchange and a quick Bruin score cut the lead to eight. Why Ballard (no relation to Charlie Roh’s stepfather) didn’t go for two then is up for discussion.

In any event, Milford’s ground-and-pound offense should have no trouble running the clock out, right? Not with Terry Rapson under center, it would appear. For reasons known only to Rapson himself, he has decided to open up the game. The end-around not only catches Ballard on their heels but also Gil, who immediately sends in another up the gut call. Once again Rapson ignores Thorp and calls an even riskier pass play.

What are the odds the Bruins make a pick-six, go for two, tie the game and win it in OT? Or maybe they get the pick-six and the conversion, and Thayer comes back in to lead the Mudlarks to an OT win? Either way, look for Milford to blow its big lead and for Gil to permanently bench Rapson after this game. Marty Moon should have a blast with this one on the postgame show. Gil yanked Thayer after one flubbed handoff; why didn’t he yank Rapson after ignoring the first play he sent in? Why damage Thayer’s confidence by yanking him in the first place? When will Corina Karenna start at QB?

metapost: Dallas George made me think of North Dallas Forty, which naturally made me think of Mac Davis, who passed away this week. Enjoy this clip of Mac channeling his inner Dandy Don Meredith.


  1. On any team I ever played for, this Rapson person would be cleaning out his locker about now. Waiting to see how this connects with Corinaanna Karenina.

    Comment by vaganova — October 3, 2020 @ 6:22 pm

  2. Yeah. Let’s see if Gil has any balls, like real coach, to permanently bench this clown after he fucks the game up by ignoring the play call. Corina will be the least of his problems by next week

    Comment by franku2016 — October 3, 2020 @ 6:39 pm

  3. “Take this job and shove it
    I ain’t QB’ing no more
    Coach Thorp took away the fun that I need
    to help run up the score
    He better not try to stand in my way cuz
    I’m walkin’ out Gate 4
    Take this job and shove it
    I ain’t playin’ for Gil no more.”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — October 3, 2020 @ 10:55 pm

  4. I like this Rapson guy. Football version of Adam Mundy. My all time favorite Mudlark. Gil was talking about The Bucket before the game was over. What a dumb ass. Rapson lost focus. Was thinking about the deal where you get a free bucket of wings if you throw a TD. Great job Gil!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — October 4, 2020 @ 3:04 pm

  5. Whatever the etiology, this play, especially given the pressure that comes from all eleven players knowing it’s not supposed to be happening, is a really bad idea. Unless Rapson has done the unlikely “hop, stop, and throw” of an old time javelin thrower, he has, as a right hander throwing while moving left, perfectly set himself up for a poor throw and an interception.

    Comment by vaganova — October 4, 2020 @ 5:41 pm

  6. […] play, Rapson calls his audible and Dallas George’s number on an end-around (which is NOT the same thing as a reverse, Gil!). If Gil’s so quick on the […]

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