This Week in Milford

December 5, 2020

Gil’s Intrigued: The Rest of Us Are Bored

Geez, Marty, why so surprised? Have you killed so many brain cells with Johnnie Walker that you can’t remember Gil trotting out the Wing-T in 2007, also late in the season? (Hint: It was right after you called out Cully Vale as a convicted killer.) From the sound of it Milford may have practiced the Delaware offense but not so much with Leonard Fleming under center. Good thing New Thayer sucks this year.

Today’s strip has the feel of an arc-ender, what with Gil’s “wait ’til next year” spiel to Marjie and his fourth-wall-breaking, shit-eating grin in the final panel.* Gil’s counting on two things here: (a) No one reads the Milford Star (b) Chance Macy doesn’t get blowtop mad for a second straight season. He didn’t lose his cool this season; must have gotten some decent anger management training. Anna Corinna Karenina could stand similar to knock that chip off her shoulder.

Still the Mudlarks have to wrap up their season against traditional rival Valley Tech. Think Rubin will remember that?

*If this does end up being the last strip in the fall arc, I may come back for a metapost.


  1. So the defense sucks, 4 turnovers 9 times out of 10 will get you beat, and I had said they were 4-2 entering this game. Dont they have anything to play for? Experimenting is for 0-6 or 1-5 seasons. Why fix what aint broke? Nobody changes the playbook the LAST game of the season! You install an offense in the summer.

    Comment by robmize2013 — December 5, 2020 @ 5:53 pm

  2. 1. “We’re you getting bored?” What the fuckin’ hell kind of question is that?!

    2. So we’re all going to just forget that sideline brawl last week never happened? No discipline at all??

    3. Only Gilberto is smug enough to think a blowout victory after four turnovers is a vindication of his genius when in reality the other team just really sucks…

    4. How much you wanna bet Rubin forgets all about this and starts next August with the pistol formation or run-pass option offense?

    5. So let me get this straight — Two feuding teammates finally kiss and make up, and their narrative reward is to get benched permanently? Is this the lesson kids are supposed to learn from this season?

    5a. I could almost forgive Rubin if this QB 3 was more athletic or had a better arm or if he had kept his head down, improved himself and really distinguished himself in practice; but that’s all bullshit because we know Gilberto made the change solely because he’s a Passive-Aggressive vindictive pussy and it’s easier for him to blow it all up instead of admit his culpability in the matter…

    5b. And pray tell, exactly how many reps with the first team offense did little Mister Quarterback from nowhere have before being named the starter?

    6. QB1 and QB2 need to get drunk and vandalize the hell outta Gilberto’s house, lawn and car tonight…

    Comment by Hitorque — December 5, 2020 @ 6:56 pm

  3. Marjie is onto it. Rubin and Whigham are bored silly. This entire season has been an exercise in author & illustrator hating Gil far more than any of us do, letting their contempt show, and daring the syndicate to do something about it.
    Spoiler: Nothing will happen

    Comment by Downpuppy (I, me, mine) (@Downpuppy) — December 5, 2020 @ 8:26 pm

  4. 4 turnovers, 41 points. Hey you Cub fans. Was it Lee Elia who once said, “MY FUCKING ASS!”

    Comment by Jive Turkey — December 5, 2020 @ 9:10 pm

  5. JT…. yep…. that was Elia during his infamous meltdown that the fans were assholes because they were sick of the team suckin. P3…. Gil seems to be lookin straight at us sayin “. … fuck all of ya’…. I do what I want and Corina ain’t goin anywhere either, so get over your bad selves… hahahaaaa….”

    Comment by franku2016 — December 5, 2020 @ 9:37 pm

  6. P3-“Here’s Gil and his Texas Troubadors at the Grand Ole Opry with ‘Walkin’ The Floor Over You’.”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — December 6, 2020 @ 12:10 am

  7. […] Minor Nitpicks Dept: Dunno if the Mudlarks have more than one Leonard but the guy limping off the field in P3 (#40) ain’t the guy Rapson is congratulating in P1 (some # that isn’t 40). Also dunno if the Valley has rules for player numbering that might require Fleming to change his #40 for a number between 1 and 20, as is often the case. If that’s Chance Macy in P2, he’s switched jersey numbers from his traditional #31. He also looks like he’s hauling in a pass, not breaking off a run. Could he be – gasp! – showboating? Gil should bench him for the rest of the season (which amounts to about 15 minutes) so he can teach him a lesson and save him for next season. […]

    Pingback by The S.S. Meaningful Drama? That Ship Has Sailed | This Week in Milford — December 9, 2020 @ 11:11 am

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